Welcome to Roller Derby!
If you’re new to roller derby and the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), this page will give you all of the information you need about our sport and our organization.
Introduction to Roller Derby
ABOUT ROLLER DERBY
The sport of roller derby was first conceived in the 1930s, and was played on a banked track and was popular in the United States until it fizzled out in the 1970s. In the early 2000s, modern women’s roller derby got its start in Austin, Texas. Starting with the Texas Rollergirls, flat track roller derby leagues began forming as businesses run by the athletes themselves. The flat track version of the sport spread like wildfire in subsequent years, as the ability to mark track boundaries on a skating rink floor or other venues, rather than building and storing a large banked track, made it possible to play the game just about anywhere. Today, several hundred leagues exist all over the world.
While the original version of the sport eventually became more of a spectacle with fights and other staged theatrics, today’s roller derby is a legitimate sport played by true athletes.
LEARN MORE: Rules of Flat Track Roller Derby
The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) is the international governing body of women’s flat track roller derby representing more than 450 member and apprentice leagues on 6 continents. The mission of the WFTDA is to govern and promote the sport of flat track roller derby and revolutionize the role of women in sports through the collective voice of its member leagues around the world. The WFTDA sets the international standards for rankings, rules, and competition each year and provides guidance and resources to the sport of flat track derby.
LEARN MORE: About WFTDA
ABOUT WFTDA POSTSEASON TOURNAMENTS
Each WFTDA Member League has a Charter team that competes with other WFTDA leagues in sanctioned games that determine placement in the WFTDA Rankings. Each WFTDA Member League has a Charter team that competes with other WFTDA leagues in sanctioned games that determine placement in the WFTDA Rankings. The top-ranked teams as of the June 30th Rankings compete in Playoff tournaments in late summer/fall, with the top finishers advancing to the Championship tournament. Leagues ranked below the Playoffs cutoff are then seeded into regional Continental Cup tournaments.
WHERE TO WATCH ROLLER DERBY
Check out our leagues page to find a league in your area and visit their website for information on how to buy tickets to their games. You can also watch roller derby live online on our website WFTDA.tv, where we broadcast WFTDA Postseason Tournaments and select games and tournaments during the regular season. Recordings of past broadcasts are also available in the WFTDA.tv Archives and the WFTDA YouTube channel.
WANT TO JOIN?
Interested in getting involved in roller derby? Visit our leagues page to find a league in your area. Contact them to ask about their beginner/boot camp program if you’re interested in skating, their officials program if you’re interested in being a referee, or their volunteer program if you want to get involved in any of the multitude of other opportunities to join the roller derby revolution.
Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby is a full contact sport for women ages 18 and up (or 21 and up, depending on the league). The WFTDA has a very inclusive view on gender and our member leagues provide a welcoming and accepting environment for anyone who wants to play women’s flat track roller derby.