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2020 ATFA President’s Report

This year was unprecedented – a season disrupted by the global COVID-19 pandemic.  Thankfully, to the best of our knowledge, no members of the Australia Table Football community contracted COVID-19.  However, we were all affected in some way by the impacts it had on our lives and the way we lived them in 2020.  I’d like to thank everyone for their compliance with restrictions and patience with returning to COVID safe competition.  The health of our community should remain our top priority.

One of the rare highlights for the year in Australian Table Football was the 2020 Australian Grand Prix held in February at the magnificent Lakeside facilities associated with South Melbourne FC.  It was fantastic to return to this location for a FISTF event for the first time since the 2018 Asian Cup.

With the FISTF season changed to a calendar year this simplifies some aspects of our communication and membership with ATFA.  Membership will now align to a calendar year.  Due to the disruption of 2019-20 season preventing competition for most of the year we are pleased to announce the 2021 memberships to ATFA will be free of charge.  We hope this may also enable use to expand our reach into new and returning players.  It is a credit to the ATFA Committees over the years that the organisation is able to be able to accommodate this.

2021 will no doubt continue to raise challenges as the world continues to battle the pandemic.  Significant doubt remains at present regarding the hosting of the Asian Cup in Japan and the World Cup in Italy against the COVID-19 backdrop.  Locally, Australia is making significant progress in managing the pandemic and there now appears to be a possibility to return to hosting FISTF events in Australia as domestic borders re-open and restrictions ease.  We must all remain vigilant to the necessary controls and compliant to restrictions for the health and safety of competitors, their families and the wider community.  I will continue to provide advice, when requested, to clubs and hosts of events, in developing COVID safe plan that they may require.

I look forward to seeing you all again, and returning to safe competitive action.  But above all, stay safe and healthy – both physically and mentally.

Adrian Connolly

ATFA President

ATFA COVID-19 Update


Next week the remaining states not already at Step 2 will be moving to this step of the Federal Governments’ 3-Step Framework for a COVIDSafe Australia .   Sport and recreation is one of the 10 elements of the Federal Government’s Framework, and states the following at Step 2:

  • Up to 20 people allowed to participate in outdoor sports consistent with the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport
  • Up to 20 people allowed to participate in all indoor sports, including gyms
  • Need to maintain an average density of 4m2 per person

Each State is implementing the 3 Steps in its own way and according to its own timeline depending on the State’s individual circumstances.  For any club or individual wishing to organise an event, it is essential that local State government guidance and regulations be consulted in each State for exact requirements and timelines.  For example, one additional requirement in Victoria is that “Sport and exercise activities are only allowed if you can keep your distance (at least 1.5 metres apart) and they are not competitive”.

Community sport, such as Table Football, is considered in Step 3 of the 3-Step Framework for a COVIDSafe Australia as follows:

  • Community sport expansion to be considered consistent with the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport.

The AIS Framework gives guidance on the measures required to return to community sport.  A key requirement is to maintain social distancing of 1.5m wherever possible, even at Step 3.  This is particularly problematic for Table Football.  Combined with the activity being indoors (which is higher risk) and the duration of proximity in just one game typically exceeding the close contact definition of the Department of Health (15 minutes within 1.5m).  This makes the return to competition Table Football challenging, at best.

ATFA is closely monitoring developments and the potential requirement for a COVID Safe Plan for Table Football with respect to operations under the control of ATFA.  A COVID Safe Plan may be needed prior to the resumption of any ATFA affiliated events, i.e. events on the FISTF Calendar.  The ATFA Committee are hopeful that work by the likes of the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports (COMPPS) may lead to the issue of a suitable COVID Safe Plan that covers a wide range of community sports and recreation such as ours.  COMPPS seek to understand, advocate and educate for sport and sport related policy to provide the best policy landscape for Australian sport to thrive.  Last Friday 22nd May, COMPPS issued a statement on the return to participation in community sports.

