2017 WFTDA D1 Championships Central

2017 WFTDA D1 Championships Central Photo credit: Derby With Recess.

Hosted by Philly Roller Derby, the 2017 WFTDA Division 1 Championships are upon us with 12 teams converging in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to decide who is the best of the best. Gotham has had their legendary run with the Hydra, and now Rose City has kept it for two years in a row. Many think the trophy will end up down under while others hope to see it go a mile high. Ultimately, with the way the bracket fell into place this season, we will at least get a different matchup for the final game.

The annual November Championship tournament is only a Division 1 bracket this year since D2’s Playoffs and Champs were all in one weekend back in August in Pittsburgh, PA. Catch up on how each of the 12 D1 teams did this season, and how they are looking in their first-round matchups with Part 1 and Part 2 of our weekend preview.

2017 WFTDA Championships Preview: Quarterfinal Games

2017 WFTDA Championships Preview: Quarterfinal Games Photo credit: Danforth Johnson.

In Part 1 of our 2017 WFTDA Championships preview, we looked at the teams who are battling it out in the first four games for a chance to take on the top seeds in the quarterfinal round of games. Now we will take a look at Victoria, Gotham, Rose City, and Denver who earned byes for this tournament and will play the winners of the play-in games.

The WFTDA had previously announced that the final game would air one ESPN2 but since then the schedule has changed and now the live broadcast will be on ESPN3 with a rerun the following Sunday on ESPN2. The rest of the games can be watched on, or check out WFTDA’s partnership with Twitch and their Roller Derby Watch Party.

2017 B-Team Champs Preview

2017 B-Team Champs Preview Photo Credit: Keith Ridge.

While both the WFTDA and the MRDA are set to present their respective International Championships over the next couple of weeks, ten North American-based developmental teams aim to claim their own national title this weekend.

2017 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Dallas Preview

2017 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Dallas Preview Photo credit: Regularman Photography.

September 22nd through the 24th will be the third and final WFTDA Division 1 Playoff weekend. This final bracket will confirm the last four teams to qualify for the final tournament in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this November, and will also reveal the bracket seeding for Championships. With only three #1 seeds advancing, it will come down to this final tournament to see which #2 seed will get the coveted final bye spot.

Already headed to Philly are Rose City, Angel City, Montréal, and Rat City from Seattle while advancing from Malmö are Gotham, Denver, London, and Crime City. Seattle’s outcome was more of a surprise as the #5 and #6 seeds surpassed the #3 and #4 seeds, but Malmö concluded with the top for seeds leaving the way they entered the weekend. Dallas will have the widest WFTDA rankings gap between the top two seeds, #1 Victoria and #6 Texas, as well a the lowest ranked team that made it into Division 1 this year, #40 Wasatch.

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2017 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Seattle Preview

2017 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Seattle Preview Photo credit: Regularman Photography.

September 1st through the 3rd will kick off the Division 1 portion of WFTDA Tournament season in Seattle, Washington, hosted by the Rat City Rollergirls. After the massive 30-game tournament that was Division 2 two weeks ago, this weekend will conclude after 16 games played by 12 teams. While overall D1 was reduced to three brackets, each was expanded by two more teams which will mean that some teams will only end up playing two games this year.

While perhaps a little more predictable, Division 1 tournaments consist of the top teams in WFTDA, and as the sport grows, there’s always room for surprises. This year, the top four teams will make it out of the weekend alive and attend Championships this November in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Watch this tournament on and follow our coverage here on our website, or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.