Endorsement Fee – Payment Walkthrough

Accounts will be tied to email addresses. For tournament directors and league organizers that have used multiple email addresses to submit results to the WPPR system, it is highly recommended that you use ONE email address going forward.

http://www.ifpapinball.com/payment will be the dedicated website for depositing funds into your account. Payments can be made via credit card through Stripe, check or money order (picture below). Further instructions will show the payment process through Stripe.

For payment through Stripe, follow these steps:

Step 1 – Enter the dollar amount you wish to deposit into your account (picture below):

Step 2 – After you click “Pay Fee”, you will be prompted to enter your email address and credit card information (picture below):

Step 3 – Fill out those details, using the email address that is linked to the IFPA calendar submission that was submitted (picture below):

Step 4 – After clicking to Pay the deposit, the blue area will turn to green if successful. You will then be shown that the deposit is complete including a transaction ID number through Stripe (picture below):

That’s it! The funds will be added into your account, and we will begin applying those funds to any results you have submitted into our system that have been approved. We will be keeping a complete history of every ‘in’ and ‘out’ transaction for every tournament director. See picture for an example of that detail:

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Tournament Fee Payment

Starting in 2018, an endorsement fee of $1 per player, per event will now be required for events in North America, to be endorsed by the IFPA and award WPPR points.


How the endorsement fee will work
  •  Endorsement fees are required for each and every event submitted to the IFPA that wishes to receive WPPR points.
  •  The fee is $1 per player per event for endorsement. (For example, 35 participants in an event would mean a $35 endorsement fee)
  •  TDs are responsible for submitting payment to IFPA after results are approved. WPPR points will not be posted until payment has been received by the IFPA. Tournament directors will be able to make deposits into their account via check, money order and Stripe. We will be maintaining a balance for every tournament director under their email address. Funds will be applied to that account when a result is approved by the IFPA. Please use the same email address referenced in the payment details as is used to submit results on the IFPA website so we can put these funds in the appropriate account.
  •  Fees will only be paid based on when results are submitted. For example, a 20 player event that meets monthly is welcome to submit results monthly, and pay $240 for the year. Each monthly event will be awarded WPPR points separately. Organizers are also welcome to pool together individual events into a league, keep their own internal standings for that period of time, and then submit those results annually instead. This would result in an endorsement fee of $20 for the year, however WPPR points would only be awarded one time per year based on that single submission. We leave that flexibility up to the organizers and players within each individual community.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.


Three ways to pay


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Check Or Money Order By Mail.

International Flipper Pinball Association
Attn: Josh Sharpe
1537 N. Kaspar Ave.
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Check Or Money Order In Person
IFPA officials:

  • Josh Sharpe
  • Zach Sharpe
  • Brian Shepherd
  • Brian Woodard
  • Adam Becker


Note: We cannot accept Cash as payment. All credit card processing is handled by Stripe. We do not store any Credit Card information on the IFPA servers.

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Tournament Fee Submitted!

We have received your tournament fee deposit. Once approved, we will apply it to any tournament balances you may have. Any leftover funds will be used for future tournaments that are submitted under your account.

Thank you for taking the time to hold pinball tournaments and your support!

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An Empirical Evaluation of the IFPA Endorsement Fee

blog post courtesy of Phillip Grimaldi

The purpose of this analysis is to provide a data driven perspective on the impact of the IFPA’s recent announcement to charge $1.00/per player for every tournament submission. My approach was to examine the 2016 calendar year as a proxy for determining the impact in future years. The data for this analysis was obtained directly from the IFPA via their API. Analysis code and data files are available at my github repository. Readers are encouraged to report errors by contacting me directly or by submitting a pull request in github.

Click HERE for the details.

2018-19 State Championship Series – Endorsement Fee and Prize Pool adjustment

The IFPA has set a goal to increase the prestige of the State and National level Championships.

To serve that purpose, starting on 1/1/18, the IFPA is implementing an endorsement fee that will be required for any event that wishes to be counted as part of the IFPA World Pinball Player Rankings. Please note this is for North American events ONLY.

The fees collected will be used to exclusively create individually self funding prize pools for the State Championship Series in the US and Provincial Championship Series in Canada for the 2018-19 season.

