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'''FOCAL''' is the organisation responsible for organising the vast majority of unofficial [[Countdown tournament]]s since 2016. Players play in events throughout the year, with the top 8 ranking at the end of the year receiving free entry into the finals event in Birmingham, held alongside a normal tournament that's open to everyone. 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.  
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'''FOCAL''' is the voluntary organisation responsible for organising the vast majority of unofficial [[Countdown tournament]]s 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.
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Events are open to all, regardless of experience, level of play or age. Newcomers are warmly welcomed to events, which typically finish with everyone going to the pub.
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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. 2016's FOCAL Champion was [[Series 66]] champion [[Jack Worsley]], 2017's champion was [[Rob Foster]] and 2018 [[Jonathan Wynn]].
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As of 22nd February, [[Series 66]] champion [[Jack Worsley]] was leading the 2016 rankings after two events, having won both COLIN 2016 and The Hangover. 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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Rated events in 2017 were hosted in Lincoln, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, London, Kings Lynn, Waterford, Bournemouth, Milton Keynes, Huddersfield, and Dublin. All events are hosted on a Saturday, with the exception of the 'hangover' event, held on the Sunday in Lincoln as secondary events.
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The team is chaired by Series 70 champion [[Mark Murray]], organiser of the 2015 and 2016 [[Countdown in Bristol]] tournaments.
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New events in 2018 were in Newcastle, Cambridge, and Blackpool, and more new events in 2019.
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The organisation was the brainchild of [[Series 78]] champion and [[.co.mk]] organiser [[Zarte Siempre]] in mid-2015. The team is currently chaired by [[Series 76]] semi-finalist [[Jeff Clayton]], organiser of several different tournaments. The previous chairmen were Siempre [[2016]] and Mark Murray [[2017]]
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Full standings for the year, details about events, a FAQs section for newcomers, and pictures from previous tournaments can be found at the '''[http://focalcountdown.co.uk/ FOCAL website]''' with events list in the '''[http://focalcountdown.co.uk/upcomingevents calendar]'''.
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==Events on the 2016 calendar==
 
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*[[Countdown in Lincoln 2016]] and [[The Hangover]] on January 30th/31st
 
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*[[Countdown in Bristol 2016]] on February 27th
 
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*[[Countdown in Leeds 2016]] on April 30th
 
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*[[Countdown in King's Lynn 2016]] on May 28th
 
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*[[Countdown in St Albans 2016]] on July 2nd
 
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*[[Countdown in Nottingham 2016]] on July 23rd
 
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*[[Countdown in Milton Keynes 2016]] on August 20th
 
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*[[Countdown in Dublin 2016]] on September 10th
 
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*[[Countdown in Huddersfield 2016]] on October 8th
 
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*[[Countdown in Glasgow 2016]] and [http://wiki.apterous.org/Countdown_in_Glasgow_2016 CoGlasgowOnThen] on November 12th/13th
 
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*The Focal Finals in Birmingham on December 3rd
 
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Revision as of 10:36, 11 February 2020

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. 2016's FOCAL Champion was Series 66 champion Jack Worsley, 2017's champion was Rob Foster and 2018 Jonathan Wynn.

Rated events in 2017 were hosted in Lincoln, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, London, Kings Lynn, Waterford, Bournemouth, Milton Keynes, Huddersfield, and Dublin. All events are hosted on a Saturday, with the exception of the 'hangover' event, held on the Sunday in Lincoln as secondary events.

New events in 2018 were in Newcastle, Cambridge, and Blackpool, and more new events in 2019.

The organisation was the brainchild of Series 78 champion and .co.mk organiser Zarte Siempre in mid-2015. The team is currently chaired by Series 76 semi-finalist Jeff Clayton, organiser of several different tournaments. The previous chairmen were Siempre 2016 and Mark Murray 2017

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

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