IQA World Cup

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IQA World Cup
Most recent season or competition:
2018 IQA World Cup
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FormerlySummer Games
Global Games
Inaugural season2012 IQA Summer Games
No. of teamsVaries
Most recent
 United States
(3rd title)
Most titles United States (3 titles)

The IQA World Cup is an international quidditch tournament contested by the national teams of the members of the International Quidditch Association, the sport's global governing organisation. The championship, which was named Summer Games and Global Games in its first two editions, has been awarded every two years since 2012. The current champions are the United States, who defeated Belgium in 2018.[1]


Locations of the IQA World Cups in Europe
Locations of the IQA World Cups in North America

The World Cup was first held in July 2012. The tournament was named the "Summer Games" in accordance with its unofficial tie-in to the 2012 Summer Olympics, and because the name "World Cup" was already being used since 2007 for a club championship held in the United States. The tournament was held in Oxford, United Kingdom as the Olympic torch was passing through the city. Five teams participated: Australia, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The event followed a round-robin format, with the lowest ranked team being eliminated and the others advancing to the bracket phase. The UK was defeated by all other competitors and did not make the bracket. The US took first place, defeating France in the final, and Australia claimed bronze by defeating Canada.[2]

In 2014, the tournament was renamed "Global Games" and took place under an updated IQA which became an international sports federation.[3] The Games were under the supervision of US Quidditch but were held in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.[4] Seven teams came out to compete: Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Italy had planned to compete but had to pull out. The event was contested over a round-robin, with positions in a series of playoffs determined by each team's result in the first round. Due to limited media relations and improper planning, the tournament was relatively unknown and had a lacking medical staff which became evident when Belgium chose to forfeit after suffering multiple injuries.[5] The United States defended their title by defeating Australia in the final, and Canada claimed bronze by defeating the United Kingdom.[6]

The 2016 World Cup took place in Frankfurt, Germany. The initial tournament plan involved 24 competing teams, but because of the dropouts of five teams, the number of expected nations was reduced to 19.[7] Later, Brazil and Slovakia were added to the roster of teams, resulting in a field of 21 nations.[8] The tournament took place using a pool-play format, followed by a single-elimination bracket with all 21 teams. Ahead of the tournament, exhibition matches were held between Canada and the United Kingdom, Turkey and Mexico and Australia and Germany. [9] After a pool-play and bracket tournament, Australia defeated the United States 150*–130 in the final. The United States had first made a snitch catch which was disallowed on the grounds of charging the snitch. When the Australian seeker caught the snitch, the catch was initially challenged due to the seeker having been hit by a bludger. However the beat was ruled out as the beater had himself been hit by a bludger. The catch was therefore called good and Australia won the match and the United States suffered their first defeat. In the third place match, the United Kingdom avenged their defeat in the 2014 third place playoff years prior by beating Canada 190*–60. Both the final and bronze playoff were therefore re-runs of the same games from the previous World Cup, both with the reverse result.[10]

The 2018 World Cup was held in Florence, Italy with 29 teams competing.[11][12] There has been much online controversy about the unexpected hike in tournament fees, which has forced some smaller nations to drop out, namely Denmark and Sweden, both of whom would have been attending for the first time.[citation needed]



None of the competitions so far have involved a qualification round. To be eligible, the team must be representing a region's national governing body.


The following table shows a list of all World Cups to date. The team that caught the snitch is denoted with an asterisk.

Year Host city Final 3rd place match Teams
Champions Score Runners-up 3rd place Score 4th place
United Kingdom

United States


United States

United Kingdom

United States

United Kingdom

United States

United Kingdom
United States

Medals summary[edit]

1 United States3104
2 Australia1113
3 Belgium0101
5 Canada0011
 United Kingdom0011
Totals (7 entries)44412


Team United Kingdom
 Australia 3rd 2nd 1st 5th 4
 Austria 14th 11th 2
 Belgium 7th 7th 2nd 3
 Brazil 16th 27th 2
 Canada 4th 3rd 4th 9th 4
 Catalonia 12th 17th 2
 Czech Republic 15th 1
 Finland 28th 1
 France 2nd 6th 5th 6th 4
 Germany 11th 7th 2
 Hong Kong 25th 1
 Iceland 29th 1
 Ireland 20th 21st 2
 Italy 13th 8th 2
 Malaysia 18th 1
 Mexico 5th 8th 13th 3
 Netherlands 18th 19th 2
 New Zealand 20th 1
 Norway 9th 11th 2
 Poland 19th 13th 2
 Slovakia 17th 26th 2
 Slovenia 15th 21st 2
 South Korea 21st 23rd 2
 Spain 10th 10th 2
 Switzerland 23rd 1
 Turkey 6th 3rd 2
 United Kingdom 5th 4th 3rd 4th 4
 United States 1st 1st 2nd 1st 4
 Vietnam 15th 1
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  •  •  – Did not enter / Did not qualify
  •     – Hosts
  • Q – Qualified for forthcoming tournament
  • WD – Withdrew from the tournament

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ling, Thomas (2 July 2018). "US beat Belgium to win the World Cup – of quidditch". Radio Times. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  2. ^ Black, Alan (6 July 2012). "London 2012: Olympic Quidditch Expo Tournament Preview". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  3. ^ "IQA Global Games Announced". IQA. Archived from the original on 2014-01-18.
  4. ^ Solinsky, Kolby (25 February 2014). "Grab Your Brooms! Quidditch Global Games coming to Burnaby, B.C. in July". Burnaby Newsletter. Archived from the original on 3 January 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Gryffins Injury Update". Belgian Gryffins. 19 July 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  6. ^ "TEAM USA WINS GOLD AT QUIDDITCH GLOBAL GAMES 2014 IN BURNABY". Vancity Buzz. 20 July 2014. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  7. ^ "World Cup Teams". International Quidditch Association. 6 February 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  8. ^ "World Cup Teams-2". International Quidditch Association. 8 March 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  9. ^ "WC 2016". International Quidditch Association. 18 November 2015. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Aussie Dropbears crowned world quidditch champions". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 25 July 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  11. ^ "2018 IQA World Cup to be hosted by Florence between June 27 – July 2 2018". International Quidditch Association. 1 November 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  12. ^ "IQA Quidditch World Cup 2018 To Be Hosted in Florence, Italy". International Quidditch Association. 1 November 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  13. ^ "QD - Team Turkey 2018 | Utility Apparel | Sportswear Company". Utility Apparel. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  1. ^ The 2014 Global Games were held in Canada but officially hosted by US Quidditch.

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