Press Release * Official Communication
WFDF 2015 Asia-Oceanic Ultimate Championships (AOUC) to be held in Hong Kong
10 June 2015
The World Flying Disc Federation is pleased to announce that the WFDF 2015 Asia Oceanic Ultimate Championships (AOUC) 2015 will be hosted in Hong Kong. The event will be held from November 27-29, 2015 at the facilities at the “Happy Valley Recreation Ground” and “So Kon Po Sports Ground” on 8 Ultimate fields. The finals will be staged in the stadia of the “Tai Hang Tung Recreation Ground” (4 fields) and “Mong Kok Stadium” (2 fields), on Sunday, November 29, 2015. The Mong Kok Stadium is the major venue used by the Hong Kong Football Association for First Division League football matches, Cup competitions, International football matches such as Asian Football Confederation Cup and training session for Hong Kong Football Representative Teams.
Read more: WFDF 2015 Asia-Oceanic Ultimate Championships (AOUC) to be held in Hong Kong
PDGA and WFDF extend deadline for applications to host inaugural Team Disc Golf World Championship Event in 2016
09 June 2015
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) and the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) recently announced that the inaugural Team Disc Golf World Championship (TDGWC) will be held in mid-2016, and started the process of seeking bids from potential local hosts to organize the event. A detailed bid package is available here.
The selection committee for the 2016 Team Disc Golf World Championships would like to review as many bids as possible from interested nations. In order to encourage a greater response, we have extended the deadline for submission to June 30th, with an expected date of announcing the selection by July 31st.
Read more: PDGA and WFDF extend deadline for applications to host inaugural Team Disc Golf World Championship Event in 2016
WFDF releases six-part video series on Spirit of the Game (SotG)
08 May 2015
The World Flying Disc Federation is pleased to announce the release of a six-part video series on Spirit of the Game (SotG). The first-ever WFDF Spirit Conference presented by UltimatEvents and sponsored by WFDF was held in conjunction with the World Ultimate Club Championships in August 2014. During this event, community organizers and leaders from all levels, divisions, and global regions met to discuss a variety of issues related to SotG.
Read more: WFDF releases six-part video series on Spirit of the Game (SotG)
WFDF Development Grants Program: 2014 Report and 2015 Call for Applications
05 May 2015
The World Flying Disc Federation is pleased to present its 2014 Report of its Development Grants Program and put out the call for new grants applications for 2015. In 2014 a total of US$ 26,739 was committed and the WFDF board has budgeted up to US$24,000 for 2015, with individual grants limited to no more than US$1,500 each. WFDF also plans to expand this year its disc missionary program, providing discs to travelers to areas with limited disc activity.
Read more: WFDF Development Grants Program: 2014 Report and 2015 Call for Applications
Call for Sanctioned Event Bids: WFDF 2017 World Under 24 Ultimate Championships (WU24)
29 April 2015
World Flying Disc Federation – Call for Sanctioned Event Bids
WFDF 2017 World Under 24 Ultimate Championships (WU24)
WFDF's Ultimate Committee and Board of Directors are seeking bids from potential host organisers for the WFDF 2017 World Under 24 Ultimate Championships (WU24 2017).
The event is held bi-annually and is comprised of National Teams competing in three divisions. The event (previously named WU23) was last held in 2013 in Toronto and will be hosted in July 2015 in London.
Read more: Call for Sanctioned Event Bids: WFDF 2017 World Under 24 Ultimate Championships (WU24)
World Flying Disc Federation adopts new age division names for youth championships beginning in 2016
29 April 2015
The World Flying Disc Federation is pleased to announce that it has adopted new division names for youth Ultimate championships. Beginning in 2016, the former “Under 23” age category will be designated as the “Under 24” division and the former Juniors “Under 19” age category will be designated as the “Under 20” division. While the actual age limits are not changing, this revision of nomenclature was undertaken to try to minimize confusion about the age guidelines.
