FIFG WORLD TOUR  2020 / 2021

The World Tour has been modified from its original version due to the pandemic situation suffered all over the world.

Whilst we are fully aware of the continuing situation globally affecting FootGolf we will resume all Regional Tours and The World Tour with immediate effect.

The World Tour will continue and include any WT events played in 2020. The Regional Tours retain the flexibility to develop according to their requirements and offer regional variations to the global concept. ​

This tour has been designed for FIFG Member Countries, affiliated players and sanctioned golf courses who want to be a part of the competition. 

If you want to register or if you have questions about the tour, please contact your national organization. Players cannot register under a second organization or other FIFG Member Country.

All interested players from countries where the FIFG has no official representation, are also welcome to register and compete as Guest Players. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1. GENERAL GUIDELINES - TOURNAMENT RULES


The FIFG FootGolf World Tour will be played entirely under the rules of the Federation for International FootGolf.​ Each tournament will follow the official rules of the sport, although local rules may apply. All local rules must be available for players before the initiation of the tournament.


​The World Tour is based on an aspirational concept in which every player would be able to play and compete according to his or her possibilities, on a global (World Ranking), regional (Regional Rankings) and national scale (National Ranking).
This model introduces the Regional Tours and Rankings, giving the chance to all countries to organize international tournaments.

 

2. REGIONS

Region 1
North, Central America & Caribbean Nations        
North American Tour

Region 2
South America
South American Tour

Region 3
Europe
EuroFootGolf Tour

Region 4
Asia & Oceania
Asia-Pacific Tour

​3. TOURNAMENTS


3.1 TOURNAMENT ALLOCATION 2021
​6 FIFG50 per country
6 FIFG100 per country
1 FIFG250 per country
​16 FIFG500                                      

  • 3 in Region 1

  • 2 in Region 2

  • 8 in Region 3

  • 3 in Region 4

 

  • 5 FIFG Majors

  • 1 in Region 1

  • 1 in Region 2

  • 2 in Region 3

  • 1 in Region 4          

    
World Tour Committee “There is no adjustment in 2021 due to many countries and regions already having plans in place”.
        
3.2 TOURNAMENT CLASHES
No tournament at any level can clash within the same region as the Major
No tournament at 500/250 level can clash with any Major

3.3 MAJOR VS 500 TOURNAMENT ALLOCATION
Majors 2021 Decided by Region
Majors 2022 Decided by FIFG
FIFG-500 2021+ Decided by Region

Reallocation of Tournaments: A region can relocate tournaments not used as long as the total number of tournaments is not exceeded (Example: Country A does not use all FIFG100 then these can be redistributed amongst the region). Any country that does not use its allocation will not be permitted to accept additional tournaments in that calendar year.

3.4 2020 TOURNAMENTS PLAYED (ALLOCATION)
The World Tour will continue from 2020 season pre-postponement and include 2021

Region 1 Regional Tour will include 2020 season pre-postponement
1.1.20 to 19.3.20 and 5.11.20 onwards
Region 2 Regional Tour will include 2020 season pre-postponement
1.1.20 to 19.3.20 and 10.2.21 onwards
Region 3 Regional Tour will start again in 2021 and full allocation awarded
10.2.21 onwards
Region 4 Regional Tour will start again in 2021 and full allocation awarded
10.2.21 onwards

3.5 RESPONSIBLE OFFICIALS
Responsible Officials by Region
Region 1                 Laura Balestrini
Region 2                 Gaston Davio
Region 3                 Paul Oliver
Region 4                 Leonardo Fernandez

3.5.1 RESPONSIBLE OFFICIALS (BLUEGOLF)
All Regions: Lucas Loustau

4. REGIONAL RANKINGS VS WORLD RANKINGS
Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 the number of scoring tournaments has been adjusted

