HOW DO YOU QUALIFY TO PLAY IN IFPA 6?
Automatic Bid Qualification
Unlike most tournaments where the qualification process takes place over
a couple of days, qualifying for the IFPA World Championship takes place
all year. Utilizing it’s World Pinball Player Rankings, the IFPA will
use the January 1st, 2009 rankings to determine the qualifiers for IFPA
6. The tournament field will consist of 64 players in total. The top 2
ranked players from each country as of 1/1/2009 will receive an
automatic qualifying spot into the tournament. Should either of the top
2 players not be able to attend, that country exemption will move down
the country ranking list until it is is filled. The rest of the field
will be made up of the most highly ranked players from the WPPR list,
until we have filled 60 spots. For players that cannot attend, spots
will be filled by going down the rankings list.
EPC 2009 Satellite Qualification
The 2009 European Pinball Championship will serve as a satellite event
for players not yet qualified for IFPA 6. The 4 remaining spots will be
up for grabs at the 2009 EPC. This satellite event will be open for any
player ranked in the World Pinball Player Rankings as of the end of
2008, but did not qualify for IFPA 6 through the automatic bid process.
WHAT GAMES WILL BE USED IN THE TOURNAMENT?
Tournament games will consist of 16 EM machines (pre-1978), 16 Solid
State machines (1978-1990), and 16 DMD machines (1991-present). The game
list will be published prior to the tournament so participants have
plenty of time to get familiar with game rules and develop a strategy
FIRST ROUND OF PLAY
The first round will consist of 8 sessions. Players will be divided into
groups of 4 and will play one machine chosen at random from each era.
First grouping will be 1/32/33/64, etc. Scoring will be 7-5-3-1 for all
matches. Following each session players will be put into new groups
based off of the most up to date standings. Starting with session #2
through session #8, groups will be divided by the following: Session 2:
same as round 1 Session 3: 1-16-17-32, 2-15-18-31, etc, also
33-48-49-64, 34-47-50-63, etc. Session 4: same as round 3 Session 5:
1-8-9-16, 2-7-10-15, etc, also 17-24-25-32, 18-23-26-31, etc. Session 6:
same as round 5 Session 7: 1-4-5-8, 2-3-6-7, 9-12-13-16, 10-11-14-15,
etc. Session 8: 1-2-3-4, 5-6-7-8, etc. At the conclusion of the 8th
session, 32 players will advance to the final round.
MATCH PLAY MADNESS
The top 32 players from the First Round will be seeded based on their 8
session point total, and put into a bracket. Players seeded 1-8 will
receive 2 byes, while players seeded 9-16 will receive 1 bye through the
initial match play round. Players seeded 17 through 32 will battle in
the initial round to see who advances to play those players seeded 9
through 16. Final rounds will be a best 4 out of 7 single elimination
tournament. Each player will choose an EM, SS and DMD machine. Should
the match be tied after these 6 games, the match will move to ‘Sudden
Death’. This will be a best of 3 match where any of the remaining
machines are available to be chosen. 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. Winner advances to
the next round, while the loser is eliminated.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Entry fee is US$200 per player, which would be prepaid prior to the
event. Players may purchase a t-shirt as well for an additional US$20.
$50 from each entry fee will be put towards helping pay tournament
expenses, while the remaining entry fees will be paid back in cash
PRIZE PACKAGE (based on a full field)
1st place – US$1000 + NIB Stern game + title of IFPA World Champion(approx $5000)
2nd place – US$2500
3rd place – US$1250
4th place – US$750
5th place – US$450
6th place – US$400
7th place – US$350
8th place – US$300
9th through 16th place – US$150 each
17th through 32nd place – US$75 each
PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday –> 10am-midnight
Saturday –> 10am-midnight
Sunday –> 10am-2pm (Final 8 playoff – no breaks)
Please contact the IFPA at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments you may have.