Lambo Posted January 26, 2022 Share Posted January 26, 2022 (edited) After liaising with our IFPA State Reps and National Directors, we can officially announce details of the 2022-23 IFPA Australian Championship Series (ACS) and State Championships. With COVID still being a big issue at the moment, the decision was made to scale back the Main Event slightly and we reverting back to the same format as the 2020 ACS that was held on the Gold Coast. That being said however, there will be two ways in which a player will be able to qualify for the 2022-23 ACS, which will be detailed below. Full details for how each State Championship and the ACS will be contested will be posted on the IFPA website in the coming days/weeks (link to be supplied shortly) ALL IFPA endorsed events held within Australia in 2022 with the $1 fee paid and where WPPRs are earned will be eligible for ACS qualifying. Any events that have already been held in the 2022 calendar as at the time of this post will be retroactively applied. The fees collected will be allocated to the prize pool of that state (70%), prize pool of the Australian Championship (20%), with 10% of the fees being withheld to cover processing fees related to those payments. Full information can be found on the IFPA website here: http://ifpapinball.com/series/acs/2022/ 2022 STATE/TERRITORY CHAMPIONSHIPS At the end of the calendar year, the Top 16 (or 24) ranked players with the most WPPRs earned in each eligible state will be able to contest the IFPA State Championship in that area. Each State or Territory's Championship will be contested on the same day throughout the country, currently slated for Saturday, February 4, 2023. It is more than likely that players will have earned points in more than one state, however as each state's final will be taking place on the same day, they will only be able to participate in one State Championship and cannot win multiple State titles. It is also possible for someone to win a State Championship title for a state or territory that they do not live in. For a state to hold a Top 24 event, they must hold at least 50 unique events, with at least 200 unique players. All State Championships will be contested under a best-of-seven (7), head-to-head, single elimination format. All finalists for their State Championships will be seeded according to their best 20 WPPR results from that state. The higher seeded player will have choice of machine or position for the 1st game, with the loser of each subsequent game having choice of machine or order, until someone has won 4 games. A machine may not be played more than once in the same match unless there are less than 7 machines available. If that is the case, only after all machines have been chosen can either player select that game to be played for a second time within the same match. Once a player verbally announces their game choice, or chooses position, that decision will be locked in and cannot be changed. The Top 4 finalists once all matches are complete will be invited to attend the 2022-23 ACS event, to be held at the Moorooka Bowls Club in Brisbane, as part of the Australian Championship weekend, Thursday 4th May - Sunday 7th May. The winner of each State Championship will also be crowned as a IFPA State/Territory Pinball Champion. (NSW, for example, would be IFPA NSW State Pinball Champion). Current standings for each State can be found here: http://ifpapinball.com/series/acs/2022/standings.php Any state with 16 finalists will have the following payout structure: 1st place – 30% of the prize pool 2nd place – 18% of the prize pool 3rd place – 12% of the prize pool 4th place – 8% of the prize pool 5th through 8th place – 4% of the prize pool each 9th through 16th place – 2% of the prize pool each Any state with 24 finalists will have the following payout structure: 1st place – 28% of the prize pool 2nd place – 16% of the prize pool 3rd place – 10% of the prize pool 4th place – 6% of the prize pool 5th through 8th place – 4% of the prize pool each 9th through 16th place – 2% of the prize pool each 17th through 24th place – 1% of the prize pool each 2022-23 AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Once all State Championships and Top 4 from each state have been determined, the remainder of the field will be made up from the next eligible Top 24 WPPR earners from their overall best 20 results nationally. There will be a total of 48 players for the ACS. The 2022-23 event will be contested exactly the same as the 2020 ACS final on the Gold Coast. The 2022-23 ACS final will be contested over 2 days on Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th May at Moorooka Bowls Club in Brisbane, QLD. Qualifying rounds will all be done on the Saturday, with finals to take place on Sunday. Once all 48 finalists have been determined, they will be broken into 3 separate pools of 16 players, with seedings based on everyone's best 20 WPPR results nationally. Pool A : 1,6,7,12,13,18,19,24,25,30,31,36,37,42,43,48. Pool B : 2,5,8,11,14,17,20,23,26,29,32,35,38,41,44,47. Pool C : 3,4,9,10,15,16,21,22,27,28,33,34,39,40,45,46. There will be 5 rounds with 3 matches per round. Each player will be grouped with each other player in their pool exactly once. The top 5 players from each pool will advance to the elimination stage. In addition, a wild card entry will be given to the best 6th placed finisher. Ties for qualifying positions will be resolved by a one game playoff. Players failing to advance from a playoff within their pool will remain eligible for any playoff for the wild card. 2022-23 ACS FINALS The elimination stage will consist of best-of-five (5), head-to-head, single elimination matches. Players will be ranked by most pool stage points, then most ACS qualifying points. In each round, the highest-ranked player will play the lowest-ranked player, the second-highest-ranked player will play the second-lowest-ranked player, and so on. The higher-ranked player in a match will get choice of machine from all available games for game 1. Choice will then alternate. The other player in the match will get to choose player order. No machine will be played more than once in the same match. A 3rd & 4th place consolation final will be played in a best-of-three match. This process will continue until there is one remaining player in the tournament, who will be declared the winner. The winner be crowned with the title of IFPA Australian Pinball Champion and will also receive a trophy and a cash prizes (value to be determined and posted soon). The prize package will be determined based on the endorsement fees collected over the calendar year. All participants who make the final 16 in the IFPA Australian Pinball Championship will be paid out. Here is the prize pool breakdown: 1st place – 30% of the prize pool + Trophy + Title of “IFPA Australian Pinball Champion” 2nd place – 18% of the prize pool + Trophy 3rd place – 12% of the prize pool + Trophy 4th place – 8% of the prize pool 5th through 8th place – 4% of the prize pool each 9th through 16th place – 2% of the prize pool each Dan Robar, Jason Lambert and Jimmy Nails IFPA Country Directors for Australia <https://www.ifpapinball.com/> Edited January 28 by Lambo Added links to IFPA ACS Standings 7 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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