4.1 Region (Points ONLY gained in Region awarded)                           
MAJOR
Previous  1 - New (2021)  1                           
FIFG-500
Previous 3 - New (2021)  2 
FIFG-250
Previous 1 - New (2021)  3*
FIFG-100
Previous 8 - New (2021)  4
FIFG-50
Previous 8 - New (2021)  4
TOTAL
Previous 21 - New (2021)  14
*2 FIFG-250 in Region 4 as previously agreed within Region

4.2 World (Points gained in ANY Region)
MAJOR
Previous  4 - New (2021)  2
​FIFG-500
Previous 4 - New (2021)  2 
FIFG-250
Previous 4 - New (2021)  2
FIFG-100
Previous 0 - New (2021)  4
FIFG-50
Previous 0 - New (2021)  4
TOTAL
Previous 12 - New (2021)  14

​4.3 2020 TOURNAMENTS PLAYED (STANDINGS)
The World Tour will continue from 2020 season pre-postponement and include 2021
Region 1 Regional Tour will include 2020 season pre-postponement
1.1.20 to 19.3.20 and 5.11.20 onwards
Region 2 Regional Tour will include 2020 season pre-postponement
1.1.20 to 19.3.20 and 10.2.21 onwards
Region 3 Regional Tour will start again in 2021 and full allocation awarded
10.2.21 onwards
Region 4 Regional Tour will start again in 2021 and full allocation awarded
10.2.21 onwards


5. RANKING POINTS
ALL positions will be awarded 92% of the points received by the preceding position.

6. CATEGORIES
6.1 PLAYER CATEGORIES
6.1.1 2020/21 WORLD TOUR & REGION 1 AND 2
Men Men                                                                                                 
Seniors 45+ Male players who are born in 1975 and before.
Women All female players
Juniors* Male players born in 2003 and after
Note: All male players must choose to play either Men or Senior 45+ category before their first event

6.1.2 2021 REGION 3 AND 4 (RESTARTING REGIONAL TOUR)
Men ALL Men                                                                                        
Senior 45+ Male players who are born in 1975 and before.
Senior 50+ Male players who are born in 1970 and before.
Senior 55+ Male players who are born in 1965 and before.
Women All female players
Juniors* Male players born in 2003 and after

*There will be no Junior ranking, however, Juniors are eligible to compete within the general classification
if they have an exemption authorized by FIFG and FIFG member country

- Practical Example -
Total Field 100 Players
Men 85
Seniors 45+ 45
Seniors 50+ 21
Seniors 55+ 8
Women 15                      
                        
6.1.3 Points 
Allocated to all relevant categories            
Practical
Player A wins Men’s and 45+ Category
Awarded points for both

6.1.4 Prizes
Greater prize offered                                           
Practical
Player A wins Men’s and 45+ Category
​Example: Awarded 100 euro for Men’s win but 80 euro for 45+ win reassigned to second place

6.2 PLAYER ELIGIBILITY
In order to be part of the World Tour tournaments, players need to:

  • Become a member of the FIFG World Tour under its country affiliation 

  • To play FIFG 50/FIFG 100/FIFG 250/FIFG 500/FIFG MAJOR World Tour competitions, players must be affiliated to the FIFG Member in their Country of birth or permanent residency and hold a World Tour license: 20.00 Euro 
     

    • Players from non-FIFG countries must contact the FIFG directly (https://www.fifg.org/players ) and register as a guest player

    • World Tour License is required for any tournament with FIFG Ranking points.

 

  • Registration for the World Tour will be open all year round. A player’s ranking will be activated after they obtain World Tour license. Tournaments prior to activation will not count.

  • If a player´s situation is not completely clear in terms of registration, or any sort of penalty, he will be able to present a query to the FIFG committee in order to perform an analysis of the situation for proper arbitration.

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7. THE MASTERS
The Masters will be played in 2022. More information will be released in the near future.

8. FUNDING STRUCTURE
2021 Tournament fees paid by FIFG nations will be reduced by 50%.
No end of year prize money will be awarded to players however a budget has been created to reward
the top players with trophies and medals.

