About the Team
The World Games is a 10-day, multisport event held every four years featuring both Olympic and non-Olympic sports.
Organized and hosted by the International World Games Association (IWGA) and recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the World Games represents the pinnacle of many amateur sports, including ultimate. All told, approximately 4,500 athletes from more than 100 countries will compete in 25 sports in the 2017 edition.
At the World Games, ultimate is contested as a mixed-gender sport and is entirely self-officiated. Teams are comprised of 14 athletes, seven men and seven women.
Following the 2013 games, the international sporting community voted the U.S. National Ultimate Team as the IWGA “Team of the Year.”
The 2017 World Games will be held in Wroclaw, Poland, July 20-30, with ultimate being contested July 21-23.
In 2021, the 11th edition of the World Games will be held in Birmingham, Ala.
Although the first edition of the World Games was held in 1981, it wasn’t until 2001 that ultimate was added to the program. Since then, the U.S. National Team has medaled in all four editions, winning three gold medals (2005, 2009 and 2013) and one silver (2001).
Following a national tryout of more than 60 athletes and two rounds of cuts, seven men and seven women will be selected to represent the United States by USA Ultimate, the national governing body for the sport of ultimate in the United States and member of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Nations qualify for the World Games based on results at the previous year’s World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) World Ultimate and Guts Championships. In 2017, the U.S. joins Australia, Canada, Colombia, Japan and Poland as the six countries that will compete in the sport of ultimate.