the global sports league owned by the fans and players fighting for equality

Let's tell the story of UltiLeague:

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A global Community powered
mixed ultimate 🥏 League

Ultimate organisers, broadcasters and enthusiasts present plans for a showcase season in Europe. You can be part of UltiLeague now, and grow with us to global expansion.

Read our story and progress so far

Our Mission to you

In order for UltiLeague to start we need players that want to play in UltiLeague, these players can attract sponsorship from their friends, family and colleagues. That will fund the first steps, once we started we can make a case for large international sponsors and attract commercial partners that align with our values and principles.

The first events are aimed at creating gameday experiences that promote Ultimate at a local level and get community members excited about the sport.  The more memberships that are bought everywhere, the better we can build a case for a global sponsor and make Ultimate professional.

OFFER

Offer value to members and fans in livestreams and game day events

GROW

Grow ultimate on the grassroots level, with local partners and federations

INSPIRE

Inspire next generations to respect and thrive in equality through sports

The problems

Pro sports are dominated by men in a world that is calling for gender equity.  From visibility to compensation, it's imbalanced and that's what we are challenging.

Most sports are managed top down and driven by profit and not people. Local communities should be in power again and asked for their opinion or perspective.  

Where to find intellectually and culturally engaging entertainment?  Sports that serve profit, people ánd planet is not the rule, it's the exception.

Our vision for sports

We go for
GENDER EQUITY

In UltiLeague women and men play, win and lose together on the same team. We will show gender equity in the most exciting way; for everyone to experience and see around the world through our livestreams and video content.

WE ARE COMMUNITY CONTROLLED

The community is in control of minor and major decisions. What regions will get a team? And who gets a spot in these teams? We are a grassroots movement that is community empowered.  Ultimate for the people, by the people.

WE breathe RESPECT
AND INTEGRITY

Parents who want to foster honesty, respect and integrity for their children can soon choose sport events that are aligned with good values. Additionally we respect the planet and try to Benefit it with every step (we aim to
be a B-Corp).

UltiLeague exists to change the way people around the world interact.

Ultimate can transform the way humans interact with each other, growing ultimate is our mission. Every step is towards our vision to change the way humans interact.

You see us running around and standing next to a camera's and computers at almost any tournament or championship, and during Amsterdam's prestigious Windmill Tournament...

We love Ultimate. We love how the frisbee flies through the air. We love that women can play on the same field as men. We love layouts and bids. We love the spirit of the game. We love that the game is self refereed.

What we don’t love, is the price tag associated with playing Ultimate at the highest level.  No matter how good you are as a player, if you can’t pay your own way to the tournament you can’t play.

We want to build a future where playing Ultimate at a high level is not based on how wealthy you are.   A future where players are heroes supported by the community, that inspires the next generation to play and follow Ultimate. 

A future where the world can see that you don’t need an external referee to settle your differences even when there is substantial prize money on the line.

We are more than 30 people from all around the World, with a plan to connect the world through the sport we love. Let us make UltiLeague happen together.

Gotta have a
Facebook page

Follow us, like us, or something in between! It's that Facebook practically owns all the platforms we use and we would like to decentralize the world. Libra the world!

We haz the stories

While we're not yet in TikTok, and we may not have the swag like Flatballer or NKolakovic, we certainly have something to share to the world! Check out our visual fireworks and stats on our instagram feed.

We tweet!

We may no go viral every day, but we certainly are Ultimate and we would like to go viral with our words, wit and other things with a w. Follow our tweets and we may retweet your positivity!

We think big and Start small

Because we are community powered, close to everything will be controlled by you, the community.
We have ideas how to start this league but we would love your input in every step of the way!

The plan for 2020 or 2021

Teams do not only compete on the field, they also compete on popularity, the teams with the most sponsorships will host the game days and seasons. The more teams that will be formed the more game days we can organise. We aim to raise at least €42k to get the show on the road.

Everything's connected, everything's a healthy competition

We aim to create the ultimate business, where everything is powered by the internet. Which means full transparency in what and how we do things, everyone can contribute and the playing field is equitable.

benefits with sponsoring

Memberships make Ultileague happen, and they give you voting power.  You can vote on thus compete with everyone through your voting powers. When everyone wants to win, everything is a competition!

Vote on where
teams will start

Members will found teams in city regions.  There will only be teams created where the community is engaged and passionate. 

Vote on an ideal
roster of players

Like ‘Real life’ Fantasy Ultimate. With your votes you will influence which 12/14 players will play. Who are your favourite players in skill and spirit? Add them! 

Vote on spirit of
opposing teams

Spirit is the best thing about Ultimate. We want to create an environment that encourages the players to have great respect and make honest calls. Part of this is that we will let the fans vote on spirit.

Invest in the
Ultimate community

Almost everything we earn will be invested in the Ultimate community, making it bigger and more powerful to grow than ever. You're also making livestreams and video content happen that will be shared to the world.

EXPERIENCE AND
ENGAGE

Game days are full of entertainment, you can attend with your family, friends and colleagues. There will be DJs, chill out zones, drinks, food, etc. You engage with Ultimate in a new way which is engaging and relaxing at the same time.

Engage with Votes and
get discounts

You are making this happen, as a Member you will ultimately make UltiLeague come to live, and members get all the benefits. Benefits like discounts on almost everything and you can win swag when your team performs.

ULTILEAGUE PRINCIPLES

We believe in setting a series of principles so that the community can see where we are coming from and hold us accountable. They will guide our decision making process as we grow and create UltiLeague.

We strive for Transparency;
Everyone knows what’s going on.

Community ownership creates true engagement and is meant to be strong and resilient.

Financial insights and openness of our culture. Keep an Open Mindset; be radical candor in the company.

The games we host will be self refereed; honest communication and integrity are key. In game, plus in the company.

