BFA 2017 Club Championships

The 2016 BFA Club Championships is a team competition open to all BFA Clubs.

The BFA Club Championships have been played since 2011, past winners include Southampton Rockets (2011), Bar Kick (2013), Cambridge TFC (2014), with the 2015 season finals held at Anglia Grove in Hackney on Saturday 20th February 2016 and won on penalties by Bar Kick, now 2-time Champions.

Because the distribution of active player bases in the UK is uneven, it has been difficult to organise successful home/away leagues outside the London area, and so a radical alternative solution is proposed for 2016 to allow for a more flexible yet meaningful competition, reducing barriers to participation.

Instead of forcing clubs into formal regional league competitions (these may still occur where viable), each club may play any other UK club once at home and once away throughout the course of the year. In addition clubs may meet in team competitions at tournaments. Clubs can play as few or as many opponents as they wish whether in a regional league format or informal challenge matches, but only their best 10x results will count.

Clubs seeking to be competitive and willing to travel to away fixtures and tournaments will be those competing for honours at the end of the year, whereas clubs simply willing to host other clubs for occasional home matches are free to do so with no obligation to travel, and will get a league position for doing so. The format also give established clubs an incentive to encourage the development of new clubs in their region as potential opponents.

Structure

The UK is split into two divisions
London League – All teams in the London Area (within the M25)
This is a separate competition. Now in its 4th season, with fixtures played home and away over the course of the year.
National League – All teams outside the London Area

The top teams from each league will meet in the 2016-7 Premier League finals, plus the winners of any official regional league with at least 4x competing teams, and winners of BFA Club Competitions held at UK tournaments.

BFA National League

Clubs can join the competition at any point during the year, but only matches played in 2016 will count towards the points total.

Clubs must state the dates and times they are available to play home fixtures, and cannot refuse a Fixture Request/Challenge from an away team on these occasions without good reason (e.g. prior fixture or venue closure).

Matches should comprise a minimum of 10x games (default 4x singles, 6x doubles) when played home and away (max 2x singles/2x doubles, or 4x doubles games per player).
For team competitions within tournaments matches should comprise a minimum of 5x games (2x singles, 3x doubles – max 1x singles/1x doubles, or 2x doubles games per player).
If both captains agree, further singles or doubles games can be included in matches between larger teams, provided the match includes at least 4x singles and 6x doubles games, and no player (in the larger team) plays more than 4x games as above, and the total number of games is agreed at the start of the match.

Teams must have a minimum of 4x players to complete a fixture. There is no maximum number provided the players are registered with your club.
In the event of a team only having 3x players available for a match each singles player plays with the third player in doubles with the 3rd doubles game(s) forfeited.

The default game format is first to score 7x goals, with players handicapped 1 goal per difference in rank (of highest-ranked player in doubles). This format is recommended where beginner teams meet experienced teams.
If both captains agree the game format can be first to score 5x goals, or to 6 goals allowing a 5-5 draw with no handicapping. This format is recommended where teams are fairly evenly-matched.

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

All match scores must be reported to  [email protected] within 7 days.

BFA National League Championship

All results will be entered into a single National League Table/Club Ranking list, including results from regional leagues, team competitions at tournaments, and challenge matches between clubs.
Points are awarded as follows
5 points for a win
3 points for a tie (inc. defeat in a penalty shootout)
2 points for defeat by a single game
1 point for any other defeat

Only each team’s best 10x results will count towards the points total. In the event of teams finishing level on points, the game average (ratio of games won to games lost) will decide the position. If two or more teams have maximum points at the end of the season all their results will be taken into account in determining their game win/loss ratio.

National Finals (BFA Premier League)

To play in the 2016-7 Premier League teams must qualify for the finals. There are three routes to qualification
Via the BFA London League
Via the BFA National League
Winners of BFA Team Competitions at UK Tournaments
At the end of the season the top ranked teams will qualify for the National finals to be held in a central location during Jan/Feb 2017 alongside the top clubs from the London League and winners of team competitions at tournaments. The exact ratio of qualifying teams will depend on the number of teams in each league. The Premier League will determine the National Champions and which clubs qualify for the European Champions League. The finals will be restricted to 8x teams maximum. There is therefore an incentive for teams seeking to compete at a higher level to fulfil as many fixtures as they can.

How to enter

1 – Form a club if you are not already a club – for this you need
Minimum 4x players
A foosball table (any full-sized type) and somewhere to play home fixtures in evenings or at weekends
Two club e-mail contact persons (at least one of whom is on Facebook)
There is a default club constitution which can be downloaded from the BFA website, or you can adopt your own constitution if you wish.
Register your club here –  http://www.britfoos.com/guides/starting-a-club/

2 – Register your team – e-mail  [email protected]
Provide address of home venue inc postcode
Days/times of the week available for home fixtures.
Any excluded dates (e.g. due to holidays or venue closures)
Your Home Table Type (make/model/photo)
Your team captain contact details (e-mail/mobile/Facebook)
Vice-captain contact details
Clubs must provide a list of players in their squad to  [email protected] including full names, years of birth and nationality (if UK resident under 5 years), any additions or transfers must be notified promptly – and at least 24 hours before any scheduled fixture or event.

3 – Challenge Other Clubs
Look at the list of participating clubs and pick an opponent
E-mail (or contact via Facebook) their club captain with a date to visit them for a match when you are both able to field teams.
Play the match and HAVE FUN!!!
Report the results (e.g. United 6, City 4) to  [email protected] within 7 days

4 – Go to Tournaments as a team!
Major weekend BFA tournaments may include a club/team competition, typically on the Saturday evening. These represent an opportunity to play several opponents in shorter-format matches on the same day and boost your club’s points total.

Costs?

There are no entry fees to this competition, however organisers of tournaments may require an entry fee for team competitions at those events, and teams qualifying for the finals may have to pay a table rental fee if unable to bring their own table.

Where tables are coin-operated, home teams are responsible for bearing the costs of all games played in the fixture on their home table. Away teams have automatic choice of side except where the ‘away’ table is provided by the home venue or team.

Forward to Two Divisions in 2017?

Following the end of the 2016 season clubs may be separated into 2x divisions, with the top 8 or 10 clubs designated division A and all other clubs Division B. In 2017 there will be 2x divisions each with their own league table, however clubs can still play any other club (Div A or B) to gain points in their division, but with differential points at stake as follows:
A-v-A or B-v-B – 5W,3D,1L
A-v-B – 3W, 2D, 1L
B-v-A – 7W, 5D, 3L

At the end of 2017 there would be promotions and relegations between divisions.
The top 4 clubs in Division A, the winners of Division B and the top 3 clubs from the London League would play off for the Championship at the end of the year.