We appreciate some members may wish to receive more guidance from ATFA, but there is much to work through for the volunteers on the ATFA Committee.  Most states are still developing requirements for the return to play for community sport and recreation.  Examples are given below to illustrate the complexities faced by ATFA due to the variations across the nation.   This is current as at Tuesday 26th May 2020 in this constantly evolving regulatory environment:

  • On Monday 25th May, Victoria announced the requirement for State sport associations to develop and submit to an expert panel a COVID Return to Play Plan. VicSport has also released a Return to Sport checklist that associations and clubs can use that sets out a range of essential business and operational actions recommended to undertake when considering a return to sport.     Victorian requirements for community sport and recreation include the need to maintain physical distancing of 1.5m wherever reasonably possible, that no indoor activity may occur, and indoor recreation facilities must remain closed.  From June 22 sport and exercise activities are only allowed if you can keep your distance (at least 1.5 metres apart) and they are not competitive.  The Victorian Government has stated that “indoor sports and those with physical contact will take longer to roll out, because of the significantly increased risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19).”
  • NSW requires sports to maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres between people, indoor sporting activities are not permitted, and indoor community or recreation facilities cannot open (specifically calling out table tennis centres as prohibited from opening). Evidence of recent changes and exemptions appear to indicate the compliance to the 1.5m distancing as an ongoing requirement for all non-family members in NSW.  Businesses such as gaming stores have been observed to be remaining closed to gaming, opening only for purchase of supplies.
  • QLD has released some of the most comprehensive information on their Return to Play plan. This includes checklists and guides for sporting clubs and organisations.  Presently in the state no indoor activity is permitted, except for pools (with restrictions to 10 people).  Non-contact community sport is planned to commence on the 12th June provided there is 1.5 metres between people.  Stage 3 is planned to commence from 10th July and maintains the stated requirement for 1.5 metres between people.
  • Western Australia has eased restrictions to Phase 2 of the WA Roadmap. Physical distancing, good hygiene and the 4 square metre rule apply to all activities Phase 2.  The WA Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is yet to release updated information to supersede the fact sheet issued on the 7th May which had additional requirements relating to community sport and active recreation including implications for shared equipment, physical distancing, and even activities in private residences.  They are yet to announce specific details of Phase 3 or 4 of the WA Roadmap.  Businesses with somewhat comparable risk, such as Pot Black , remain closed due to COVID-19.
  • Tasmania has announced the state’s Plan to Rebuild a Stronger Tasmania. The Plan refers to the Australian Institute of Sport Framework for Rebooting Sport (AIS Framework) as the guiding document for resuming sport and recreation in Tasmania, although the Tasmanian Government states that there will be some instances where Tasmania’s approach varies from the AIS Framework.   From June 15, indoor sport and recreation activities are planned to commence for up to 20 attendees, but there is no further guidance at this stage with respect to any additional requirements to support this such as physical distancing or elements of the AIS Framework.

Most ATFA members have participated in or organised social Table Football events in the community including club WASPAs prior to COVID-19 restrictions coming into effect.  Such events are not under the operational control of ATFA, nor should they be viewed as being endorsed by or affiliated with ATFA.  Strict penalties apply in each state for individuals found by local authorities to be in breach of the applicable state based COVID-19 regulations.  If any such fines occur these will not be covered by ATFA or the ATFA Committee.  Check for the current State COVID-19 restrictions for any applicable community sport and recreation activity.

Fundamental to the COVID-19 requirements, and the current restrictions on sport and recreation, is the protection of the health of the community.  Please take care of your own health and help to minimise the spread to those most vulnerable in the wider community.

ATFA Committee

COVID-19. A word from the ATFA President

As has been widely communicated throughout the media, the coronavirus outbreak is now a global pandemic and the number of people affected is rising fast throughout the world, including Australia.  Our thoughts are with you all and your families in what are almost unprecedented times.  I wish those directly affected a full and speedy recovery.

I know you will all be watching how fast this situation is evolving and it is easy to become overwhelmed by the amount of information and the rate of change.  I have attempted here to put together some key links to the primary sources of data of relevance to you all at work and home so that you can be informed with the right information to make decisions you may need to make for the health and safety of yourself, family and friends.  This information can also be used if you are still considering holding any table football gatherings.

