The WFDF World Junior Ultimate Championships wrapped up in Wrocław, Poland on Saturday, August 13 after eight days of competition, with the USA taking home two gold medals in the Open and Women’s divisions and Hungary securing the world title in the Mixed division. In the European Youth Ultimate Championship, Italy won gold in the Open and Women’s divisions and Hungary again took the Mixed Division title. Also of note is that France took the silver medal in four of the six divisions of play in the combined event.
The World Flying Disc Federation had teamed up with the European Ultimate Federation to host the Joint Junior Ultimate Championships, combining the World Junior Ultimate Championship (Under-20) with the European Youth Ultimate Championship (EYUC) (Under-17). More than 1,000 young athletes from 19 countries competed on 49 teams — with 29 national teams in the WJUC Under-20 tournament and 20 teams in the Under-17 EYUC tournament. Teams vied for the two championship titles in the Open, Women’s and Mixed divisions at the Pola Marsowe complex. The 2022 Joint Junior Ultimate Championship (JJUC) tournament was hosted by Local Organizing Committee Duch Gry, led by Michal Dul and Dariusz Urbanik and their experienced team of key staff.
|WFDF World Juniors (U-20) Ultimate Championship Results|
|EUF European Youth (U-17) Ultimate Championship Results|
“It was a great event and the level of competitive and spirited play was exceptional,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “Twelve different countries medaled across the events. Despite the interruption in the competition schedule due to COVID in the last two years, the future of Ultimate and the next generation looks very bright!”
The USA dominated the Under-20 tournament, with both the Open and Women’s sides completing the week with undefeated 9-0 records. In the Finals for both divisions, the USA bested France in close contests — the Women’s side clinching the title with a 14-12 finish and the Open team finishing with a score of 15-11.
In the U20 Mixed division, Hungary won over Switzerland 15-10 to win the world championships, beating the team that had handed them their only loss earlier in the tournament. Austria took home two Spirit of the Game top prizes, in the Women’s and Open divisions, and Slovakia earned the Spirit award in the Mixed division.
In the EYUC Under-17 tournament, Italy won gold in the Open and Women’s divisions. Both sides defeated France in the Finals. In the Open division, Italy not only won the world championship but also earned the Spirit award. In the Women’s division, Great Britain won the Spirit award. In the Mixed division, Hungary defeated Italy for the gold medal. Austria earned the Spirit award.
Ulti.TV streamed games all eight days from two fields. Games from EYUC were streamed and are available on the ULTI.TV YouTube channel, with the WJUC games broadcast and available on the WFDF YouTube channel.
The complete final standings and more are posted on the JJUC website.