Roller derby is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and the Roller Derby World Cup is the LARGEST roller derby event in the world.
It all started in Toronto, in 2011 with 13 teams (representing 13 countries) competing in the Roller Derby World Cup. In 2014, the event was held in Dallas, Texas and saw 30 countries compete. For 2018, forty teams will compete and the tournament will be held over 4 days on 4 tracks! The event will be broadcasted around the world via a live web stream. In 2014, people from 48 different countries tuned in to watch online.
The third Roller Derby World Cup is taking place at EventCity in Greater Manchester, United Kingdom. This 4-day event is being held 1 February - 4 February 2018 and welcomes 40 women's teams from around the world competing on 4 simultaneous tracks.
Teams include: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Indigenous, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, México, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, Wales, West Indies
*Bolded teams are new to the tournament.
The venue, EventCity, is a huge 16,000 sq. metre [172,000 sq. ft] hosting space, located in Trafford, not far from the internationally renowned Old Trafford soccer venue, home of Manchester United Football Club.
In addition to the thousands of fans expected, there will be another 1000 skaters, officials, announcers, volunteers and staff in the venue each day and thousands watching from home.
Tickets went on sale in late May and the first 500 tickets sold within the first 4 hours with steady sales ever since. This event is expected to sell out.
The Roller Derby World Cup has an amazing online following:
Facebook: 33,000+ fans
Twitter: 6,300+ followers
Instagram: 12,400+ followers
The 2014 Roller Derby World Cup was covered by the following news outlets: ESPN, CW33, UniVision, DFW.com, Dallas News, Mirror, USA Today, Dallas Observer, L’Expresse, Red Eye Chicago, Dallas Morning News,MSN, NPR, ABC (Australia), Time and Star, KERA News, Louth Leader, The Daily Meal, Stuff (NZ), Yorkshire Evening Post, Central Track, Scottish Roller Derby Blog, Derby Central, The Derby Nerd and more.