Many clubs are wisely cancelling planned gatherings until the situation improves, in line with what the likes of grassroots football has now implemented via FFA.  At the request of the organisers, the Brisbane FISTF Satellite event planned for July has been cancelled.  I fully support this decision.  Whilst ATFA does not control club activity, particularly social or WASPA events, you must comply with ever evolving government-imposed restrictions on gatherings which the Prime Minister has now indicated may last for 6 months.  Many ATFA members or their direct family are in higher risk categories given their age or compromised immunity systems.  People can have the virus with little or no symptoms but transfer it to those at higher risk from the disease.  Half a game of Table Football falls within the current health definition of close contact.  With all this in mind, I personally strongly caution against any table football events being held at this point.  Members of our community are establishing a solo league for those keen to continue some level of participation in the game.  For details head to:

This is an extremely challenging time for all of us.  It is a time to look out for each other.  Be mindful of the mental health as well as physical effects on each other of the outbreak, and the potential to be distracted at work or on the road.  Many people will also be undergoing significant financial hardship and the additional stress this creates.  During this time you, your family or people you know may experience feelings of anxiety, distress and concern in relation to the COVID-19 can provide support and advice, they can also help you identify other resources where you can get support.

Adrian Connolly

ATFA President


Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert: Federal Government Information

The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic. The central resource to find out how the government are monitoring and responding to the outbreak, how you can help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia, and what to do if you have symptoms is found at  The government also report the latest official medical advice and case numbers on this site which is regularly updated as the situation and status of knowledge evolves.

You can find key information on topics such as:

  • how to protect yourself and others;
  • symptoms and when to get tested;
  • who to contact if you are concerned; and
  • additional advice for travellers, and health and aged care sectors.

Checklist for individuals and families

As a family, you can plan and make decisions now that will protect you and your family during a COVID-19 outbreak. Creating a household plan can help protect your health and the health of those you care about in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has a checklist to help you take steps to plan and protect the health of you and your family.  This is available online and includes guidance on:

  • Planning ahead to be ready
  • Cleaning and disinfection recommendations
  • Checklist to get your household ready
  • What to do if you are sick
  • FAQ

Football Federation Australia: COVID-19 response

The Football Federation of Australia (FFA) has also made some announcements regarding the impact of COVID-19 on all levels of the code.  To stay abreast of the latest announcements, check with your local club (if you are a member) or the FFA website:

Whilst ATFA is not part of FFA, many of our members or their families still are active participants in football at some level.  FFA directive may also serve as useful guidance on whether to hold table football events for your local club.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for Workplaces

 The Safe Work Australia website is an excellent resource to help workplaces and has been updated with a specific page to advise businesses:

Rudy Hesty adds Australian GP to his Asian Cup victory

Players from the Australian Grand Prix 2020

Players from the Australian Grand Prix 2020

The Australian Grand Prix of Table Football kicked off on Friday 7th February with players arriving for the Dinner Draw held at 1959 Bar & Grill within South Melbourne FC’s fantastic facilities.  The draw threw up a couple of candidates for the dreaded Group of Death in the Open event, but with the depth in quality there would be no easy progression to the round of 16.

Due to several players suffering from illness, the Juniors competition was reduced to a round robin competition between all competitors, and the women’ event unfortunately had to be cancelled.  All individual events were held on the Saturday, with the Club Teams and International Team friendly held on the Sunday, along with a WASPA for those players without Club Teams at the event.


In the junior’s event, the clash between the top two ranked players determined the title.  Northern Falcons’ Torben Pfister claimed the title with his 2-0 win over Western Flickers’ Benjamin Ng who finished as runner up thanks to his 1-0 victory over clubmate Jayden Truter.


Group 1 pitted top seed Bernard Lim against top ranked Central Victoria TFC Player Steve Wright and Western Flickers junior Jayden Truter.  Bernard comfortably topped the group, scoring 7 goals without reply, whilst Steve progressed thanks to a 3-0 victory over Jayden.

