The first ever flat-track Roller Derby World Cup is set to start on Thursday, Dec 1 in Toronto, Canada. Team USA will field a roster of 28 women in the mix of a total of 13 countries overall.
Nations including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, England, Ireland and Sweden will face off in a group stage before heading to the knockout stages toward the title.
For die-hard derby fans, it's no surprise that after a decade of progress, North America's fastest-growing sport has taken an international stage. Newer sports fans are being converted daily, as many think now is the perfect time for a World Cup, especially given the success of other action sports events like the X Games.
ESPN's Jane McManus recently wrote that, like much of America, she's crazy in love with roller derby. After grasping the basics of the sport, you will too.
(photo: Gil Leora / Windy City Rollers)