About Ultimate

Ultimate is a fast-moving team sport enjoyed by millions of players the world over. Although frequently compared to sports like soccer or American Football, Ultimate has some unique features that set it apart. There are no referees. And it’s played with a flying disc.

To compete at the highest level, Ultimate players require speed, agility and endurance. Yet beginners find the game easy to learn and fun to play. Grab a disc, get out there, and discover why many think this is the ultimate team sport.

Flying discs and Frisbees

We have an ongoing arrangement with Discraft to provide low cost discs for affiliated schools across the UK.  Please look here for more details.  These Frisbees are a great way to get started.


You can also purchase discs directly from UK Ultimate here on our website.


UK Ultimate are proud partners of Discraft.  The Discraft Ultrastar is the global standard competition disc for Ultimate.  As of Spring 2012 Discraft will be sponsoring all UKU competitions enabling us to provide our Tournament Directors with great value game discs or team gifts.  Thanks Discraft! 

It is possible to order customised discs direct from Discraft, subject to minimum order limits.

Catch-the-Spirit provide Disc Sports activity sessions for all ages and abilities in schools and community events; and are particularly experienced in the area of introducing disc sports at primary school ages.  They stock a wide variety of other discs - including smaller and soft-edged discs.

From made-to-order uniforms for ultimate frisbee to off-the-shelf performance clothing from our online shop, Lookfly offer ethically sourced, environmentally sound, good conscience clothing that is second to none.  Lookfly sell a number of discs that carry a donation to a good cause - and UK Ultimate's coaching scheme is one of their good causes.  Thanks Lookfly!






Rules of Ultimate

* Official WFDF Rules of Ultimate 2021

* 2021 Summary of changes


* UKU Indoor Rules of Ultimate 2021-24 - adapted from 2021-24 WFDF rules effective for Indoor Ultimate competitions as of October 2021.  There are no major "indoor-specific" changes.  These rules are based on the WFDF Rules of Ultimate 2021-24, so when compared with the previous indoor rules, you should see the latest version includes changes that we made to the WFDF rules in the latest (2021-24) edition.


* WFDF Rules of Beach Ultimate


There are also further resources - including a new WFDF Accreditation on the WFDF rules pages.


The basics...

Ultimate is a game for two teams of seven, played on a field similar in size to a football pitch (see diagram). The last 18 metres at either end of the field are the “endzones”. A goal is scored when you throw the disc to a member of your team standing (or more likely running) in the endzone your team is attacking. Players cannot run with the disc. When a player catches the disc, they must come to a stop. A team can therefore only move the disc upfield by throwing it from player to player. The defending team takes possession if the disc touches the ground, or if they make an interception by catching the disc or knocking it to the ground in mid–flight. The game is noncontact — when contact between players does occur, it may be deemed a foul.

The winner is the first team to reach a previously decided number of goals, typically fifteen or seventeen.

 An ultimate field is 100m by 37m; the endzones are 18m deepField Dimensions: An ultimate field is 100m by 37m; the endzones are 18m deep

WFDF Rules of Beach Ultimate 2017.pdf260.89 KB
WFDF Rules of Ultimate 2021-2024 - Summary of Changes.pdf72.68 KB
WFDF Rules of Ultimate 2021-2024.pdf495.91 KB
UKU Rules of Indoor Ultimate 2021-24.docx.pdf209.55 KB

Spirit of the Game


'Ultimate is a non-contact, self-refereed sport. All players are responsible for administering and adhering to the rules. Ultimate relies upon a Spirit of the Game that places the responsibility for fair play on every player. It is trusted that no player will intentionally break the rules; thus there are no harsh penalties for inadvertent breaches, but rather a method for resuming play in a manner which simulates what would most likely have occurred had there been no breach. Highly competitive play is encouraged, but should never sacrifice the mutual respect between players, adherence to the agreed-upon rules of the game, or the basic joy of play.'

WFDF Rules of Ultimate


Spirit of the Game is an overarching term, used to describe the way that participants approach the sport of Ultimate. It encompasses core principles such as sportsmanship, knowledge and fair application of the rules, attitude, communication skills, and respect for others. It’s critical that players, coaches and fans alike adhere to these principles, in order to safeguard the fundamental joy of play and the self-refereeing which is so vitally unique to ultimate.

All players are encouraged (and in fact, obliged) to familiarise themselves with the WFDF Rules of Ultimate. Spirit of the Game is, quite literally, the first rule in the book - the entirety of Section 1 is dedicated to describing Spirit in detail.

In addition to players’ individual responsibilities, it is highly encouraged for teams to appoint a Spirit Captain to help ensure that the team upholds the ideals of Spirit of the Game.

UKU is committed to fostering the principles of Spirit of the Game at all levels. The Spirit of the Game Committee facilitates this by engaging with development, education and outreach, from grassroots level to elite national representative teams.

Information and news from the Spirit of the Game Committee



Further resources:

 The WFDF website has a comprehensive Spirit of the Game section with a huge amount of resources available. Highlights include:

Spirit of the Game Facebook Page

UKU resource: Spirit of the Game and challenging team mates

UKU Code of Conduct

Presentation on Dangerous Play (USA-centric)


Staying Informed

There are various places to where information is posted and to keep an eye on to stay informed:

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/ukultimate


University Regional Facebook groups: (find out your region here)

South East South West - West Midlands & Wales - East & London - York & East Midlands - North East & North WestScotland


Twitter - @UKUltimate


Britdisc mailing list

Britdisc is the main mailing list for Ultimate in the UK. It is mainly used for players to exchange information about club trial dates, upcoming tournaments, skills sessions, volunteer opportunities, and occasionally a hot-bed for debate and gossip.

Many thanks to Ralf for running Britdisc. Click here to subscribe. Find the archives here and older archives here.


Women's Ultimate mailing list

This is a mailing list for female ultimate players in the UK. It is to keep the female members of the UK ultimate community up to date with what's happening and provide somewhere for discussion on the future development of the women's side of the sport.

Subscribe by sending a mail to: ukuw-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

University Ultimate mailing list

To subscribe to the University Ultimate Yahoo! Group use your Yahoo! login, or email uniultimate-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.
Once subscribed, messages to uniultimate@yahoogroups.com will be sent to the whole group. The public archive is available at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/uniultimate/.

Youth Ultimate mailing list

 To subscribe please click here.


/r/UKUltimate on Reddit has succeeded Britdisc as the forum for trash talking and speculation about Ultimate in the UK. Articles, videos, animations and features are also linked from here, and it's the perfect place to ask questions you have about the rules, strategy, equipment, or anything else Ultimate related. Also check out the very active international /r/ultimate forum.


Active regional groups/mailing lists 

London Ultimate Leagues
Visit the site at www.londonultimate.comYou can also join the londonleague mailing list - http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/londonleague/

Scottish Ultimate


Inactive regional mailing lists:


Women's Ultimate Regional mailing lists


North England mailing list

Used to put out notices for general announcements, practises, regional tournies, NORTHERN WINTER LEAGUE business etc... if interested please subscribe: northernultimate@yahoogroups.com northernultimate-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Midlands Mailing List

Information on Midlands Winter and Summer leagues - midlandfrisbee@yahoogroups.com midlandfrisbee-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Northern Winter League


Northern University:



Midlands University:

Midlands uni ultimate - Midlands_uni_ultimate-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Western mailing list

westernultimate@yahoogroups.com - westernultimate-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Western University:

southwestultimate@yahoogroups.com - southwestultimate-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

South East mailing list

seultimate@yahoogroups.com - seultimate-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

South East University:

se uni ultimate - seuniultimate-subscribe@yahoogroups.com