Tournament Central 2019
2018 and 2019 Playoffs Structure and Continental Cups
The WFTDA has adjusted the International WFTDA Playoffs structure for 2018 and 2019. In addition to an adjusted International Playoffs, the WFTDA is announcing a new WFTDA Continental Cup program — voted on by membership — to provide a regional post-season tournament-play opportunity for member leagues that are ranked below the rankings cutoff for the WFTDA International Playoffs.
The International WFTDA Playoffs and Championships will showcase the top 28 teams in the world based on June 30 global rankings. The top 4 ranked teams will automatically receive an invitation and top seeding at the International WFTDA Championships in November. The next 24 ranked teams will be seeded by competitive S-curve seeding into two Playoffs tournaments with the top three teams from each tournament receiving invitations to Championships.
Teams ranked below Playoffs range will be seeded into the new regional Continental Cup tournaments, which serve the teams that may have been previously represented in Division 2 Playoffs. The WFTDA Competitive Play Committee will determine the number and structure of the Continental Cup tournaments based on the competitive needs of the region annually. This system is scalable and allows for regions to be split or combined and for events to be added in future years. These events are operated by WFTDA-member league hosts using the WFTDA’s competitive brackets and per WFTDA requirements, with the ability to tailor the event to suit the needs of the region. Currently there are three Continental Cups: North America West, North America East, and Europe. Leagues located outside of North America and Europe are seeded into the region that is geographically closest.
The entire process is detailed in the WFTDA Tournament Structure and Seeding Process PDF.