- Published: 20 June 2018
- Written by IQA Staff
After discussions between the IQA, Associazione Italiana Quidditch, Human Company and the City of Florence, we would like to announce an update to IQA World Cup tickets. All previously purchased tickets for the IQA World Cup will be refunded and new tickets will be available for purchase, in-person in Florence, to comply with Italy’s legal specifications. Any individual who has previously purchased tickets will receive an email regarding their refund. Information on how to purchase new tickets can be found below.
The new cost of tickets to IQA World Cup will be:
- Adults: €7
- Teenagers (12 to 18): €5
- Adult students with ID: €5
- Seniors over 65: €5
- Family pack (2 adults and 1, 2 or 3 paying teenagers 12+): €5 for each member of the family
- Under 12: Free pass
- Adult assisting a paying spectator with disability: Free pass
Tickets can only be purchased in-person, at the Affrico pitch at Viale Manfredo Fanti, 50137 Firenze FI, Italia, and will be available for sale beginning on Thursday June 28 through Sunday July 1.
After ticket sales began several months ago, concerns were raised that the process was not being run in accordance with Italian law for an event of this nature. We took these concerns seriously, and we have worked closely with the City of Florence and the Associazione Italiana Quidditch to ensure the IQA World Cup is in good legal standing as the weekend approaches. These changes were made to ensure the IQA World Cup is compliant with Italy’s laws and our status as an organisation, and has been created in consultation with our partners in Italy with the goals of maximizing tournament attendance, exposing quidditch to a new audience and providing a unique cultural experience to the residents of Florence.
Quidditch has existed since 2005. Quidditch players gather daily in 40 countries. We embrace players of all genders and sexualities, and athletes play as their stated gender (whether they are cisgender or transgender, with a binary or nonbinary gender). All quidditch athletes have the right to define how they identify and it is this stated gender that is recognized on pitch whether the player is cisgender or transgender. Many players have, for the first time, found a team sport that recognizes them as they are.
Quidditch is an exciting, fast-paced, full-contact sport. A quidditch team consists of up to 21 athletes with 7 players per team on the field at any one time. Each player must keep a broom between their legs at all times. The ‘four maximum’ rule of quidditch states that there may be no more than four players of the same gender on pitch at one time, ensuring the sport is inclusive to all genders and that gender diversity is always maintained on the field of play.
About the International Quidditch Association
The International Quidditch Association (IQA) is the international governing body for quidditch, and supports quidditch development and competition worldwide. We promote gender equity and an inclusive athletic environment at all levels, and develop the sport worldwide. The positive impact of physical activity on health, self-confidence, and well-being for all genders has been proven time and again. Through quidditch, traditionally less active groups such as women, transgender individuals, and those who quit competitive sports are provided with a safe and encouraging sports environment.
Finally, the International Quidditch Association develops and empowers future leaders. We inspire young people to lead physically active and socially engaged lives and work to support our volunteers and the volunteers within national governing bodies to grow their skills and hold leadership roles. Many of our leaders are in their twenties and may not have similar opportunities in other domains, but quidditch is still developing and that leads to amazing opportunities for quidditch volunteers around the world.
About the IQA World Cup
The IQA World Cup is a biannual tournament open to elite international competition teams selected by any of the IQA’s eligible National Governing Bodies around the world. It is the premiere international quidditch event.
Between June 30 and July 1, 2018, 29 teams will compete in Florence (Italy) to become the world champion.
More information on http://iqasport.org/world-cup-2018