Below is how the endorsement fee will work:
  • Endorsement fees are required for each an every event submitted to the IFPA that wishes to receive WPPR points. 
  • The fee is $1 per player per event for endorsement. (For example, 35 participants in an event would mean a $35 endorsement fee)
  • TDs are responsible for submitting payment to IFPA after results are approved. WPPR points will not be posted until payment has been received by the IFPA. A dedicated page on the IFPA site will be available for TDs to make these payments.
  • Fees are 100% payback –> 75% contributes towards the relevant individual State/Province Championship prize pool, 25% contributes towards the National Championship prize pool.
  • Fees will only be collected based on when results are submitted. For example, a 20 player event that meets monthly is welcome to submit results monthly, and pay $240 for the year. However, that event is also welcome to run their own series of events every month and then report those final results to the IFPA annually instead. This would result in an endorsement fee of $20 for the year. We leave that flexibility up to the organizers and players within each individual community.
This program enables organizers to proportionally contribute to their own State and the National prize pool. With the activity of each state varying so greatly, as well as organizers and sizes of events, each event will only be required to subsidize a proportional amount. As a historical example, the money that would have been collected for all endorsed events in Illinois during the 2016 year was $1217. These fees would then generate $913 for the Illinois State Championship prize pool along with $304 being generated for the National Championship prize pool.

A preliminary prize structure would payout all 16 participants of every State Championship, along with all of the finalists of the National Championship.

We anticipate questions regarding the implementation of this program, the biggest being how the $1 will be funded for tournaments. We understand that different communities have different priorities in terms of recruiting and retaining new players, so we are not proscribing where the fee comes from. We have purposely made it flexible so that everyone can implement it as they see fit for their needs:

Option 1 –> Location and/or operator funds this $1 fee for the event. For those events in public locations a TD may request this of the location. For example if 20 players show up for a monthly tournament, the location may commit to sponsoring the $20 IFPA endorsement fee knowing that the earnings of the games played that tournament night will easily cover that fee.

Option 2 –> TD’s can take the endorsement fee out of the prize pool. For example, if 20 players show up for a monthly, with an entry fee of $5 per player, and prizes of 50%/30%/20% to the top 3 finishers, instead of the prize pool being $50/$30/$20 for the top 3 finishers, it would be $40/$24/$16 for the top 3 finishers.

Option 3 –> TD’s can increase their entry fee by $1 to cover the endorsement fee. For example, if 20 players show up for a monthly with an entry fee of $5 per player, the TD would charge $6 per player. The prize pool would then continue to be made up of the $100 in entry fees.

Option 4 –> Find your own plan. Kickstarter? Patreon? GoFundMe? Outside sponsorship? TDs can come up with other funding options if they choose, we just wanted to list some examples.

April 2nd update: 

While we have had our share of April 1st fun over the past few years, this announcement is 100% real and will be implemented for the 2018 season. Looking forward to a spirited discussion over the next 9 months before it launches.


Stern Pinball looking for player feedback!

Stern Pinball is looking for some feedback from the IFPA player community on their latest designs.

If you have a chance, please check out the survey here:


Please rank the previous 6 Stern releases, 1 being the best, 6 being the worst.





The Stern of the Union – September 2018

Sponsored blog post courtesy of Stern Pinball

The Stern of the Union Address will be on the first Tuesday of every month (holiday and vacation pending!). To read the full recap, please visit –http://www.sternpinball.com/…/stern-of-the-union-september-…

Here are a few highlights:

– Deadpool Pinball official Stern Army launch parties as well as the Premium/LE live stream with Dead Flip : Pinball Streaming Jack Danger!

– The Stern Army continues to grow with members spreading the word of pinball across the globe. Welcome Private Chuck Gardner of Maryland (Mom’s Organic Market), Private Carolyn Dawson of Oklahoma (Cactus Jack’s Family Fun Center), Private Chris Wamsley of Ohio (Actual Brewing Co.), Privates David and Leeann DeSloover of Michigan (Beek’s Bar & Grille), Private David Morris of Winnipeg, Canada (Half Pins Brewing) and Private Daniel Halpain of Texas (Flippers Tavern).
For more information or to become a part of the Stern Army, please reach out to SternArmy@sternpinball.com

– Stern in Brazil.

– Stern Army Iron Maiden Legacy of the Beast Tournament! Stern Pinball, Iron Maiden and the IFPA – International Flipper Pinball Association are teaming up to sponsor a Stern Army High-Score Tournament on Iron Maiden Pro, Premium and LE pinball machines. Players can enter by participating in any IFPA-sanctioned Stern Army events that include Iron Maiden in the tournament. For full details on this exciting tournament visit – https://www.ifpapinball.com/maiden/ 
– Congrats to Adam Becker for winning the Buffalo Pinball Summer Open and to Raymond Davidson for winning the NW Pinball Championships Stern Pro Circuit events! The next Stern Pro Circuit events will be the Cleveland Pinball and Arcade Show (September 6-9) and the Vancouver Flip-Out Tournaments (September 6-9).

For full details on the Stern Pro Circuit and to keep up with the current standings, please visit – https://www.ifpapinball.com/circuit/

– This month’s Stern Spotlight featuring another Sharpe in the world!

