Photo by Jules Doyle. The B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls of San Francisco, Calif., (in black) compete against the Detroit Derby Girls at the WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs in Salem, Ore. in September. Bay Area is the No. 1 seed from the Salem Playoffs at the 2013 WFTDA Championships this weekend in Milwaukee, Wisc.
Updated: November 11, 2013 2:43PM
The best women's flat track roller derby teams in the world will compete for the sport's top honor in the 2013 Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) Championships Nov. 8-10 in Milwaukee, Wisc., hosted by the Brewcity Bruisers. Watch fiercely talented skaters compete for women’s flat track roller derby’s greatest glory in the 2013 Championships: The Hydra Trophy.
The WFTDA Championships bring together the most highly trained and committed skaters and officials from WFTDA member leagues to display the "Real, Strong, Athletic and Revolutionary" game play that pushes the limits of the sport worldwide. Whether participating on the track, cheering in the stands or watching online, the WFTDA Championship tournament will provide everyone who loves roller derby an opportunity to witness the most anticipated match-ups of the year.
"The Championships represent the pinnacle of our sport. While only a select number of our member leagues participate, the entire WFTDA community of skaters and fans is eagerly anticipating the talent and athleticism that will be on display on Championships weekend," said WFTDA executive director, Juliana Gonzales.
Twelve teams will compete for the Division 1 Championship title, including the first ever Championships appearance by a non-U.S. team, the London Rollergirls. To be eligible for Championships, they first had to rank highly enough to qualify for the WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs and then place first, second or third in one of the four playoff tournaments, which took place in September.
The WFTDA Championships weekend will also feature the first ever WFTDA Division 2 Championship and Third Place games, featuring the first and second-place finishers in the two Division 2 Playoffs, held in August.
Learn how to join the action in Milwaukee Nov. 8-10, at http://wftda.com/tournaments/2013/championships. For those who can't attend the event in person, the event will be broadcast live via the WFTDA's online channel, WFTDA.tv.
ABOUT WFTDA: The Women's Flat Track Derby Association is the international governing body for the sport of women's flat track roller derby and a membership organization for leagues to collaborate and network. The WFTDA sets standards for rules, seasons, and safety, and determines guidelines for the international athletic competitions of member leagues. Currently 212 WFTDA member leagues and 83 affiliated leagues are in the WFTDA Apprentice program worldwide.
*The editor of this article is affiliated with the Windy City Rollers.