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ATFA SOYO League

soyo league logoSubbuteo On Your Own League

Due to the current situation brought about by COVID-19, many table football opportunities in Australia have had to be postponed or cancelled. Indeed, our game, unfortunately, lends itself completely to the kind of close contact, touching of common surfaces and touching of common objects that medical experts advice we avoid if at all possible.

Because of the limited scope for us to play our game at the moment, ATFA has decided to hold its first ever SOYO League (Subbuteo On Your Own). All Australian table football players (members/residents/etc) are welcome to register and play. Entry is completely free.

SO HOW DOES IT WORK?
Basically, the SOYO League works by each player registering the results of practise matches which they play on their own, in their own time. You will have two teams in the league. For each match, you will then be assigned two teams. Usually, one of those teams will be one of your own and one will belong to someone else. Sometimes both teams will be neutral teams. And, meanwhile, in other games around the country, someone else will be playing as one of your teams in their game. On completion of your game, post the results, and they will go towards each team’s league results.

one way of modifying things to suit your training needs! courtesy of giuseppe tardiota

one way of modifying things to suit your training needs! courtesy of giuseppe tardiota

WAIT – HOW DO I PLAY A GAME ON MY OWN?
Well, you follow the general table football rules. You need to flick the figures of both teams, obviously, so it’s not going to be quite like a regular game. But, remember, these are your own practise matches, so that’s OK. You might actually modify the rules a little to fit your needs. So, for example, you might use a shooting practice target in your goals instead of a goalkeeper. Or you might limit the number of defensive flicks taken. Or, if you want to practise more flicking on the run, make it so that the attacking team can keep flicking without any defensive flicks in between as long as the ball doesn’t stop. It doesn’t really matter – modify the rules so they work for you, and even so that you can focus on specific areas of your game where you know you’d like to improve. As long as you apply them to both teams in your match, it is fine.

BUT, IF I’M PLAYING AGAINST MYSELF, HOW DOES THE IDEA OF A LEAGUE WORK?
The winning team in your game will get 3 points, the losing team 0 points and drawing teams 1 point each. Remember, in most games, one of the teams you control will be someone else’s team, meanwhile, someone else will be playing as your team.

BUT, WHAT’S STOPPING ME FROM RIGGING EVERY GAME SO THAT I WIN THE LEAGUE?
Firstly, what’s the point? The purpose of the SOYO League is to prompt you to practise regularly during this time when the opportunity for normal games is limited. Winning the actual league doesn’t REALLY mean anything, because you never play against anyone other than yourself!! Secondly, mathematically it wouldn’t work anyway, because you only control one of your teams each week, with someone else controlling the other. So you can only rig half of your teams’ games, anyway. And, if everyone always rigged it to win with their own team, then all teams would finish the league on equal points. Lastly, sometimes, you will play a completely neutral game, between two teams from two other players around the country, while both your teams are being played by someone else. You can’t rig the league as, ultimately, it comes down to luck.

SO, WHAT’S THE POINT THEN?
Basically, it’s a way for us to keep our community in touch with each other, and to give you a motive to practise, by adding a fun, mock competitive element to it. Use it to improve specific areas of your own game so that, once we’re all able to play freely against each other again, you’re a better player than you are now.

OK. SO WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO GET INVOLVED?
Sign yourself up using the form below. Nominate two teams who you would like to be. They can be world famous foreign clubs, A-League teams, obscure international clubs, NPL teams, table football clubs, the local grassroots club you play for, anything. If two players nominate the same club, I’ll contact them both and we’ll sort something out.

The sign up will be open for one week, then the draw will be put together. The number of ‘Divisions’ we set up will depend on how many people sign up.

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED TO HAVE?
You will need to have access to a pitch and two teams.

