The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) have stated that they will discontinue efforts to develop roller derby outside of North America.
WFTDA spokeswoman commented: “For several years now, we have been working heavily towards developing roller derby in Europe, Australasia and South America. But we have found that these investments are just so not worth it.”
“Just look at the facts. How many overseas teams are in the WFTDA Division 1? I mean, sure, there’s London and VRDL in the top 10. And more recently Helsinki, Crime City and Stockholm have made into D1. Sun State and Glasgow are also in there.”
“Berlin, Paradise City, Tiger Bay, Kallio, Auld Reekie and Pirate City are not far behind. And teams like Sydney or Leeds may soon be at this level. But you know that’s all, really.”
“There is just no evidence that overseas teams are going to be able to develop and keep up with the high standard set by the American teams.”
“The day a non-American team wins the Hydra is the day I will eat a jammer hat.”