Federation for International FootGolf held the General Assembly via Zoom on Thursday.
Almost 30 countries’ representatives joined the online meeting, which was another milestone in FootGolf history, FIFG has never held a general assembly like this.
“2020 was a unique year we have never dreamed about.” - opened the 2020 FIFG General Assembly Gábor Gelencsér, president of the Federation for International FootGolf.
“It was clear how the 2020 year will look like with the 4th World Cup, the 2020 World Tour, Regional Tours, the possibility of new campaigns, tours and the Masters for example. The COVID-19 situation dismissed most of the plans and the FIFG Board had to rethink everything. The situation was different in every region and country, that’s why it was hard to find solutions that fit to every member.” - summarized 2020.
Gábor Gelencsér presented the yearly report then Javier de Ancizar vice-president talked about the most important part, the Constitution:
“We have tried for several years to build our statutes, but we realized that we need professional assistance to do this, and of course resources. This year we took this as a priority and now this long process is almost done and finalized. The Board received GAISF’s comments and during a meeting with them they told us we were on the right track. Now we have to send it over to the Swiss lawyer and it can be approved by the FIFG in the next assembly. We estimate mid-January to have the final version ready to be approved by all of us.”
Gábor Gelencsér warned the members there are a lot of pending dues. The FIFG will have a rule for that if a member is not paying its membership or licence fee saving every member’s right.
“I believe we need real partners with capital P in our members. I know there are less active members, we have to check in the next few months, but it is a long process.” added the president.
“About the rescheduled World Cup in Japan, the organizers continued to prepare the event in 2021, but in these hard days, no one could predict how our life will continue and when everything will be as it was a year before. Now it is hard to tell, how and when the World Tour can be restarted” - told us Gábor Gelencsér.
“I hope we will meet soon on the FootGolf course, but the most important is health, so please follow the national rules and hopefully, we will have a competitive and healthy 2021 season.” said the president.
The next FIFG assembly planned for the beginning of the next year.
FIFG and the sport of FootGolf have been invited for the first time ever to participate at the UTS Virtual Youth Festival 2020.
The event under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is focusing on the next generation. This event situates the FIFG closer to the IOC platform.
(photo: FootGolf Slovakia)
The FIFG has carried out another survey among member countries to define the resumption date of the World Tour 2020/21. The results show that countries still have various restrictions regarding international travel, therefore the FIFG board have decided to postpone the World Tour until January 1st, 2021.
Almost 67% of the countries have voted for the World Tour to restart beginning of 2021.
Furthermore, the majority of the countries require a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Finally, there are still some countries in which FootGolf tournaments are still not allowed.
As decided a few months ago, the Regional Tours remain the same. Every region is independent and can make its own decisions regarding its tournaments. As of now Region 3 and 4 remain active.
The Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic supported the Slovak National FootGolf Team after reaching the podium in the Euro FootGolf last year. Every player earned €1000 from the government.
Every single player who represented Slovakia at the latest European FootGolf Team Championships earned €1000 from the government. At the Euro FootGolf organized in the UK last year, Slovakia grabbed the bronze medal.
“We are very happy to have reached this status that the ministry has supported us. It is the first time we are in the same group with professionals like the athletes preparing for the Olympics.” told us Tomas Bartko, general secretary of SFGA, who was part of the success in 2019 also.
“It is a historical moment and not just for the Slovak athletes, but for FootGolf at all. When a government spends money to honour their great footgolfers, it is another proof, that FootGolf is on the way to reach something big in the future.” commented Gábor Gelencsér, president of the FIFG.
The Slovak National FootGolf Team:
FootGolf Turkey has been suspended until December 1st. They are banned from organizing any FIFG event in this period. The FIFG Board will evaluate the status of the organization again in December.
The FIFG Board decided to suspend the Türkiye FootGolf Dernegi, the official Turkish member of the FIFG until December 1st. There were several problems with FootGolf Turkey in the last three years, and FIFG got only promises and the problems were not solved.
FootGolf Turkey has presented plans to the FIFG over the past three years about the development of FootGolf in Turkey and a way to solve some issues they are having, but their plan has been unsuccessful in moving the sport forward or solving these issues.
“As a basically inactive country with little involvement in the FIFG we feel we need to suspend them so others may have a chance to develop the sport there. It was a hard decision and we all know, it is a historical moment somehow.” said Gábor Gelencsér, president of the FIFG.
The leader of the international organization underlined: “We want to give them the opportunity to correct the problems and have given them a timeline and a review process to see if they will be able to go forward and accomplish the things they have promised.”
The suspension ends December 1st, when the Board will evaluate the situation.
Here you can read the reaction of the FIFG Board to the Swiss tournament called The Classic.
Dear FIFG Members and World Tour Players,
Because of the confusion originated around The Classic FootGolf event in Switzerland and several emails we have received from country members and players, we feel that it is best if we share with you what the FIFG Board of Directors received as information about the decision made entirely and exclusively by the members of the Swiss FootGolf Board.
Please be clear that it was not until July 14th, 2020 that the FIFG Board received the following letter from Guy Pernet as President of Association Suisse de FootGolf.
"Dear members of the board,
Following our board meeting from yesterday evening I inform you that :
- Swissfootgolf will note use blue golf system for the competitions in 2020. This has to consequence that no competition will be integrated in the Regional Tour 3 and the World Tour from now until 31.12.2020.
