2020–22 FOCAL season
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.
|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||—||—|
|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|
|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.