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IFA Fistball World Tour Events announced officially

As the IFA Fistball World Tour having been a great success in 2017, IFA further develops the World Tour in 2018 and slightly adopted the requirements within the four categories.

More than 100 registered club teams and 20 hosts from 5 continents prove that the IFA Fistball World Tour was a success story that surpassed all our expectations. Pretty much motivation therefore to offer a slightly adopted version to the fistball community for 2018.
“We are still very impressed about the positive feedback of the hosts and the teams who participated in the first year of the IFA Fistball World Tour. We learned a lot in the premier year and adopted the World Tour mode a bit for the new year. We are looking forward to a great tour again, where teams can qualify for the World Tour Finals in 2019″, said IFA President Karl Weiss. IFA is very glad that also in this year 21 tournaments for men and 19 tournaments for women will be part of the IFA Fistball World Tour.

Club teams being interested in their participation in the IFA Fistball World Tour can apply by 28 January 2018, 12:00 CET.  And all this without financial obligations or other liabilities. Register your team here

After the Host Registration Period, the IFA Fistball World Tour Events are planned as follows:

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2018!

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The International Fistball Association is pleased to send you the best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2018!

Looking back to 2017 we hope you agree that this was a successful year with the highlights of The World Games 2017, the inaugural IFA Fistball World Tour and the IFA 2017 Fistball World Cup in Curitiba.

In 2017 we strengthened our position in media as well on TV, in Social Media and the new established www.fistball.tv. At the end of the year we have been informed that Fistball will be broadcasted also on the Olympic Channel in 2018.
Fistball has become a well respected member of the Olympic Movement.

We are looking forward to a great Fistball year 2018 with several international highlights beginning in April with the first IFA Fistball World Tour Finals in history. July is a special month for all fistball fans all over the world: The first Fistball World Championship will take place in the USA: Roxbury hosts the IFA 2018 Men’s and Women’s U18 World Championship. From 20-22 July the Masters World Cup takes place in Vöcklabruck, Austria and just 2 days later starts the IFA 2018 Fistball Women’s World Championship in Linz, Austria.

We use the Christmas days for a short holiday and closes our IFA office from 23 December to 8 January.

On behalf of the IFA Board of Directors we would also like to take the opportunity to thank you for your efforts to promote fistball all around the world. #wearefistball

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Ticket sale for IFA 2018 Women’s World Championship started

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It will be less than 230 days until the opening of the IFA 2018 Fistball Women’s World Championship in Austria.

Today, the ticket sales for this fistball event officially started!

The best national teams fight in Linz for the title “Fistball Women’s World Champion”.

With attractive and cheap ticket prices in pre-sale the organizers want to reach as many fans worldwide.

For clubs, associations and groups who need more than 20 tickets, there are additional discount promotions, which are explained here.

Especially important: Take advantage of the low-priced early bird ticket prices until 18 March 2018 with a discount of about 30% compared to the pre-sale prices.

Please find all information also on our website www.fistballwwc.com. #fistballwwc

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Olympic Channel welcomes Fistball and five other Federation as Partners

Following the recent celebration of its one-year anniversary, the Olympic Channel today announced that it has reached cooperation agreements with the Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport (AIMS), and the international governing bodies for fistball, muaythai, polo, powerlifting and tug of war to collaborate on content for the multi-platform global media destination.

The agreements with AIMS, International Fistball Association (IFA), International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA), Federation of International Polo (FIP), International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) and Tug of War International Federation (TWIF) bring the number of partners who have announced similar agreements with the Olympic Channel to 63.

Federation partners include international sports federations (IFs), recognised federations and organisations, multi-sport organisers and non-recognised federations.

“We are excited to welcome these organisations to the Olympic Channel’s robust family of federation partners,” said Mark Parkman, general manager of the IOC’s global Olympic Channel. “As we look ahead to 2018, we are in a great position to promote all sports and athletes within the Olympic Movement, and help to distribute their content and grow their audiences worldwide.”

In 2017, the Olympic Channel will live stream more than 500 live transmissions across 210 events and 25 sports in coordination with its partners to audiences around the globe. Event coverage to date includes multi-sport events such as The World Games 2017, world championship events in 3×3 basketball, archery, badminton, boxing, canoe, cheerleading, handball, sport climbing, surfing and wrestling, and world cup events for biathlon, canoe, luge, ski jumping, table tennis and track cycling.

