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.
5 Australians will compete across three Individual Categories on Saturday the 1st with two players (Robert Green and Fabrizio Coco) possessing previous World Cup Experience.
On Sunday the 2nd Australia will compete in the teams event for the first time since the 1994 World Cup with Robert Green captaining the team.
Preparations for the tournament are well underway with the players training hard in their respective states in the lead-up to the to tournament. The team will assemble in Gibraltar in the days prior to the tournament and will play an International Friendly against the USA to complete preparations on Thursday August 30.
The ATFA would like to wish all the players the very best of luck for the tournament and we look forward to updating you all with the teams progress as they prepare for and compete in the tournament.
Team Australia at the 2018 FISTF World Cup:
Benji Batten (Melbourne TFC)
Fabrizio Coco (Sydney TFC)
Paul Mercer (Northern Phoenix TFC)
Robert Green (Northern Falcons TFC)
Hugh Best (Subbuteo Perth)
Benji Batten, Fabrizio Coco, Paul Mercer, Robert Green (C), Hugh Best
Steve Dettre (Northern Falcons TFC)
Vincenzo Coco (Sydney TFC)
Best wishes go to our two representatives at this year’s World Cup in Paris, being held this weekend (Sept 2-3). Rob Green will be competing in the Veterans tournament and Daniele Lombard will be competing in the Opens tournament.
To keep up to date with all the results and proceedings, as they happen, go to the official FISTF World Cup site by clicking here.
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.
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
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
Wolfgang Leitner (AUT) 4 d. Juan Manuel Noguera (ESP) 3
Luca Colangelo (ITA) 3 d. Derek Conti (MLT) 2
Wolfgang Leitner (AUT) 2 d. Luca Colangelo (ITA) 1
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Gianfranco Calonico (ITA) 6 d. Massimo Cremona (MLT) 2
Carolina Villarigues (POR) 3 d. Victoria Büsing (GER) 0
Matteo Ciccarelli (ITA) 3 d. Nicola Borgo (ITA) 0
Leonardo Giudice (ITA) 3 d. Claudio La Torre (ITA) 2
Giorgio Giudice (ITA) 3 d. Kristian Silagiev (ESP) 2
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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
Australian table football stars will take on the world’s best at the Fédération Internationale de Sport Table Football de Table (FISTF) World Cup to be held in Italy this weekend.
Robert Green and Raffaele Lombardi will join competitors for more than 30 countries in the table football festival in San Benedetto.
Green, from the Northern Falcons club in northern Sydney, is ranked number two in Australia and will compete in the veterans category, while western Sydney’s Lombardi from the Subbuteo Parramatta club is ranked five in the nation and will compete in the open category.
For Green, this will be his third World Cup appearance while Lombardi is appearing for the first time.
Green, originally from Artarmon on Sydney’s north shore, now lives in Sweden, and competes regularly on the European table football circuit. He’s a past national champion of Australia in 1995 and was the Asian Cup runner-up in January of this year.
Lombardi, born in Italy is an Australian citizen, has made a big impact on the local scene since resuming playing in 2013 after a long hiatus. While living in Berry on the Southern Highlands, he plays for the Subbuteo Parramatta club, and has been a key representative for club and country with his best result of the season being a quarter-final placing in the Singapore International Open in June.
The participation of Australia at the World Cup is a key part of the Australian Table Football Association’s plans to revive competition around Australia. There are clubs currently in action in all mainland capital cities, and an international event will be held in Melbourne in October, closely followed by an International Grand Prix leg, attracting players from around Asia and Europe scheduled for Sydney in late January.
It has been an incredible twelve months of growth for table football in Australia, with both new players arriving and big names from the past re-emerging. We have had multiple WASPA tournaments taking place in both Sydney and Melbourne, we have established a new association which has been recognised by the world governing body FISTF. We have also developed exciting plans for the next season including FISTF tournaments and an Asian Cups event. To cap this great season for Australian Table Football off in style, Peter Thomas and Robert Green represented Australia at the 2014 FISTF World Cup in the delightful Belgium town of Rochfort. Continue reading
MEDIA RELEASE – SEPTEMBER 5, 2014
by Steve Dettre – ATFA Vice President
The Socceroos will not be the only ones in action this weekend in Belgium, with two Australians competing in the Table Football World Cup in the Belgian town of Rochefort.
Peter Thomas from Canberra, and Robert Green from Sydney, will compete in the Open and Veteran categories at the 18th Federation of International Sports Table Football (FISTF) World Cup. Continue reading