The London Open
1st - 3rd December 2017
1 Heath Road
The London Open is an
International Table Soccer Federation Pro Tour Event
BFA Category A Ranking Tournament
x10 GARLANDO Master Champion
Tournament Organiser: BFA, Andrei Russell-Gebbett
Tournament Director: Christophe Lerat
Entry is open to all; events accommodate all skill levels – from beginner to international.
Summary of Events
Friday 1st December
7:30pm: You can enter...either Women's Doubles, Senior Doubles or Draw Your Partner competition 1 ('DYP')
Saturday 2nd December
10:30am Open Doubles
15:00 Women's Singles
17:00 Senior Singles
18:30 Draw Your Partner II
Sunday 3rd December
10:30am Open Singles
There will be a prize-giving ceremony at 8pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
There will also be a break for lunch on both Saturday and Sunday for one hour, from 12:30 to 13:30. Players are encouraged to buy lunch at the venue.
Summary of Charges and how to Pay them
a) Event entry fees
b) Table fees
c) BFA membership fees
a) Event entry fees depend on both the event and your rank.
Draw Your Partner: £5 entry, regardless of rank
To enter any other event, per event:
Event entry fees are payable in cash on the day, at the venue.
b) Table fees cover the cost of the tables' transport and use. You will not need to carry any change to pay for your games: the tables will be on 'freeplay' mode and you will only need a ball.
You can reserve your place in the tournament by getting a week end table fees package for £20 in advance via TicketWeb link: https://www.ticketweb.uk/event/bfa-garl ... ts/7795915. If places are still availalble on the day the table fee is £15 a day per person. Tournament capacity is 60 players max.
You MUST then go to http://www.britfoos.com/TheLondonOpen to confirm your reservation to participate in particular events. Please note this is to allow the tournament organiser to be prepared before the event. Failure to do this 72 hours before the tournament start will make your table fees package void.
c) BFA Membership Fees To take part in a BFA tournament, you must be a member of the British Foosball Association (or a foreign associate). You can pay for membership on the day. If it is your first tournament, you will not need to pay. You can check to see if you are a member as of 1/12/17 HERE!!!!!!
We envisage that 80% of event entry fees goes to the prize fund; 20% to the BFA
The prize fund is distributed:
Open Events: 25%, 20%, 17%, 13%, 7.5%, 5% (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, =5th/6, =7/8)
All non-open events: 50%,30%,20% (1st, 2nd, 3rd)
Player rankings will be based on the BFA Rankings List of
1-12-17 here. The organisers reserve the right to give players a rank of their choice. Senior players must be 51 years or older.
Draw Your Partner events: Single Elimination, best of 3 sets
Senior and Women's Doubles: Double Elimination, best of 3 sets
Open Doubles: 6 rounds Swiss, Single Elimination two-tier knockout (top 2/3 to top tier)
Senior and Women's Singles: Single Elimination, best of 3 sets
Open Singles: 4 rounds Swiss, Single Elimination two-tier knockout (top 2/3 to top tier)
If you request a referee from the head official's list, each player must pay £1.
If the referee is appointed by the head official before the match, there is no fee.
Abbreviated and complete rules can be found here.
Please wear sports kit (unless you really don't want to).
On sale at the tournament: Garlando balls, wraps and lube
The venue is in Twickenham, a suburban area of London on the river Thames. Twickenham Rileys' postcode is TW1 4AW.
Flying to Twickenham
The nearest airport to Twickenham is London Heathrow. The 490 bus runs regularly from the airport, taking 40 minutes.
A taxi from Heathrow to Twickenham costs about £30. It takes less than ten minutes to walk from Twickenham station to Rileys.
There are approximately four journeys an hour from Waterloo to Twickenham and vice-versa. Trains from Twickenham into central London run almost until midnight. Use https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/ for up-to-date information.
The venue has no parking of its own. We recommend that you reserve parking online using, for instance, https://en.parkopedia.co.uk/ or https://www.justpark.com/
Help with Visas
You may require a visa if you are coming from abroad. As foosball is not officially a sport in the UK, applications for sport-related visas may be refused.
For a letter of invitation in support of a visa application, contact firstname.lastname@example.org via e-mail with your full name, date of birth, passport number, ITSF licence number and nationality.
We also require your full postal address and a fax number for transmission of a signed copy of the letter. Please note there may be deadlines for visa applications.
Notes for those searching for hotels through comparison sites:
There are several hotels within walking distance of the venue, including a Premier Inn and a Marriott.
If you are happy to take short trips to and from the venue, good deals may be found by expanding your search to other parts of South West London: Teddington (which has an affordable Travelodge), Hounslow or Kingston.
Around the Tournament
Food and Drink
There will be hot and cold food for sale at the venue, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
You will not be permitted to consume food and drink brought from somewhere else.
Nearest supermarket: Marks and Spencers, opposite the venue.
Nearest restaurants:, There are many restaurants within walking distance, open until late in the evening.