Ultimate was invented in 1968 in the US and has since then spread around the globe, nowadays being played in 67 countries by estimated more than 6 million players world wide, although the greater part of them lives in North America. The World Flying Disc Federation is the world’s governing body for all disc sports, the European Ultimate Federation is the governing body for ultimate in Europe. The WFDF organizes its own world championships for nations, but alsof for club teams, in three divisions : Men, Women and Mixed. The latter is the sport’s representation at the World Games every 4 year, in 2017 in Wroclaw - Poland. Although ultimate is recognized by IOC, the sport is not yet part of the Olympics. The EUF organizes European championships for nations and for club teams, but also every year enables championships for national youth teams in the age groups of Under-20 and Under-17, for both boys and girls.
Ultimate is a seven-a-side team sport played with a flying disc or so-called frisbee. It is played on a rectangular field, about half the width of a soccer field, with an endzone at each end. The objective of each team is to score a goal by having a player catch a pass in the endzone that they are attacking. A thrower may not run with the disc, but may pivot. A thrower has ten seconds to complete a pass and can throw the disc in any direction to any team-mate. Every time a pass is incomplete a turnover occurs, and the other team shall take possession and attempt to score in the opposite endzone. Defenders can stall-out their opponent, intercept the frisbee, or even push it to the ground or hit it out-of-bounds to obtain possession of the disc. After a goal both teams change endzones and are allowed to sub-in 7 new players, so normally teams are a lot bigger than only 7 players. Games are typically played to 15 goals and last around 100 minutes for U20 and 80 minutes for U17.
Ultimate is non-contact and … self-refereed. The Spirit of the Game guides how players referee their own game and conduct themselves on the field. This Spirit of the Game is the number 1 rule of the Rules of Ultimate that all players have to read and learn. That important first rule states that all players are responsible for administering and adhering to the Rules. SotG places the responsibility for fair play on every player. It is trusted that no player will intentionally break the rules. Thus there are no harsh penalties for inadvertent breaches, but rather a method for resuming play in a manner which simulates what would most likely have occurred had there been no breach of the rules.
Ultimate has similarities with soccer, basketball, American football and handball. It can be played on grass ( seven-a-side ), but also on the beach and indoors ( both five-a-side ). It is athletic, technical and strategic and can be VERY spectacular. Come out and watch us play !