BFA 2019 London League
The London League comprises League A and League B.
League A is mainly for competent competitive players.
League B is designed primarily for new and learning players. A team in League B should have no more than one semi-pro ranked player or equivalent.
League B is a ‘ladder’ league that runs on a continuous basis. This permits new teams to join in all year round.
The league organiser will encourage teams that perform well in League B to enter League A at the next available opportunity.
The leading League B team at the end of the year may participate in the BFA National Finals, at the league organiser’s discretion.
How can I take part?
You will need to be a member of a team from within the M25. You can either approach an existing team or set up your own. You will also need to be a full BFA member ( https://britfoos.com/about/membership/).
How many players does my team need?
A participating team must register at least 4 players. There is a maximum of ten players. At least 4 players are required to fulfil a fixture.
Is it too late for my team to join?
If your team is playing in League B, you may join at any point in the season, although the team 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 team in a league fixture this season.
Can I join a team and play in the league once the season has started?
Yes, but you will not be permitted to play for a team in the BFA National Finals unless you have already played for them at least twice during the season or have been registered for the team 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?
What is the format for matches?
London League Format– Race Format
1) Min 4 players to play a match
2) Max 4 games per player
3) Two consecutive games cannot be played by the same player
4) Two time-outs
Download the match record sheet here: Match record sheet. London league 2019
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.
The first serve in the match shall be made by the team that lost the preceding game.
Each evening tie should kick off at 8.00pm unless otherwise agreed by both teams.
Please allow some time for the warm-up.
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 cash from every team member but this is up to you.
RESULTS AND POINTS
What determines where we finish in the table?
(a) Each Match win is worth 1 league point,
(b) League placing is determined by the total number of league points once all fixtures have been played.
In the event of two teams being level on points, the team with the greatest game win difference shall be placed higher
If two teams cannot be separated by League points or game win difference, the team with the higher number of away game wins will be placed higher.
How do we submit our results?
All match scores must be submitted to the league organiser via Facebook within 3 days.
THE BFA NATIONAL FINALS
How do we get to play in the BFA National Finals?
To play in the BFA National Finals you 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 2019.
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 teams that have taken part in the overall competition).
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