Plus an introduction to which worlds is which.
July 25, 2022 by Keith Raynor in News with comments
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Ultimate Club World Championships begin in Ohio
With the World Games in the back view (see below), the attention of the global ultimate community will remain on the United States as the major international competition moves into its second leg of the year (and month). The Ultimate Club World Championships kicked off on Saturday, July 23 in Lebanon, OH, with opening ceremonies and a single exhibition match between Traffic (CAN) and MUD (Japan), which MUD won in front of a cheering crowd. .
The game of pool started in earnest on Sunday and continues on Monday. Tuesday will feature power pool play and lead to bracket matches from Wednesday through Saturday. To get a taste of the field, we have previews for the women’s, mixed and open divisions, and updates throughout the tournament.
Ultiworld is the official media partner of the Ultimate Club World Championships, and we’re partnering with the WFDF to bring a wealth of feeds from this massive 128-team tournament. We are broadcasting eight matches a day, except for Saturday July 30, when we will be broadcasting each of the three finals.
Our live and on-demand video access is available to our Full and Plus subscribers. It’s as low as US$12.99 per month. Subscribers at these levels get tons of access to our staff and community, including the Ultiworld Discord, the best place to talk about the sport we love. We hope these changes will help us bring better ultimate coverage to the community and help WFDF shift the cost burden from competitors to other parties.
The Color of Ultimate showcase will also be part of today’s free stream picks.
The showcase game will take place at 5:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 27. There is also a fundraiser selling VC Ultimate jerseys to help support participants. The players who will participate in the event were announced on Monday.
None undefeated as USA win World Games gold
A terrific week of ultimate of the highest class, hosted in Birmingham, AL, ended with the United States claiming a gold medal with a 13-11 win over Australia in the World Games final. No team went unbeaten in the tournament, a sign of the even and consistent level of competition each team faced. The champions themselves lost to Germany 13-10 in pool before improving their game in a series of knockout matches.
Colombia, which lost to the United States in the semi-finals, finished third, winning a bronze medal by beating Germany 13-11.
The stars were there, preparing us to see more of the world’s best at the Ultimate Club World Championships.
What are all “worlds”?
Not sure which world championship is which? Understandable. A brief primer!
The World Games (WG) are directly associated with the Olympics and can be considered the Olympics of Ultimate. Mixed, national teams of 14 teams participate in the most competitive tournaments.
The World Ultimate Club Championships (WUCC) features the best club teams from a wide variety of qualifying countries. Placement of teams in their national championships can earn them places. A massive tournament with men’s, mixed and women’s divisions, it is comparable to Champions League football.
The World Ultimate and Guts Championship (WUGC) features national teams, with each competing nation sending a single team to each of the men’s, mixed and women’s divisions, usually made up of their country’s best players, regardless of club. There are also World Under 24 Championships and Under 20 Championships (also known as WJUC) which are similarly structured.
SFI-East offers a first step for club teams
Amidst all this international competition, the club season gets off to a bit of a sneaky start.
In the men’s division, Virginia Vault won the tournament, surviving a few setbacks. They are building a strong resume, having only lost to PoNY this season through two events. This could be their breakout season.
Huntsville Space Force walked away in first place in the mixed division, undefeated. They scored a narrow 10-9 win over state newcomer Auburn HeyDay, the no. 12 seeds who have otherwise won all of their matches in a telling performance.
Washington DC Grit has mostly come through the Women’s Division, which has won all of its games by three or more goals, including a 12-8 win over Philadelphia Flight in the Finals. Flight was also on the losing side of Grit’s smaller margin of victory; no one else could offer much resistance.
- Our WUCC coverage will be all the rage, and it’ll be what everyone’s talking about, so you better not miss it!
- Don’t worry, more club coverage for the USAU season is on the way. Listings, event coverage and more are right around the corner.