Previews

2017 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Seattle Preview

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

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 WFTDA.tv and follow our coverage here on our website, or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

2017 WFTDA D2 Tournaments: Pittsburgh Central

The 2017 WFTDA D2 Playoffs and Championships took place in Pittsburgh, PA the weekend of August 18-20th. This was the first time that both Playoff brackets ran concurrently on two tracks on Friday and Saturday and then fed into a Championship bracket on Sunday.

Read up on all 16 teams who attended with our Pittsburgh Preview, and check out the rest of WFTDA Playoffs with our June Rankings and Seeding analysis. Get to know the leagues who were new to WFTDA D2 Playoffs this year: Dublin, Pirate City, Middlesbrough, Paris, E-Ville, and Auld Reekie (coming soon).

2017 WFTDA D2 Tournaments: Pittsburgh Preview

2017 WFTDA D2 Tournaments: Pittsburgh Preview Photo credit: Zero G Photography. facebook.com/ZeroGPhotography

This weekend will kick off the 2017 WFTDA postseason starting with Division 2 Playoffs and Championships. Things have changed a bit for D2 this year with the amended tournament structure WFTDA announced last fall. What were previously two Playoff brackets have come together in one tournament, with eight teams in each bracket. The Championship round will happen this Sunday instead of later in November as in previous years.

This year, there are five teams who are participating in D2 for the first time, some teams who have been edged out of Division 1, and only three teams who played at D2s last season. None of the four D2 Championship teams from last year are returning to this division either, which will make this weekend a little unpredictable as these 16 teams will compete to take over the Division 2 title.

New to WFTDA 2017 Playoffs: E-Ville Roller Derby

New to WFTDA 2017 Playoffs: E-Ville Roller Derby Photo credit: Matt Duboff Photography. facebook.com/mattduboffphotography

E-Ville Roller Derby is one of four Canadian teams who qualified for WFTDA Playoffs this year. They join the list of seven teams making the trip for the first time in 2017.

Although the team is located in North America, travel can still be a big undertaking for Canadian teams. E-Ville has been around for over a decade, but they only recently became a member of WFTDA.

Read on to see how their journey will take them from Edmonton, Alberta, to Pittsburgh, PA, this weekend for Division 2 Playoffs.

New to WFTDA 2017 Playoffs: Paris Rollergirls

New to WFTDA 2017 Playoffs: Paris Rollergirls Photo credit: Cedric Hervaud. facebook.com/cedric.hervaud.3

The Paris Rollergirls are another team putting their country on the WFTDA map this year, with their Playoff debut. Like most teams with a competitive edge, they dreamed of making tournaments and after taking a risk, Paris realized how attainable their goals really were.

Going 5-0 in sanctioned games this season, Paris’s passion is taking them all the way to Pittsburgh, PA, as a #3 seed at the Division 2 Playoffs. Read on to learn more about the French roller derby scene, and how the drive and commitment of the Paris Rollergirls have taken them this far.