Gameplay Information
Gameplay Policies
Swiss Tournament Format
Spectator Information


Additional information about gameplay at the tournament will be posted here as the tournament approaches. Please also review the information below about the Swiss format which will be implemented at World Cup 8.


The quaffle used at the tournament will be the Baden Matchpoint size five volleyball.


Any games forfeited at World Cup 8 will be entered into the official USQ rankings as a 150*-0 loss for the forfeiting team. For more information about the forfeit policy, please follow this link.

As with all official games, each team’s roster of up to 21 players must be submitted through the USQ website no later than seven days before the start of the event. Changes to the submitted roster may be made up to 24 hours before the start of the event.

All standard USQ gameplay policies will be in effect for this event, as outlined here.


For an introduction to the Swiss format, please read this article. The following is additional detailed information about the format.

The fundamental characteristic of a Swiss-style tournament is that teams of equal skill are paired against each other in each round. For example, after each team has played one game, each team with a 1-0 record will compete against another team with a 1-0 record, and each team with a 0-1 record will compete against another team with a 0-1 record. After each team has played two games, each 2-0 team will play another 2-0 team, each 1-1 team will play another 1-1 team, and each 0-2 team will play another 0-2 team, etc.

At World Cup 8, the preliminary rounds of gameplay will be organized as a two-flight, seeded Swiss-style tournament. Each of the 80 teams at World Cup will be placed into one of two 40-team “flights,” or preliminary groupings, and all preliminary matches will feature teams competing within their assigned flight. In addition, each team will receive a seed before arriving at the tournament, numbered 1 through 40, based on their position in the USQ standings as of March 28, 2015 at 11:59pm est.

To create the two flights of 40 teams, the 80 teams who have qualified for World Cup will be listed on a single, 80-team list in USQ standing order, as of the date of flight creation. The teams will be sorted into flights randomly by pairs: team 1 will be placed randomly into a flight and team 2 into the other flight, team 3 into a flight and team 4 into another flight, etc. The teams in the flights are then ranked 1 through 40.

For the initial round of preliminary games, teams will be grouped by fours and each “top” team will be randomly paired against a team from its corresponding “bottom” group. Thus, teams 1, 2, 3 and 4 will each be randomly assigned to play against one of teams 37, 38, 39, and 40; teams 5, 6, 7, and 8 will each be randomly assigned to play against one of teams 33, 34, 35, and 36, and so on. This first-round schedule will be adjusted so that teams from the same region do not play one another in the first round. This seeded system will avoid the possibility of two top-ranked teams competing against each other in the first round. After this initial round, teams will be paired against other teams with identical records.

For each round after the first round, teams which have the same record will be paired randomly with each other. Where this is impossible due to an odd number of teams with a given record, teams of similar records will be paired (e.g. a 4-0 team with a 3-1 team). The pairings will be random, except that the system will ensure that teams do not play the same opponent twice in the tournament.

The nature of this system means that the general schedule of the World Cup can be created in advance. Following the conclusion of a round of games, pitch and time slots will be assigned to teams for the next round. Teams will have at least two full game slots to rest in between each game. Visual signage throughout the event as well as information posted online will remind teams, and inform spectators, of the specific matchups as they are determined.

Please note that each round of preliminary play will take place over multiple game slots during the tournament, so not all teams will be playing simultaneously, and no teams will be playing back-to-back matches at any point during the preliminary rounds.



The games on Pitch 1 will be livestreamed online, and can be watched here.


The World Cup 8 afterparty will be held at Revolutions in Rock Hill, and will feature bowling, music, dancing, arcade games, a photo booth, unlimited soda, and a cash bar. Tickets are available for purchase in advance, or with cash at the door. Click here for more information!