AND WHAT DO I DO ONCE I’VE GOT THE DRAW?
You’ll need to submit a result each week for your assigned game. If you want, you can stockpile games – play 3 or 4 one evening and submit one result each week for the next few weeks, especially if you know you’ll be away and unable to play at any stage. Or play one game per week – whatever suits you and your time requirements. The results will be submitted to me (Adrian Elmer) either via the SOYO League Facebook Group page, or e-mail. Submit your result only, or write out a full match report, photos etc – whatever helps you (and others) enjoy the league more!

HOW LONG WILL THE LEAGUE GO FOR?
At this stage, we’ll try and keep it short and sharp. Each division will have 5 teams, so will require 8 weeks to complete the home and away league.

BUT WAIT – IT STILL DOESN’T QUITE MAKE SENSE – I STILL HAVE MORE QUESTIONS!!!
Send me (Adrian Elmer) a message on Facebook or an e-mail to ajebec at netspace dot net

Australian National Team Qualification Tournament

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2020 sees the FISTF World Cup of Table Football take place in Italy in September. Players who are thinking of traveling to Italy for the event are invited to compete in a qualification tournament next month. Please use the entry form below if you would like to compete in the tournament to qualify to represent ATFA at the World Cup. We will also be holding a WASPA tournament on the same day at the same venue – it would be great to have as many players coming along to create atmosphere! So please also enter on the form below if you’d like to play in that WASPA tournament (this will help the Northern Falcons TFC know how many pitches to set up for the day).

Saturday, March 7, 2020
Willoughby Park Bowling Club – 13 Robert St, Willoughby East, NSW
Registrations on the day will be open from 9:00AM.
Flick-off is at 10:00AM sharp.

A tournament held to determine places for Australian table footballers who wish to represent the country at the 2020 World Cup in the Open Individual Event and the Veterans’ Individual Event. There will also be a WASPA tournament held simultaneously, for those not wishing to compete at the World Cup but who’d like to be part of the atmosphere on the day of the qualifying tournament.

Entry to the World Cup qualifying tournament(s) on the day is $20 per player.
Entry into the WASPA tournament is $5 per player
Entry fees payable on the day.

All games will be played on Extremeworks astropitches.

A BBQ lunch will also be available on the day.

Western Sydney Subbuteo Spring League 2019

wss spring league 2019

It’s that time of year again. The days are starting to get longer and the chill in the air isn’t so biting. The semis are rolling around in your football season and so you’re looking for something to fill the void once it’s all over. The Western Sydney Subbuteo Spring League is about to swing into action to fill all your footballing needs.

Now in its 6th year, the Western Sydney Subbuteo Spring League is open to all players, regardless of age, experience or ability. Registration in the League is free and will automatically earn players membership into Western Sydney Subbuteo for the upcoming table football season (Sep 2019 – Aug 2020).

Games are played weekly during the Spring months, but players will, on average, only need to be available for about 2 of every 3 weeks. About half the games will see us gather at Good Games Bella Vista, while alternate weeks will see us play at a variety of venues around the area. Players can nominate which days of the week work best for them and the draw will be worked out around whatever suits the majority of players, with different days used in different weeks to allow players with other commitments to still compete. If you would like to nominate your place as a venue, and have space for at least 2 pitches, include that in your registration.

A copy of the League rules will be e-mailed to you upon registration. If you’d like to see these before registering, just send an e-mail to Adrian at ajebec at netspace dot net dot au requesting them.

ATFA Committee Nominations for 2019/20 Season

At Midday, Saturday, August 31 (AEST), ATFA will be holding its annual general meeting. All ATFA members are invited to participate – a Facebook video conference will be set up for those around the country (and, indeed, the world!) to be able to tune in. The main item on the agenda for the meeting will be the election of the ATFA Committee for the 2019/20 season.

To that end, nominations are now open for the Committee. As per our constitution, ATFA Members are able to nominate any other ATFA Member (i.e. you can’t nominate yourself) for a position on the Committee, as long as it is SECONDED by another member AND agreed to by the nominee. Members are free to make as many nominations as they like.

The Committee consists of 7 people. 4 of those are Office Bearers and the other 3 are Committee Advisors. The roles for each are outlined below.

