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Australian And World Rankings – October 2016

fistf-waspaThe big news this month is that FISTF have finally update their rankings! The current FISTF rankings include points earned by players at the World Cup and at the Australian Open, both held in September. The list sees Peter Thomas reinforce his position as Australia’s No.1, but the Australian Open victory to Carl Young sees him slip past Robert Green into second place and close the gap on Peter.

In the WASPA rankings, Brisbane Subbuteo Club took another step towards total domination, with Rik Bland moving into second place behind his clubmate Giuseppe Tardiota. While a few inactive players fell off the rankings list, a healthy amount of new players means that another record number, 119, of Australian players have now competed in tournaments over the last 24 months as the game continues to grow.

For a list of full rankings, click here.

Press Release – 2016 FISTF World Cup

FISTF STAGES A SUCCESSFUL WORLD CUP AS TABLE FOOTBALL CONTINUES ITS REEMERGENCE ON THE WORLD SPORTING STAGE

Frameries, Belgium – 2, 3, 4 September 2016

Austria’s Wolfgang Leitner broke a seven-year Latin domination of the table football world when he won the Open category of the 2016 FISTF World Cup in the Belgian city of Frameries over the weekend.

Almost 500 competitions – men, women, veterans and youth categories — competed to find out who is the best in table football, historically known as “Subbuteo”.

The Federation of International Sports Table Football (FISTF) was founded in 1992 and is the governing body of sports table football.  Among its many functions it provides oversight for international competitions, produces the world rankings, organises the official world cup, and determines the playing rules for the game.  FISTF President Alan Collins was on hand to present trophies, chair the organisation’s AGM, and liaise with official guests from local government, manufacturers and national table football federations.  These included the newly formed Russian federation who were participating in their first World Cup.

“It’s great to have the Russians, Australians, Japanese and Americans here,” said Collins.  “The game is going through a global regrowth and it’s great to see more and more countries getting on board.”

Collins also thanked Olivier Pere and the local organising committee.  “Putting on events of this size for our sport is a mammoth task.  Olivier and his team have done a smashing job.”

In the Open final, Leitner beat Italy’s Luca Colangelo 2-1 in an exciting match, to break the stranglehold of Italy and Spain on the title, who had dominated the category since Dutchman Eric Verhagen’s win in 2008.

Nevertheless, the tournament was a gold mine for Italian table football, with the Azzuri picking up four out of six individual titles, including a clean sweep of the U19, U15 and U12 categories.  Italy also won four of the six teams’ events with Belgium picking up the other two.

RESULTS

Men’s Open

Round of 16
Juan Manuel Noguera (ESP) 2 d. Maikel de Haas (NED) 1
Sebastien Scheen (BEL) 3 d. Alexander Haas (AUT) 2 (sudden death)
Wolfgang Leitner (AUT) 4 d. Luca Zambello (ITA) 1
Daniele Bertelli (ITA) 2 d. Remy Huynh (BEL) 1
Luca Colangelo (ITA) 4 d. Axel Donval (FRA) 2
Christophe Dheur (BEL) 3 d. Sami Targui (BEL) 1
Massimo Bolognino (ITA) 2 d. Spyros Hatzaras (GRE) 1
Derek Conti (MLT) 2 d. Wolfgang Haas (AUT) 1

Quarter-finals
Juan Manuel Noguera (ESP) 4 d. Sebastien Scheen (BEL) 1
Wolfgang Leitner (AUT) 4 d. Daniele Bertelli (ITA) 3
Luca Colangelo (ITA) 5 d. Christophe Dheur (BEL) 1
Derek Conti (MLT) 2 d. Massimo Bolognino (ITA) 1

Semi-finals
Wolfgang Leitner (AUT) 4 d. Juan Manuel Noguera (ESP) 3
Luca Colangelo (ITA) 3 d. Derek Conti (MLT) 2

Final
Wolfgang Leitner (AUT) 2 d. Luca Colangelo (ITA) 1

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Veterans Final
Gianfranco Calonico (ITA) 6 d. Massimo Cremona (MLT) 2