IFPA North American Championship Series – June 2018 Update!

We’re halfway through the 2018-19 IFPA North American Championship Series season, and we couldn’t be more excited about how this season is shaping up.

We currently have 51 States and Provinces included in the NACS with over 11,000 players participating. This will all culminate in the various IFPA State Championship and Provincial Championship finals held across the continent. These finals will all be held simultaneously on January 19th, 2019, with over 1000 finalists competing for not only a State/Provincial Championship title, but also a spot in the IFPA North American Pinball Championship.

New for this year, we have currently collected over $40,000 in endorsement fees across the 1870 events that have been played in North America so far this year. Also new is the establishment of “Super States” which will expand the number of qualifiers from 16 to 24. Any State/Province with at least 400 unique players and 100 unique events will be eligible. So far through half the year we’ve already seen 4 States hit this level (Washington, Michigan, Ohio and Texas).

View the current NACS standings and prize money distribution HERE.

A reminder that the official satellite spots for the IFPA16 World Pinball Championship will come from the 2018-19 IFPA North American Pinball Championship, and the 2018-19 IFPA European Pinball Championship. The highest finisher in each final that has not yet qualified for IFPA16 will win a free spot into the World Championship.


Stern Pro Circuit Championship to become 5th Major Championship

While pinball has had many prestigious events over the years, whether it was the Pinball Expo Flip-Out tournaments of the 90’s, Pinburgh of the early 00’s, and the Doubles and Team events held at the IFPA and PAPA World Championships of the 90’s, the IFPA has limited what we consider the current Grand Slam of Major Championships. These Majors include the IFPA World Pinball Championship, PAPA World Pinball Championships, European Pinball Championships and Pinburgh Match Play Championship.

As the landscape of competitive pinball continues to evolve, events outside of these Grand Slam events have proven to hit a level of prestige among the player community that the IFPA thinks should be recognized. This event is the current Stern Pro Circuit Championship (previously the PAPA Circuit Final).

There’s no doubt the individual events on the Stern/PAPA Circuit have seen a positive impact specifically due to being on this circuit. The level of prestige for all of these events over the past 6 years have been increased. The IFPA feels it’s only right that the culmination of this circuit deserves a seat at the table among the most prestigious events competitive pinball has to offer.

While we typically don’t make WPPR point adjustments during the year, we feel so strongly about the inclusion of the Circuit Final as one of pinball’s Major Championship, if not the MOST PRESTIGIOUS Major Championships of them all, that we’re putting this change in immediately. All previous PAPA Circuit Final events will receive a multiplier of 1.5X the calculated tournament value.

April 2nd update . . .

While undecided as to whether this was going to be an April Fools Joke or not, we figured it was best to let the past champions of the Circuit Final decide the fate of whether it should be considered a Major. Thanks to the finalists who participated in our survey. Here were those results:

Daniele Acciari – NO
Keith Elwin – NO
Jorian Engelbrektsson – NO
Zach Sharpe – NO

By a vote of 4-1 . . . the Circuit Final will NOT be a considered a Major.

IFPA Heads-Up Pinball Championship Overview

The 2019 IFPA Heads-Up Pinball Championship is scheduled for Sunday, March 10th, 2019 at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago, IL. The Heads-Up Pinball Championship coincides with the Stern Pro Circuit Final held the Saturday of that weekend.

Below you will find important information about the tournament including how to qualify, tournament format, prize breakdown and more! Any questions please contact the IFPA at ifpapinball@gmail.com.


Bottom Lounge
1375 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607

The tournament is open for anyone to participate in. Registration will be open through March 1, 2019 at a fee of $100 per player.




The event will be a 3-strike event made up of head-to-head matches. Each match will be a best-of-3 match on the machine drawn at random.

The matches will consist of Head-to-Head Challenges being played out simultaneously on two different machines of the same title. Whichever player completes the challenge first is declared the winner for that game. Matches will be played on games chosen at random by tournament directors.


Entry fee is $100 per player. All entry fees will be paid back in cash, trophies and additional prizes. Cancellations are refunded 50% of their registration fee. Any excess funds from player refunds will be added to the prize pool.

Click HERE to register.



1st place – NIB Stern Pro Pinball Machine + trophy + title of IFPA Heads-Up Pinball Champion
2nd place – 24% of the cash pot + trophy
3rd place – 16% of the cash pot + trophy
4th place – 12% of the cash pot + trophy
5th through 8th place – 6% of the cash pot each
9th through 16th place – 3% of the cash pot each


Sunday, March 10th, 10am-6pm –> TOURNAMENT BEGINS – NO BREAKS THROUGHOUT


Please contact the IFPA at ifpapinball@gmail.com with any questions or comments you may have.

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