Read more: World Flying Disc Federation adopts new age division names for youth championships beginning in 2016
WFDF Seeks a Director of Communications and Global Media
16 April 2015
WFDF is establishing a new position of Director of Communications and Global Media and is seeking interested candidates. The Director would assist the executive staff and officers in writing press releases, identifying content and managing WFDF’s Facebook and Twitter pages, establishing a youtube and/or other video presence, and ensuring that WFDF takes advantage of the evolving opportunities in social media in order to better communicate with all of WFDF’s stakeholders and audience. This is a volunteer (unpaid) position but this will be a high impact role in raising the visibility of flying disc sports globally within the disc community and the general population.
Read more: WFDF Seeks a Director of Communications and Global Media
PDGA and WFDF Announce Inaugural Team Disc Golf World Championship Event in 2016; Host Organizing Bids are Sought
10 April 2015
The Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) and the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) are pleased to announce that the inaugural Team Disc Golf World Championship (TDGWC) will be held in mid-2016, and that they are seeking bids from potential local hosts to organize the event. A detailed bid package is now available.
Read the full Press Release here.
Read more: PDGA and WFDF Announce Inaugural Team Disc Golf World Championship Event in 2016; Host Organizing Bids are Sought
WFDF releases updated World Ultimate Ranking list
07 April 2015
Today WFDF released an update to the World Ultimate Ranking list for WFDF member nations who have participated in major events over the past four years. This update takes into the account the recent results from the World Championships of Beach Ultimate, held from March 8 to 13 in Dubai. This ranking system provides a benchmark for WFDF’s member associations to understand how they compare against other nations in terms of performance and the depth of their elite Ultimate programs.
Read more: WFDF releases updated World Ultimate Ranking list
WFDF welcomes Kenya and Qatar as member associations
06 April 2015
The World Flying Disc Federation is pleased to announce that the WFDF Congress has voted to approve Qatar and Kenya as WFDF provisional member associations. A total number of 50 regular member participated in the ballot, totaling 126 out of 132 votes available. With one abstention totaling 4 votes, the new member associations were approved unanimously. The approval of the memberships of the Kenya Flying Disc Association (KFDA) and Ultimate Players Association of Qatar (UPAQ) brings the total WFDF membership to member associations in 60 countries, with another four disc sport organizational members in Beach Ultimate, Freestyle, Disc Golf, and Guts.
Read more: WFDF welcomes Kenya and Qatar as member associations
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Latest WFDF Communiques
02 August 2015 - Official Communication
WFDF is pleased to announce that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today has granted full recognition to the World Flying Disc Federation at its 128th Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Established in 1985 and celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015, the WFDF is composed of 62 national member associations on five continents. WFDF had received provisional recognition by the IOC in May 2013.
“The sport of Flying Disc has been granted full recognition by the International Olympic Committee today and WFDF is extremely honored and humbled by the decision and support shown by the IOC Session for our sport today. We are very thankful to the IOC membership, the Executive Board and its administration, in particular to the IOC Sport Department and staff, for their guidance and support during the period since WFDF was provisionally recognized by the IOC Executive Board in May 2013,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch.
“This is an incredible milestone in the 30 year history of WFDF and a further important step for our International Federation in the development of our sport worldwide. There could be no bigger anniversary present to WFDF, which was launched in August 1985, and we are looking forward to continuing to work with the IOC as our partner in promoting Flying Disc sports around the globe. Since 2013, we have successfully implemented most of the recommendations made by the IOC promulgating best practices for a sport IF,” continued Rauch. “Since 2013, we have established Continental Associations on all continents, increased number of WFDF national member associations to 62 and the number of associations recognized by the National Olympic Committees to 11, focused on the development of organized activity in Africa, modified the WFDF governance structures to increase the influence of athletes in the decision-making process, and further supported the global growth of Flying Disc sport. Today’s decision will give a further boost to our efforts to increasing the presence of Flying Disc sports in all countries and on all continents”
WFDF today represents 65 member associations in 62 countries and holds major World Championships in Ultimate Frisbee, Beach Ultimate, Guts, Disc Golf, Freestyle and Field events regularly in Open, Women`s and Mixed divisions of all age categories.
