February 1 – 4, 2018.
The upcoming Roller Derby World Cup is taking place at EventCity in Greater Manchester, UK. Rainy City Roller Derby will be hosting 41 teams from around the globe competing on 3 tracks over the 4 days. The schedule has yet to be announced but tickets are now on sale here (priced at €117.77 before fees). We’d love to see some green clad fans in the audience!
You can find out more about the world cup over at www.rollerderbyworldcup.com
In 2011 Blood &Thunder organised the inaugural Roller Derby World Cup – hosted by Toronto Roller Derby in December of that year. The 4 day event was live streamed by Derby News Network to 178,139 viewers as 13 countries battled it out. Ireland finished in 10th place with USA taking home the gold after beating Canada in the final.
Then in 2014 a new team was selected to compete in Dallas (USA) at the second World Cup. In 2014, reflecting the massive growth in the sport, the number of teams competing has more than doubled to 30 countries. Again Ireland finished in 10th place after even tougher opposition.