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.
Given the results carried out in a questionnaire by the FIFG in June, it has been decided that the World Tour will not resume on July 1st. After analyzing several factors and the results, the FIFG has determined the World Tour will resume from September 1st through August 31st in 2021.
The FIFG has asked their member countries about the different situations. They have provided their local restrictions and opinions regarding the practice of FootGolf. There is a lot of uncertainty in most countries of when everything will be normalized, all is basically assumptions.
It was clear, the World Tour can not be resumed from July, but it can be restarted from September. The actual World Tour ends on 31st August 2021.
The tournaments played prior to the suspension (March 27th), will count towards the rankings. These tournaments will be discounted from the amount each Region can organize. For instance, Region 1 already had a FIFG 500 in March; they now have two FIFG 500 remaining until August 31st in 2021.
As the FIFG Board decided to give the opportunity to the Regions to decide if they want to hold their FootGolf events as part of the Regional Tour, Europe, Asia and Oceania decided to start the Regional Tour on the first weekend of June 2020. The American continent is still waiting for better circumstances.
FIFG asked the members how they can go on with the Regionals in times when the World Tour is suspended.
In Region 1 (North & Central America) and in Region 2 (South America) it is not possible to resume the FootGolf season now with the Regionals.
After the governments lightened the rule in European countries, Region 3 decided to restart the Regional Tour from 1st June. It means the first FootGolf weekend is going to be the upcoming one.
Asia & Oceania (Region 4) are also let to hold the Regionals as it was planned before.
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.
Taking part in the Regionals, players need to have the World Tour licence!