The BFA Cup 2011

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The BFA Cup 2011

Post by BFA Committee » Sun May 01, 2011 12:20 am

The BFA Cup is officially launched today. Ten years in the planning, the BFA Committee hope it will transform the way foosball is played and organised across the UK.

What is it?

The BFA Cup is the first truly national team competition for clubs.
Teams consist of 4x players drawn from a squad of up to 8x players, who must be club members
The BFA Cup will take place as a 1 day event to be held at he Warrens Holiday Village, Clevedon, Near Bristol, BS21 6TQ. On the 20th November 2011.
Teams can play their 'home' games on any standard full-sized table type
Matches comprise a series of 16x singles and doubles games against your opponents, with an equal number of games played on your table and their table.
A maximum of 16x teams can be accommodated.

Why is it different to the old BFA National League?
Because we have learned from our own mistakes of the past and from the successes of other European countries
Because there are no long-distance home and away league matches
Because to enter a team you will have to form or join a club
Teams are limited to Pro-am standard by rank - no more foregone conclusions...
Team names MUST include geographical location - this helps to generate local media coverage and even sponsorship

What is a club?
A club is 4 or more players and a foosball table registered as a club with the BFA.
Clubs provide a focal point for players in the local area, and in most European countries form a regional or federal structure for the game
Clubs can be located in any type of establishment, be it a pub, club, school/college/university, private business, public building or a private home.
There are no official fees associated with forming a club, it is completely free of charge (although entry fees apply for the BFA Cup).
Players can be members of more than one club, but they can only play for one team in the BFA Cup.
Clubs can enter more than one team in the BFA Cup.
Where there are enough clubs in a local area local and regional leagues can be established in the future.

Where can I find out more?
Full details including club membership and team registration forms, downloadable rules and much more can be found at:
http://www.britfoos.com/bfa-cup

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Re: The BFA Cup!

Post by Boris » Fri Jun 17, 2011 9:15 am

The first deadline for registration at the lowest price is 1st July, all fees increase by £5 on July 2nd.

Remember if you register your team before 1st of July the current rankings (1st April) will be used to determine handicap points and team eligibility for the whole competition, Several players who have competed in overseas ITSF tournaments (Vilnius, Bonzini WCS, Evry, Tx State) have already effectively been promoted but the new UK ranking list takes effect from 1st July, when points from this weekend's ISHA tournament will be included.

First step is to form and register a club (all you need is 4x players and a table) - club registration is free!. Then register your team. Once the team is registered online you have up to 7 days to get the entry fee payment made to the BFA.

We hope to be able to make an announcement about major sponsorship shortly.

http://www.britfoos.com/bfa-cup

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Re: The BFA Cup!

Post by Boris » Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:02 pm

Facebook ad campaign launched for BFA Cup - If you see the ad please do NOT click the ad as this will cost us money - it simply takes you to the BFA Cup home page. The ads are aimed at players who are not regulars on Britfoos!

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Re: The BFA Cup!

Post by Boris » Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:01 pm

Southern Semi-Final confirmed for Rileys Bristol on 8-9 October, if only one day is required that will be Sunday 9th and we may hold other events (tbc) on the Saturday.

Hoping to confirm Northern Semi-Final for (24th &) 25th September, Rileys Liverpool, same provisos.

Register Now - Entry fees rise on 2nd July!
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Re: The BFA Cup!

Post by Boris » Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:03 pm

BFA Cup - Semi Final Dates & Venues Confirmed

Northern Semi-Final - Sunday 25th September
Rileys - Liverpool Grand Central

Southern Semi-Final - Sunday 9th October
Rileys Bristol

Keep the Saturdays free as the semis may run to two days if enough teams take part, alternatively additional regional semi-finals may be arranged in Eastern England and/or Scotland subject to at least 10x teams from each region taking part.

If the semi-finals only require one day then other events may be arranged on the saturdays.

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Re: The BFA Cup!

Post by Graeme » Fri Jun 24, 2011 4:50 pm

Can you guarantee that a team entered from Oxford would play in the southern semi-final?

(obviously feel free to move this post if you'd rather keep this topic for announcements only)
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Re: The BFA Cup!

Post by Boris » Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:23 pm

Graeme wrote:Can you guarantee that a team entered from Oxford would play in the southern semi-final?

(obviously feel free to move this post if you'd rather keep this topic for announcements only)
Not absolutely, but 99%, it is really only teams from the Midlands which could go either way.

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Re: The BFA Cup!

Post by Jonathan may » Sun Jun 26, 2011 6:25 pm

Get your teams registered. This is going to be a cracker.
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Re: The BFA Cup!

Post by Boris » Mon Jun 27, 2011 12:51 pm

Just to remind people

This is not a 'home/away' competition involving regular fixtures, teams will play at one-day regional qualifiers and, if qualified, on a second day for the finals.

The model we are following is that of Germany, who started this way and now have hundreds of clubs, including over 60 in Hamburg alone, they have a national (open) premier league attracting top foreign players, and local leagues with several divisions including open and rank-limited leagues.

