German Quidditch Games 2017

 

In combination with the Ice Cup 2017, the German Quidditch Games 2017 conclude an exciting quidditch year this fall. We briefly summed up all important information about the event on this page.

When and where are the German Quidditch Games 2017 held?
The tournament takes place on November 4/5, 2017 at the sports facilities ATS Buntentor in Bremen.
Spectators traveling by car can use the following address:
Weg zum Krähenberg 1
28201 Bremen
The first games on Saturday start at 9:00 am, the last ones are scheduled to begin at 3:00 pm. The second day starts at 8:30 am already, with the finale planned for 4:00 pm.
Note that since there is no specific length to a quidditch match, delays are possible.
 

What are the German Quidditch Games and which teams are participating?
The Quidditch Games are the German qualification tournament for the European Quidditch Cup (EQC), the annual prime club tournament on European level which takes place in the Bavarian town of Pfaffenhofen in 2018. The German teams have been allocated four spots in the tournament.
These four EQC spots are up for grabs at the German Quidditch Games. The best 16 teams from all over Germany, selected based on their results from the Winter Games 2017 and the German Championship 2017 will compete in Bremen. Find an overview of all participating teams in the group draw graphic below.

Which tournament format is used?
Each team has been allocated to one of four groups for the initial group stage. The results of the group draw on October 8, 2017 are shown below.
The group stage is followed by bracket play on the second tournament day. For this, the tournament is getting divided into two divisions: the upper bracket, in which the group winners and runners-up are competing the first eight places, and the lower bracket, in which the 3rd and 4th placed teams of all groups are playing for the lower ranks 9 to 16. The full ranking will be played out, ensuring an equal number of matches for all teams. 

 

Which teams are considered as favourites?
Rheinos Bonn, winner of last season's EQC qualification tournament, and Three River Dragons Passau, the reigning German champion, are the big names in the tournament. The very experienced teams Darmstadt Athenas and Ruhr Phoenix should be considered to reach the finale too. Up and coming Hamburg Werewolves, regional champion of the Northern League, and Baden-Württemberg champion Tübinger Thestrale might have a hard time taking home the trophy, but are certainly entering with good chances for an EQC spot. 

Do I have to get a ticket to watch?
No. The tournament is freely accessible for all fans and spectators.
There are also ample free parking opportunities along the streets surrounding the tournament venue.

How else can I follow the tournament?
If you can't make it to Bremen yourself, take a look at the tournament live stream. You can also follow our special Twitter account to get all information first hand.
Up-to-date information are released in the official tournament Facebook event and via Deutscher Quidditchbund's Twitter and Facebook channels. 

And what exactly is quidditch again?
Quidditch is a full-contact sport that combines elements from rugby, handball and dodgeball. It’s played in mixed-gender teams of seven players. You can find a more elaborate explanation of the sport and the different positions in our short introduction to quidditch.