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Evaluating the Safety and Accessibility of Potential IQA Event Locations

The recently announced postponement of World Cup 2021 gives an opportunity for the IQA’s BIPOC Committee, formed this summer, to engage with stakeholders to determine more event host selection criteria sensitive to the needs and desires of all potential event attendees. The committee will be assessing Richmond, Virginia as a sample location to evaluate the […]

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New Referee Certification Policy for 2020/2021 Season

Following the release of the 2020 Rulebook, the IQA is happy to share changes to the Referee Certification System as well as the introduction of referee training.  The IQA Gameplay department is changing the way it helps its match officials. We will be moving from our previously used testing-is-training system to a resource-based training system […]

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The Rulebook for the Season 2020/2021 is out

The IQA is happy to release the Rulebook for the 2020/2021 season: the document contains all the changes anticipated previously with the changelog announcement, and further explains them. The new Rulebook takes effect immediately but, due to COVID-19 effects on events and the overall sport season, the length of time that this rulebook will remain […]

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Bidding for the IQA Continental Games 2021 is open

Following the recent postponement of the IQA World Cup 2021 and taking into consideration feedback received from the NGBs, the IQA has decided to open bids for the 2021 IQA Continental Games. We are aware of the uncertainty for the future related to the current pandemic but at the same time we believe that it […]

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The IQA World Cup has been postponed

After consulting with event partners and NGBs, the International Quidditch Association and US Quidditch have decided to postpone the IQA World Cup from 2021 to either 2022 or 2023. This decision was made primarily due to the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on national teams, as well as the ongoing safety concerns with holding […]

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The Changelog for the Rulebook 2020 is out

  As we head into a new season, the rulebook is being finished, and will be released very soon. However, we wanted to give players a heads up on some of the changes that are on their way.  Please be aware that this is not an exhaustive list of the changes and clarifications you can […]

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The IQA Annual Report 2019 is online

The IQA is happy to share the Annual Report 2019, a document that summarizes the activities of the associations in the last year and sets the basis for the future. “For the IQA, 2019 was at its core about setting in place a sustainable foundation. This meant building on our new constitution which was ratified at the end of […]

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Applications open for a new BIPOC Committee for IQA Events

As we said in our statement on June 2 in response to the global protests against racial injustice and police brutality, it is the IQA’s responsibility, “to stand for representation, inclusion, and to implement active forms of fighting racism in our organization and community.” We have recently received feedback from NGB members and their players […]

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The IQA publishes the Harassment Policy

The International Quidditch Association is happy to share the new Harassment Policy, which has been approved by the IQA Board of Trustees. The Policy is a big step in building a welcoming and safe space for all players and volunteers in the quidditch community, as it will be binding for NGBs and their members as […]

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Head Referee Fee Waiver

The IQA Gameplay department have made changes to the referee testing to try and benefit referees during this COVID-19 pandemic. Given that the number of tournaments for the current rulebook have been reduced already and the outlook for others still in place is bleak, we are introducing a new scheme to try and help referees […]

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IQA World Cup 2020 postponed to 2021

The IQA and US Quidditch have decided to postpone the IQA World Cup 2020 to July 31-August 1, 2021, following the growing uncertainty and risks related to the spread of COVID-19 globally. The 2021 event will still be held in the U.S., in Richmond, VA at Glover Park. This decision was made by the IQA […]

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COVID-19 Updates

Dear members of the quidditch community The International Quidditch Association, US Quidditch, Quidditch Europe, Confederación del Sur, Quidditch Asia and Oceania and Quidditch Premier League would like to share with you some shared considerations, information and thoughts regarding the current health emergency related to the spread of COVID-19 that we have been heavily monitoring all over […]

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IQA Annual Report 2019 is now available

The IQA Annual Report 2019 is now available in the Documents section on the website. The document covers performances, activities and results of the association from Aug. 31, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2018 for each Department.

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The IQA welcomes three new Trustees

The International Quidditch Association is happy to announce the names of the 3 new Trustees: Borja Arbosa (Spain), David Jonsson (Sweden), Kym Couch (USA). The new trustees have been elected on Saturday Feb 8, at 8pm UTC by the NGBs part of the Assembly of Members, during the Annual General Meeting, and will join the […]

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Trustee Applications Are Now Open

  Dear all,   The International Quidditch Association (IQA) is looking for new trustees to serve on its board. At the last assembly of members in February 2019, it was decided to elect 9 new Trustees. Those 9 Trustees were split up in groups of 3 with each serving a period of either one, two […]

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Organizational Updates in the IQA

While the positions for CEO and COO of the International Quidditch Association are still open (apply here), new exciting opportunities are now available following some recent organizational change.  Jessyka Schwandt, previous HR Director and Trustee, resigned from her position as HR Director but remains a Trustee. Vanessa Silva, previous Finance Director and Trustee, stepped down […]

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Spanish Referee Tests now available!

  We’re excited to be launching the Spanish translations of the referee tests along with the new referee hub testing improvements. Spanish-speaking NGBs have been requesting the tests in their native language for a while, and we’re confident this will greatly increase the number of certified referees across the globe. We’re particularly grateful for the […]

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IQA hiring two new senior positions

The International Quidditch Association is opening applications for the roles of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Operations Officer (COO). The two roles will be at the top of the operational side of the organization, with distinct scopes and areas of action, to ensure that the IQA reaches its objectives and goals in a more […]

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The IQA Casebook 2019-2020 is out!