9. BLUEGOLF
2021/22
In 2021, BlueGolf will be the new console used by the FIFG for the Regional and World Tour rankings. Furthermore, BlueGolf scoring system needs to be used in order to update the respective rankings. It can also be used for live scoring and player statistics.

Every Country is responsible for updating their tournament calendar, location and FIFG points in the system, so players have the necessary information to register. Wednesday of every week the FIFG will award the points to the rankings of the previous weekend. Countries must have the tournament completed in BlueGolf by Tuesday.
Deadlines:
31 March 2021 Upload ALL FIFG1000-500-250
30 April 2021 Upload ALL tournaments

10. RULES & REGULATIONS
10.1 TIE BREAKER
ONLY first three places points are not shared. There should be a tie breaker to define the Top three in each tournament.
In case of a tie, in addition to the first, second and third place, the cash and prize positions will tie break on the course. All players involved in a tie will be awarded the average number of points of the positions they would take in case of a playoff. (E.g. If three players tie in 10th position, these players would eventually be in positions 10, 11 and 12. The number of points for these three positions will be added and divided by 3 and this score will be awarded to the three players.) The BlueGolf system titles this ‘retrospective points’

For all FIFG tournaments (MAJORS / FIFG 500 /FIFG 250 / FIFG 100 / FIFG 50), the playoff will be played on a minimum of one hole and a maximum of three holes for the title. If the players are still tied after the playoff, there will be a penalty putts (five putts/players from a minimum of 5 meters) followed by a sudden death penalty shootout if necessary.

If for any reason (climate conditions, lack of sunlight, safety, etc.) the playoff cannot take place, the organizer and marshal will proceed this way:
1st, 2nd and 3rd positions will be decided by the last 18 holes (final day) for a 36- or 54 or more-holes tournament, or by the back 9-6-3-2-1 for 18 holes tournament.

10.2 CASH PRIZES
The cash prize must be paid as soon as possible and PREFERABLY right after the event. A maximum period of 30 days is fixed to execute the payment. Furthermore, only effective real money can be used to pay the cash prize. The organizing country will receive a $500 penalty if they do not comply with this rule. Players should receive the exact amount of the prize, commission should be absorbed by organizer. If an organizer knows that he won't be able to pay within 30 days he MUST communicate that before opening the registration so players are aware of that situation.

10.3 FLIGHTS
Organizers must make everything possible to set up flights of 4 players.

In FIFG 250 / FIFG 500 / FIFG MAJOR tournaments, the flights for the first round have to be drawn on the day before the tournament at 10pm at the latest. The BlueGolf system automatically selects flights according to the organisers preference taking into account regional and country considerations.

10.4 BAD WEATHER
If weather conditions force the organizer to suspend the tournament, full points will still be allocated and the result based on the number of completed rounds if the total number of holes played is at least 50% of the total number of holes.
Before the game, if for any reason (flooding, animal damages, etc.) a hole is declared unplayable, it has to be replaced by another similar hole (same par, similar distance) or cancelled. If more than three holes are declared unplayable, then the entire course could be considered as unplayable and therefore the round may be cancelled.
If this happens during the game (flooding, animal damages, etc.), the tournament director has the authority to make the decision to cancel the hole and give all the player the score of the par. If more than three holes are declared unplayable during the game, the entire course could be considered as unplayable and the general rules of bad weather applies.

10.5 COURSE
The designer must take natural weather conditions (strong wind or heavy rain) in consideration when he designs in order to prevent unplayable holes. They also have the responsibility to design a course that assure a decent pace of play for the players, especially when setting the pin position.

It is the responsibility of the designer and tournament director to set DROP ZONES and objects to reach ball easily, on the holes which can represent a danger for the pace of play (if there is a big water obstacle to cross for example).

10.6 RETROSPECTIVE PENALTY
If any player is penalized, the leaderboard will be updated and any prize money or award must be returned to the organizer to be re-allocated to the corresponding players after the tournament is over. The time limit for any penalization is set on 1 month after the tournament has finalized.

