Press Release * Official Communication
WFDF 2017 World Overall Championships (WOC) to be held in Basingstoke, Great Britain
16 September 2016
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that the WFDF 2017 World Overall Flying Disc Championships (WOC 2017) will be staged from Monday 24th – Saturday 29th July 2017 in the city of Basingstoke at the Down Grange Sports Complex in Great Britain.
“The successful bid came from the Basingstoke Disc Golf Club (BDGC) which was selected from four very strong bids coming from the European, North American and Asian regions, and was viewed favorably on the overall experience it offered to participants and its proximity to central Europe which meant it would attract many specialty disc golf and freestyler players from the Continent,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch.
WFDF 2018 World Junior Ultimate Championships to be held in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
02 September 2016
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that the WFDF 2018 World Junior Ultimate Championships (WJUC 2018) will be staged in the city of Waterloo at RIM and Kiwanis Parks from Sunday 19th – Saturday 25th August, 2018. Located in the Greater Toronto Area, Waterloo is home to the third largest Ultimate league in Ontario, with 850 active members and an established youth league.
The tournament organizing committee (TOC) will be headed up by Andrew Portwine, who sits on the Ultimate Canada and the Ontario Ultimate Boards of Directors, and who has acted as Tournament Director for the Canadian University Ultimate Championships in 2011 and the Canadian Ultimate National Championships which hosted 86 teams in 2014. “The TOC will be comprised of many returning staff from past Canadian National events, bringing both experience and the skills to successfully host WJUC 2018,” said WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “We expect they will be able to put on a world class event that will properly showcase the talent and skill of our next generation of global competitors.”
WFDF 2017 Asia Oceanic Ultimate and Guts Club Championships to be held in Manila, Philippines
30 August 2016
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that the WFDF 2017 Asia Oceanic Ultimate and Guts Club Championships (AOUGCC) will be staged in the city of Manila at the Ayala Alabang Country Club in the Philippines from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th of August 2017.
The successful bid came from the Philippine Flying Disc Association (PFDA) with a team headed up by Vice-President Karen Cabrera. The Tournament Organizing Committee (TOC) expects over 60 club teams from neighboring Asia and Oceania countries including Japan, People’s Republic of China, Chinese Taipei, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, India, and Australia to compete in the event. Ultimate divisions played will be the Men’s, Women’s, Mixed, Masters and Junior divisions, with this tournament also expecting to host 8 Guts teams.
USA wins Gold over New Zealand in Day of Upsets at Team Disc Golf World Championships
22 August 2016
A dramatic day of semi-final upsets and final round action brought the inaugural PDGA-WFDF Team Disc Golf World Championships, presented by DGA, to a climax today in Vancouver, Canada. Team Canada and Japan had appeared to be the favourites to advance to the finals after they finished first and second after three days of regulation play, but the Americans rolled to gold after they and the Kiwis both squeaked by the leaders in the semifinals. The event was held from August 18-21, 2016 in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. Six countries -- Australia, Brasil, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and the USA -- competed in this inaugural Team Disc Golf World Championships. The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) co-hosted the event along with the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA).
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PDGA-WFDF 2016 Team Disc Golf World Championships Tees Off Today
18 August 2016
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that the first ever PDGA-WFDF 2016 Team Disc Golf World Championships, presented by DGA, is being held from August 18-21, 2016 in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. Six countries from the Americas, East Asia and Oceania, including Japan, USA, Brasil, Australia, New Zealand, and the hosts, Canada, will be competing for the medals and the honor of being crowned the inaugural Team Disc Golf World Champions. WFDF is co-hosting the event with the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA).
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WFDF launches its Global Disc Sports Community Survey
13 August 2016
WFDF is pleased to announce that it is launching the second ever Global Disc Sports Community Survey. This questionnaire has been designed to gather input from athletes, coaches, administrators, tournament directors, and anyone else involved with disc sports from around the globe. WFDF hopes to get as much participation as possible in this online survey, which can be found here . The survey is open as of today and will close on 18 September 2016.
WFDF 2016 World Junior Ultimate Championships (WJUC) Final Standings
13 August 2016
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) 2016 World Junior (Under-20) Ultimate Championships (WJUC) concluded Saturday, August 6 with the Canadian Women's and the USA Men's teams winning gold at the Polemarsowe Fields in Wroclaw in front of 1,500 enthusiastic local and international spectators. Silver was awarded to the USA Women's and Canadian Men's teams. Bronze medals went to the Colombian Women's team and the Great Britain Men's team who won the 3rd place game Friday. The Ireland Women's team and the Australian Men's team won the Spirit of the Game awards.
WFDF 2016 World Junior Ultimate Championships Day 3 Report
03 August 2016
Day 3 of the WFDF 2016 World Junior Ultimate Championships (WJUC) saw the end of the pool play. 16 teams in the men’s division and 12 in the women’s have advanced to the next round remaining on the path to the medal rounds.
One of these 16 teams still aiming for gold are the hosts Poland who lost to a strong Japanese men’s team by the score of 15-13. “We knew that in our opponent we faced a fast, well drilled and very technically skilled team, but our height advantage and heart were our secret weapon” said Polish MVP Bwire Ekonjo, who scored 6 of the Polish points. The Polish women’s had a narrow loss to Great Britain losing in “universe point” 13-12, putting them out of the running for medals.
