German Championship Series – Official Rules

Official rules


1. Summary

The IFPA German Championship Series is an annual pinball competition where the qualification is done over a whole calendar year (from 1st Jan till 31st Dec; excepting 2016; here we start with the German Pinball Open in May). All results of the IFPA recognized tournaments held in Germany are considered for the qualification of the IFPA German Championship Series Final. At the beginning of the next calendar year the Final will be played by the 32 best players from the qualification and the champion is appointed.

2. Competition Details

2.1. Qualification

Unlike most tournaments where the qualification process takes place over a couple of days at the tournament site, qualifying for the IFPA German Championship Series is based on results from all of the IFPA endorsed tournaments held in Germany (within every sidetournament).

In the event that any players are tied with the same amount of GCS ranking points, we will look at their best event(s) until the tie can be resolved.

If any of the top 32 players are unable to participate, vacant places will be made available for the next best players who qualified in places 33+.

Everyone who is qualified for the tournament can participate (no limitation based on the nationality).

The slot for the IFPA European Championship Series is reserved for the best player in the Final, who is listed in the WPPR for Germany without being direct qualified for the ECS Finals.

2.2. Scoring

For each player, the total sum of WPPR scores received for the tournaments count toward the German Championship Series.

2.3. Fees

The entry fee for each event is determined by the organizers. The entry fee for the IFPA GCS Final is 20 Euro per participant. A possibly remaining entry fee will be donated to the organization “Ärzte ohne Grenzen” (

2.4. Finals Format

All players will play the first round in Swiss Mode about 18 games.

The 8 best players will progress to the next round. If two or more players have the same points, a playoff will follow (one player game on one pinball machine, highest score(s) win(s)).

Second round will be played as single elimination in best-of-3 mode. The pairings are: 1 vs. 8; 2 vs. 7; 3 vs. 6 and 4 vs. 5. The higher ranked player chooses the first and (if necessary) third machine and has to start the match. The other player chooses the second table and has to start the game.

The winners of the semifinal will progress to the final round. The losers play a single game on one machine for places 5 to 8.

The final round will be played with 4 players on 3 pinball machines. Points as follows:
Winner: 4 points
Second: 2 points
Third: 1 point
Fourth: 0 points

After the three games we have the winner of the IFPA German Championship Series. If there is a tie, a decision game follows on one machine.

The final machines will be selected by the Tournament Director, Country Director or a selected referee after the first round.

For the final round (only semifinal and final; not for the game rank 5 to 8) each player will have the opportunity for 30 seconds of practice time before starting every game of every match. This is to ensure that all players have a chance to get familiar with the machine.

3. Malfunctions and Rulings

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.

The IFPA German Championship Series was devised by IFPA Germany.
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