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Hello, table football fans!


Did you think you hadn't heard from us because there hasn't been any foosball recently? It's quite the opposite. We've been so rammed with action on the table that it's only now that we have time to write it all up for you. 

World Cup 2022

A large delegation of British players was in Nantes at the end of June for the ITSF World Cup, an extraordinary festival of foosball with people from all around the world coming together for the game we all love. The 6-day event featured over 1,000 players from 32 countries worldwide, playing on 250 new ITSF official tables. The heady mix of firm friendship and fierce competition is exceptional. 
Great Britain won six medals and finished 7th in the overall table. Dave Ziemann / gold, Senior O63 Classic Doubles, Rhys Roberts / gold, Senior O63 Classic Doubles, Dave Ziemann / gold, Senior O63 Singles, Rhys Roberts / silver, Senior O63 Singles, Dave Ziemann / bronze, Senior O63 Doubles, and Rhys Roberts / bronze, Senior O63 Doubles. 

Stephen Lyall and Alice Warr took phenomenal 4th places in Men's Singles and Girls U19 Singles, respectively.

The GB Men ranked 9th in the World Cup, taking tough losses to Switzerland and Bulgaria in the divisional stage but benefiting from a forfeit before going out to the US in a tight match that finished 40-36. Austria was the overall winner. The GB Women finished 10th in the qualification stages, then fell to the Czech Republic and took 9th place. Germany won an incredibly close final. Lightning didn't strike twice for the GB Seniors - silver medallists in Murcia in 2019 - ranking 5th in the qualifications after wins over Austria and Portugal before being defeated by a strong USA team in the quarter-finals for a 5th place. Germany won the title here. 

Men's Singles was won by Germany's Ruben Heinrich and Men's Doubles by France's Herve & Miguel Dos Santos; Women's Singles by Germany's My Linh Tran, and Women's Doubles to Romania's Ecaterina Sarbulescu and Ana Bobe. We enjoyed seeing winners in the newer categories such as U13 Juniors, Over 50 Women and wheelchair players.

Tournaments

In May, the UK table football family came together for the European Tornado Open, an ITSF Master Series held over four days in a modern event space in Slough Library.

The tournament's 17 tables attracted a turnout of more than 130 players. We had a tremendous turnout of international players, including world champions Thomas Haas, Kevin Hundstorfer, Billy Pappas and My Linh Tran. We were delighted to see great British players from previous eras, such as John Blanchard, Tich Degun, Bruce Jassal, Albert Tamou and Pasquale Venanzio, and welcome many newer players from places like Gatwick, London, Southampton and Warwickshire. 
We had a LOT of foosball over the 4 days. As well as long-format ITSF competitions for Men, Women and Seniors, players also enjoyed DYPs, team competitions and funsy events like left handed singles, rollerball forward shoot-out and goalie wars. You can see the full set of results here, and browse photos here and here
Great Britain's Richard Marsh won the Men's Singles event, defeating Austria's Kevin Hundstorfer in the final.

Clubs

Continuing our introduction of the BFA's affiliated clubs, this month we'd like to introduce you to:

Camden TFC. Playing on the excellent Tornado in Belushi's sports bar in North London, this club is led by Stephen Lyall (who is also running coaching sessions these days for anyone interested). 

Warwickshire TFC. The groups playing (usually on Garlando) in Coventry, Nuneaton and Rugby have come together as one club, led by captain Katarzyna Majowska. A great bunch of people with the best on-table manners in the UK!

Each BFA club can be contacted through the club section on www.britfoos.com. 
Interesting in starting a club but don't have a table? The BFA's Garlandos are available for people wanting to get a club up and running in their local area. Get in touch to find out more. 

Results

Club tournaments

Tournaments continue to take place around the country every month. Congratulations to recent winners:

@Bristol TFC
- May DYP, won by James Oates & Jonathan Thomas

@Gatwick TFC
- 29th June Monster DYP, won by Darren Riches & Peter Moore
- 22nd June Monster DYP, won by Darren Riches & Gabriella Kristo
- 6th June Monster DYP, won by Tom Weldon & Peter Moore
Gatwick TFC are now playing regular club tournaments on Bonzini in Brighton. Here Jarrod Goodwin & partner take on Albert Andoh & partner. 
@Foosball Club (Holloway, London)
- 22nd June Monster DYP, won by Hocine Mohammedi & Istvan Szabo
- 27th May Monster DYP, won by Martin Felder & Balazs Preiner

@Anglia Grove TFC (Hackney, London)
- 8th July Monster DYP, won by Dave Ziemann & Claudio Polimeni
- 17th June Open Doubles, won by Dave Ziemann & Stephen Lyall
- 10th June, Mixed DYP, won by Stephen Lyall & Chiaro Liardo

@Edinburgh TFC
- 27th May Monster DYP, won by Tomas Cellary

@Warwickshire TFC
- 8th July Monster DYP, won by Boyko Bonev
Warwickshire TFC's Kamil Dotka & Bill Ormerod take on Alina Darragh & Martyn Dehany.
All tournament results - national or club - go into the BFA's Championships Rankings, which are updated monthly. Please send your results to results@britfoos.com so that everyone's performance is counted. 

The rankings have just been updated. The UK's number one ranked players are Stephen Lyall (Open Singles), Richard Marsh (Open Doubles & Mixed Doubles), Maryam Aly (Women's Singles & Doubles) and George Eid Sr (Senior Singles) and Rhys Roberts (Senior Doubles). We're also producing a set of rankings for London, where Salvatore Bruccoleri shares first place in both Singles & Doubles with a few others.
Congratulations to Callum Oakes for winning Open Singles at the Croatia Open ITSF Master Series, seen here with partner Richard Marsh.

BFA Corner

Corporate events

Some Team GB players recently held expert challenges at the MADfest exhibition in east London for technology company Smart Frame. The team with the closest goal difference won an F1 driving experience. And the BFA made a bit of money out of it, which goes towards keeping the lights on. 

@Clubs, we'd love to help you get out there doing events in your local community, which you use to raise funds for your activities. Let's talk. 
Rhys came up with a format which required that the ages on both sides of the table sum to the same number...
Supporting the BFA

If we want to sustain and grow table football in the UK, it needs more of us to get involved and work together. As of now, your BFA board is just three of us, and that's not enough to do what needs to be done. 

So this is a call to arms. If there is something which you want to grab hold of and make happen, please get in touch with us so we can help you to do it, and in co-ordination with others. 

In particular, we want to help our clubs to grow by bringing in more and more new players. We'll be doing more stuff to help club captains share the best ideas for how to do this. 

And that's it. See you on the table! 

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