China’s National Ultimate Frisbee League officially began last Saturday in Xi’an, capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province.
Attracting around 400 participants, the competition had a total of 12 teams, and was played in a mixed format with seven players in each team playing on the pitch. The tournament is the country’s first ever Ultimate Frisbee League.
Yang Jianshe, Manager of Xi’an Physical Education University V7, commented: “The national league will no doubt promote the sport in China.
“Ultimate Frisbee is a fashionable, recreational and eco-friendly outdoor activity that meets the need of people, particularly youngsters, to communicate with others through sports.”
The League’s opening game saw Xi’an Physical Education University V7 beat Xi’an Terra-Cotta Warriors-RJM 9-2. 30 matches are scheduled for the two-day event, including group phase, knockout stage and the final.
Furthermore, organisers have also set up fan zones for camping and other outdoor activities.
The sport has gone viral in China from 2021 as several grassroots Ultimate Frisbee clubs and leagues have been launched since last year.
In a bid to ‘encourage and give guidance’ for the sport’s development, the State General Administration of Sport decided to organise the first national league to be held in over 10 cities from August to 2023.