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2020–22 FOCAL season

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The 2020–22 FOCAL season is the current season of FOCAL.

The season was heavily disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and most tournaments were cancelled.

Changes from 2019

The main change between 2019 and 2020–22 was the move to a new scoring system, following complaints the previous system was heavily biased in favour of middling performances at big tournaments over superstar performances at smaller ones. Whilst a distinction over the number of entrants was retained, such a bias was the basis of the new system, designed by Gevin, and uses the formula of (1 − [position] ÷ ([players] + 1)) × 1000. For an event that has 50 entrants, therefore, the winner now receives 980 points.

Original 2020 calendar

Manchester returned to the calendar after no event in 2018 and 2019 there, whilst Edinburgh moved to later in the year. A Leeds event returned, but would be played using Goatdown rather than standard Countdown. A new event in Peterborough was planned, replacing the Cambridge event.

Cancelled events due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Several events, usually on the calendar, had not been announced prior to the pandemic, and it is therefore unknown whether they would have been continued or not. Several events were cancelled owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Events in West Yorkshire and Blackpool were planned and announced during the summer 2020 relaxation of restrictions, but had to be cancelled due to the onset of the second wave over the 2020–21 winter.

It has been confirmed that 2020, 2021, and 2022 will merge, rather than 2020 being cancelled outright. This meant that some events will take place up to three times over the course of the championship: Waterford (twice) was able to go ahead between February 2020 and August 2021.

COLIN was initially planned in its usual January slot for 2021, but was postponed initially to May 2021, before being cancelled outright as an event. As COLIN has adopted a roman numeral numbering system since COLIN X in 2014, the COLIN XVII name and its "hangover" spin-off are shown here as being postponed to January 2022, rather than being cancelled.

Events

Round Event Location Date Entrants Winner
1 COLIN XVI Lincoln 25 January 2020 46 Jonathan Wynn
2 COLIN XVI: The Hangover Lincoln 26 January 2020 34 Jack Worsley
3 Co:Man2020 Manchester 15 February 2020 33 Tom Carey
CoNuT 2020 Newcastle 28 March 2020
Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
CO:York 2020 York 18 April 2020
Co:LON 2020 London 16 May 2020
CoPet Peterborough 6 June 2020
CoEdi5 Edinburgh 27 June 2020
4 Co:Wat?! 2020 Waterford 15 August 2020 21 Edward Byrne
Co:WY 2020 West Yorkshire 5 September 2020
Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Co Blackpool 2020 Blackpool 10 October 2020
Goat:Leeds 2020 Leeds 7 November 2020
2020 FOCAL finals
CoPet 2021 Peterborough 12 June 2021
5 Co:Wat?! 2021 Waterford 24 July 2021 22 Edward Byrne
6 Co-Blackpool 2021 Blackpool 14 August 2021 55 Bradley Horrocks
7 Co:Braintree 2021 Braintree 13 November 2021 25 Rob Foster
2021 FOCAL finals December 2021
Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
8 COLIN XVII Lincoln 29 January 2022
9 COLIN XVII: The Hangover Lincoln 30 January 2022
10 Countdown in Manchester 2022 Manchester 26 February 2022
11 Co:Lon 2022 London 9 April 2022 52 Rob Foster
GF 2022 FOCAL finals tbc tbc
* COLIN XVII was originally scheduled for January 2021, but was postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Points table