In addition to live event streaming, the Olympic Channel works with its federation partners to present event coverage, highlights, magazine shows, news coverage and original programming providing an additional platform to distribute content that are complementary to current broadcast and distribution arrangements.

The Olympic Channel is a multi-platform destination where fans can experience the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round, and is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and at olympicchannel.com.
„The International Fistball Association is very glad to be the first partner of the Olympic Channel of the non-recognised federations. It is very important for us to cooperate with the Olympic Channel to reach our goals, improve ourselves permanently and enlarge our fistball community. The cooperation is characterized by high quality awareness as well in streaming as in production to present our sport in the program of the Olympic Channel perfectly”, said IFA President Karl Weiss. “IFA is looking forward to broadcast some 2018 Fistball highlight events on the Olympic Channel as the IFA 2018 Fistball Women´s World Championship in Austria in July.”

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About the Olympic Channel
The Olympic Channel is a multi-platform destination where fans can discover, engage and share in the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round. Offering original programming, news, live sports events and highlights, the Olympic Channel provides additional exposure for sports and athletes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in 11 languages. The Olympic Channel was launched in August 2016 in support of the IOC’s goal, set out in Olympic Agenda 2020, of providing a new way to engage younger generations, fans and new audiences with the Olympic Movement. Founding Partners supporting the Olympic Channel are Worldwide TOP Partners Bridgestone, Toyota and Alibaba. The Olympic Channel is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and at olympicchannel.com

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For more information, please follow the Olympic Channel on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, or log on to olympicchannel.com.

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IFA Fistball Masters World Cup 2018 is taking place in Vöcklabruck, Austria

The IFA 2018 Men’s and Women’s Masters World Cup – the World Championship for club teams for the age groups 30 and older – is for the first time taking place in Austria. In its last meeting, the IFA Board of Directors awarded Tigers Vöcklabruck of Austria with the organization of the event, the Masters World Cup will be hosted from July 20 to 22, 2018.

Up to 400 female and male players from all over the world will in Summer 2018 compete for the medals in seven age groups at the Masters World Cup. “We are very happy to award the Masters World Cup to Vöcklabruck, an excellent and highly experienced candidate. The Tigers Vöcklabruck convinced with their bid and stand for an excellent quality for both players and spectators”, says IFA President Karl Weiß.

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Only last summer the organizers did again an excellent job in hosting the Austrian Bundesliga Final3. Due to its geographical location and excellent infrastructure Vöcklabruck is an ideal host of this event. “Winning the bid to organize the Masters is a big honour for us. We will witness spectacular matches on up to eleven courts. Furthermore, the spectators will be able to enjoy great comfort and excellent catering. The entire region will benefit from this event due to the value added”, says Bernhard Kudernatsch, chair of the Tigers Vöcklabruck organizing team.

After a two-year pause, the Masters World Cup is being hosted again – for the first time ever in the fistball nation Austria. The date of the event was deliberately selected right before the Women’s World Championship in Linz (July 24 – 28). “We wanted to offer all fistball players from around the world the opportunity to first play at the Masters World Cup, and then directly after that participate as fans at the Women’s World Championship. We think that this is in particular an additional initiative for players from overseas to travel to Austria”, says Peter Hinterholzer, chair of the IFA Sport for All Commission.

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Clubs participating at inaugural IFA 2018 Fistball World Tour Final confirmedm

WT_Logo_FINAL_VE_querIFA confirmed the qualified and registered club teams for the inaugural IFA 2018 Fistball Men’s and Women’s World Tour Finals as following:

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Clube Duque de Caxias (BRA) – CC
TSV Dennach (GER) – CC
SG Novo Hamburgo (BRA) – WT
Sogipa (BRA) – WT
TSV Calw (GER) – WT
TSV Jona (SUI) – WT
Union Haidlmair Schwingenschuh Nußbach (AUT) – WT
VfL Kellinghusen (GER) – WT

