Official Rules

I. Quick Overview

The IFPA European Championship Series is an annual pinball competition with players qualifying throughout the entire calendar year. At the end of each calendar year, the top 32 players with the most WPPR points from the events within the ECS will play for the title of IFPA European Pinball Champion.

II. Competition Details

1. How to qualify

Unlike most tournaments where the qualification process takes place over a couple of days at the tournament site, qualifying for the IFPA European Championship Series is based on results from all of the IFPA endorsed tournaments included within the ECS. One tournament from each country will be included, with the European Pinball Championship also being included in the standings. Utilizing its World Pinball Player Rankings, the IFPA will be tracking results from these ECS events, maintaining a custom ranking made up of those filtered results.

The schedule for the 2014 ECS season is available HERE.

The current standings for the 2014 ECS season are available HERE.

It is the player’s responsibility to make sure they have an email address on file with the IFPA, or they run the risk of not being contacted for participation in the ECS final. Please fill out an IFPA profile to ensure we have a way to contact you. If you see a green check within your profile information on your IFPA profile page, it means we do have a registered email address on file for you.

Additionally, one ECS Final spot will be made available to each country organizing an IFPA Country Championship Series. These spots will go to the highest finisher at that IFPA Country Championship who did not already qualify for the ECS Final through the regular qualifying process. Each Country will move down the list of their Country Championship results as needed to fill the spot should players decline. Currently the (7) Country Championship Series list includes: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Switzlerand and the United Kingdom. All Country Championship exemption spots will be seeded below the top 32 players of the ECS standings based on their WPPR rank as of 1/1/17.

2. Fees

The entry fee into the IFPA ECS Final is EUR50 per participant. This fee goes towards tournament expenses.

III. Format of Matches

1. Seeding of finalists

Once all participants are finalized, the 32 players will be seeded based on their ECS rankings position at the end of the calendar year. In the event that any players are tied with the same amount of ECS WPPR points, we will look at the overall WPPR rank of those players as of the end of that calendar year.

2. Machines Chosen

The games chosen will be based on what is available at the ECS Final host site. Please check back for details closer to the ECS Final date.

3. Head-to-Head Double Elimination Format

Players will be placed in a double elimination bracket once the seedings have been completed.

First round pairings are as follows:

1 vs. 32, 2 vs. 31, 3 vs. 30, 4 vs. 29, etc.

Winners will proceed through the winners side of the bracket, while the losers will move to the loser’s side of the bracket.

Each match on the winner’s side of the bracket will be a best-of-seven. 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.

Each match on the loser’s side of the bracket will be a best-of-five. 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 3 games. A machine may not be played more than once in the same match unless there are less than 5 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.

Each player will have the opportunity for 30 seconds of practice time before starting every game of every match. This is to ensure that both players have a chance to get familiar with the machine.

4. Winners

Winners will receive cash prizes as cash or check during an awards ceremony shortly following the conclusion of all final rounds. Winners need not be present to receive prizes; prizes will be supplied via postal mail if necessary. All taxes are the sole responsibility of winners. Certain tax forms may need to be completed, as directed by tournament officials. All decisions by tournament officials regarding winners and prizes are final.

First Place will also receive the title “IFPA European Pinball Champion”. This title remains in effect until the next annual IFPA European Championship Series, or will expire after two years if the ECS is discontinued.

IV. Rulings and Malfunctions

All rulings and malfunctions will be based on the rules for the IFPA World Pinball Championship. Those are available HERE, starting at Paragraph V. Please ignore any sections above this as that relates to the format of the World Championship.