Opening Pull: EUIC Canceled, First WUL 2022 Roster, College Teams Fundraising for Nationals

Caution for some 2022 events and full steam ahead on others as we enter another pandemic winter.

Mikhail Khudobin with a big catch for RealFive in the European Ultimate Indoor Club Championships 2021 Open Final. The European Ultimate Indoor Championships planned for 2022 would have been the first-ever European event for national teams. Photo: Illia Shypunov Ultimate Photography

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European Ultimate Indoor Championships Canceled

The European Ultimate Federation’s European Ultimate Indoor Championships, previously planned for March 2022 in Herning, Denmark after being postponed from 2021, have been canceled. The cancelation was announced last week in an email sent to teams and national federations, with the EUF citing rising COVID cases across Europe and tight commitment deadlines in the face of an uncertain pandemic winter. The event would have been Europe’s first-ever indoor tournament for national teams.

This fall’s XEUCF tournament in Belgium was held largely as normal, although Russian teams were unable to attend and UK participation was limited to two open teams. (Russian teams are also unlikely to attend any of several WFDF events set to be hosted in the US next year.)

San Francisco Falcons Announce 2022 Roster

The first semi-pro roster for 2022 has dropped! The Western Ultimate League‘s San Francisco Falcons announced their roster for the 2022 season following a handful of flashy pre-season signings in October.

The WUL will hold its first on-field competition in a couple of short weeks at the WUL Winter Cup from December 11-12 in San Diego, CA, with all games planned to be streamed. Watch the site for preview content and viewing information as the big weekend approaches!

Teams Fundraising for College Nationals

The field is set for December’s College Championships in Norco, CA, and teams across the country are holding fundraisers to cover costs. The hosts of Ultiworld podcast Laying it Out are rounding up fundraisers for teams in all divisions in an ongoing Twitter thread. Every little bit helps, so if you have the means, consider buying some gear or chipping in a dollar or ten to help a college program’s dreams come true. (And if your team’s fundraiser isn’t already listed, add it to the chain!)

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Coming Up

  • We’ll have more preview content for the WUL Winter Cup as rosters roll out from the league’s other teams.
  • From division stalwarts loaded with super-returners to first-time-ever nationals qualifiers, this year’s College Championships won’t want for storylines. Stay tuned for more preview content in both D-I and D-III ahead of the main event on December 17-20.
  • Our 2021 club content wraps up soon with snubs, superlatives, and other miscellaneous strong opinions left over from awards season. Tell us what we got wrong on socials! (Not that many of you need the invitation.)
  1. Mags Colvett
    Mags Colvett

    Mags Colvett is a former Associate Editor at Ultiworld, the holder of a creative writing MFA from Ohio State University and a literature MA from the University of Georgia, and a proud career B-teamer. They live in Queens and tweet at @magscolv.

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