WFTDA Continental Cups
The Continental Cups program provides a regional post-season tournament-play opportunity for member leagues that are ranked below the rankings cutoff for the WFTDA International Playoffs. Each region’s Cup will be hosted by a league in that region, and is set up with the format that best fits the rankings needs of the region.
How WFTDA Continental Cups Work
Each year, the WFTDA Competitive Play Committee will determine the number and structure of the Continental Cup tournaments based on the competitive needs of regions globally. 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 and host.
Teams in the WFTDA are assigned a region, which may be adjusted periodically based on the growth of the WFTDA membership. Currently the regions are North America-East, North America-West, Europe (including the UK and Ireland), Central/South America, Asia Pacific, and Africa. Regions without a Cup are assigned to the closest region: Asia Pacific to the North America – West Cup, South America to the North America – East Cup, and Africa to the European Cup.
After the Playoffs are seeded and confirmed, the next highest ranked teams will be placed in their assigned region’s Continental Cup until those brackets are filled. Twelve teams each will be assigned to the North America Cups and eight teams to the European Cup.
In 2019, in addition to the three Continental Cups, the WFTDA will add two Developmental Cups during the WFTDA competitive season to promote rankings play in regions that do not yet have enough teams at the rankings level required to run a Continental Cup. To promote the equalization of rankings across regions, the WFTDA Rankings and Competitive Play Committees will create the tournament structure and solicit one or two teams from other regions via a scholarship program to compete in the event. Participating local teams will then be required to play sanctioned and/or Strength Factor Challenge games against other teams in the region post-tournament to share their rankings benefit.
In 2018, WFTDA teams were seeded into two North American Cups that are three-day events with 12 competing teams, while the European Cup is a two-day event with eight competing teams.
2018 WFTDA Continental Cups Dates and Locations
August 17–19, 2018
Wings Event Center
Hosted by Kalamazoo Derby Darlins