Defending champions team UK defeated the World Champion France 4.5-1.5 in the final of Euro FootGolf at Magnolia Park, next to Oxford, England on Sunday. Slovakia beat Holland in the third place match.
The second edition of Euro FootGolf kicks off this weekend at Magnolia Park in England. After their win in 2017, UK FootGolf will be hosting the event from 26-29 September. The venue has hosted The UK Open for the past three years and is widely regarded as one of the most testing layouts in Europe.
This time 15 countries are represented as well as Team X (A team created to offer an equal opportunity for all teams) to create a 16 team field after Germany and Turkey could not be in the UK. The 16 teams are split into four groups of four and each nation will play the other once on Friday and Saturday morning (AM/PM/AM).
Each nation has between 9 and 15 players who can play at any time when chosen for a match. Each match will feature six games; Three played in foursomes and three singles. Each game can have a substitute player who can sub in and out after each hole. The games are played in matchplay using the traditional golf style scoring format where once the player is ‘up’ more than the number of holes remaining then the game is over (Example 4 up with three to play equals a 4&3 win).
Each game is worth 1 point for the team and an overall match win is worth 3 points. Tied matches earn a point and tied games score zero.
After the group stage, the top two teams qualify for a pre-drawn knockout stage (Team X cannot qualify but they can score points).
The quarter finals are played on Saturday, afternoon with the semi finals, Third place match and final played on Sunday. Also on Sunday, all teams that lost in the group stage and QF have the opportunity to play for position for their nation. Each country can choose a minimum of two pairs and two singles to play over 18 holes where the best four scores count. The losing QF will play for positions 5-8 and so on.
Meanwhile, the final four will battle it out to become champions of Europe.
You can follow the event here LIVE.
The organizers of the fourth FIFG FootGolf World Cup announce the planned schedule and spots for the biggest event of 2020.
FIFG FOOTGOLF WORLD CUP JAPAN 2020
Organizers: Federation for International FootGolf（FIFG), Japan FootGolf Association（JFGA)
Course: Seven Hundred Club
Support: Tochigi Prefecture, Sakura City, Utsunomiya City
Partner: Sakura City Golf Promotion committee
Media partner: TV Aichi
5 individual and 3 team competition days
- September 25th (Fri): Practice
- 26th (Sat): Practice & Welcome Party
- 27th (Sun): 1st day Individual
- 28th (Mon): 2nd day Individual
- 29th (Tue): 3rd day Individual
- 30th (Wed): Final day Individual
- October 1st (Thu): 1st day Team Competition (Best 16)
- 2nd (Fri): 2nd day Team Competition (Quarter-finals)
- 3rd（Sat): Semi-final Team Competition
- 4th（Sun): Final Day Team Competition and Awarding Ceremony
- 5th（Mon): Spare day
(In case of postponing during the individual competition, the team competition starts on 2nd October with the best 16 and the quarter-finals, while the 5th October is the rain date for the team finals).
“The competition concept is “TSUNAGU”, which means to connect. FIFG FootGolf World Cup in Japan brings the world together. It is very important for all of us to get together to promote and develop FootGolf as a global sport now, so that FootGolf can be an Olympic sport in the future. I am glad that Tomikazu Fukuda, Governor of Tochigi and Takashi Hanatsuka, Mayor of Sakura city are supporting us.” said Shinpei Matsuura, JFGA President.
“We have more than one year until the next World Cup and I am very happy that we have announced these information. It is important that the federations and the players can make plans and arrange their schedule for the next year.” commented Gábor Gelencsér, president of the FIFG.
Japan is going to host prestigious events in the near future, like the Rugby World Cup this September, the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020 and the World Masters Games in 2021.
While allocating the maximum number of slots to FIFG member countries, the organizers will also give places to the top players from World Rankings in 2020 (as of the end of August 2020). That will boost the world ranking in 2020. The number of individual participants in each country will be determined by 31st December 2019.
• If the number of participants in the country is less than the maximum number of participants in each country, the remaining spots will be distributed to other countries.
• Separate rules will be applied for the remaining spots that are overlapped to the top players of the world ranking in 2019 and 2020.
• The maximum spots for countries that joined FIFG in 2019, would be 4 absolute, 1 senior, 1 woman.
• The top world ranking in 2020 will be counted until the end of August 2020.
Antonio Balestra won the UK Open in August. The Frenchman defended his title and this time it gave him 1000 points winning the Major.
You were the title defender before the tournament. Have you dreamed about retaining your title?
I knew it was possible to win again, but it could be very tough due to the high level of the players this year.
Was there a moment when you realised, it is more than a possibility?
I knew that I could do it after the second day, when I was leading by one stroke. Then after the 14th hole, I started to think about the title, but after the drama on the 16th I knew that victory was mine.
What made you to capable of winning in the UK for the second time in a row?
To win a title like this, you have to be very strong and also have a bit of luck. It's a combination of both.
The Japan FootGolf Association held a press conference on Friday to announce the course for the 2020 FootGolf World Cup. The biggest international tournament is going to be on the course of the Seven Hundred Club in Sakura City, Tochigi Prefecture.
The organizers of the fourth world cup announced that the place for the next year’s biggest event will be at the Seven Hundred Club. It is a historic course, opened in 1980, designed by Kazusuke Izumi. It has 18 holes on 1 million square meters with a beautiful and thrilling hall.