- Quick overview
The IFPA Italian Championship Series is an annual pinball competition with players qualifying throughout specific events during the entire calendar year. At the end of each calendar year, the top 16 players with the most points (see below) will play for the title of IFPA Italian Pinball Champion. The final will be held shortly in the new year in January or February. If any of the top 16 players, but with a important news: only the first 15 players gain the qualification for Final Match. Istead, from 16th until 32th position, players play on a bracket where only 1 winner is crowned: that player moves on final match on position number 16. In this mode, Ifpa Italia want increase value of this tournament and players partecipation.
- Competition details
- 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 Italian Championship Series is based on results from a series of IFPA endorsed tournaments in Italy. Utilizing the points system below, the IFPA will be tracking results from these ICS events, maintaining a custom ranking. The schedule for the 2022 ICS season is available here.
The current standings for the 2022 ICS season are available here.
- Point system
The winner of each event will receive 100 points with points awarded to the top 30 positions in accordance with the table below. The only exception is the Italian Pinball Open (IPO) where the winner will receive 150 points with points awarded the top 50 positions in accordance with the table below.
The entry fee for each event will depend upon the organizers. The entry fee into the IFPA ICS Final is 25 Euro for participant (maximum: 32 partecipants)
III. Format of Matches
- Seeding of finalist
Once all participants are finalized, the top 16 players will be seeded based on their ICS rankings position at the end of the calendar year. In the event that any players are tied with the same amount of ICS ranking points, then we will look at their best event(s) until the tie can be resolved.
- Machines Chosen
To be decided. They will depend on the location chosen for the ICS finals.
- Head-to-Head Single Elimination Format
Players from 16th to 32th position will be placed before in a single elimination bracket named ‘GROUP A’ once the seedings have been completed.
Players 16-32 play a bracket where only 1 winner is crowned – that player moves on final match
Players 1-15 from the ICS 2022 qualification rounds, plus the Group A winner play in the Championship bracket
First round of Championship Bracket pairings are as follows:
1 vs. 16, 2 vs. 15, 3 vs. 14, 4 vs. 13,
5 vs. 12, 6 vs. 11, 7 vs. 10, 8 vs. 9
Second round pairings are as follows:
1/16 winner vs. 8/9 winner, 2/15 winner vs. 7/10 winner,
3/14 winner vs. 6/11 winner, 4/13 winner vs. 5/12 winner
Third round pairings are as follows:
1/8/9/16 winner vs. 4/5/12/13 winner, 2/7/10/15 winner vs. 3/6/11/14 winner
Fourth round pairing are as follows:
Two winners of round 3 play for the ICS Championship
Two losers of round 3 play in the Consolation Final for 3rd/4th place.
Each match will be a best-of-seven. The higher seeded player will have choice position for the 1st game, with the loser of each subsequent game having choice of order, until someone has won 4 games. A machine may not be played more than once in the same match. 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. The winner of the match advances to the next round, while the loser is eliminated. The 3rd/4th place Consolation Final will be played as a best-of-three instead of a best-of-seven like all other rounds, using the same rules.
Top 4 Winners will receive prizes and trophies.