Group 2 drew current Asian Champion Rudy Hesty from Singapore with former European, English and Scottish Champion (plus World Cup runner up!) Michael Dent from Malaysia.  Making up the group of three was ATFA President Adrian Connolly.  The Group started with Adrian doing well to contain Rudy before succumbing to a 1-3 loss, before upsetting Michael 2-0 to progress.  Rudy narrowly accounted for Michael 1-0 to ensure he topped the group.

Group 3 was the most tightly contested.  The 3rd seed Benny Ng seemed to be cruising to the round of 16, but a 0-1 loss to North Falcons’ junior Torben Pfister in the final round saw the pair deadlocked with Northern Pheonix’s Christos Garagounis on top.  With all three players sharing 1-0 victories over each other, the 3-way head to head was deadlocked.  This meant the unfortunate Christos was relegated to 3rd place on goal difference by virtue of his smaller victory over the remaining group member, Arjuna Hanafi.

In Group 4 the clash between reigning AGP Champion Robert Green and 2018 World Cup junior Australian representative Benji Batten determine top place in the group.  The reigning champ prevailed 2-1.  Benji progressed in second place thanks to narrow victories over Italian Claudio Recinelli and Northern Pheonix’s Paul Mercer.

In Group 5 Jurong Subbuteo Club’s Vikas Chandiramani comfortably progressed with three straight wins, scoring 11 goals without conceding.  The top FISTF ranked women’s player at the event, Beth Eveleigh, progressed in second place thanks to her win over newcomer Nathan Urbaniak of Melbourne TFC who took out third place after defeating Hipfingerz’ Jeremy Simpson.

Group 6 was one of the “Groups of Death”.  Anthony Madiona had to forfeit his games due to illness, leaving Jurong SC’s Rizal Taib, Northern Falcon’s Eliot Kennedy, and Melbourne TFC’s Luke Radziminski to battle it out.  Luke started well, winning the first two games to top the group and putting his name forward as a dark horse for the title.  5th seed Eliot progressed in 2nd place with a 6-2 win over Rizal in the final group game.  Rizal can feel somewhat unlucky to have copped 10 goals in just two games by virtue of the tough group, and he would later show this by making the final of the consolation WASPA.

Group 7 pitted Australia’s Italian Tony Credentino against Singapore’s Italian Luca Maida.  Both started well with strong wins over their other two opponents – Central Victoria TFC founder Kevin Grant and Western Flickers’ newcomer Peter Benholm.  With the final clash between Tony and Luca ending 1-1 it was Luca who topped the group on goal difference.  Kevin took out third place with his 2-0 win over Peter.

In Group 8, Giuseppe Tardiota quickly established himself as the main threat to 8th seeded FISTF President Steve Dettre.  Both Giuseppe and Steve had comfortable wins over Juliette Browne and Benjamin Ng to set up the final game to decide the group.  Giuseppe took out the clash 1-0 to top the group, whilst Benjamin defeated Juliette 3-0 to finish 3rd.

The round of 16 saw several familiar clashes.  Giuseppe Tardiota was out for revenge against Adrian Connolly who defeated Giuseppe 4-1 at this stage of last year’s AGP, whilst Melbourne TFC’s Benji Batten and Luke Radziminski resumed their friendly rivalry, and the experienced Northern Falcons duo of Eliot Kennedy and Robert Green renewed acquaintances once more.  Luke and Adrian perhaps suffered a little from the long breaks after games in their small groups prior to the round of 16, but credit to Benji and Giuseppe who were both playing well by this stage and took out their clashes.  Robert Green was also looking strong in his 4-0 over clubmate Eliot.

In the other clashes, top seed Bernard Lim overcome Tony Credentino 2-1, Torben Pfister defeated Beth Eveleigh 4-0, Luca Maida defeated Steve Wright 4-1, Rudy Hesty defeated Steve Dettre 4-1, and Benny Ng narrowly took out his clash with Vikas 1-0.

The quarter finals were tight affairs, with the exception of Rudy Hesty’s 7-2 win over Benji Batten – Rudy confirming his early favouritism.  Torben beat Luca 2-1, with the junior FISTF Australian Grand Prix winner now advancing to the semi finals of the Open event.  The other two clashes went to sudden death golden goal extra time.  Benny Ng and Robert Green scored the crucial goals that took them through to the semis, with Giuseppe and Bernard bowing out.

