2020–21 FOCAL season
The 2020–21 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 2020–21 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.
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. 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 after the re-opening of pubs in the UK, but had to be cancelled. It has been suggested that 2020 and 2021 will merge, rather than 2020 being cancelled outright.
|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|
|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|
|Co Blackpool 2020||Blackpool||10 October 2020|
|Goat:Leeds 2020||Leeds||7 November 2020|
|2020 FOCAL finals||—||—|
|COLIN XVII||Lincoln||29 May 2021*|
|COLIN XVII: The Hangover||Lincoln||30 May 2021*|
|5||CoPet 2021 (name tbc)||Peterborough||12 June 2021|
|6||Co:Wat?! 2021||Waterford||24 July 2021|
|7||Co-Blackpool 2021||Blackpool||14 August 2021|
|GF||2021 FOCAL finals||tbc||tbc|
- * COLIN XVII was postponed rather than cancelled, but was moved to being outside of the season.