Ladies Final
Carolina Villarigues (POR) 3 d. Victoria Büsing (GER) 0

U19 Final
Matteo Ciccarelli (ITA) 3 d. Nicola Borgo (ITA) 0

U15 Final
Leonardo Giudice (ITA) 3 d. Claudio La Torre (ITA) 2

U12 Final
Giorgio Giudice (ITA) 3 d. Kristian Silagiev (ESP) 2

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Teams

Men’s Open Teams Final
Italy 4 d. Spain 0

Women’s Teams Final
Belgium 2 d. Italy 2 (goal difference)

Veteran’s Teams Final
Italy 3 d. Belgium 1

U19 Teams Final
Belgium 3 d. Germany 1

U15 Teams Final
Italy 3 d. Austria 1

U12 Teams Final
Italy 2 d. Belgium 0

 

World Rankings – August 2016

fistf-waspaFISTF Rankings have not been updated since July 1 so remain the same as last month (click here for those details). The WASPA Rankings, however, have been dutifully updated as ever. Luke Radziminski reclaims top spot for the Melbourne Table Football Club. The big movers this month, however, are players in Perth and Brisbane. Giuseppe Tardiota and Rick Bland slip into 2nd and 3rd place respectively, while no fewer than 3 players from Perth (Ross McNulty, Chris Thorn and Alan Kimber) move into the top 20 for the first time.

A record number of 113 Australian players now have a WASPA ranking, indicating strong, stable growth for the game in our country. As the new season starts up this month, expect more movement as the tournaments begin to fly thick and fast.

For the full list of Australian players in the WASPA Rankings, click here.

World Rankings – March 2016

fistf-waspaThe WASPA World Ranking updates are in, while FISTF updated theirs in mid-February. With a handful of FISTF tournaments now completed in Australia, the charts are starting to look a little settled, and we also have a number of players in the various junior sections, and a teams update.

In the WASPA rankings, Melbourne TFC still have a stranglehold on the top few spots, but their grip has loosened just a little, with players from Sydney and Brisbane closing in.

Click here to see the full FISTF and WASPA rankings

Last Seconds Decide Finals

Two finals decided in the last seconds, and one on shots, were the highlights of the Australian Grand Prix in Sydney.

Christian Haas of Austria (World #8) beat Australia’s Carl Young (World #771) 3-2 with a goal in the dying seconds to claim the Individual title, while it was Carl’s goal in the last seconds that gave his Melbourne TFC a spectacular win on goals against Singapore’s Jurong Central 1-1 (6-5) in the teams event. And in the U15 final, Northern Falcons’ Jonty Brener claimed the title 1-0 on shots against Subbuteo Parramatta’s Imojjen Elmer after a tight 0-0 draw.

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The event featured players from 10 clubs and six nations, as well as a spectacular opening dinner and draw on the Friday night, hosted by football commentator Simon Hill (himself a Subbuteo player) with guest Rale Rasic, former Socceroo coach of the famous 1974 team, and football commentator Stephanie Brantz.

MC Simon Hill and Australian football legend Rale Rasic

MC Simon Hill and Australian football legend Rale Rasic

Rale with Christian Haas' family. He cheerfully spent time taking photos and talking with all players.

Rale with Christian Haas’ family. He cheerfully spent time taking photos and talking with all players.

Rale and the Singapore lads

Rale and the Singapore lads

There was an abundance of goals and great results in the group phase of the individual event, with all the seeded players topping their groups.
Outstanding results were John Ho (AGP seed 3) against Benji Batten 3-3, Anas Rahamat against Peter Thomas (Seeded 2) in a 1-1 draw, and Raffaele Lombard’s 1-1 draw with Bernard Lim (Seeded 8).

Group shot

Group shot

In the barrage round, Raffaele overcame his close rival Fabrizio Coco 1-0, but then fell in the Round of 16 to Peter Thomas 0-1.
Carl moved on with a 2-0 win against John Ho, while Rob Green (Seeded 6) had to battle hard to beat Adrian Elmer 1-0.
In the quarters, Christian Haas (Seeded 1) eased into top gear with a 5-1 win against Vikas Chandiramani (Seeded 9), and Carl edged Rob Green 1-0.

