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The organisation was the brainchild of [[Series 69]] contestant and [[.co.mk]] organiser [[Zarte Siempre]] in mid-2015. The team is currently chaired by [[Series 70]] champion [[Mark Murray]], organiser of the 2015 and 2016 [[Countdown in Bristol]] tournaments.
The organisation was the brainchild of [[Series 69]] contestant and [[.co.mk]] organiser [[Zarte Siempre]] in mid-2015. The team is currently chaired by [[Series 70]] champion [[Mark Murray]], organiser of the 2015 and 2016 [[Countdown in Bristol]] tournaments.
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As of 3rd July, [[Series 69]] contestant and [[FOCAL]] creator [[Zarte Siempre]] was leading the 2016 rankings after 6 events, having won [[Countdown in St Albans 2016]] after bearing [[Rob Foster]] in the final. The other players currently standing to qualify for this year's finals are [[Series 66]] champion [[Jack Worsley]], highest-scoring female octochamp and [[CoC XIV]] semi-finalist [[Jen Steadman]], [[Series 73]] semi-finalist [[Thomas Carey]], [[COHUD]] and [[CoStAl]] organiser [[James Robinson]], [[Series 68]] champion [[Giles Hutchings]], [[Series 72]] champion [[Tom Cappleman]], and [[Countdown in Dublin 2016]] organiser [[Edward Byrne]].
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As of 28th August, [[Series 66]] champion [[Jack Worsley]] was leading the 2016 rankings after 8 events. The other players on course to qualify as the top 8 for the FOCAL Finals at present are [[COHUD]] and [[CoStAl]] organiser [[James Robinson]], [[Series 73]] semi-finalist [[Thomas Carey]], [[Zarte Siempre]], highest-scoring female octochamp and [[CoC XIV]] semi-finalist [[Jen Steadman]], [[Series 68]] champion [[Giles Hutchings]], [[Series 69]] champion and [[Countdown in Leeds 2016]] organiser [[Callum Todd]], and [[Robert Foster]].
Full current standings for the year, details about events, a FAQs section for newcomers, and pictures from previous tournaments can be found at the '''[http://http://focalcountdown.co.uk/ FOCAL website]''' .
Full current standings for the year, details about events, a FAQs section for newcomers, and pictures from previous tournaments can be found at the '''[http://http://focalcountdown.co.uk/ FOCAL website]''' .
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*[[Countdown in Huddersfield 2016]] on October 8th
*[[Countdown in Huddersfield 2016]] on October 8th
*[[Countdown in Glasgow 2016]] and CoGlasgowOnThen on November 12th/13th
*[[Countdown in Glasgow 2016]] and CoGlasgowOnThen on November 12th/13th
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*The FOCAL Finals in Birmingham on December 3rd
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*The FOCAL Finals/[[Countdown in Birmingham 2016]] in Birmingham on December 3rd
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Revision as of 14:28, 28 August 2016

FOCAL is the voluntary organisation responsible for organising the vast majority of unofficial Countdown tournaments since 2016. The organisation's name is an acronym for Finals Of the Co-event Annual League. Perhaps coincidentally, "focal" also means "word" in the Irish language.

Players play in events across the British Isles throughout the year, with the top 8 highest ranked players at the end of the year receiving free entry into the finals event in Birmingham, held alongside a normal tournament that is open to everyone. Events are open to all, regardless of experience, level of play or age, and can be set up anywhere and by anyone. Events typically lasts between 6 and 8 hours, followed by a trip to the pub.

Rated events in 2016 are being hosted in Lincoln, Bristol, Leeds, King's Lynn, St Albans, Nottingham, Milton Keynes, Dublin, Huddersfield and Glasgow. All events are hosted on a Saturday, with the exception of two 'hangover' events, held on the Sundays in Lincoln and Glasgow as secondary events. Tournament entrance costs between £10 and £16 dependent on event.

The organisation was the brainchild of Series 69 contestant and .co.mk organiser Zarte Siempre in mid-2015. The team is currently chaired by Series 70 champion Mark Murray, organiser of the 2015 and 2016 Countdown in Bristol tournaments.

As of 28th August, Series 66 champion Jack Worsley was leading the 2016 rankings after 8 events. The other players on course to qualify as the top 8 for the FOCAL Finals at present are COHUD and CoStAl organiser James Robinson, Series 73 semi-finalist Thomas Carey, Zarte Siempre, highest-scoring female octochamp and CoC XIV semi-finalist Jen Steadman, Series 68 champion Giles Hutchings, Series 69 champion and Countdown in Leeds 2016 organiser Callum Todd, and Robert Foster.

Full current standings for the year, details about events, a FAQs section for newcomers, and pictures from previous tournaments can be found at the FOCAL website .


Events on the 2016 calendar

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