Opening Pull: The Highlights Issue!

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AUDL to Add Houston Franchise; Tampa and Ottawa Folding

The AUDL announced it will add a new team in Houston in 2023, bringing the total Texas teams in the semi-pro league to three, while the Tampa Bay Cannons and Ottawa Outlaws will cease operations.

“Adding a team in Houston has been a goal of our league as the region’s ultimate community has continued to grow and flourish,” said AUDL CEO and Commissioner Steve Hall in a statement.

The team is expected to play in the Houston Sports Park, a new $3.2 million, 4,000 seat stadium that was built for the SaberCats and opened in 2019. The Houston franchise does not yet have a name or logo.

Tampa and Ottawa, meanwhile, become the first teams to leave the league since Nashville and San Francisco in 2018. Both teams struggled with attendance, and neither team has had a winning season since 2017.

Rutgers 50th Anniversary Game

Rutgers held an alumni scrimmage to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first intercollegiate ultimate game. This highlight reel has it all: no-look scoobers, bookends, skies, and plenty of plays from both rising stars and the players who started it all.

Rutgers 50th Anniversary of the 1st College Ultimate Game from GamePoint Performance on Vimeo.

AUDL All-Star Game 2022

Experimental rules like a five-second stall count and a two-point line led to a high scoring game between the league’s all stars.

2022 Club Nationals Finals

Highlights from Nathan Kolakovic and USA Ultimate of the last teams standing at the 2022 Nationals finals: Molly Brown vs. Fury, Johnny Bravo vs. Truck Stop, and Mixtape vs. NOISE.


Denver Johnny Bravo at 2022 Club Nationals

Relive the staunch defense, skying offense, and emphatic celebrations from Johnny Bravo en route to their 2022 men’s club title with this best-of mix.

Washington D.C. Truck Stop 2022 Highlights

Not to be outdone, the 2022 club Nationals runner-ups compiled their own mixtape, proving efficient offense doesn’t have to be boring.

Philadelphia AMP 2022 Club Nationals

While AMP likely had higher hopes than bowing at in prequarters at Nationals, it didn’t stop them from making plays that show why they’re one of the mixed division’s premier teams year in and year out.

2022 Club Nationals: Mixed and Women’s Divisions

Top plays from the 16 best teams in the nation in the mixed and women’s divisions, courtesy of USA Ultimate.


WUCC 2022 Opening Ceremony and Showcase Game by Christian Flores

128 teams gathered from around the world to compete for gold at the 2022 World Ultimate Club Championships. The festivities began with an opening ceremony and showcase game between Vancouver Traffic and Japan’s MUD.

WUCC 2022 Open, Mixed, and Women’s Divisions by Nathan Kolakovic

One of the best in the ultimate highlight business, Nathan Kolakovic brought his signature style of slo-mo plays over electro-pop music to bear on the World Ultimate Club Championships with highlights from each division.



CUUC 2022 Friday Qualifiers

Day one of the premier Canadian college ultimate tournament featured teams fighting for the final spots in Division One!

New Zealand Division 2 Mixed Ultimate Championships

A swirling wind made for some exciting top plays from the recent New Zealand mixed ultimate championships.

Wall City Season Highlights

German open team Wall City had a historic year, wresting the German national title from Bad Skid for the first time in twelve years. Catch up on their season accomplishments, which include tying for thirteenth overall at WUCC and making it to the quarterfinals of EUCF.

Bonus: Photo Highlights from Saturday pool play at Classic City Classic

Follow the link to see all of Gene Mattace’s photo coverage of day one of Classic City Classic 2022. Photo: Gene Mattace.

Last Week on Ultiworld

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Looking Ahead

  • The first ever Huckin’ Eh college awards will be posted later this week, featuring familiar categories like player of the year alongside the spirit-based Huckin’ Heart award.
  • Our 12 Days of College Ultimate begins on December 12! We’ll be breaking down players to watch, all-college universe lines, and much more.
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