PARTICIPATION IN THE BFA NATIONAL LEAGUE

How can I take part?

You will need to be a member of a club and have BFA membership. You can either approach an existing club or set up your own.

How many players does my club need?

A participating club must register at least 4 players. There is a maximum of nine players. At least 3 players are required to fulfil a fixture.

Is it too late for my club to join?

A club must fulfil at least three fixtures in order to be eligible for the National Finals.

Can I change clubs during this season?

Yes, as long as you haven’t already represented your current club in a league fixture this season.

Can I join a club and play in the league once the season has started?

Yes, but you will not be permitted to play for a club in the BFA National Finals unless you have already played for them at least twice during the season or have been registered for the club from the beginning of the season.

ARRANGING AND FULFILLING FIXTURES

How does my club arrange fixtures?

Look at the fixture list and submit a request to play any unplayed matches. The club that receives the request must state the dates and times they are available to play.

Can we play both ‘home’ and ‘away’ fixtures at once?

Yes, your club can play both legs of a home/away match on the same occasion and location, provided that each club is able to play on its ‘home’ table type.

PLAYING A FIXTURE

What is the format for matches?

London League Format– Game Format

There is a minimum of 3 players per team. A player can take up to one singles and two doubles positions (eg. S1, D2 and D3). Each game is first to 5 goals. A match is made up of 12 games.

Three singles and three pairs are involved: S1, S2, S3, D1, D2, D3

Order of games (home team first): S1-S1, D1-D1, S2-S2, D2-D2, S3-S3, D3-D3, S1-S2, D2-D1, S2-S3, D3-D2, S3-S1, D1-D3

Download the match record sheet here: Match record sheet. National League 2018

STARTING A MATCH

A coin flip shall precede the start of the match. The team that wins the flip has the choice of table side or first serve. The team that loses the flip has the remaining option. Once a team has chosen either the table side or the first serve, they may not change their decision.

Subsequent Serves

The first serve in the match shall be made by the team that lost the preceding game.

HOME MATCHES

The home team will be in charge of paying for all the games. In order to avoid that some individuals pay more than others we suggest the captain collect the same amount of coins from every team members but this is up to each team how they want to organise themselves.

What is the format for fixtures played within tournaments?

For club competitions within tournaments, matches should comprise a minimum of 5 games. These five games comprise 2 singles games and 3 doubles games with a maximum participation of 1 singles and 1 doubles, or 2 doubles games per individual player.

RESULTS AND POINTS

How do we submit our results?

All match scores must be submitted to the league organiser via Facebook within 3 days.

How many points do we get for our performance?

– 5 points for a win

– 3 points for a tie

– 1 point for a defeat (to reward the fulfilment of fixtures)

What determines where we finish in the table?

Your club’s best ten results will count towards your points total. In the event of finishing level on points, the statistics below are compared in order, until a difference is found:

a) the ratio of games won to games lost

b) goal difference

c) fixtures played

d) coin toss

THE BFA NATIONAL FINALS

How do we get to play in the BFA National Finals?

To play in the 2018-19 BFA National Finals teams must qualify for the finals. There are three routes to qualification:

1) By being in the top 3 in the BFA London League

2) By being in the top 3 in the BFA National League

3) By winning a BFA Team Competition at a UK Tournament

The finals will be restricted to 12x teams maximum.

Any spare slots may be taken by non-qualified teams paying entry fees provided they have competed in the London or National Leagues at some point during 2018.

The BFA National Finals will determine the National Champions and which clubs qualify for the European Champions League (either one or two, depending on the number of clubs that have taken part in the overall competition).

GOOD LUCK!