WFDF 2016 World Junior Ultimate Championships Day 2 Report
02 August 2016
Day 2 of the WFDF 2016 World Junior Ultimate Championships (WJUC) on 1st August 2016 saw 49 games played today at the Polemarsowe Fields in Wroclaw.
Today’s cooler weather was well received by athletes after a hot and muggy first day. Groundsmen went above and beyond to ensure the fields were in top playing condition, taking water off some fields using a giant sponge before athletes arrived at the venue. The overnight rain created perfect field conditions, softening some of the harder fields.
WFDF announces host of WFDF 2017 Pan American Ultimate Club Championships to be held in Buenos Aires
01 August 2016
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that the WFDF 2017 Pan American Ultimate Club Championships (PAUCC 2017) will be staged in Cañuelas City, 40 kms outside of Buenos Aires, Argentina. PAUCC will be staged from 14th-19th November, 2017 at the Dirck Henry Kloosterman Recrational Center and will be run with the support of the PanAmerican Flying Disc Federation. The Tournament Organizing Committee (TOC) Espiritu Sudaka is a non-profit sports organization which has hosted the popular annual “Espiritu Sudaka” Ultimate Tournament for the past 7 years.
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The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that its national member association in the United Kingdom, UK Ultimate, has been awarded formal recognition as the UK National Governing Body (NGB) for Ultimate by the home country sports councils: Sport England, sportNI, sportScotland and Sport Wales. Ultimate was officially recognized in the UK as a sporting activity in 2008.
Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Ultimate Frisbee club teams to play in ground-breaking regional tournament
Interest in disc sports is growing around the world, and there’s no better place to see that happening than in the Middle East and North Africa with Ultimate Frisbee.
Twelve teams featuring players from across the region are about to take part in the Second MENA Ultimate Club Championships from 18-19 November in Amman, Jordan. The tournament will include - for the first time - most of the established club teams in the region, from as far as Egypt to the West, across the Gulf to United Arab Emirates in the East, and Lebanon to the North.
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) Board of Directors has reacted enthusiastically to the announcement that the initial edition of the ANOC World Beach Games (WBG) in 2019 will include the Flying Disc sport of Beach Ultimate. The San Diego Organizing Committee for the WBG have released the list of 19 sports being included in their sports programme for the initial edition of these games, all of which are different disciplines to any contested in the Olympic programme. The announcement followed meetings between San Diego and ANOC officials at last month’s Asian Beach Games in Danang. San Diego has proposed that the event be held from 10-20 October 2019.
WFDF’s Board of Directors and Ultimate Committee are pleased to announce that the WFDF 2018 World Ultimate Club Championships (WUCC) will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA from Saturday 14th to Saturday 21st July 2018. The event will be held at the Lebanon Sports Complex, which has 28 full sized Ultimate fields, with the finals to be held at a local high school stadium. WUCC is the premier club championships event for the flying disc discipline of Ultimate. The event is held every four years and is comprised of city club teams who are endorsed by their National Federations. The 2018 WUCC will be comprised of Men’s, Women’s and Mixed divisions, with Masters Division competitions held separately for the first time.
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) announced today that it had established an Advisory Council to assist its board and officers with the development of strategic policy initiatives. The six person Advisory Council is comprised of Vincent Gaillard, who will serve as chair, Peter Bayer, Val Belmonte, Mary-Clare Brennan, Jay Stuart, and Christian Wassmer.
WFDF is seeking enthusiastic, skilled and committed candidates for its 2016 Elections. Complete nominations must be received by the Nominating Committee by Friday, November 4, 2016. The target date for the start of the elections is November 15, 2016, with a targeted end date of December 15, 2016. Results should be announced by December 31, 2016 subject to confirmation of acceptance by elected candidates.
Will be forced to restrict registrations and team sizes despite 50% increase in expected capacity The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) announces that it had received requests for bids to send teams to the 2017 World Championships of Beach Ultimate (WCBU) from an unprecedented and unexpected number of countries. After working with the local event organizers, the event capacity was able to be increased to 120 teams, but WFDF will still have to restrict registrations and team sizes for the event because of absolute capacity constraints. The WCBU will be held on the beaches of Royan, France, over the week of 18-24 June 2017.
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) announced today that its board had appointed José Pires of France as interim chair of the Beach Ultimate Committee. He will also join the board and serve through December 2016. Pires replaces Patrick van der Valk, who had resigned for personal reasons. Pires, who had been the Deputy chair of the committee, does not intend to run for election in December and so the search for candidates for the next two-year term beginning 1 January 2017 has begun immediately.
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that it has opened a closed tender process for establishing a multi‐year WFDF Official Disc Supplier and Sponsorship for the period from January 2017 through December 2018. This RFP is by invitation only and WFDF has invited the four companies that currently manufacture approved championship-level 175 gram Ultimate discs to be involved in the tender process. The selected company will receive the exclusive rights to produce “Official WFDF Ultimate Discs” for sale through merchandise channels and will be the supplier of the “Official Game Discs” during all WFDF Ultimate Championship events during this period, unless otherwise agreed.
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that it is putting out a request for proposal (RFP) for the WFDF Sponsor and Official Apparel/ Merchandise supplier partnership for the two year period from January 2017 through December 2018. The selected company will receive the exclusive opportunity to develop and sell any and all official event merchandise and apparel for the WFDF Ultimate Championship events during that period (with other WFDF disc sport events optional).