- At the moment no Swiss player attend to take a FIFG licence from now until 31.12.2020
Regarding the last FIFG news send by Lucas concerning the payment from 2020 FIFG fees can you please send us asap an invoice like during the previous year. So your treasurer will be able to pay asap the amount of $500.-.
Association Suisse de Footgolf (Swissfootgolf)
Guy Pernet, président"
We want to make everyone clear that the FIFG Board did not make any decision as to The Classic not having any FIFG World Tour points. The decision was made by the Swiss Board and the information was forwarded to us a few months after opening registration to the tournament. This has nothing to do with their membership fee to the FIFG as they will pay that as all members do nor does it have anything to do with them not wanting to use the BlueGolf system as far as we know. They actually were one of the first countries to get their payment system into BlueGolf when the Board set that step and have been active in learning how to use the BlueGolf system. Besides, the decision of using BlueGolf has been duly communicated to every country by the end of last year.
The decision to remove this tournament from the World Tour was solely their decision, even though they initially used the FIFG World Tour platform to promote the event offering FIFG World Tour points. As the FIFG Board we understand the concern of all players and we were very surprised to get this email from them especially knowing that they had The Classic coming up. What we were not informed of was the letter that they sent out to all players about the situation and we regret that many of you took that letter to mean that the FIFG had banned them from participating in the World Tour because they didn't want to use the BlueGolf system and/or they wanted to included non-licensed players.
We suggest that you direct all further questions to the Swiss Board and hopefully they will satisfy your concerns. As a Board we take very seriously the hardship the Swiss Board has caused with their decision to many players, especially during these times when travel is difficult. The Board is reviewing this situation and will take steps to make sure this does not happen again without player knowledge before they pay entry fees.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Federation for International FootGolf
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic situation worldwide, the FIFG Board modified the World Tour Guidelines.
The World Tour has been modified from its original version due to the pandemic situation suffered all over the world. Read the changes below:
Javier de Ancizar (ARG) and Julien Babel (SWI) attended an online meeting with the Alliance of Independent Recognized Members of Sports (AIMS), an organization recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that works towards strengthening each individual sport, combine expertise, share knowledge and maintain close cooperation with the IOC so that the individual sport can achieve official recognition from the IOC.
Since 2017 GAISF opened its doors to observers. The observer status aids the development of each and every sport and takes advantage of the GAISF network. This will further contribute towards their fulfilment of all criteria for full membership and also to increase the possibility of their members receiving the required recognition by the highest national sport authorities and or national Olympic committees.
All of these International Federations and sports have interest to join the AIMS family. This very much reflects the constantly evolving nature of sport. GAISF is the entry point in joining the Olympic family. From GAISF membership the new members will become part of the AIMS family.
The meeting was directed to GAISF’s observers like the FIFG. Mr. Stephan Fox, AIMS President and GAISF Vice President, as an executive of both organizations, committed himself to work towards increasing the support to all the observers in order to help them achieve their full members recognition. He believes the observers should get much more in return to their resources, effort and time invested to get their observer status.
AIMS invited all the 13 observers to an online conference to discuss current challenges during the pandemic and post pandemic. The next meeting will be held during IF Forum in Lausanne in November.
The deadline for registering the tournaments into the system and including them into the Regional Ranking was June 24th. France decided not to upload the tournament in the system, therefore the French Open will not count in the Regional Ranking.
Every president has been notified several times during the year, and the FIFG has sent a last official reminder letter on June 8th about the upcoming deadline and the following consequences. Unfortunately France decided not to include their tournaments in the system, so the French Open will not count in the 2020 Regional Tour.
As it was known before, the 2020 FIFG FootGolf World Cup is rescheduled for 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new schedule contains the original format but a bit shorter version.
As the Olympics was rescheduled to 2021, the FIFG and the Japan FootGolf Association have decided to change the schedule of FIFG FootGolf World Cup as follows: from Wednesday, September 22nd to Sunday, October 3rd, 2021.
“We understand the situation of FootGolf families has changed completely from the one before the COVID-19, but we do believe that it will be important for all of us to get together at the World Cup in 2021 in Japan for the future of FootGolf. Also, we hope having the World Cup in 2021 that best FootGolfers gather from all over the world will lead to a better world after the coronavirus crisis.” said Shinpei Matsuura, president of the Japan FootGolf Association.
The complete schedule:
Wed, Sep, 22nd: Practice Day
Thu, Sep, 23rd: Practice Day, Welcome Party
Fri, Sep, 24th: Individual, 1st Round (Group A)
Sat, Sep, 25th: Individual, 1st Round (Group B)
Sun, Sep, 26th: Individual, 2nd Round (Group A)
Mon, Sep, 27th: Individual, 2nd Round (Group B)
Tue, Sep, 28th: Individual, 3rd Round for the top 300 players from each category & extra round for the other 200 players.
Wed, Sep, 29th: Individual Final Round for the top 200 players from each category & extra round for the others, Awarding Ceremony.
Thu, Sep, 30th: 1st Round for team competition (18 holes)
Fri, Oct, 1st: Quarter finals for team competition (18 holes)
Sat, Oct, 2nd: Semi finals for team competition (18 holes)
Sun, Oct, 3rd: Final for team competition (18 holes), Awarding Ceremony, Farewell Party
There are players already qualified for the individual tournament in 2019 thanks to their results in the previous World Tour.
The 2020/2021 World Tour restarts in September.