Ultimate Frisbee took a giant leap towards legitimacy in August 2015 when the International Olympic Committee recognized the World Flying Disc Federation, creating a path to possible IOC funding and inclusion in the Olympics. The World Flying Disc Federation governs Beach Ultimate and disc golf, but its most notable game is Ultimate, the now-shortened name for Ultimate Frisbee, a game (and now a sport) that began in the early 1970s on a high school field in Maplewood, New Jersey.
Ultimate combines the continual motion of soccer with the aerial aspect of football. It is played between two teams of seven players on a rectangular field measuring 120 yards by 40 yards (110 m by 37 m), including two end zones. The goal: score points by catching the disc in the opponent’s end zone. Running with the disc and intentional contact are not allowed. And, unusually, it’s self-refereed.
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