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March 7, 2019

British Quidditch Cup 2019 Structure Announcement


The following information covers the competitive structure of the British Quidditch Cup, and breaks down the tournament format which will be used throughout the weekend.

Group Draw

The qualifying teams will be ranked 1-32, based on the following criteria:

  1. Most recently attended QuidditchUK tournament
  2. EQT
  3. Regionals
  4. Development Cup
  5. Ranking at their most recently attended QuidditchUK tournament
  6. Where two teams have the same ranking from their most recently attended tournament, the tiebreakers will be:
  7. Highest average QPD/match
  8. Lowest average match duration
  9. Fewest red cards
  10. Fewest yellow cards
  11. Fewest blue cards

The teams will then be split into 4 pods (1-4) of 8 teams by descending overall ranking. Teams from each pod will be allocated randomly to one of 8 groups (A-H). Once all teams from Pod 1 have been allocated to a group, teams from Pod 2 will be allocated, and so on until all teams have been allocated and all groups have 4 teams.

Where the draw of a pod would place a team into the same group as a team in the same club, the group allocation for that pod will be re-randomised to ensure that no intra-club games take place on Day One of the tournament.

Notes on seeding:

  • As Portsmouth have declined their BQC place, the Southern teams ranked 12-14 are re-ranked to 11-13 within their region.
  • Due to disciplinary action, Sheffield Squids are re-ranked as 16th at Northern, with Northern teams 9-16 re-ranked to 8-15 within their region.
  • There is no separate regional “balancing” process in the seeding for BQC. Regional variation has already been accounted for in the season structure:
  • The allocation of BQC spots from regionals was weighted based on region size
  • The allocation of EQT spots was based on regional performance, and the results of EQT have been used to seed the top 12 teams
  • The Dev Cup qualification route was not region-specific

The Group Draw for BQC 2019 is:

Group 1

Liverpuddly Cannons


Bournemouth Banshees

Bristol Bears

Group 2

 Southampton Quidditch Club

Leeds Griffins


Winchester Quidditch Club

Group 3

 Oxford Mammoths

Bath QC

Oxford Radcliffe Chimeras

Holyrood Hippogriffs Seconds

Group 4

 Glasgow Grim Reapers

Manchester Manticores

Swansea Swans

Leicester Thestrals

Group 5

 Werewolves of London Firsts

Warwick Quiddich Club

Exeter Eagles

London Unstoppables

Group 6

 London Unspeakables

Nottingham Nightmares

York Horntails

Derby Daemons

Group 7


Werewolves of London Seconds

Tornadoes QC

Sheffield Squids

Group 8

 London Quidditch Club

Holyrood Hippogriffs Firsts

St Andrews Snidgets

Chester Centurions

Day One

Day One will consist of 8 round robins, in which each team will play every other team in its group. After Day One, teams will be ranked based on the standard QuidditchUK Ranking Criteria.

Day Two

The top 16 teams will compete in a seeded single-elimination upper bracket, the winner of which will be crowned BQC champion. The bottom 16 teams will also compete in a single-elimination lower bracket.

Graphic displaying the Lower bracket knockout stage

Lower Bracket

Graphic displaying the Upper bracket knockout stage

Upper Bracket

QUK Staff

By QUK Staff
March 7, 2019

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