If you are a member and would like to nominate someone, fill in the details below. Please note, ALL info requested must be supplied in order for the nomination to be valid.

Nominations due : 11:59PM, Saturday, Aug 17
Voting : Monday, Aug 19 – 11:59PM Friday, August 30

DESCRIPTIONS

Office Bearers

President : oversees the Committee. In conjunction with the Committee, the President sets dates for, and convenes Committee meetings as required, including the compulsory Annual General Meeting following the close of each financial year; presides as chairperson over all Committee meetings.

current member – Adrian Connolly (Western Flickers TFC)

Vice President : assists the Committee President in all the President’s duties.

current member – Raffaele Lombard (Sydney TFC)

Treasurer : oversees ATFA’s monetary concerns: the running of ATFA’s bank account; supplying annual profit/loss overviews to the Committee and ATFA Membership; keeping records of all expenses and income.

current member – Eliot Kennedy (Northern Falcons TFC)

Secretary General : is responsible for: supplying all documentation required by FISTF in regards to ATFA club and player memberships; FISTF tournament registrations and results or any other necessary documents; keep minutes of all committee or general meetings.

current member – Steve Wright (Western Flickers TFC)

Ordinary Committee Members

Committee Advisor (Communications Officer) : is responsible for communications to the Australian Subbuteo community, including: the upkeep and co-ordination of the ATFA website; the ATFA calendar; the ATFA mailing list.

current member – Adrian Elmer (Western Sydney Subbuteo)

Committee Advisor (General) (x2) : offers advice and assistance to the rest of the Committee in relation to all decisions made at the Committee level.

current members – Beth Eveleigh (Northern Phoenix TFC), Hugh Best (Subbuteo Perth)

All Committee Members will be equally responsible for the discussion and decision making processes for any issue required of the Committee. It is expected that all Committee Members will be proactive in promoting Subbuteo Table Football in their local context and will undertake all their table footballing duties, including Committee membership, with the best interests of the game in Australia at heart.

2019 Sydney Cup

sydney premier leagueWith the Australian Grand Prix successfully completed, players are now invited to join in the second edition of the Sydney Cup. This is a Sydney wide knockout tournament which was first held in 2018. It will span the entire year with the grand final to be scheduled for late Nov/early Dec.

The tournament uses a double-elimination system, meaning that players are not knocked out until they lose for a second time. Players will be drawn randomly (there are no seedings at any stage of the tournament, meaning the big guns can sometimes knock each other out early, while some dark horses can make their way deep into the tournament) and given a month to play their game. Games are organised by each pairing, scheduled to suit their own availability. Games can be played at any of the club nights run by the various clubs in Sydney, or at any other time and venue that suits each pairing.

All players are invited to join, regardless of age, gender, ability or experience. The commitment required will be to play one game per month until you are knocked out. Players must be available to play their fixtures in Sydney throughout the tournament. Entry is free.

Please fill out the form below to register for the tournament. Entries close at midnight on Sunday, Feb 10, 2019.

Full tournament details can be found by reading 2019 Sydney Cup tournament guidelines pdf file.

2018 Christmas Binge WASPA Report – Western Sydney Subbuteo

2018 wss christmas binge waspa 600pxWith bellies full from Christmas and Boxing Day feasts, and with players needing to begin their preparations for the upcoming Australian Grand Prix, it was a sizeable crowd that rolled up to Bella Vista Good Games on a warm Thursday evening, with representatives from all four Sydney clubs. A last minute realisation that there was a lack of goal posts meant that only 3 of the 6 available pitches could be utilised (we live and learn!) so the 10 players were split into 3 groups, rather than the preferred Swiss System which had been planned. An unseeded draw threw up a number of interesting match ups.