In the semi finals, Rudy was again in ominous form, defeating Torben 5-0.  The other clash was much tighter.  Benny Ng holding on for a 1-0 win over 2019 Australian Grand Prix winner Robert Green.

This set up an all Singaporean final, meaning that for the first time a Singaporean would be taking out the title.  The final was a tight and tense affair.  Both players didn’t give an inch.  The title needed to be decided on a penalty shootout.  Rudy kept his nerves and won the shootout 3-0 to claim the 2020 Australian Grand Prix Open title.


Australian Grand Prix winner Rudy Hesty (left), celebrates with runner up Benny Ng

Australian Grand Prix winner Rudy Hesty (left), celebrates with runner up Benny Ng


A Consolation Plate WASPA event was held for other those competitors eliminated from their groups in the FISTF Open.  The players from the Groups of 3 were given a bye into the ¼ finals, along with the best 3rd place from the remaining groups, Christos Garagounis.  In the barrage, Benjamin Ng overcame Peter Benholm 3-0, Nathan Urbaniak beat Juliette Browne 3-1, Arjuna Hanafi beat Kevin Grant 2-1, and Claudio Recinelli defeated Jeremy Simpson 3-1.

The ¼ finals saw narrow wins for Michael Dent, Nathan Urbaniak, and Benjaim Ng.  All three won 1-0 over their respective opponents.  Razil’s clash with Claudio was a more open affair, with Razil prevailing 5-2.

The semi-finals saw Rizal narrowly defeat Nathan Urbaniak who did well to make the WASPA Plate semis in his first FISTF event.  Meanwhile Michael Dent looked good in his 3-0 win over Benjamin Ng.

The final was again a tight affair.  Michael controlled much of the tempo of the game and scored the only goal of the game to take out the title.  The result meant that the FISTF Open winner and the WASPA Consolation Winner both came from Group 2 of the FISTF Event, perhaps unofficially giving it the title of the Group of Death!


On the Sunday a WASPA event was held between those players not involved in a club team.  A strong field was available.  The players were divided into two groups.  The final places were decided in a straight clash of 1st vs 1st from each group so that players could watch the final of the FISTF Club Team event.  This put added pressure on each group game, particularly in Group 2 where Giuseppe and Tony were battling it out for top spot.  Their clash finished in a 0-0 draw, meaning that Tony took out the group on goal difference to set up a title clash with Bernard Lim, who comfortable won the other group.  Both Tony and Bernard had not conceded a goal in their group games, but both had been scoring freely as well so it set up an interesting final.  Tony pushed the top FISTF ranked player at the event all the way before ultimately going down 2-3 to Bernard.

In the remaining playoffs, Giuseppe defeated Arjuna 2-1 to take out 3rd place, whilst Nathan defeated Peter 1-0 to finish 5th.


Six clubs contested the team event – all four Victorian clubs, plus Northern Falcons from Sydney and Jurong Subbuteo Club of Singapore.  Unfortunately, due to flight cancellations resulting in an earlier flight home than planned, Torben Pfister was not available to play for his club in the event.

In Group 1, as expected, the North Falcons progressed, their only defeats being virtue of the forfeits caused by Torben’s unavailability.  Western Flickers narrowly overcome Northern Phoenix to progress with the Falcons to the semi-finals.

In Group 2, Melbourne TFC and Jurong Subbuteo Club were too strong for Central Victoria TFC competing in their first FISTF event as a team.    The clash between Melbourne and Jurong determined top spot, with Melbourne prevailing.

In the semi-finals, the forfeited 4th tie proved too much a handicap for Northern Falcons to overcome in their narrow defeat to Jurong, whilst Melbourne proved too strong for the Western Flickers after some high scoring clashes, including Benji Batten’s 4-3 win over Adrian Connolly (after Adrian gave him a 4 goal head start early in the clash!).  The Melbourne team, with Carl Young and Peter Thomas back in its ranks, looked to be hitting its stride nicely for the final.

The final was filled with goals and drama.  Two individual contests were level at 2-2, and a narrow win to each team in the remainder meant that the teams clash progressed to golden goal extra time.  Benji Batten scored the golden goal that gave this club the title and couldn’t hide his delight!


