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Quidditch Global Games Begin on July 19

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The FIFA World Cup may have ended, but international sports competition is continuing this weekend with a new tournament: the 2014 Quidditch Global Games! The world's best quidditch teams are competing this Saturday, July 19th, in Burnaby, Canada, in a real-life, full-contact version of the magical sport depicted in the Harry Potter series. Over 120 players from seven nations and three continents will be representing Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States, all fighting for the title of world quidditch champion.

Real-life quidditch has swept the globe as an intense, dynamic, co-ed sport, with more than 200 official teams, 4,000 players, and hundreds of thousands of fans around the world. Each team in the Global Games event comprises the best quidditch athletes in their country, selected by national organizing bodies, and flying from continents away for the chance to compete internationally. While quidditch pundits favor the United States to win, competition should be stiff, with teams bringing full rosters of veteran players. The tournament will take place at the Lake Sports Complex West in Burnaby, but fans who can't make it in person to the games can follow the live scores updates and photos on twitter at @IQAglobalgames, or check out match videos posted after the event to

The sport of quidditch is played with seven active players on each team, who must run with a broom held between their legs at all times. Each team has three chasers who attempt to move, pass, or score with the quaffle (a volleyball) by shooting it through their opponent's three hoops, two players who hurl bludgers (dodgeballs) to temporarily knock opposing players out of the game, one keeper to defend the hoops, and one seeker on each team to chase the snitch, a velcro tail attached to the shorts of a very swift runner dressed in yellow. The game ends when the snitch is caught, and the winning team earns an extra 30 points, equivalent to three goals. A full rulebook is available at:

The International Quidditch Association is an international group dedicated to organizing the sport globally, and is working closely with US Quidditch, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, the hosts of the upcoming event. Global Games, the IQA, and USQ are not affiliated with JK Rowling, Warner Bros. or Time Warner.

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