Sports roleplaying is the roleplaying of matches or games between national or club teams in a certain sport, be it football (soccer), American football, ice hockey, rugby, athletics, motorsport, dodgeball or any other RL sport you can think of or new one you can invent. Even Quidditch has been given the NS-sports treatment. The term is generally used only to refer to matches which take place in the format described here and not to athletic competitions which might appear from time to time as an incidental part of a roleplay organized according to a different format.
The results of the matches are not determined in the course of the RP, but they are scorinated by the hosts of a tournament and either posted in a thread in the forums or telegrammed to nations to inform them of the result. The use of scorination makes Godmoding almost irrelevant, as the possibility of refusing to acknowledge that a person won/lost is removed by having an official result posted. Sports roleplayers have instead utilised amusing variations of Godmoding, including the allocation of almost all goals to a given player or the use of stadia of impractically large sizes.
Roleplays are written about the results, usually in the form of newspaper or television reports. Roleplaying the results is not mandatory, but often encouraged by an RP-bonus.
The longest-running and most prominent competition is the association football World Cup.
Current and past competitions
Current and past competitions include:
- Association football
- American football - World Bowl
- Ice hockey - Cherry Cup/World Cup of Hockey
- Gridiron (American football) - World Bowl
- Baseball - World Baseball Classic
- Olympic Games (Summer and Winter)
- Rugby union - Rugby World Cup
- Rugby league - Rugby League World Cup
- Auto racing - World Grand Prix Championship
- Cycling - TOUR de QAZOX
- Quidditch - NS Quidditch World Cup