MALMÖ, SWEDEN– The first Division 1 WFTDA tournament to take place outside North America happened in Sweden over the weekend with 6 teams playing 10 games over 2 days. With teams ranked #3 – #33 there were bound to be some blowouts, but there were also some rankings upsets and exciting matchups. With London leading the derby scene in Europe, they finished the weekend with four wins while experimenting with some different lineups, but the rest of the teams shook up the rankings a bit.
The first WFTDA-recognized tournament for 2016 will be held this weekend in Malmö, Sweden, hosted by the Crime City Rollers. The top 5 European teams, plus visitors Detroit, will play over March 5th and 6th in a first-of-its-kind tournament outside of North America: all of the teams involved attended Division 1 WFTDA tournaments last year and currently sit in the top 40 of the rankings.
Until recently, London hadn’t sanctioned a game with another European team since 2012, so this tournament is in itself a strong testament to the rising level of talent outside of the USA. Read on for a brief look at each team and how and when you can watch the games if you’re in a different time zone.