Upcoming changes to the allowed jersey numbers

Our IQA Rulebook Team is hard at work on the new rulebook, IQA Rulebook 2018-2020, and we wanted to take this moment to give you all a heads up on one of the coming changes:

In future, the allowed player jersey numbers will have new restrictions.

Specifically, this changes IQA rule 2.5.2.C.ii, which currently states:
"Each player must have one of the following distinct numbers, letters or symbols on the back of the player's jersey:
a. A unique integer between 0 and 999 (a team may have either a 7, a 07, or a 007, but not all three or two of the three.
b. The symbols for Pi (Ⲡ), Infinity (∞), or Number (#) (this symbol is also known as pound or hashtag).
c. One of the following single capital letters: A G H J K N P R W X Y
d. Letters and symbols may not be mixed or combined with integers."

In the next rulebook, this rule will read as follows:
"Each player must have one of the following distinct numbers on the back of the player's jersey: a unique integer between 0 and 99 (a team may have either a 7 or a 07, but not both)."
(Because the new rulebook is still being finished, the exact wording in the final version might change slightly. The essence of the new rule, however, will be as above.)

This means the previously allowed integers 100-999 will no longer be allowed, nor will the previously specified symbols and letters be allowed any longer.

We have decided on including the change in the upcoming rulebook (IQA Rulebook 2018-2020), and provide you now with an announcement of future intent, so the IQA can implement this new requirement for its future international tournaments, excluding IQA World Cup 2018. However, we fully acknowledge this announcement comes too late for us to expect teams to start the coming season with all players in possession of a jersey following the changed requirement. As such, we would like to encourage NGBs to implement some kind of grace period, in which jerseys following the old requirements will still be allowed, for their domestic tournaments for a period that they seem fit.

This change was primarily made to make it easier for referees to call out player numbers, especially in international competition where a large subset of the referees will be officiating in their non-native language.

For any questions about the above change, please contact the IQA Rulebook Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bursary Program Outline

The IQA Bursary Program exists to assist member NGBs and Emerging Areas with expenses that they may be unable to cover themselves, and may be used to cover costs for equipment, education, program development, and research. It is available for all NGBs and Emerging Areas, however requirements for use differ depending on membership status.

Bursaries will be dispensed on a monthly basis beginning in May 2018. Applications must be submitted by the 15th of the month prior to the month in which the bursary is requested. The bursary will be awarded on the first of the month, unless the first of the month is a tournament date for an IQA-run tournament in which case the bursary will be awarded within the first week of the month.


IQA Budget for the 2017-2018 season

In its mission to develop quidditch on a global scale, the International Quidditch Association (IQA) has decided to publish its projected expenditures for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, and for the 2018 IQA World Cup. We are also pleased to present the annual financial statement from the 2016-2017 fiscal year, and our current statement of income.

As you review these documents, please keep in mind that while the retrospective documents are fully accurate, both forward-looking budgets are living documents and therefore subject to change. These budgets were released to our members earlier this weekend and we have since hosted two Office Hours sessions to respond to their questions.

Another Office Hours session will be set up in April for the public to address questions on these documents or any other feedback you would like to provide to the IQA. Keep an eye out for the date and time!


10 questions to understand the IQA World Cup 2018 teams & players fees

On late February 2018, the International Quidditch Association announced the IQA World Cup 2018 fees for teams ans players. In order to be very clear about the use of this money and the process behind this decision, the International Quidditch Association organized two Office Hours session by video conference with people from the quidditch community. 

Trustees Luke Nickholds and Andy Marmer replied to the community questions, with Executive Director Rebecca Alley, Finance Director Vanessa Sliva and Head of Business Development Tom Ffiske. 

You can find in this article the finance Q&A about the IQA World Cup 2018 teams & players fees. 

If you are interested in the full record of the two sessions, please follow this link.  

Fees are a lot higher than last time. Why is that?


Head of Human Resources hiring announcement

The IQA is excited to announce the hiring of Sarah-Louise Lewis as the new Head of Human Resources. We are delighted to have this talented person bringing her skills to support our volunteers in the fulfillment of their roles. 


Head of Human Resources: Sarah-Louise Lewis


Board of Trustees - 2018

On January 13th, 2018, the National Governing Bodies’ representatives elected the new Board of Trustees. 

The Board of Trustees are responsible for managing the risk of the International Quidditch Association (IQA) and for ensuring it is protected legally, financially, and otherwise. They represent the interests of the National Governing Bodies in day-to-day management. They also bring substantial business, policy, and legal expertise to the International Quidditch Association at an administrative level.


IQA International Event Eligibility

Ahead of this summer IQA World Cup in Florence (Italy), the International Quidditch Association updated the event eligibility for the current season (2017-2018). 



This document determine which nations and athletes are eligible to compete to IQA-sanctioned events. 

All qualifying applicants for a national team should be considered and have an equal chance under a fair and transparent method of selection.