Major League Ultimate (MLU) is one of two semi-professional ultimate frisbee leagues in North America, the other being the American Ultimate Disc League . It is composed of 8 member teams: 7 in the United States and 1 in Canada. It was formed in 2012, and began its inaugural season in April 2013. The season concludes with championship games for the Western and Eastern divisions and a c

ross-divisional championship game. The most recent champions were the Philadelphia Spinners in 2016.

About Edit

The league began in 2012, with the help of the Philadelphia Spinners and their staff, including former GM Jeff Snader. The Spinners left the AUDL after winning the inaugural AUDL Championship. Snader brought together a core group of individuals to form the MLU, referred to as the Founders.

Unlike some ultimate leagues and games, MLU allows double-teaming of an offensive player. Also, like most sports, referees make all of the calls (this is similar to the AUDL).

The MLU plans to expand the league in the hope to be seen as the premier ultimate league in North America. There are plans to add a Midwest Conference to the league sometime in the future.

Highlights of the 2013 championship game were broadcast on Fox Sports 1 as part of an anthology show co-hosted by former NFL player Dhani Jones and Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley. ESPN's SportsCenter Top 10 and SportsNation have featured highlights from the MLU, bringing national attention to the league.

In 2013, Five Ultimate was the official uniform manufacturer for all eight teams. For the 2014 season, Puma became the official jersey sponsor.

In 2015, Canterbury became the official jersey sponsor.

All 2016 games will be livestreamed on YouTube and can be found on the MLU website.

Mission Statement Edit

The MLU will bring ultimate to a world-wide audience by making it accessible and exciting for our fans, rewarding for our players, profitable for our investors and productive for our partners.

Teams Edit

Team City/Area Stadium Founded Head Coach
Boston Whitecaps Medford, MA Hormel Stadium 2012 Sam Rosenthal
D.C. Current Washington, D.C. Cardinal Stadium 2013 Will Smolinski
New York Rumble Jamaica, Queens, NY Belson Stadium 2013 Anthony Nuñez
Philadelphia Spinners Plymouth Meeting, PA Colonial Stadium 2012 Darryl Stanley
Portland Stags Hillsboro, OR Hillsboro Stadium 2013 Danny Quarrell
San Francisco Dogfish Berkeley, CA Yellowjacket Stadium 2013 Justin Safdie
Seattle Rainmakers Renton, WA Renton Memorial Stadium 2013 Kate Kingery and Fiona McKibben
Vancouver Nighthawks Vancouver, BC Thunderbird Stadium 2013 Andrew Lugsdin

Founders Edit

Name Title
Jeff Snader President
Nic Darling Vice President
Matthew "Skip" Sewell Creative Director and Brand Manager
Billy Maroon Director of Personnel
Ian McClellan Director of Competition
Marc Stachowski Director of IT

Championships Edit

Season Date Champion Score Runner-Up Venue Location MVP
2013 July 13, 2013 Boston Whitecaps 20-15 San Francisco Dogfish Franklin Field Philadelphia, PA Jeff Graham
2014 July 19, 2014 D.C. Current 23-17 Vancouver Nighthawks PPL Park Chester, PA Markham Shofner
2015 August 8, 2015 Boston Whitecaps 31-17 Seattle Rainmakers PPL Park Chester, PA Jeff Graham