Wednesday, 2 October 2013

WASPA monthly report file of September 2013

The WASPA monthly report of September 2013 can be found here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B4_PpphlADgVeDFLdUZ6S25DQTQ/edit?usp=sharing

Here are the news of the month:

a) Events in September 

September was a very good month with 20 tournaments taking place. For the very first time, a National Cup as played under WASPA banner. Well done to the guys in ireland and Northern Ireland for the good job. Hopefully it will help to attract more players over there.

We had the first WASPA tournament ever in Portugal with 18 players. SC Flanders (Belgium) hiosted their first WASPA tournament with 14 players in swiss system. We wish welcome to the guys from Toongabbie (Australia) ho also had their first event. The tournament in Penrith (Australia) had players travelling from Canberra, Melbourne and... Chile! Canada had two good events. Italy and England had several tournaments including some events with the old rules and advanced rules. Germany had their "Startes Cup" with players fromd ifferent cities taking part. So at the end WASPA was happy to have events in 11 different countries. Thanks everyone for the support!

Players at the "Starters Cup 2013" in Kamen (Germany)
b) Rankings

Geoffrey Marain (Belgium) is still on top of the ranking and Canada is still extending the lead in the ranking of nations while England is for the first time in the top 5. 902 players (+69) from 32 nations are ranked. There is now a season ranking as suggested by Peter Sexton to give a better idea of how many points are taken during the sports season. Ruben Português (Portugal) is the leader because the tournament in Tires was the only one to have more than 16 entries.

c) WASPA and FISTF 

There are some good news as Luis Horta has resigned as FISTF president and the new president is now Alan Collins from England. FISTF and WASPA have had very constructive talks in the last few days. FISTF will not pu any threat any more and players competitng in WASPA tournaments and nations organizing WASPA events. On the other side, WASPA will encourage the existing clubs to have tournaments also under FISTF banner. We have sent a proposal asking to create tournaments having the double status (WASPA regional & FISTF Satellite) to motivate organizers to have official events. It will hopefully boost interest in some nations (in particular Canada, South Africa and Australia as there are no FISTF tournaments there for years) and hopefully some FISTF nations (Argentina, Japan, Brazil, Denmark,...) will have a few more WASPA events.

d) Useful links 

Here are a few links to check when you have time:

the WASPA blog: http://waspa-circuit.blogspot.com
the WASPA map: http://goo.gl/maps/MP4gu
the WASPA Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/127530464069377/?fref=ts
the WASPA Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/WASPA-World-Amateur-Subbuteo-Players-Association/231789816834700
the FISTF website: http://www.fistf.com
the independant table football forum: http://tablefootball.friendhood.net/

To add tournaments or to send results, please use this e-mail address: vincent.cop@rsca.com

e) Help needed for interviews 

REMINDER:
For the future, we will try to have more interviews on the blog. If you are interested to be interviewed or if you want to interview one of your friends, you cans end a picture to vincent.cop@rsca.com and answer the following 5 questions:
- can you introduce yourself as a player? When did you start playing?
- why do you like subbuteo table football?
- what are your greatest achivements in the game?
- If you had to improve something in table football tournaments, what would it be?
- What are your thoughts about WASPA? Why do you like (or dislike) it?

f) WASPA is waiting your feedback

Any idea on how to improve WASPA is more than welcome. A new season is going to start and we are looking for ideas to get more players involved, more nations taking part and more clubs organizing events. Your ideas to improve things can be sent by e-mail to vincent.cop@rsca.com

g) If some of your friends want to receive the monthly report by e-mail, they can drop a line to vincent.cop@rsca.com to be added in the mailing list

Have a great month!

Vincent Coppenolle