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 (£5/year: 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 nine players. At least 3 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 teams 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.
PLAYING A FIXTURE
What is the format for matches?
There is a minimum of 3 players per team for a fixture. 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
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.
FULFILLING A FIXTURE
The fixture calendar has been designed to help teams in their organisation but should a date not suit either team:
(a) A team unable to fulfil a fixture must inform the opposing captain and reschedule for another date that suits both teams, preferably before the next due fixture in the calendar.
(b) If a team fails to fulfil a scheduled fixture without due notice, they shall forfeit the match in question. This is at the League Organiser’s discretion.
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
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 team’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
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 2018-19 BFA National Finals 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 teams that have taken part in the overall competition).
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