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AUDL Adds Houston Franchise; Tampa and Ottawa fold

The AUDL announced it will add a new team in Houston in 2023, bringing the total number of Texan teams in the semi-pro league to three, while the Tampa Bay Cannons and Ottawa Outlaws will cease operations.

“Adding a team in Houston has been a goal of our league as the region’s ultimate community continues to grow and thrive,” said Steve Hall, CEO and commissioner of AUDL, in a statement.

The team is expected to play at Houston Sports Park, a new $3.2 million, 4,000-seat stadium built for the SaberCats that opened in 2019. The Houston franchise doesn’t have a name or logo yet.

Tampa and Ottawa, meanwhile, are the first teams to leave the league since Nashville and San Francisco in 2018. Both teams have struggled to compete, and neither team has had a successful season since 2017.

Rutgers 50th Anniversary Game

Rutgers held an alumni scrimmage to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Intercollegiate Ultimate Game. This highlight reel has it all: no-look scoobers, bookends, skies and tons of games from rising stars and the players who started it all.

AUDL All Star Game 2022

Experimental rules like a five-second stall count and a two-point line led to a high-scoring game between the league’s All-Stars.

2022 Club National Team Finals

Nathan Kolakovic and USA Ultimate highlights from the last teams standing at Nationals 2022 Finals: Molly Brown vs. Fury, Johnny Bravo vs. Truck Stop and Mixtape vs. NOISE.


Denver’s Johnny Bravo at the 2022 Club Nationals

Relive Johnny Bravo’s steadfast defense, skying offense and emphatic celebrations en route to their 2022 men’s club title with this best-of mix.

Highlights of the Washington DC Truck Stop 2022

Not to be outdone, the 2022 Club Nationals runners-up have put together their own mixtape that proves efficient offense doesn’t have to be boring.

Philadelphia AMP 2022 Club Nationals

While AMP probably had higher hopes than bowing out at Nationals in previous quarters, it didn’t stop them from making games that show why they’re one of the best mixed-division teams year after year.

2022 Club Nationals: Mixed and Women’s Divisions

Top 16 matches from the country’s top 16 teams in the mixed and women’s divisions, courtesy of USA Ultimate.


WUCC 2022 Opening Ceremony and Showcase Game by Christian Flores

128 teams from around the world came together to compete for gold at the 2022 World Ultimate Club Championships. The celebrations began with an opening ceremony and a showcase match between Vancouver Traffic and Japan’s MUD.

WUCC 2022 Open, Mixed and Women’s Divisions by Nathan Kolakovic

One of the best in the ultimate highlight business, Nathan Kolakovic brought his signature style of slo-mo gaming to electro-pop music with highlights from every division to the World Ultimate Club Championships.



CUUC 2022 Friday Qualifiers

On day one of Canada’s first Ultimate College Tournament, teams competed for the last spots in Division One!

New Zealand Division 2 Mixed Ultimate Championships

A churning wind made for some exciting top plays at the recent New Zealand Mixed Ultimate Championships.

Wall City season highlights

The German Open team Wall City had a historic year and won Bad Skid the German championship title for the first time in twelve years. Find out about their seasonal accomplishments, including thirteenth overall at the WUCC and a place in the quarterfinals of the EUCF.

Bonus: Photo highlights from Saturday’s pool game at Classic City Classic

Follow the link to see Gene Mattace’s full photo coverage of day one of the 2022 Classic City Classic. Photo: Gene Mattace.

Last week on Ultiworld

Club Awards 2022

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Miscellaneous

looking ahead

  • The first-ever Huckin’ Eh College Awards will be announced later this week and will include well-known categories such as Player of the Year and the ghost-based Huckin’ Heart award.
  • Our 12 Days of College Ultimate begins December 12th! We’ll break down players to watch, all-college universe lines, and more.
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TAGGED: American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL), Asia-Oceania Club Mixed, Ultimate Canada (UC), USAU Club Men’s, USAU Club Mixed, USAU Club Women’s, WFDF Club Mixed, WFDF Club Open, WFDF Club Women’s, 2022 Club Championships, AUDL, AUDL All Star Game, Classic City Classic 2022

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