Firstly, a B international friendly was held between Australia and Singapore.  Adrian Connolly, Giuseppe Tardiota, Tony Credentino and Paul Mercer were pitted against Bernard Lim, Luca Maida, Rizal Taib, and, Arjuna Hanafi, respectively.  With two individual wins each, and an equal goal difference, the friendly ended in a draw.

The A international was almost as close.  With two draws, and a win apiece, the clash was decided on goal difference.  Rudy Hesty was again the hero for Singapore, with his larger victory than that of Benji Batten giving the win to Singapore who once more prevailed over Australia in an A international.

This concluded the weekend’s event.  A big thank you to all players who competed and helped out throughout the weekend in various official and unofficial capacities to ensure the tournament delivered on expectations, and more.  Special thanks must go out to Paul Mercer for his great organisational skills, and Kevin Grant for all his heavy lifting and transporting of all the boards (as well as building them in the first place!).  We hope to see you all at future events, be it a FISTF event on the international calendar or a local WASPA.

Adrian Connolly

ATFA President

Registered Players List for the 2020 Australian Grand Prix


Here is the updated list of registrations for the 2020 Australian Grand Prix to be held in Melbourne on February 8 and 9. It’s not too late to sign up and join in for our biggest tournament of the year! Register HERE 


1 Steve Wright Central Vic TFC
2 Charlotte Wright Central Vic TFC
3 Billy Wright Central Vic TFC
4 Juliette Browne Central Vic TFC
5 Kevin Grant Central Vic TFC
6 Jeremy Simpson Hipfingerz
7 Luca Maida Jurong Central Subbuteo Club
8 MOHD RIZAL TAIB Jurong Central Subbuteo Club
9 Rudy Hesty Jurong Central Subbuteo Club
10 Vikas Chandiramani Jurong Central Subbuteo Club
11 Nathan Urbaniak Melbourne TFC
12 Benji Batten Melbourne TFC
13 Arjuna Hanafi Melbourne TFC
14 Luke Radziminski Melbourne TFC
15 Torben Pfister Northern Falcons TFC
16 Robert Green Northern Falcons TFC
17 Eliot Kennedy Northern Falcons TFC
18 Stephen Dettre Northern Falcons TFC
19 Beth Eveleigh Northern Phoenix TFC
20 Paul Mercer Northern Phoenix TFC
21 Christos Garagounis Northern Phoenix TFC
22 Bernard Lim SG Lions TFC
23 Giuseppe Tardiota Sydney TFC
24 Tony Credentino Sydney TFC
25 Anthony Madiona Western Flickers TFC
26 Peter Benholm Western Flickers TFC
27 Adrian Connolly Western Flickers TFC
28 Benny Ng Western Flickers TFC
29 Benjamin Ng Western Flickers TFC
30 Jayden Truter Western Flickers TF



1 Charlotte Wright Central Vic TFC
2 Billy Wright Central Vic TFC
3 Torben Pfister Northern Falcons
4 Benjamin Ng Western Flickers TFC
5 Jayden Truter Western Flickers TFC
6 Josh Tey Western Flickers TFC


1 Charlotte Wright Central Vic TFC
2 Juliette Browne Central Vic TFC
3 Beth Eveleigh Northern Phoenix


1 Melbourne TFC
2 Northern Falcons TFC
3 Western Flickers TFC
4 Jurong Central SC
5 Central Victoria TFC
6 Northern Phoenix
7 Sydney TFC


Australia vs Singapore

Announcement: World Cup Qualifier Event

ATFA is pleased to announce that the World Cup Qualifying event to determine the representatives for the Open and Veterans categories in individual and teams events will be held on March 7 in Sydney at the Willoughby Park Bowling Club.

As previously communicated, the highest FISTF ranked player who nominated to represent Australia will be selected.  This event will determine all other available individual places for the World Cup, and the members of the Australian team.

Details for registrations will be announced soon.

