The Roller Derby World Cup is an international women’s roller derby tournament formerly organized by Blood & Thunder magazine, and currently organized by the Roller Derby World Cup Committee. Teams of amateur skaters from around the world compete for their respective nations.
The inaugural 2011 Roller Derby World Cup was hosted by Toronto Roller Derby, and was held December 1 through 4, 2011, at The Bunker at Downsview Park in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The 2011 Roller Derby World Cup had thirteen countries taking part. Each team sent a roster of 20 skaters, plus alternates, to take part. Though not affiliated with the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the World Cup was played and officiated under a ruleset developed and standardized by the WFTDA. Teams held tryouts during 2011 and started naming the rosters in August. The participating countries were: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, Sweden, and the United States. It was won by USA Roller Derby, who beat Team Canada by a score of 336 points to 33 in the final.
From 13 to 30!
The second World Cup took place December 4 through 7, 2014, in Dallas, Texas at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Thirty countries took part, including all thirteen teams from the inaugural event. The participating countries were: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, Wales, and West Indies.
USA Roller Derby repeated their victory, this time defeating Team England in the final 219–105.
The mission of the Roller Derby World Cup Advisory Committee is to promote international amateur sports competition in the sport of roller derby. We are committed to enhancing the image and stature or roller derby on an international level by correcting the misconceptions and previous stereotypes about the sport, recognizing the positive individuals in the sport and advancing roller derby worldwide through athleticism, leadership, sportsmanship and fairness. The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to communicate new ideas and improve current practices regarding the event and ensure that decisions are made in the best interest of the athletes and crews participating, the fans watching and the roller derby community as a whole while continuing the trend toward international recognition in mainstream media.
In 2011, Blood & Thunder (established in 2006) organized the very first international roller derby tournament featuring national teams. Thirteen countries traveled to Toronto, Canada to compete in this historical event, hosted by Toronto Roller Derby (TORD). In 2014, the tournament was held in Dallas, Texas and saw thirty countries competing over four days, on three tracks. The Roller Derby World Cup Advisory Committee was created not long after the 2014 event to continue fostering the growth of international roller derby competition.
Roller Derby World Cup Advisory Committee
The Roller Derby World Cup Advisory Committee is comprised of key members of the roller derby community representing skaters, officials, announcers, photographers, medical staff, production staff and skate industry experts.
The Roller Derby World Cup Advisory Committee works closely with the Roller Derby Nations Committee.
More information about this committee can be found here.