WFDF Announces 2021 Schedule of World Championships
World Ultimate & Guts Championships (Netherlands) planned to go ahead in 2021
WFDF is pleased to announce that negotiations with Team TOC, the WUGC 2020 Organising Committee, have resulted in a mutual understanding on the necessary revisions to the existing contract to enable us to proceed with holding a rescheduled WFDF 2021 World Ultimate & Guts Championships (WUGC 2021) in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. WUGC will be held from Saturday 24th July to Saturday 31st July 2021 at the same four venues that were planned to be used for the 2020 event.
More than 2,200 athletes were scheduled to attend WUGC 2020 in the Open, Women’s and Mixed divisions. Earlier this year, WFDF polled each team and interest from almost 40 countries remained high with only three countries opting out when it was announced the event would not take place as planned in 2020 due to the effects of the outbreak and global pandemic of COVID-19.
In addition to the health considerations around the pandemic, the event must raise the operating capital necessary for WUGC 2021 to show that it is viable. Therefore, the balance of player fees and surcharges will have to be paid prior to the 15th January 2021. All teams are asked to plan for the event and to anticipate the fee payment from their teams to be ready for the mid-January payment. Teams are urged to hold off on making any bookings until after WFDF re-opens team and player registration in late December following our meetings and a firm decision has been made that it appears it will be safe and responsible for WUGC 2021 to take place.
It is anticipated that there will be a surcharge of around €165 for Players Fees for WUGC2021 to cover extra work caused by the event delay and an expected reduction in total players across whom fixed charges are spread. TOC has negotiated with hotels to carry over to 2021 hotel deposits already paid. Any new revenue collected by WFDF for the 2021 event, will be returned in full if, by the 15th January 2021, either concerns surrounding the safety and health of participants remain significant and/or not enough revenue is raised to have the event proceed.
Each team (currently registered) will be sent direct information (by mid-November) about the 2021 decision and payment timelines, with an online form to fill out to provide us accurate and current team information with a number of players you are bringing.
WUGC 2021 will serve as the qualifier event for the IWGA World Games which has been rescheduled to be hosted in the USA, now in 2022.
WFDF and the TOC remain hopeful and committed to making WUGC 2021 a reality. We thank you all for your patience and support and understanding during this difficult and uncertain time.