10.7 TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION
Players should clearly understand the terms and conditions of each competition before they register for the event.

10.8 PLAYER CONDUCT
Players are expected to play in the spirit of the game by acting with integrity, showing consideration to others, and taking good care of the course. The organizers and head marshal have authority to disqualify a player for any serious misconduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game and in accordance with FIFG or local tournament rules.

10.9 IMPORTANT WARNING
The use of alcohol, illegal drugs and smoking are STRICTLY PROHIBITED at FIFG official competitions. Players must be respectful, and organizers reserve the right to remove a player from the competition at any time for any reason.

10.11 ORGANISER CONDUCT
Organizers must report the name of the Tournament Director and the name of the Head Marshals before the beginning of the competition. Each organizer has the authority to adopt their own Code of Conduct for their tournaments if it still respects the FIFG rulebook guidelines about etiquette and behavior.

​10.12 FIFG WORLD TOUR LOGO USAGE
Players must request the FIFG World Tour 2020 logo for their FIFG Member Country.
The FIFG World Tour 2020 logo must be used in conjunction with the logo of the national organization (FIFG Member Country).
If authorization is not given, players are not allowed to use the national organization logo on their uniform. Uniforms with FIFG Member/World Tour Logos combination can be used to compete in FIFG World Tour/FIFG Member Countries events only. Reported players will lose their points on that specific tournament. Each FIFG Member Country is responsible for providing authorization and the correct file to players.

FOOTGOLF LOGOS NOT ASSOCIATED TO THE FIFG MEMBER COUNTRIES ARE PROHIBITED. 
SANCTION COULD POTENTIALLY REACH PLAYER DISQUALIFICATION.

10.13 FIFG WORLD TOUR CONTACT

All players and organizers must contact the FIFG World Tour committee by email. This is the only official way to submit a topic to the board.

Official email address: info@fifg.org
2021, FIFG World Tour Committee
Leonardo Fernandez | Gaston Davio | Paul Oliver

11. QUALIFICATION TO WORLD CUP
2021 Season
To reward the player performance in 2021 for The 2023 World Cup the following players will
automatically qualify (without impacting a countries allocation

2021 WORLD TOUR (As of 31.12.21)
MEN            3
SENIORS    1
LADIES       1

2021 REGIONAL TOURS* (As of 31.12.21)
MEN           3
SENIORS   1
LADIES      1

*In the event of a player featuring in more than one qualifying position: World Tour position>Player
Region position>Regions in numerical order 1-4

2022 WORLD TOUR (As of 31.12.22)
MEN            10
SENIORS    10
LADIES       10

2022 REGIONAL TOURS* (As of 31.12.22)
MEN            3
SENIORS    3
LADIES       3

In the event of a player featuring in more than one qualifying position: World Tour position>Player
Region position>Regions in numerical order 1-4

Eligibility requirement: FIFG licence and member of FIFG member country



12. FIFG TOURNAMENTS REQUIREMENTS

13. TOURNAMENT RATING AND EVALUATION
During the four upcoming years, every main tournament will be rated and evaluated both by players and FIFG officials to have a clear view of the quality of each tournament. The target is to have a tournament organization “ranking” after that period. 

  • By the players
    After every high tournament category (FIFG 250 / FIFG 500 / FIFG MAJOR), the players will receive a form to fill out in order to evaluate the tournament they have just played. They will have two weeks to complete it and if a player fails to complete the evaluation form three times during the year, he or she will be penalized by 50 points in the WT ranking at the end of the season. ​

  • By the Officials 
    Any World Tour official can rate a tournament he or she attended. Furthermore, players will be named as representatives of the field. These players are also considered as WT officials and will take part in the discussion with the WT committee in order to rate and discuss a tournament.


14. MISCELLEANOUS
14.1 OUTSTANDING DEBT
Any FIFG member with outstanding debt (membership fees or tournament fees) from the previous season will be unable to stage ANY FIFG tournament until the payment is cleared