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If you've always longed to play a game of Quidditch and maybe potentially compete in a Quidditch World Cup, then we've got some great news for you; because the official tournament is a real thing that's happening in the Muggle world in 2016.

The tournament has actually been going on since back in 2012, and is held every two years in various locations around the globe. The IQA World Cup, as it's known, will be held in Frankfurt, Germany this year - with 25 teams gunning for the championship on the 23rd and 24th of July.

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Because you might have a few questions about the practicality of this competition, we've already answered a few questions below.

So, how many people are on a team?

Each team has seven players on each side, made up of one keeper, three, chasers, two beaters and one seeker.

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But how does it function without magic?

Well, seeing as muggles don't have access to magical flying equipment, they've had to make some substitutes.

The quaffle has been replaced by a semi-deflated volleyball, and bludgers are actually fully-flated dodgeballs. The golden snitch is, hilariously, a simple sock a tennis ball in it that's attached to the snitch runner's shorts. As in the wizarding world's game, once the snitch is caught, the game is over.

So, are the team just running around on the ground then?

Basically, yes. But they have the added inconvenience of having to move around with a broom between their legs, so there's that to contend with.

Any interesting facts about the tournament?

To ensure that the competition is as inclusive as possible, the rules state that at most 4 out of the 7 player's on pitch at any one time can be of the same gender. As such, the competition prides itself on being very LGBTQ+ friendly. 

What countries are participating this year?

Loads, essentially. Uganda have recently announced they'll be attending this year, after a crowdfunding initiative helped their team raise €6000 to help them attend the competition.

This the full list of 2016 competitors:

Australia

Austria

Italy

Slovenia

Slovakia

Austria

Mexico

South Korea

Belgium

Netherlands

Spain

Canada

New Zealand

Catalonia

Norway

Turkey

France

Pakistan

Uganda

Germany

United Kingdom

Ireland

Poland

USA

Watch a short vid explaining how Muggle Quidditch is played right here:

Oh, and if anyone knows the whereabouts of any portkey's to the tournament, don't hesitate to let us know.

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