In the UK the hope is we will be able to grow to a critical mass of clubs which would allow regular local or regional home/away leagues with travelling times limited to one hour each way. Until this goal is achievable, the only practical way to organise a national league is to hold all fixtures at central locations over a single day or weekend. In future years qualification for the finals may be via regional home-away leagues but that goal is still a long way off.

This is the start of something BIG - don't miss out. Remember that entry fees rise the closer you get to the registration deadline, and if you register your team this week the April 2011 rankings still apply, after 2nd July the new rankings will apply.

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Re: The BFA Cup!

Post by Bundy Volume 1 » Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:28 am

To remind people - players registered for BFA Cup teams on or before 1st July will be ranked for that competition (handicap points) at their old (April 2011) ranking status, so if you are about to be promoted (See the Isha results post for those that have been promoted) get your team registered NOW!!! Entry fees also go up on 2nd July - see http://www.britfoos.com/bfa-cup for full details.

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Re: The BFA Cup!

Post by Mase » Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:30 am

Hi Joe,

I have a team, and I pressume the easiest course of action will be to play as part of teh Bristol Table Football Club.

As the club is already registered/exists (I believe Jon May did all that), what do I need to do?

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Re: The BFA Cup!

Post by Graeme » Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:51 am

Hi,

So Oxford are definitely going to be entering a team (I'll submit the form either today or tomorrow) - do we have to decide home table now? I don't know who exactly will be playing in the team since the semifinal is so far off that most people don't know for sure whether they can play. Similarly do I have to enter team members right now? Can't I supply these details a bit later?

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Re: The BFA Cup!

Post by Bundy Volume 1 » Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:55 am

Hi Mase,

Everyone is welcome to form their own club - it's very simple, all you need is a venue with a table and your core players.

However, if you wish to join another club, then you need to contact the club chair (in Bristol's case Jonathan May) and ask to join the club. All decisions regarding club members and team compositions are the responsibility of the club chairs and team captains (though the online form to register a team can be filled in by any team member).
BFA Cup rules wrote: All team members must be registered members of the club.
Teams must register between 4 and 8 named players in their squad
Clubs may enter more than one team provided each existing team squad includes at least one reserve player (i.e. 2 teams if 9+ players, 3x teams if 14+ players etc)
The deadline for the cheapest entries is Friday. Teams must be submitted, as part of a club, by this date to qualify for this low entry fee. Although a table selection is needed to submit a team, we will give dispensation to change this if still in good notice of the regional semi-finals (date for final table selection tbc).

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Re: The BFA Cup!

Post by Graeme » Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:11 pm

Oxford team registered :D
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Re: The BFA Cup!

Post by cmau » Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:47 pm

Since Macca has literally dropped off the face of the earth. Can anyone tell me if Keele has actually registered a team yet? I'm getting worried with it being 2 days to new entry fees.

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Re: The BFA Cup!

Post by Boris » Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:27 am

Re the deadline(s)

If teams are registered by tomorrow the minimum entry fees will apply and April 2011 player ranks to those players registered. Remember you can add additional players later (although they will be ranked as of their rank the date they are themselves registered) by e-mailing the full name, YoB and Nationality to clubs@britfoos.com stating clearly which team they should be registered to.

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Re: The BFA Cup!

Post by Bundy Volume 1 » Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:47 am

Just to add to the above post.

Registered teams before the various deadlines qualify for the entry fees of that time. If you do not have a full team then you may register a team before the deadline, with all of the players you currently have, and then find additional players at a later date.

Entry fees are payable per team and must be received in full within 7 days of online registration! So if payment is not received for teams before 8th July then you will not be eligible for the lowest entry fee rate.

Something else to clarify;

To form a team you MUST start with a club. This is your venue, and the chair and secretary responsible for this club. Registering a club does not mean you have registered a team for the BFA Cup. The clubs are not solely for this years BFA Cup, the teams are.
Multiple teams can be part of this club, so if you have 9 players and want 2 teams then these are both registered under the same club.
So in short, you have 1 club and multiple teams registered with that club for this years BFA Cup.

So to enter the BFA Cup;

1) Fill out the club registration form out here- http://www.britfoos.com/node/add/club . This needs to be done once.

2) To then register your teams you fill the form in here - http://www.britfoos.com/bfa-cup/registration - separately for each of the teams that will be registered with your club.

If there is any confusion then please contact clubs@britfoos.com


Thanks, Joe.

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Re: The BFA Cup!

Post by Boris » Thu Jun 30, 2011 6:10 pm

11x clubs and 5x teams registered so far, still no clubs registered from the following foos hotbeds...

Rainbow - Manchester
Bar Kick - London
Royal Oak - Nuneaton

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Re: The BFA Cup!

Post by Boris » Tue Jul 26, 2011 4:38 pm

Remember that the second deadline expires Saturday Night, your last chance to register a ranked team for £30.

Note that all-novice/unranked entry fees are frozen at £15 per team.

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Re: The BFA Cup!

Post by Boris » Fri Aug 12, 2011 9:02 pm

Note that the fee for ranked teams rises from £35 to £40 on Monday. Novice/unranked only teams have fees frozen at £15.

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