In the group stage, both Hermann Kruse and Fabrizio Coco made light work of Adrian Elmer. They finished equal on points after drawing their opening game against each other, but Fabrizio finished in top spot as he hammered Adrian while Hermann could only beat Adrian comfortably. Group Two saw Oliver Ollnow continue his recent run of great results, easily topping his group which featured Dave Sultana and new Sydney TFC recruit, Leonardo Nizzoli. Meanwhile, the 4 player Group Three saw the incredibly unlucky Geoff Sirmai finish in 3rd spot, in spite of amassing 5 points in going undefeated – Both Eliot Kennedy and Steve Dettre also finished on 5 points but had better goal differences than Geoff. Daniel Sirmai was the unfortunate victim of the top 3 players’ quest for better goal differences.

In the Repechage section, Adrian saw off Daniel 2-0 while Geoff had the same result against Leonardo. In the Repechage final, Adrian attacked for much of the opening phase, before Geoff came into his own in the latter stages. Neither player could, however, break the other’s defense and so a 0-0 result saw the two share the consolation category.

The Barrage saw Hermann score an unexpected 2-1 victory over Eliot, though Hermann’s recent form means that this probably shouldn’t have been a huge surprise. meanwhile, Steve and David fought out a dogged 0-0, Steve eventually coming up trumps, 2-1, in the shootout. The Semi-final between Fabrizio and Steve was tense for the opening 5 minutes, with neither player taking the upper hand. In a flurry over the next five minutes, however, Fabrizio gained a 2-1 advantage as both goals saw excellent opportunities converted. A late 3rd goal confirmed Fabrizio’s passage to the final. The father and son match-up (Hermann v Oliver) in the other semi, saw Oliver revert to the 9-1 structure which had served him well in his recent Falcons’ WASPA tournament win. Hermann huffed and puffed but struggled to break down Oliver’s dogged defence until later in the game. Hermann then rode out a scary stranded traveling ‘keeper moment to hold on for a 1-0 victory.

The final, therefore, saw the two opening game, Group One combatants, meet up again. While they couldn’t be split in their first encounter, Fabrizio had obviously warmed up by now. His two unanswered goals gave him his second tournament win for the month.

Thanks to all who turned up and enjoyed yet another hard fought, friendly bunch of games. Thanks, as ever, to our great hosts, Bella Vista Good Games. A happy new year to all with lots more table football action in store.

For more photos, go to https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.2081938548719438&type=3

For full results, go to http://subbuteoaustralia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/2018-wss-christmas-binge-waspa.html

This report originally posted on the Western Sydney Subbuteo website – https://sites.google.com/view/westernsydneysubbuteo/tournaments

2018 Sydney Cup Grand Final and Wrap Up

grand final poster 900pxIn February, 22 players began the long journey that was the inaugural Sydney Cup. The Sydney Cup was set up as a knockout tournament for all Sydney based players. Players were drawn randomly each round, no seeds, which meant that every round had some very juicy match ups, and the very real possibility of favourites making early exits and underdogs riding the luck of the draw to later rounds. Players were left to organise their own assigned matches, with games being played in games shops, community halls, school rooms, back sheds and lounge rooms across the year. The other feature of the Sydney Cup was the ‘double elimination’ system, meaning that when a player lost for the first time, instead of being eliminated, they dropped from the ‘red’ pool into the ‘blue’ pool. A second loss in the blue pool would see them eliminated, until we were left with just two players – Daniele Lombardi and Eliot Kennedy. And so we came to the 42nd and final game of the competition. The Grand Final was scheduled for Sunday, December 2 and was hosted by Good Games Bella Vista.

The two had played a warm up match each before facing off in the final. Eliot won the toss and elected to flick off first. A tense opening saw both players with equal possession. Then, midway through the half, Eliot made a calamitous defensive flick, knocking his own defenders out of the way and gifting Daniele an open shot at goal. However, as Daniele placed his hand to take his shot, his forearm landed on one of Eliot’s figures. The nerves from both players were clearly showing.

Eliot’s let-off spurred him into action, though, and, a few minutes later, he opened the scoring with shot on the run that was deftly tucked into the top corner as Daniele could only look on. Eliot relaxed with this and dominated possession for the rest of the half. His shooting proved to be a bit wayward, however and, without making too many clear cut chances, conspired to hit the woodwork and Daniele’s ‘keeper a number of times.