The International Quidditch Association is happy to share the Casebook valid for the 2019-2020 period. The document compliments the current Rulebook and gives further guidance in specific situations that might come up during a match, supporting players and referees in clarifying rules and the related actions. The Gameplay team is still reviewing the rulebook for […]

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World Cup Dates Announced

  With European Games just concluded and Pan-American Games happening this weekend, the hunger for international competitions is higher than ever. In this exciting momentum, we are happy to announce the dates for the next IQA World Cup 2020 in Richmond, United States: the tournament will be held on July 18-19!  The IQA World Cup 2020 […]

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Referee Tests available in French and Catalan

Translated referee tests have been a community request since the start, so the IQA is happy to announce that all referee tests can now be taken in French and Catalan, thanks to the hard work of Marc Alcalá Ramos and @Martí Sala Morral for Catalan and Sasha Ribayrol, Ben Desoulle, Alison Merlin, and Hugo Petitjean for French. https://iqareferees.org/. The corresponding French […]

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Meet The Trustee, Austin Wallace

After the first interview to Alberto Coronado, Trustee and Membership Director of the IQA, this week we are pleased to introduce to you Austin Wallace, Trustee and Gameplay Director. Austin is a data scientist from Vancouver, Canada with a strong drive in machine learning, and the intersection of people and data-centric decision-making processes in sport and […]

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IQA World Cup 2020 to be held in Richmond, United States

The International Quidditch Association is proud to announce the location of the IQA World Cup 2020. After a vote by the Assembly of Members in which all 18 full member NGBs have participated, Richmond, Virginia, United States, has been chosen to host the event with 10 out of 18 votes, while Getxo, Spain received 7 […]

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Meet the Trustee, Alberto Coronado

The new Board has a lot of familiar faces among the quidditch community, nevertheless the IQA thinks it important the community get to know the new Trustees better, in order to understand their vision for the future of the association, and of quidditch itself. Follow along as we post  regular short interviews with our Trustees, […]

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World Cup 2020 location to be decided by IQA Assembly of Members

The IQA Board of Trustees has decided that the host of World Cup 2020 will be determined by a vote of the IQA Assembly of Members (formerly known as the Congress).   Each of the two finalists, Richmond, Virginia, United States and Getxo, Spain have unique strengths and weaknesses which makes the ultimate decision an […]

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World Cup 2020 location announcement delayed

The IQA won’t be releasing the location of World Cup 2020 in time to meet the deadline of March 31. The Board of Trustees is awaiting information from the remaining potential locations that affects the potential safety and suitability of each venue; without this information the Association is not comfortable making a final decision at […]

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The former Board welcomes the newly elected Trustees

The former Board welcomes the newly elected Trustees With the recent election of the new Board of the IQA, we wanted to help you in getting to know the new trustees and better understanding their vision of the future of our quidditch association. For this reason, starting next week we will be publishing weekly interviews […]

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Registrations for the European Games 2019 are open!

The International Quidditch Association (IQA) and Three Rivers Sport Events (TRSE) are happy to announce that registrations for the European Games 2019, that will be held in Bamberg, Germany, are officially open. Registrations will be open until March 14, 2019  23:59 CET at the following link: http://bit.ly/EG2019signup. At the same link you will also find […]

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The International Quidditch Association has a new Board of Trustees

On February 16, 2019 the IQA Assembly of Members, composed of delegates from qualifying member leagues, gathered and elected the new Board of Trustees, that is the part of the association responsible for the long term view and its strategic direction. The elections saw the participation of representatives from 11 national governing bodies that, after […]

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With the Reveal of the New Branding, the IQA is Preparing for Big Changes

On Feb. 15, 2019, the International Quidditch Association (IQA) unveiled its new corporate identity, including a new logo and a new brand. This initiative is the result of serious changes that affected the organization in the past few years. Indeed, since 2017, the IQA had drastically improved the way it releases information to the quidditch […]

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IQA 2019 Logo FAQ

Why this logo? The logo has a simple, yet complete concept behind it. Hoops represent our sport, while the ball crossing them is both a clear recall of the quaffle and the inspiration towards the future that we as an organization want to have. The shade of green used in the logo recalls the grass […]

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Who is the designer behind the International Quidditch Association rebranding?

Filip Holeček works as a graphic designer for a leading international furniture company in Lucerne, Switzerland. Involved in quidditch since 2017, he is an executive committee member of the local team Pilatus Patronus. Already familiar with quidditch graphic design, Filip is well known for the creation of the Swiss Quidditch Association logo in 2017.

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IQA Pan-American Games 2019 Will be Held on July 13-14, 2019

The IQA Pan-American Games 2019 will be held on July 13-14 in Richmond, Virginia.

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World Cup Location Announcement Delayed

Based upon feedback from national governing bodies (NGBs), the International Quidditch Association (IQA) is delaying the announcement of the IQA World Cup 2020 location from Feb. 1, 2019, the originally scheduled date, until March 31, 2019.

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Alexis Moody Appointed as IT Director

Erina Chavez has resigned as IT Director and Alexis Moody has been appointed as the new IT Director effective immediately.

“Alexis did a tremendous job in quickly developing our very popular Referee Hub and I’m excited to see what she can do at the helm of the IQA’s IT department,” said Interim Executive Director Andy Marmer.

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