What is the Quidditch Premier League?
The QPL is an ambitious project that seeks to bring exciting and competitive league play to the United Kingdom during the QuidditchUK off-season, which is between June and August.
When does the ‘season’ run?
A season runs from June to August.
Is the QPL affiliated with QuidditchUK?
Currently, the QPL is run as a separate organisation to QUK, and there are no plans to formally become a part of QUK in the future. However, we are grateful to help the UK’s National Governing Body build the sport of quidditch in the UK and around the world. The QPL would not be possible without the support the sport has gained from this incredibly professional and effective National Governing Body, and we are grateful for everything they have done for quidditch.
Will the teams be QuidditchUK official?
No. The QPL teams are brand new, each representing a geographic ‘catchment area’. The areas are based on the official ‘regions’ of the UK, and the teams representing them, are:
- The London Monarchs
- The Southwest Broadside
- The Southeast Knights
- The Eastern Mermaids
- The Welsh Dragons
- The Northern Watch
- The Yorkshire Roses
- The East Midlands Archers
- The West Midlands Revolution
- The Scottish Thistles
I’m from Ireland, or another area that doesn’t fall within a team’s catchment area. Why isn’t there a team near me?
Those living outside catchment areas can be allocated a team to try out for on an individual basis. We want to emphasise that no matter where you live in the UK, even if you are outside our catchment areas, you can be allocated a team to try out for – and so the QPL will be open to any player within the UK or beyond.
What rulebook will the QPL use?
The rulebook for the 2018 season is currently under discussion, and will be announced shortly.
Who runs the teams?
Each team has an appointed manager, for which applications will open in the near future. These managers can either take a playing spot on the roster, or be non-playing. They are responsible for their team, for tryouts, and liaising with the League.
How are the teams made up?
Each team holds regional tryouts in their catchment areas in February. The best 25 players are chosen by that team’s manager, and they form that team’s roster. 18 players from those 25 will be selected for each fixture, providing some flexibility and strategy, as well as allowances for fatigue over the course of the season.
How do the fixtures work?
Fixtures are held fortnightly, with one being held for each division, and consist of each team playing the other four divisional competitors once over the course of the day in a round-robin format. The location of the divisional fixtures will move around the region to ensure that all teams have a certain amount of fixtures close to home.
Will there be a Championship?
Each QPL season ends with a championship fixture at a stadium.
Do I have to be an ‘elite’ player to try out?
Absolutely not. Just come along and bring your best game. We’re offering one of the best opportunities to shine in the UK game, regardless of what club you play for during the season.
What about brooms/hoops/kit?
We provide the hoops and the brooms. Players get personalised, fully sublimated kit included with their player fee each season.
How much will it cost?
You can find the membership fees for the 2018 season here.
Can I be a part of it?
Of course! If you want to take on a role and help us change the game, check out our openings here. We will be releasing details on how to register for try-outs or volunteer as an official closer to the start of the season.