The players regathered their thoughts over the half time break and it was Daniele who came out the stronger. An early equaliser meant it was well and truly game on. Eliot responded with renewed pressure and, again, cursed the framework of the goals and Daniele’s ‘keeper as numerous shots failed to bother the scorer. Then, in a classic sucker punch, Daniele counter attacked and took the lead with 6 minutes left on the clock. In spite of his dominance, Eliot found himself behind where it mattered. Still he pressed, and most of the rest of the game found him in or near the shooting zone with Daniele defending stoutly. After a few more shots, even Daniele had to make the comment – “Every time you shoot you shoot straight at my goalkeeper”! With a little under two minutes on the clock, however, Eliot finally had his goal, tying the scores at 2-2, with a huge sigh of relief. And so the scores remained as the 30 minutes came to its conclusion.

The players repolished ready for the 10 minutes of golden goal extra time. Eliot lost the toss and so Daniele took the opening flick-off, in spite of a light hearted suggestion to give it to Eliot and so have the opening possession for the (non-existent) second half! Daniele wisely turned the offer down and elected to take the flick-off. It turned out to be his best decision of the afternoon. After the flick-off, Eliot didn’t even get to touch the ball. Daniele manoeuvred his way forward and a slightly overhit defensive flick from Eliot gave Daniele the chance he needed, burying his shot emphatically into the top corner to finish what turned out to be a rather anti-climactic extra time period after the tense to and fro of regular time. Eliot was left to rue the countless shots he had which were saved or hit the woodwork, while Daniele’s accurate finishing from the handful of shots he created during the game proved to be the decisive factor.

grand finalIt was a great grand final played in excellent spirits, with both players honouring some very tight referee calls without comment, and focusing on playing high quality table football. Many congratulations to both players. It was a fitting finale to a year long saga which, we hope, will be the first of many to come for the Sydney Cup.

For the full results of all the 2018 Sydney Cup matches, click here.

To register for the 2019 Sydney Cup, click here.

Western Sydney Subbuteo October WASPA Tournament

IMG_1907 smallIt was an evening of schmoozing with the presidents at the HQ of Western Sydney Subbuteo, with Australian Table Football Association president, Adrian Connolly, visiting from Melbourne and the Federation of International Sports Table Football Association president, Steve Dettre, making the trek across from Chatswood. No doubt the other players put in a quiet word with their suggestions for running the game as they took on their illustrious opponents.

A small swiss system was battled out. Western Sydney Subbuteo’s Paul Magee and Paul Stockbridge faced each other in the first round, a game which doubled as their WSS Spring League fixture. Paul M slotted a goal in each half to take the game against a quickly improving Paul S. Meanwhile, Steve went down 1-0 to his Northern Falcons club mate, Hermann Kruse. Western Sydney Subbuteo’s Adrian Elmer opened the scoring in his fixture against Adrian C inside the first minute of their clash which proved to be the only goal action of the entire game.

Round two pitted Paul M against Hermann. A fixture which is always a tight one proved so again, with Hermann coming out on top via a solitary goal. Adrian E came from behind to pip Steve 2-1. On the third pitch, the ATFA president found that every touch turned to gold as he slammed six goals past a shell-shocked Paul S.

The final round saw Paul S recover to go down valiantly 2-1 to the other president, Steve, while Paul and Adrian C battled out a hard fought, goalless match in their first ever meeting. In the tussle for the title, Hermann and Adrian E picked up their ongoing rivalry with another evenly pitted battle. Adrian took the lead midway through the game and tried valiantly to hold on, but the extra pressure Hermann put on chasing the equaliser paid dividends with an equaliser with a few minutes to go, meaning the title would be shared between the two.

An excellent evening of friendly competition, with many thanks, as usual, to our hosts at Bella Vista Good Games.

For full results, click here.

For more photos, click here.