Competition at the World Ultimate and Guts Championships is due to begin tomorrow ©WUGC

Around 3,000 athletes from 39 countries are set to compete at the 2016 World Ultimate and Guts Championships at the UCL Sports Ground in London.

Ultimate frisbee competition will take place in men’s, women’s, mixed gender and masters divisions throughout the duration of the competition, which is set to take place until June 25.

A total of 31 teams have been confirmed to compete in the men’s division, with the United States aiming to defend the title they claimed at the 2012 edition of the Championships in Japan.

Canada and the host nation Britain will be expected to provide a strong challenge to the American team.

The women’s competition will feature 26 nations, with Japan beginning the competition as the defending champions, having beaten the United States in the 2012 final.

The 14th edition of the Championship will see teams compete in a round-robin format, before advancing to a knock-out stage.

Action is due to be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network in the United States and Canada, while the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) have also announced that leading online platform will stream competition in Europe.

Their coverage will include multiple cameras, live commentary and high-quality graphics, while the WFDF state that the platform will also archive competitions online until April 2017.

Around 3,000 athletes are expected to compete at the Championships
Around 3,000 athletes are expected to compete at the Championships ©WFDF/Facebook

“We are very excited to share for free - not behind a paywall - 20 games from preliminary rounds online and a world-class telecast of the finals, free to international broadcasters, of ultimate’s world championships,” said Robert Rauch, WFDF President.

“For WFDF, this is our most significant international coverage to date, reflecting the growth and recognition of the sport.

“Free, multi-bandwidth streaming, viewable globally in real time, along with a telecast highlighting the finals, are key elements in our strategy to raise the profile of the sport as we continue our search for a global brand sponsor.”

The finals of the tournament are scheduled to take place at Allianz Park in London, with the home of Saracens Rugby Club due to welcome the world’s top ultimate players.