The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) is the international governing body of women’s flat track roller derby, representing more than 400 member leagues on 6 continents. The WFTDA sets the international standards for rankings, rules, and competition each year, and provides guidance and resources to the sport of flat track derby.
The WFTDA is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, democratically-run by its Member Leagues, and governed by an elected, volunteer Board of Directors consisting of Member League Representatives.
The WFTDA governs and promotes the sport of flat track roller derby and revolutionizes the role of women in sports through the collective voice of its member leagues around the world.
History of WFTDA
The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) began as the United Leagues Coalition (ULC) in 2004, consisting of a handful of flat track roller derby leagues, each owned and operated by skaters sharing the singular, driving compulsion to re-imagine roller derby as a modern sport.
In 2005, 20 flat track roller derby leagues were represented at the historic first meeting of the ULC, with the goal of developing the guiding principles and aspirations of the organization. Following that meeting, the ULC voted to change its name to the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) to reflect the organization’s goals.
The WFTDA opened its doors to new members in September 2006 and has since welcomed hundreds of new member leagues into the association.