This Month in the IQA

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to this month in the IQA. This will replace the NGB digest that was previously sent to NGBs and will be released first to NGBs and later to the public. We are exploring ways to deliver this as a monthly newsletter to inboxes, so stay tuned for more on that. IQA volunteers would love to hear your feedback. 

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IQA Events 2019-2020 Bid Update

As announced after the IQA World Cup 2018, the International Quidditch Association has released additional information on the IQA Continental Games 2019 and IQA World Cup 2020. As a reminder:

  • Bids for Continental Games will be due by September 15, 2018
  • Bids for World Cup will be due by October 1, 2018.

We are looking forward to working together to plan the next round of international tournaments and showcasing quidditch to a global audience.

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United States Reclaims Gold at 2018 IQA World Cup in Florence

Two years ago, entering the 2016 IQA World Cup, almost no one predicted that the then-unbeaten US National Team could possibly lose a game. However, after dropping the 2016 finals to Australia 150*-130, the United States entered the 2018 IQA World Cup with a single goal: redemption. After avenging their 2016 loss in both group play and the quarterfinals, knocking out 2017 European champions Team UK in the semifinals and finally defeating an upstart Belgium squad 120*-70 in the finals, Team USA has accomplished their ultimate aim. After competing against 28 other teams in Florence, Italy, the U.S. reclaimed their title as champions.

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Recent Staff Changes at the International Quidditch Association

The International Quidditch Association (IQA) is pleased to announce that Andy Marmer will be serving as interim executive director alongside Rebecca Alley who will remain in the executive director role until August 31. Andy has been serving as a trustee since January 2017 and prior to that founded and led the Quidditch Post for nearly three years.

In addition, Betsy Lewin-Leigh has been hired as Head of Human Resources. Betsy is the Deputy Director of the Quidditch Premier League, a position she has held since August 2017 and previously served as Executive Assistant to the Director.

 

The International Quidditch Association would like to announce that the following volunteers have resigned from their positions. We thank all of these volunteers for their hard work, passion and dedication and wish them the best in their future endeavors:

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IQA events 2019 - Bid package deadline update

As was announced shortly after World Cup, the IQA will be changing our schedule for IQA Event bidding so that we can use the lessons learned from this World Cupto ensure high quality events in the future. 

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A message from the IQA's Board of Trustees and Executive Leadership

Eighteen months ago, various National Governing Bodies (NGBs) acting through Congress entrusted the International Quidditch Association (IQA) to four new trustees, Alex Benepe, Nicole Hammer, Andy Marmer, and Luke Nickholds. The four joined Nicholas Oughtibridge who was previously a trustee and a year later were joined by Christina Verdirame, to make up the current board.

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IQA World Cup tickets price reduced

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.

We thank our volunteers for working incredibly hard to reach this conclusion and their continued hard work as we prepare for IQA World Cup. Should you have any questions regarding refunds or ticket prices, please contact Finance Director Vanessa Sliva at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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About quidditch

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

Media Contact: Armand Cosseron - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

IQA Executive Director resigns

The IQA is saddened to announce that Rebecca Alley will step down as Executive Director of the IQA, effective September 1 or upon the onboarding of a new executive director.

Her video statement can be found here

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IQA World Cup Schedule and Uganda - FAQ

Here you will find further information on the IQA's decisions relating to the schedule, and our ongoing commitment to Uganda:

 

Why is the IQA pushing for Uganda to attend World Cup 2018?

Uganda intended to compete at World Cup 2016, but due to visa and financial issues the team was unable to come. This year, we made it a principle goal to have Uganda attend. As such, the IQA started their assistance long before the start of World Cup 2018, to grant ample time for preparation.

 

What steps have the IQA taken to bring Uganda to World Cup?

The IQA has been working since the end of last year, to ensure the organisation has the time to help Uganda’s journey to World Cup. Our activities have included providing letters to officials within Uganda, and offering assistance both financial and otherwise to the team. We have also been liaising with Italian visa authorities to facilitate Uganda’s attendance. Additionally, Uganda has been working to set up meetings with government officials to clear their journey. As we have said previously, it is a complicated process to bring a team from Uganda to World Cup and we have honestly been caught off guard by some of the logistical challenges that we have faced. Nonetheless we are comfortable saying we have worked judiciously to bring the team to World Cup and very much hope they will be able to join us.

 

What issues have the IQA faced?

The first is financial. Even with the money raised from the initial fundraiser in 2016, there was not enough to fly the team to Florence. As such, the IQA pledged additional funding from 2016 event revenue to support the team’s potential journey to World Cup 2018.

The second is passports and visas. The IQA started their assistance of Uganda well in advance of the tournament. However, the process for approval is lengthy and complicated in Uganda.  This continues to be the main barrier for Uganda’s arrival.

 

If Uganda can come, what will the tournament’s structure be?

The tournament would consist of 30 rather than 29. A schedule has been made for both scenarios and will be promptly released if needed.

 

How would the finances intended for Uganda be used if the team cannot come?

There are four buckets of money that funds allocated to Uganda fall into.

  1. The first is money spent on the initial fundraiser. A portion of the money initially raised was used to satisfy perks in connection with the fundraiser.
  2. The second is money that has been spent or is set aside for spending on visa applications for players. This is a portion of the funds raised in the fundraising campaign.
  3. The third is money raised in the initial fundraiser not already spent or set aside for a particular expense. If Uganda is unable to attend World Cup 2018, the IQA will consider a number of possibilities with this money including but not limited to:
    1. attempting to bring Uganda to continental games in 2019 or World Cup in 2020
    2. equipment or other expenses for Uganda
    3. support to other developing NGBs either as part of or separate from our Bursary Program.

If Uganda cannot attend World Cup 2018, we will consider all combinations of these and more scenarios. We welcome any suggestions or proposals from our members and the community, feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  1. The fourth category is money out of the IQA’s general operating budget, primarily comprising event revenue and membership dues, which the IQA pledged to assist with additional travel expenses on the assumption that visas and passports are approved. If Uganda cannot attend the event, a determination on the best allocation of this money will be made following World Cup once a more complete picture of the finances from that event are available. The IQA invests 100% of its money in the organisation and the development of quidditch worldwide and any funds spent will be consistent with that.

 

Why have you waited so long to make this announcement?

We really want and are really hopeful that Uganda will attend World Cup. We don’t want to promise their attendance without confirmation and we have been waiting as long as we thought able to make a determination one way or the other. At this point, we feel that it is not fair to teams and players to wait any longer though. We are still doing everything we can to bring the team to Florence, but at such a close date to the event, we are considering next steps if the team is unable to get the necessary legal clearance to travel.

IQA events 2019-2020 bid package

The International Quidditch Association today released the bid package details of the IQA Continental Games 2019 and IQA World Cup 2020. 

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