The Dodgeball World Cup will be held in Cairo, Egypt on 9 August 2021 at Cairo Stadium. The competition will be a global showcase of the best dodgeball teams in the world competing in women's, men’s, and mixed competitions.
The Dodgeball World Cup in 2018 made history by becoming the first live broadcast high performance dodgeball event, which was delivered by ESPN.
National team rankings are built on eight-year performance. Following the eight-year cycle, the new year of results will override the first year of the cycle to be included in the rankings system. Meaning, only results within the four-year bracket will be included in the points system.
The Egyptian Dodgeball Federation (EDF) is the exclusive dodgeball governing body recognized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Egypt, which therefore has the authority to decide eligibility criteria for participants in the sport in the local and international arena as governed by the World Dodgeball Association (WDA). The EDF also facilitates the education, training, assessment, and scheduling of officiating for every level of competition. It also selects the national teams, promotes fair play, competitions, and the increased enjoyment of athletics by players, fans, and participants alike.
In preparation for the dodgeball national teams selection process, the fifthedition of the Egypt Dodgeball Competition, dodgeball league season 2020/2021, started on Monday 12 October 2020 at Track Indoor Court for age categories starting 16 years old. The competition is played in two rounds with a champion for each category. Then the Egyptian Cup will be made with the top 16 men’s team and the top eight women’s team. New players can form a new team or apply to join any of the three existing dodgeball clubs: Egyptian Rams Dodgeball Club, Egyptian Eagles Dodgeball Club, and Bulls Egyptian Dodgeball Club.
World ranking points are awarded to member nations of the World Dodgeball Association based purely on their final position at recognized international tournaments.
These events include, World Cup qualifiers, the World Cup, and the World Invitational. Each category (men’s, women’s, and mixed) will have their own rankings system.
The EDF national teams are progressing well at international and continental levels. The women’s national team of Egypt ranked ninth out of 23 world dodgeball teams, the men’s national team of Egypt ranked 10th out of 26 world dodgeball teams, and the mixed national team of Egypt ranked 13th out of 27 world dodgeball teams.
The national dodgeball teams of Egypt competed in many championships since they were formed in January 2016. The national team represented Africa in the first World Cup Championship held in April 2016 in England, the African Nations Cup held in Cairo, and the second World Cup that took place at Madison Square Garden, New York City in 2018. The women’s national team of Egypt, the men’s national team, and the mixed national team all played outstanding dodgeball throughout the tournament. The national team finished in fifth place at the World Cup 2018 .
The World Dodgeball Academy in Egypt is a training arm of the EDF to certify coaches, referees, and dodgeball fitness and strength specialists in Egypt recognized by the WDA, in order to deliver the most professional training and to prepare a new generation that will be able to represent Egypt in global dodgeball events. The academy is operating at five locations in Egypt, in New Cairo, Zayed, Gezira, Maadi, and at Track Sports Hall.
Dodgeball was originally played in Africa over two hundred years ago. 1905 saw the first official rules drawn up, which included the rules regarding players coming in after a catch and being hit once and you were out. With the colleges across America playing each other, it enabled the sport to spread like wildfire. News of this emerging sport made its way back to England, and the American popularized rules became the norm for which all dodgeball matches were played.
On Tuesday 22 October 2013, the World Dodgeball Association was established through the amalgamation of three continental bodies under one world council.
Since 2013, the African Dodgeball Federation emerged and therefore the continental bodies represent Africa, America, Asia-Pacific, and Europe regions.
The World Dodgeball Association is the official world governing body of dodgeball, working as a not-for-profit social enterprise across six continents.
The World Dodgeball Association is led by Tom Hickson, president of the WDA council. The continental ambassadors are Ed Prentiss (Americas), Chris White (Asia-Pacific), and Mr. Amr Moheb (Africa) and the president of the Egyptian Dodgeball Federation. The WDA executive board members are David Murray, Sari Singer, and Michelle Di Fabio.
The World Dodgeball Association represent 59 national federations, four continental federations, and 67.5 million people worldwide.
For further information, please check the official website of the Egyptian Dodgeball Federation www.dodgeballegypt.org