The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) has announced details of a new international Test match competition in a move designed to further expand the profile of the sport, which is also known as ultimate frisbee.
Test matches will comprise bilateral games of ultimate frisbee between teams representing two regular WFDF member associations.
Matches can be organised into a series of games between the two countries and be played as home and away games in both countries, or as a tour of cities hosted by either nation.
Although the concept is not an official format requiring endorsement by the WFDF, the winner of a series could be awarded a bilateral trophy by the two competing WFDF members.
WFDF president Robert Rauch said: “The acceptance of this international Test match proposal, which was proposed by AFDA, our member association in Australia, provides a mechanism for WFDF to recognise national team competition outside of the large-scale WFDF World Championships.
“Similar to the structure that is used for rugby or cricket, WFDF member associations will now be able to arrange bilateral national team competitions sanctioned by WFDF, providing more opportunities for elite athletes to compete and showcasing ultimate’s global profile.”
The AFDA has already invited the Japanese World Games team to compete in two Test matches against its Australian counterpart in Sydney and Melbourne from May 19-21.
AFDA president Jonathan Potts said the matches will be streamed live for free worldwide. The AFDA will also provide detailed spectator, viewer and sponsorship data to the WFDF on completion of the match to help promote the concept in other regions.
Brian Gisel, chair of the WFDF Ultimate Committee, added: “With the continued growth of ultimate around the globe, WFDF is happy to create this ‘Test match’ structure to encourage teams from member countries to compete between major world events. As much as possible we want to see these top level teams playing each other both for their own competitive benefit as well as to help increase the visibility of the sport.”