Swiss Championship Series – Official Rules

Swiss Championship Series – Official Rules




  1. Summary


The IFPA Swiss Championship Series is an annual pinball competition where the qualification is done over a whole year (from 1st Jan till 31st Dec). All results of the IFPA recognized tournaments held in Switzerland and Fürstentum Liechtenstein are considered for the qualification of the IFPA Swiss 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. By special circumstances, the field can be increased/decreased by the IFPA Country Director of Switzerland.


  1. 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 Swiss Championship Series is based on results from all of the IFPA endorsed tournaments held in Switzerland and Fürstentum Liechtenstein.


In the event that any players are tied with the same amount of SUICS 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 nationality)


2.2. Scoring


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


2.3. Fees


The entry fee for each event is determined by the organizers. The entry fee for the IFPA SUICS Final is 30 CHF per participant.


2.4. Finals Format


Head to head, Round Robin in two groups of 16. The lower SUICS ranked player always starts. Top 6 per group advances.


Players will be placed in a single elimination bracket. Top 2 qualifiers from each group will receive 1 bye.

First round pairings are as follows:

A3 vs. B6, A4 vs. B5, A5 vs. B4, A6 vs. B3

Second round pairings are as follows:

A3/B6 winner vs. B2
A4/B5 winner vs. B1
A5/B4 winner vs. A1
A6/B3 winner vs. A2

Third round pairings are as follows:

A3/B2/B6 winner vs. A1/A5/B4 winner,
A2/A6/B3 winner vs. B1/B5/A4 winner,

Two winners of round 3 play for the Swiss Championship
Two losers of round 3 play in the Consolation Final for 3rd/4th place.


Each match will be a best-of-five. The higher seeded player will have choice of machine or position for the 1st game. The match will alternate between machines chosen by each player, until someone has won 3 games. A machine may not be played more than once in the same match. Once a player verbally announces their game choice, or chooses position, that decision will be locked in and cannot be changed.


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-five like all other rounds, using the same rules.


  1. Malfunctions and Rulings


Anything not covered here will be ruled according to the official IFPA rules:


  1. Registration

Players need to announce their interest until the 1st of December from each year to the IFPA Country Director of Switzerland by email ( Otherwise there is no guarantee to participate (even if qualified).


The IFPA Swiss Championship Series was devised by IFPA Switzerland/swisspinball.

E-mail address for inquiries: