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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]'''.
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 2020 calendar==
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*[[Countdown in Lincoln 2020]] and [[The Hangover]] on January 25th/26
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*[[Countdown in Manchester  2020]] on February 15
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*[[Countdown in Newcastle 2020]] on March 28th
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*[[Countdown in York 2018]] on April 18th
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*[[Countdown in London 2018]] on May 16th
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*[[Countdown in Cambridge 2020]] on June 13th
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*[[Countdown in Edinburgh  2020]] on June 27th
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*[[Countdown in Nottingham 2020]] on July 23rd
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*[[Countdown in Milton Keynes 2020]] on August 8th
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*[[Countdown in Dublin 2020]] on August 22nd
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*[[Countdown in Halifax 2020]] on September 5th
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*[[Countdown in Liverpool  2020]] on September 19th
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*[[Countdown in Blackpool 2020]] on October 10th
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*[[Goatdown in Leeds 2020]] on November  7th
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*The FOCAL Finals/[[Countdown in Wolverhampton 2020]] on November 28th
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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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