The World Dodgeball Association in partnership with Madison Square Garden and Falcon Media present the Dodgeball World Cup 2018.
This is the pinnacle of the Dodgeball calendar and will see the England men’s and mixed teams defend their world title and Australia defend their Women’s title won in Manchester’s World Cup 2016.
Held at Madison Square Garden, truly one of the world’s iconic venues this is going to be a showcase of epic proportions that’ll see countries from all over the globe participate in one of the world’s most popular participation sports.
The World Dodgeball Association represent 59 national federations, 4 continental federations and 67.5 million people worldwide. In 2017 four continental World Cup Qualifying Events will take place in Cairo, Glasgow, Kuala Lumpur and Washington D.C to determine which nations will qualify. As hosts, Team USA automatically qualify in addition to reigning World Men and Mixed Champions England and World Women’s Champions Australia.
Tom Hickson, World Dodgeball President is delighted to be able to bring the sport to such an iconic venue and is excited by the partnership with Falcon Media house ‘The support DWC2016 received throughout the tournament and beyond was a significant landmark for the sport. The partnership with Falcon Media House will enable us to establish the sport with a new and expanding audience, taking Dodgeball to the World and the World to Dodgeball.
The support of Falcon Media House was crucial in establishing the partnership with Madison Square Garden, who are working tirelessly to ensure that the launch and tournament are world class in every way.
Following the inaugural 2016 Dodgeball World Cup in Manchester, the 2018 Dodgeball World Cup in New York City will only be the second of its kind. The four 2017 Continental World Cup Qualifying Competitions will determine the top 10 qualifying nations for each of the three respective men’s, women’s and mixed competition categories. Over 34 national teams will be competing to reach the 2018 World Cup in New York City. Only Team USA as host nation and England Men’s, Australia Women’s and England Mixed Teams as World Champions have automatic entry.
The 2018 World Cup will be held at Madison Square Garden in front of a capacity crowd of 10,000 spectators within the World’s most famous Sports arena and viewed by millions of players and fans around the World.
Our launch event partnered us with Strength to Strength Young Ambassadors Program (YAP) that brings together young people ages 14-20 who lost either a parent or immediate family member in a terrorist attack or were injured themselves.
The participants spend a week together in New York City and come from various countries including Argentina, Algeria, England, France, Israel, Kenya, Northern Ireland, Spain, Uganda, and the United States.
The goal of the trip is to ensure a week filled with exciting and fun activities combined with meetings with political and community leaders in order to empower these young people to take their personal experiences of trauma and share them with each other in order to bring about healing.