Viktor Huszár

Last month was our fifth Teqball World Championships in Nuremberg, Germany.

The event was a huge success and took place in Nuremberg’s state-of-the-art KIA Metropol Arena in Germany which houses 4,000 spectators.

We signed a deal with our first commercial partner for the World Championships with the online sports hub DafaNews, which enabled us to provide a live feed to spectators around the world.  

Since the International Federation of Teqball (FITEQ)’s inception in 2017, we have grown to having over 151 member federations, covering all five continents. 

The World Championships was the venue where the majority of these convened to battle it out for the pinnacle of the Teqball Championship titles.

Referees from all over the world used video assistant referee (VAR) for the first time in a Teqball World Championships, showing how we continue to evolve and adapt our competitions to adopt technological progress.

This year has been a hugely successful year for FITEQ and has marked a series of firsts.

In July, we were delighted to announce the qualification system for the European Games in Krakow, Poland in 2023, Europe’s premier multisport event which is organised by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) and where teqball is making its debut as a medal sport. 

As a sport that strives for gender equality, we are delighted that there will be a 50:50 split with 72 athletes competing, (36 women and 36 men). We believe that only sports which are fully inclusive can be embraced globally and FITEQ is committed to ensuring our representation at competitions reflects this.

The first qualification event for the European Games took place in the home of teqball, Budapest, during the European Teqball Tour in October this year. The event saw 150 players from 29 countries competing.

The fifth Teqball World Championships in Nuremberg proved a huge success for the sport ©FITEQ
The fifth Teqball World Championships in Nuremberg proved a huge success for the sport ©FITEQ

FITEQ was also honoured to welcome football legend and teqball ambassador Ronaldinho to the event, who hosted the award ceremony, participated in an exhibition gala match, and met with fans and journalists.

Ronaldinho is one of many football stars who support teqball along with every single Premier League club in the UK, all of which currently own a teq table or two! Many of the players also have teq tables in their homes, testament to the uptake of the sport.

This year alone we have gained recognition and been a demonstration sport at numerous high profile events.

The first-ever edition of the Teqball World Series opened in the historic sporting city of Paris in March at the world-class CDFAS venue. 

Meanwhile, the Mediterranean Games became the latest multisport event to include teqball, as it announced that teqball would be a demonstration event at the 19th edition in Oran, Algeria in 2022.

In 2022, four European and five US continental teqball tour events were held. They were extremely successful, with all of them being broadcast on Eurosport or ESPN, and attracting more than 10,000 spectators.

Our vision has always been to enable everyone to participate in teqball and Para teqball, and to allow all involved to reach their full potential, no matter what level they are.

Our goal is embrace as many countries as possible and invite them to fully acknowledge and understand teqball as the dynamic and exciting sport that we know it is. 

We want to develop the sport globally and unite the international teqball community.

The medallists at this year's Teqball World Championships ©FITEQ
The medallists at this year's Teqball World Championships ©FITEQ

We have succeeded this year in doing this in so many places - the Bolivarian Games, the South American Games, the Central American and Caribbean Beach Games, the European Youth Olympic Festival and the All-Africa Games 2023, Africa’s most prestigious multi-sport event which features 24 sports, including over 15 Olympic sports.

Teqball featured as a demonstration sport at the European University Games 2022, the elite multi-sport event for students which was a great opportunity to build excitement amongst youth in the host country of next year’s European Games. 

Next year, teqball will be present as a demonstration sport at the Pan American Games, the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games and the Southeast Asian Games and will be a full medal sport at the Asian Beach Games. All these successes highlight remarkable growth for our sport across the globe.

Teqball is a young and dynamic sport with huge aspirations, not least to be recognised by the International Olympic Committee.

But the road to Olympic recognition is paved with many other exciting opportunities for teqball, not least the fun, youth driven urban festival events such as the Hideout Festival in Croatia, Boardmasters in Cornwall and FISE, the Action Sports Festival in Montpellier. 

This is a key area with the perfect target market for teqball to be embraced by the urban and hip demographic. Five of their sports are included in the Olympic programme for Paris 2024.

Teqball shares many characteristics with urban sports like skateboarding, breaking, BMX, which are all derived from the streets where very little equipment is required to play and have fun. This is what makes teqball perfect for the uptake and why we are looking to align ourselves with these events.

We look forward to seeing where 2023 takes us. This year’s results have shown that the foundations we laid for our beloved sport before the outbreak of the pandemic, equipped us all with the resilience needed to ensure that teqball was in the best possible position to resume its upward trajectory.