IFPA World Pinball Championship field to expand!

Launched in 2008, the new IFPA World Pinball Championship had one primary goal . . . invite the best players from all around the globe to battle it out for a chance at the World Pinball Champion title.

This event had been limited to 64 players since it was started. During the 2007 qualifying season the IFPA sanctioned 309 events with roughly 2500 players competing around the globe for these 64 spots.

Twelve years later, if we look at the 2019 qualifying season that was used to determine the 64 spots for the IFPA17 World Pinball Championship, there’s no doubt that the landscape of competitive pinball has expanded greatly. The IFPA sanctioned 7591 events during the season, with over 24,000 players actively competing that season.

We are excited to announce that starting with the IFPA18 World Pinball Championship (scheduled for Germany in 2023), the IFPA World Pinball Championship field will expand to 80 players.

We will continue to offer two Country Exemption spots for each eligible country. We will also continue to reserve one spot for the 2022-23 IFPA North American Pinball Championship and one spot for the 2022-23 IFPA European Pinball Championship. These satellite spots will be open for any player ranked in the World Pinball Player Rankings as of the end of 2022 that did not qualify for the IFPA World Pinball Championship through the automatic bid process.

As part of this expansion, the IFPA is also excited to announce that a spot will be reserved for the highest finisher at the IFPA Women’s World Pinball Championship who did not qualify for the IFPA World Pinball Championship through the automatic bid process.

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April 2nd update . . .

No joking here, this change will be happening! With this field expansion the IFPA is excited to give President Josh Sharpe a lower cut-line to chase, which hopefully makes his chances of qualifying a bit easier.

One response to “IFPA World Pinball Championship field to expand!”

  1. Gorgar says:

    Worst April fools ever

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