Equity and Inclusivity; All In.

Equity based mechanics; in the future global league everyone in the world pays something else for their shares in the teams.

Our strategy will result in some countries supporting other countries on the other side of the world; while in turn still getting the entertainment value.

Socialize through sports and play; everyone can speak out and influence work, play and the league.

Diversity is what drives progress, everyone is invited and facilitated.

Integrity and sustainability;
Fair in Everything.

Walk the talk, be radically honest and fair towards life, the universe and everything.

Holistic and circular thinking; what goes around comes around in the world. Give back to the community; (re)invest in people everywhere.

Think big, start small. Profit is key to make constructive capitalism happen, this needs to be done step by step.

Meet the Ultimate team
Answers to (most of) your questions
GENERAL QUESTIONS
Does buying a membership commit me to anything?

We are gauging the initial interest of the community. There is no obligation to do anything further if you choose not to. We will make it easy to vote on a team a player you like, no need to get all the details. You do not have to vote if you choose not to. 🙌

Why do we need something new?

Traditional Ultimate is structured in a way that is difficult to get commercial partnerships of any value. Part of the reasons for this are:

Events are organised by Ultimate Federations who rightly so prioritise the interests of the players and members. For example, scheduling a championship final in the early afternoon so players can catch flights after the game rather than in “prime time” in the evening for potential viewers or sponsors.

All the action happens in a short period (a weekend or week) and it is over. Very little time to look forward to the next round. No time for the suspense to build and the drama to unfold. An excellent example of drama and suspense is the FIFA world cup, by the time the final comes around there is a kind of feeding frenzy happening. 

We aim to make the People's World Cup. Our goal is to create a version of Ultimate that can attract sponsorships. That the games we play create “game day experiences” that we can use to promote Ultimate in local communities. Think several games in an day with a bunch of local fans, families and school children watching. It is similar to Rubgy 7s tournament style events. 🎪

Who is behind the league?

From the UK to Poland, from Sweden to Italy; it is the combination of many discussions at tournaments and championships, all for the love of Ultimate. It was ultimately cooked up by Milan 'Goud' van den Bovenkamp of Windmill and Mike Palmer from ultiTV on the drive to EUCF in 2018 and back. We have been thinking of something for a fair while. Mike has a bet with Jim Gerencer the Dallas Roughnecks owner and Brodie Smith that Ultimate with no external officiation will be bigger than Ultimate with external officiation. Next to inspiring the next generation of players ánd other sports; we have to make sure he wins the bet. Ask Mike what he wins when he does. 😬

We see our job as putting the community in control of the league. It’s the community that decides and ultimately they are who controls the league.

Community and league questions
Will this league replace the existing competitions I love?

We will work with existing federations and competitions to ensure that we don’t step on any toes so to speak.  It is not our intention to replace or compete with any existing competitions, we are here to add a higher level of competition above what already exists and work with existing stakeholders. Our goal is to increase the total number of people playing Ultimate around the world. ❤️

Where will teams be located?

We will be choosing teams locations based on the level of interest of the community in each region. The more memberships are sold the more likely your team gets to play. So get your teammates and friends from your country and or area to get involved! Share it your messaging circles, talk about it in the after hours, we’d like your input. Lets make this happen! 🗺

Are there other regions are you planning to have an UltiLeague?

Wherever there are players and fans of Ultimate it is possible for there to be an UltiLeague. If the league works and is supported by the community in Europe we will look at creating UltiLeagues around the world (We have a strong interest in Australia, South America and India.) Before you ask, we will absolutely have an UltiLeague champions event with the winners of each league playing each other. 🌏

What is the timing of the league?

It is likely we will do a test event over a weekend with 3-4 teams to see what the support from the community is. If that works we are looking to do an 8-10 week league. But don’t stress, it is unlikely that every team will play every week. ⏰

How Much will Players be paid to play?

We will be limited by how much the community support us to cover the base costs. It also depends on how much sponsorship revenue we generate, they will need to chip in to make careers possible. It is also a question for the Ultimate Community to discuss if we want our sport to be fully professional or if it should remain amateur (as Gaelic Football and Hurling in Ireland are).

The plan is to first make the competition cost neutral for players. The next thing we will do is to offer prize money to the competition winners and spirit winners. After that we will consider payments to players. Additionally we have ideas to make Ultimate player's full time profession by offering not only work in playing Ultimate; but work in promoting or teaching Ultimate. 🤑

Fundraising and business questions
What is the business model for UltiLeague?

The funding for this operation will be two-fold between community support and external funding. Our plan is to attract commercial sponsors to invest in UltiLeague and Ultimate.

First we made sure we have the interest  from the players. Then the financial support of these players we're validating now. Next we have a list of potential commercial suitors we’ll pursuit with targeted presentations. We are most open to the ultimate network, and invite ‘all of you’ to forward any interest of sponsorship opportunities in our direction. 🤝

We hope to compliment our sponsors with community investment. As teams are allocated, the community members near and far can buy control in each team. Shareholders will have opportunities to weigh in on team shaping decisions by voting: (naming, roster selections, coaching selections).

Active communities will have opportunities to invest in ultimate, and to support their team. We’ll all build a league that will showcase each community to an ever growing audience, shareholders will be able to shape the direction and momentum of the league. Furthermore other ways of monetizing a sports league are being discovered in the future.🎗

What happens if my community does not raise enough memberships?

To start and support your team you can buy memberships and vote for your region. If not enough memberships will be sold for a specific community you support the closest team by default or another team of your choosing. Or if enough memberships are bought to form an All Star Team of local players.

We do not offer refunds, but you will make a team in another region happen, you support UltiLeague. If no team gets enough memberships at all, we will invest the revenue from memberships in Youth Ultimate through the EUF.