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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]], 2018 [[Jonathan Wynn]] and 2019 [[Callum Todd]].
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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 2019 were hosted in Lincoln, Edinburgh, Newcastle, York, London, Cambridge, Halifax, Waterford, Milton Keynes, Dublin, Blackpool, Braintree and Wolverhampton. 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 2019 were in Edinburgh, York, Halifax, Liverpool and Braintree, and more new events in 2020, which include Manchester, however due to the current Co:Vid19 crisis it is unknown when the season will resume.
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The organisation was the brainchild of [[Series 78]] champion and [[Countdown in Milton Keynes|.co.mk]] organiser [[Zarte Siempre]] in mid-2015. The team is currently FOCAL chairman is [[Series 76]] semi-finalist [[Jeff Clayton]], organiser of several different tournaments. The previous chairmen were Siempre early 2016 and 2017. and [[Mark Murray]] late 2016.
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==Events on the 2016 calendar==
 
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*[[Countdown in Lincoln]] and [[The Hangover]] on January 30th/31st
 
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*[[Countdown in Bristol]] 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]] on July 23rd
 
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*[[Countdown in Milton Keynes 2016]] on August 20th
 
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*[[Countdown in Dublin]] on September 10th
 
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*[[Countdown in Huddersfield]] on October 8th
 
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*[[Countdown in Glasgow]] and [[CoGlasgowOnThen]] on November 12th/13th
 
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*The Focal Finals in Birmingham on December 3rd
 
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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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==Winners==
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!data-sort-type=number|Season
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!class="name" | Events
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!class="name  | Points leader
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!class="name" | Runner-up
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!Finals
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|-
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![[2016 FOCAL season|2016]]
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|12
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|[[Jack Worsley]]
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|[[Jack Worsley]]
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|[[Giles Hutchings]]
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|[[2016 FOCAL finals|Report]]
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|-
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![[2017 FOCAL season|2017]]
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|12
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|[[Stephen Read]]
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|[[Rob Foster]]
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|[[Jen Steadman]]
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|[[2017 FOCAL finals|Report]]
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|-
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![[2018 FOCAL season|2018]]
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|13
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|[[James Robinson]]
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|[[Jonathan Wynn]]
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|[[Thomas Cappleman]]
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|[[2018 FOCAL finals|Report]]
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|-
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![[2019 FOCAL season|2019]]
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|14
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|[[Callum Todd]]
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|[[Callum Todd]]
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|[[Bradley Horrocks]]
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|[[2019 FOCAL finals|Report]]
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|-
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!''[[2020 FOCAL season|2020]]''
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|''6''
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|''[[Jack Worsley]]''
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|}
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Latest revision as of 15:50, 4 June 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, 2018 Jonathan Wynn and 2019 Callum Todd.

Rated events in 2019 were hosted in Lincoln, Edinburgh, Newcastle, York, London, Cambridge, Halifax, Waterford, Milton Keynes, Dublin, Blackpool, Braintree and Wolverhampton. 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 2019 were in Edinburgh, York, Halifax, Liverpool and Braintree, and more new events in 2020, which include Manchester, however due to the current Co:Vid19 crisis it is unknown when the season will resume.

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


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.

Winners

Season Events Points leader Winner Runner-up Finals
2016 12 Jack Worsley Jack Worsley Giles Hutchings Report
2017 12 Stephen Read Rob Foster Jen Steadman Report
2018 13 James Robinson Jonathan Wynn Thomas Cappleman Report
2019 14 Callum Todd Callum Todd Bradley Horrocks Report
2020 6 Jack Worsley
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