Details of the 2020 World Cup Selection process are found here:

ANNOUNCEMENT: World Cup Selection criteria


In the interest of transparency and fairness, ATFA is pleased to announce the process for selection of participants to represent Australia at the 2020 FISTF World Cup in Rome, Italy.

The criteria used will be as follows:

1. Highest FISTF ranked player in each category for which there is a player nominated will be selected in that category by ATFA. FISTF rankings used as at end of February 2020 (released by FISTF early March) which will therefore include results from 2020 AGP held that month.

2. If a player is ranked highest in multiple categories, they shall choose which category they wish to compete in for individual and teams events.  The next highest ranked player for the category which that player does not choose will then be selected as the highest ranked player.

3. For junior categories and women’s: For the remaining individual places that are allocated to ATFA by FISTF, and selection in team category, selection will be completed in order of FISTF ranking as at end of February 2020.

4. For Open and Veterans categories:  Remaining individual event places allocated to ATFA by FISTF, and selection in teams, will be completed via a World Cup qualifying event to be held early March 2020.  Details will be confirmed shortly, with the event being planned for Sydney as the preferred location due primarily to the overwhelming majority of players who recently expressed their interest in World Cup participation coming from NSW.

5. Any remaining places available following the World Cup qualifying event will be filled through selection by the ATFA Committee at it’s discretion.  (e.g. places in teams if insufficient players chose to travel to the World Cup from the qualifying event after missing out on selection for the individual competition).

Note: All World Cup participants must meet their own costs associated with participation including travel and accomodation; and must wear the applicable Australian Table Football Association kit purchased at their cost.

2020 Australian Grand Prix Venue Confirmed

ATFA is pleased to confirm the venue for the 2020 Australian Grand Prix of Table Football will be 1959 Bar & Grill and Lakeside Futsal within the South Melbourne Football Club’s Lakeside Stadium.  It is a return of Australian Table Football to the popular and outstanding facilities of this venue which hosted the 2018 Asian Cup of Table Football.

The Dinner Draw will be held Friday 7th February in 1959 Bar and Grill.  The bulk of the tournament will also be in the restaurant area that weekend, with some of the finals action set to be staged on the Futsal arena.

Registrations will be open shortly. A further announcement will be made with the tournament fees and registration form.



FISTF World Cup 2020

Next year is the highly anticipated Table Football World Cup in Rome.  The World Cup is now conducted every second year, not annually.  Given this change in frequency, and the attraction of the host city, we expect demand globally and locally for participation in the tournament to be high.  As such, a selection process may be needed in some categories for places made available by FISTF to representatives of the Australian Table Football Association. 

In the interest of a fair and transparent process, we are seeking expressions of interest in participation in the tournament.  By September 30th, 2019, please register your interest by completing the google form distributed this morning to all members of the 2018/19 season.  Pleas check your email and spam filter, or contact us if you do not receive this, e.g because you have changed your email address in the past year.

This will then feed into the selection process once we know how many potential participants, and in what categories we may have to develop a selection process.  We intend to determine this promptly so that players can start planning accordingly.

Please note that filling in the notification does not guarantee that a player will be selected. Nor does filling in the form at this stage bind the player if later they decide they cannot attend.

Also note that any player wishing to compete at the FISTF World Cup will need to do so completely at their own expense. As a non-profit organisation, ATFA does not have any funding available to assist players with their expenses.

ATFA Committee

2019/2020 ATFA Committee Election Results

The election for the ATFA Committee for season 2019/2020 has been held.  Results  were tabled and accepted at the AGM on 31st August.  The following personnel retain their positions:

Adrian Connolly – President

Eliot Kennedy – Treasurer

Steve Wright – Secretary

Adrian Elmer – Ordinary Committee Member

Hugh Best – Ordinary Committee Member

We also welcome back to a position on the ATFA Committee:

Luke Radziminski – Ordinary Committee Member

We would like to take the opportunity to thank the outgoing committee members Raffaele Lombardi and Beth Eveleigh for their time and efforts, in particular Raf for holding the position of Vice President for several years.

With no nominations made for the position of Vice President, this remains as a Casual Vacancy.  If you are an ATFA Member and would like to be considered for this role please express your interest with one of the Committee members.