Pos. Entrant 2020 2021 2022 Points
LIN LHO MAN WAT WAT BLA BRA LIN LHO MAN LON
1 Eddy Byrne 6 13 1 1 8 2 5190
2 Callum Todd 3 3 6 7 7 4269
3 Thomas Carey 11 5 1 13 5 4162
4 Jack Worsley 2 1 2 6 3762
5 James Haughton 13 2 3 2 3542
6 James Robinson 32 11 4 3 13 3313
7 Bradley Horrocks 12 4 16 1 3142
8 Rob Foster 5 4 1 2783
9 Thomas Cappleman 4 6 3 2624
10 Zubair Patel 15 10 9 30 2594
11 Tracey Mills 16 14 23 14 2334
12 George Armstrong 39 25 20 9 14 2147
13 Dave Ryan 25 16 14 26 2124
14 Paul Worsley 23 7 15 43 2102
15 Anthony Endsor 22 11 15 1940
16 Brendan Duke 2 2 1822
17 Graeme Cole 9 18 12 1815
18 Paul Anderson 17 19 18 1774
19 Matthew Brockwell 5 4 1751
20 Gevin Chapwell 18 9 17 1680
21 Suzy Turner 40 21 19 17 1672
22 Dinos Sfyris 7 10 1672
23 Fiona Titcombe 29 31 26 32 16 1521
24 Sean Lonergan 5 6 1512
25 Jonathan Wynn 1 17 1493
26 Jeff Clayton 14 26 29 24 1481
27 Jon O'Neill 10 8 1467
28 Stewart Gordon 33 20 16 1441
29 Jessamine O'Connor 8 5 1419
30 Chris Marshall 38 21 24 42 18 1401
31 Michelle Jackson 6 8 1379
32 Jonathan De Souza 21 7 1347
33 Jennifer Steadman 20 8 1345
34 Stephen Read 10 22 1313
35 Tim Hebbes 24 29 9 1300
36 Phil Stanton 30 34 25 20 1299
37 Andy Platt 25 11 1261
38 Matt Bayfield 19 12 1253
39 Kevin Jackson 7 11 1204
40 Sam Prouse 27 24 15 1140
41 Mark McDonnell 11 10 1065
42 Roger Stevens 10 12 1023
43 Tim Down 31 15 911
44 Finola Jackson 12 13 890
45 Troy Prendergast 3 870
46 Hazel Drury 3 864
47 Richard Williams 5 853
48 Elaine McCormick Dunne 17 10 836
49 Conor Travers 8 830
50 Gerry Tynan 4 826
51 Damian McEvoy 4 818
52 Elliott Mellor 12 786
53 Joseph Bartram 44 11 774
54 Chris Kirby 8 765
55 Jack Hurst 6 760
56 James Burley 23 22 709
57 Alan O'Sullivan 7 696
58 Adam Dexter 30 24 689
59 Robin McKay 19 661
60 Jamie Rawson 12 647
61 Rachael Montgomery 21 625
62 Liam Holton 15 16 622
63 Kai Laddiman 13 618
64 Ruth Cappleman 10 600
65 Shane Heylin 9 591
66 MS Rutherford 35 20 575
67 Darren Godfrey 25 554
68 Nathan Pace 21 48 525
69 Phil Hannan 27 518
70 Phil Hulme 17 500
71 Stu Harkness 28 500
72 Ned Pendleton 35 27 484
73 Martin Thomas 18 471
74 Adam Latchford 30 464
75 Jerry Humphreys 37 28 413
76 Paul Welsh 33 411
77 Tom Drohan 13 409
78 Matt Morrison 28 404
79 Liam T Davis 18 18 399
80 Ashwin Abinashi 34 393
81 Sarah Tynan 14 391
82 Rachel Perkins 46 23 55 382
83 George Drury 14 364
84 Coral Heath 36 357
85 Matty Artell 22 353
86 Sarah Langan 15 348
87 David Hilton 29 45 343
88 Fiona Thorne 37 339
89 Callum Carton 28 47 337
90 Alan Jones 38 321
91 Dan Byrom 39 304
92 Mike Springett 44 30 23 287
93 Jason Turner 40 286
94 Mike Brown 34 277
95 Clodagh Irish 16 273
96 Fred W 41 268
97 Mary Grehan 17 261
98 Mark Mills 41 33 32 244
99 Jill Thwaites 19 240
100 Heather Badcock 36 234
101 Ben Mills 42 32 33 221
102 Sam Hodkin 27 206
103 Steven Grady 46 179
104 Annalisa Byrne 19 174
105 Eeshan Malhotra 21 160
106 Mary McDonald 19 136
107 Annette Martin 20 130
108 Taz Turner 49 125
109 Chloe Jones 50 107
110 Richard Finnegan 20 91
111 Lesley Anne Jeavons 51 89
112 Jacob Coventry-Peters 31 88
113 Dick Winters 21 87
114 James Laverty 43 85
115 Tasneem Rana 52 71
116 Mike Brailsford 53 54
117 Sabrina Fleming 21 45
118 Mo Fakhar Usman 22 43
119 Steve Hawdon 45 43
120 Dave Lord 54 36
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Top 10 finish
Blue Other finish
White Did not participate