The COVID-19 pandemic makes everything harder nowadays and the fight against the virus has a different status in every country. FIFG asked the members how they can go on with the Regionals in times when the World Tour is suspended.
The FIFG carried out another questionnaire to obtain information regarding all of the
country members’ thoughts of the implementation of the Regional Tour. The results have indicated that more than 70% believe it should be decided within each region.
“Every region is living different realities; therefore, we believe Regional Tour tournaments should be considered as an internal decision.“ said Javier de Ancizar, World Tour director.
Regional Tours consist of FIFG 50, 100, 250, 500 and 1000. Every region can organize any of these tournaments, though the FIFG 250, 500 and 1000 will only count for the regional rankings if it is organized prior to the reestablishment of the World Tour competitions. While the World Tour is suspended these tournaments should be differentiated with the letter R (regional) and the region number. For example, a FIFG 500 in region 3 would be a R3-500.
“We believe this will help the player know what they are competing for.” he added.
After evaluating all country responses and feedback, the FIFG decided to postpone the continuation of the World Tour at least until July 1st. FIFG keeps following the worldwide situation and makes a decision on June 15th.
The FIFG has shared a questionnaire with all the country members in order to see what the FootGolf condition is across the globe due to the international health emergency of the COVID-19.
The results show:
“On the weekly board meeting, FIFG decided to postpone the continuation of the World Tour at least until July 1st. We will take the next 30 days to keep examining all the country regulations and ratify or rectify our decision on June 15th.” said Javier de Ancizar, World Tour director.
The BlueGolf console is officially ready to operate. The members have started to upload the few tournaments held in 2020.
The new scoring and ranking system have been tested and developed in the last months. A lot of members have already started to try and use the BlueGolf system. Those countries that have organized FIFG tournaments need to add tournament scores and link them to the POY rankings. They should also edit the calendar and reschedule the tournaments for after June 1st.
With the postponement of the World Cup until 2021, and the impossibility to run the World Tour 2020 as expected, the first FIFG Masters will take place in 2022 instead of 2021.
As it was written in the World Tour 2020 guidelines, the Masters will be played every year with the best National, Regional and World Tour players. This tournament will take place in parallel with one of the Major tournaments of the following year (rotating every year among the 4 Regions) in order to take advantage of the organizing structure, logistics, etc.
The plan was to hold the first Masters in 2021. Because of the postponed World Cup and the suspended World Tour, FIFG decided to move the first Masters to 2022.