Picture: The IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur following the WFDF presentation video (IOC website screenshot - www.olympic.org).
21 July 2015 - Official Communication
The 2015 WFDF World Overall Championships are under way in Norrköping, Sweden, from 18-25 July 2015. The event features 7 disciplines as are Double Disc Court, Freestyle, Accuracy, Discathon, Self Caught Flight, Distance and Disc Golf. Athletes from 11 countries participate in the event.
Find all nes, articles, results and videos on the official event website.
26 June 2015 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation is pleased to announce that the WFDF 2016 World Junior Ultimate Championships (WJUC) will be hosted in the city of Wrocław (Poland). The event will be held from July 31-August 6, 2016 at the facilities at the Pola Marsome fields in Wrocław. The finals will be staged in the Stadion Olimpijski (Stadium), a venue of the 2017 IWGA World Games, on August 6, 2016. The successful bid, which topped five other qualified bids, came from the Ultimate bro s.c. (UB) group headed by Michal Dul and is supported and endorsed by the Polish Ultimate Players Association.
25 June 2015 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation is pleased to announce that the inaugural WFDF 2015 Asia Oceanic Guts Club Championships (AOGCC) will be hosted in the city of New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei. The event will be held on October 17-18, 2015 at the facilities at the “Ban Chiao Multiple Stadium” located in New Taipei City, with the finals being held on the main field at this venue on Sunday, October 18, 2015. The successful bid came from the Chinese Taipei Flying Disc Association (CTFDA) acting as Tournament Organizing Committee under the leadership of Michael HU. It is expected that a minimum number of 10 teams will participate in the Open and Women’s divisions.
22 June 2015 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation announces that the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has approved the short-list of eight International Federations for potential inclusion as an additional event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games without including a Flying Disc sport.
The announcement was made today by the Additional Event Program Panel of Tokyo 2020`s Organising Committee, concluding the second stage of the application procedure before entering the official phase II of the process. The IFs of the eight sports included to the short-list: Baseball/Softball (WBSC), Bowling (WB), Karate (WKF), Roller Sports (FIRS), Sport Climbing (IFSC), Squash (WSF), Surfing (ISA), Wushu (IWUF).
20 June 2015 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that the Congress has approved of a modification of the WFDF Bylaws establishing a full voting right for the Athlete`s Commission chair on its Board of Directors.
The WFDF Congress unanimously approved of the proposed change allocating full voting powers to the Athlete’s Commission chair within the Board.
18 June 2015 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that the totally revamped website of the Freestyle Players Association (FPA) is now live at www.FreestyleDisc.org.
“We have completely revamped the website to modernize the feel and offer more of the features that we think everyone will use and love,” commented FPA at-large Board member Brian Boaté on the launch. “Our hope is that this site will be the online hub for our favorite sport and to provide current news, exciting content and valuable tools for both our existing community and to attract new players as well. We encourage everyone to explore the site and to please feel free to send any issues and feedback to email@example.com. We will be adding additional features and content in the coming weeks.”
16 June 2015 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with Discraft Inc. as a WFDF Sponsor and Official Disc Supplier for the period 2015-2016. Discraft Inc., based in Michigan, USA, will also have the exclusive rights to produce “Official WFDF Ultimate Discs” during the term of this Agreement.
The Discraft UltraStarTM also will be used as official game discs during WFDF sanctioned events in 2015 and 2016.
12 June 2015 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation is pleased to announce that it was accepted by the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games as one of 26 International Federation (IF) to be considered in round two as a potential additional sport on the Olympic Programme to be chosen by the hosts at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Recommendation 10 of Olympic Agenda 2020 approved by the IOC in December 2014 allows Organising Committees for the Olympic Games (OCOGs) to make a proposal for the inclusion of one or more additional events on the Olympic Programme for that edition of the Olympic Games. This principle applies for the first time for the 2020 Olympic Summer Games and consequently the Tokyo Organisers had invited all IOC 33 recognised International Federations (IFs) with summer events to submit their application in the first round.
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