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Peter Thomas fell to his clubmate Young in the semi in an extremely tight match, while Christian secured the other final place.

In the final, Christian scored after just two minutes, then repeated the dose after 4 mins to race to a 2-0 lead, before Carl pegged him back with some determined play just before half time and then drew level after four minutes of the second half. But the Austrian champion kept his head and with the clock counting down and seven seconds remaining, he slipped through Carl’s defence for an unbelievable winner!!

Carl on the attack...

Carl on the attack…

...and scores!!!

…and scores!!!

The medallists

The medallists

In the teams event, reigning champions Northern Falcons were severely weakened by the absence of top players Eliot Kennedy, Jonathan Ball and Dominic Grenot, but the replacement players battled valiantly in the group phase.
It quickly became apparent that the two Singapore teams would face in the semi, while Melbourne and Parramatta would play in the other.
Melbourne pulled off a close win to make the final, facing up against Jurong.
Once again the tactics of team selection made the difference, with Peter Thomas facing Rudy Hesty and Carl against Anas, while Benji took on Mohammed Rizal and Benny played Vikas.
As Benji took the lead in his match, and Vikas led Benny, the match was finely balanced.
With Peter and Rudy trading goals, it looked like Jurong had the match in the bag, with Anas leading Carl.
But once again, as the clock counted down, it took a steady hand, as Carl banged in an equaliser that gave his team the win on goals.

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In the U15 event, two newcomers to competitive play provided some great action, with Gabriel Lombardi of Subbuteo Parramatta making the semi final, and Daniel Sirmai of the Northern Falcons enjoying his debut.
Sisters Æowyn and Imojjen Elmer of Subbuteo Parramatta, Jonty Brener and last year’s winner Benjamin Ng of Melbourne TFC made up the numbers, with close matches all around.
In the final, Jonty held his nerve, scoring with a delightful chip in the shootout to beat Imojjen 1-0.

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For full results click here

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Player Rankings – October 2015

Melbourne TFC continue to dominate the top end of the WASPA rankings, though players from both Subbuteo Parramatta and Northern Falcons TFC are within striking distance. Brisbane Subbuteo Club’s Giuseppe Tardiota was the main mover near the top of the rankings, breaking into the Australian top ten and moving up 20 places in the World Rankings.

Points results from the recent World Cup have not yet been updated by FISTF so the table there remains as it was last month. Combined with results from the upcoming FISTF tournament in Melbourne, however, expect to see plenty of points action in the November update.

To see the full list of Australians in both the FISTF and WASPA rankings, click here.

World Rankings – September 2015

Without any FISTF tournaments in Australia during the last month, the FISTF world rankings have remained fairly stable, though everybody in Australia has moved up at least a couple of places (owing to players overseas will have had their results from August 2013 removed). A few did get to be involved in tournaments outside Australia, so Steve Dettre and Raffaele Lombard have improved their world rankings. The big mover, though, was Jonny Ball, jumping two places in the Australian rankings and a little over 100 places in the world rankings.

In the WASPA stakes, Melbourne TFC’s continued regular competition has benefited them as they now hold the top four Australian placings, and half of the top ten. Seven players competed in their first ever tournament, bringing the overall number of Australians in the world rankings to 91.

To see the full list of Australians in both the FISTF and WASPA rankings, click here.

Australian and World Rankings – End of July, 2015

Australia has moved up a spot into equal 3rd in the world in WASPA world rankings.

There are now 29 players with an individual FISTF ranking and 84 players with an individual WASPA ranking.

Without any FISTF tournaments, no ranking changes took place there. However, a few WASPA events in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth saw players move in the WASPA rankings.

Any player who competes in any WASPA tournament of 3 or more players will receive ranking points and a placing, so new players are always encouraged to join in, or to organise their own WASPA tournaments (a very simple process – get in contact if you’d like to do this and would like some assistance). If you are organising your own tournaments, let us know and we can help you to promote them and find new players.

For full individual rankings for both FISTF and for WASPA, please click here.