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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.
'''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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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]] and 2017's champion was Rob Foster. Impressively.
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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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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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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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New Events in 2018 are in Newcastle, Cambridge and Blackpool.
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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 69]] contestant and [[.co.mk]] organiser [[Zarte Siempre]] in mid-2015. The team is currently chaired by [[Series 76 Semi-Finalist]] [[Jeff Clayton]], organiser [[Countdown in Bristol]] tournaments. Previous chairman were Zarte Siempre [[2016]] and Mark Murray [[2017]]
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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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Full 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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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 2018 calendar==
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==Winners==
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*[[Countdown in Lincoln 2018]] and [[The Hangover]] on January 27th/28th
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*[[Countdown in Bristol 2018]] on February 24th
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*[[Countdown in Newcastle 2018]] on March 24th '''NEW EVENT'''
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*[[Countdown in Leeds 2018]] on April 21st
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!class="name  | Points leader
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*[[Countdown in London 2018]] on May 12th
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*[[Countdown in Waterford 2018]] on June 2nd
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*[[Countdown in Cambridge 2018]] on June 16th '''NEW EVENT'''
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*[[Countdown in Manchester 2018]] on July 14th
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*[[Countdown in Milton Keynes 2018]] on August 4th
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![[2016 FOCAL season|2016]]
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*[[Countdown in Bournemouth 2018]] on August 18th
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*[[Countdown in Huddersfield 2018]] on September 8th
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|[[Jack Worsley]]
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*[[Countdown in Dublin 2018]] on September 29th
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|[[Jack Worsley]]
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*[[Countdown in Blackpool 2018]] on October 13th '''NEW EVENT'''
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|[[Giles Hutchings]]
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*The FOCAL Finals/[[Countdown in Birmingham 2018]] on November 24th
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|[[2016 FOCAL finals|Report]]
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|[[Stephen Read]]
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|[[Jen Steadman]]
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|[[2017 FOCAL finals|Report]]
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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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|[[Callum Todd]]
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|[[Bradley Horrocks]]
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|[[2019 FOCAL finals|Report]]
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!''[[2020 FOCAL season|2020]]''
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|''[[Jack Worsley]]''
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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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