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Condor / FMD (BRA) – CC
Swim and Sport Club / SSC (USA) – CC
TSV Pfungstadt (GER) – CC
SG Novo Hamburgo (BRA) – WT
STV Wigoltingen (SUI) – WT
SVD Diepoldsau-Schmitter (SUI) – WT
TSV Jona (SUI) – WT
TV Vaihingen an der Enz 1861 e.V. (GER) – WT

CC … Continental Champion; WT … qualified via IFA 2017 Fistball World Tour Ranking presented by Sportastic

Overview:
Overall: clubs from 5 countries and 3 continents
Women: clubs from 4 countries and 2 continents – 3x BRA, 3x GER, 1x AUT, 1x SUI
Men: clubs from 4 countries and 3 continents – 3x SUI, 2x BRA, 2x GER, 1x USA
Women´s and Men´s division: TSV Jona (SUI) and SG Novo Hamburgo (BRA)

The Organizer of the IFA 2018 Fistball Men’s and Women’s World Tour Final is the International Fistball Association (IFA) in cooperation with the TV Vaihingen/Enz e.V.

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After great success in 2017: IFA Fistball World Tour slightly adopted and continued in 2018

More than 100 registered club teams and 20 hosts from 5 continents prove that the IFA Fistball World Tour was a success story that surpassed all our expectations.
Pretty much motivation therefore to offer a slightly adopted version to the fistball community for 2018.

Hosts can register their tournaments from now on until 15 December 2017 by using the following link: REGISTRATION HOSTING IFA WORLD TOUR TOURNAMENT.
The slightly adopted qualtity criteria for the tournament categories in 2018 can also be found there or as Download here.

Right after this process a full list of tournaments will be published at the beginning of the year 2018.
From then on the club teams can register for 2018’s edition of the fistball world tour.

We are really glad that the first edition of our World Tour encountered that much worldwide interest within the fistball community.
We are looking forward to a further development in 2018.

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Deadline and update for IFA 2018 Fistball U18 World Championships USA

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In a Skype meeting Bob Feid, President of USFA and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the IFA 2018 Fistball U18 World Championships in Roxbury, New Jersey updated IFA Secretary Jörn Verleger, IFA Administrative Director Christoph Oberlehner and Uwe Schneider, Chair of the IFA Youth Commission on the preparation of the upcoming event.

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Recently USFA published the official logo and started promotion activities for the event to be held in Roxbury, New Jersey from July 11th to 15th 2018. Currently IFA and the LOC expect 8 – 10 teams to participate in each men´s and women´s division.

It was agreed to send out the next official Bulletin Middle of January including a list of the participating member federations, the official balls and the procedure how the schedule is drafted.

End of February/beginning of March Bulletin 2 will be published in the final schedule and information concerning the team nomination with a long list and the deadline for a short list as well of Anti-Doping information.

Bulletin 3, which is foreseen to be send out end of May/beginning of June will include information concerning the training schedule, catering, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.

As the team registration deadline on 30th November 2017 is coming closer IFA reminds all member federations to register teams.

The IFA 2018 Fistball U18 World Championships will take place at Horseshoe Lake Park.

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Positive interim results two years after the election of the IFA Board of Directors

Two years ago, the current IFA Board of Directors was elected in Cordoba (Argentina). This was followed by extensive amendments to the IFA Statutes, which also led to a replacement of the IFA bodies in order to better prepare the association for the upcoming IOC recognition tasks and the IOC Agenda 2020.
President Karl Weiss, who has headed the association since 2011, has been assisting a younger management team since then, which also integrates external experts into the association’s work. In addition, the Board became more female. Four out of eleven members are women.

The success of the first two years, the mid-term review so to speak, is clearly positive, even though the team still faces many challenges on the way to recognition by the IOC.
The further professionalization was accompanied by the move of the IFA office to Linz and the appointment of a full-time Administrative Director. Thanks to the financial support of the Federal Ministry for Defense and Sport of the Republic of Austria, the first full-time employee of IFA has been working with Christoph Oberlehner since the beginning of 2017. This serves in particular to expand the service function of the IFA towards its member federations.

In the Upper Austrian capital of Linz, where the IFA 2017 Fistball Women’s World Championships will take place, the IFA Office space will be divided with the Upper Austrian Fistball Federation and the High Performance Center of the Austrian Fistball Federation.

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There is also a spirit of optimism in many member nations. The number of IFA member associations has now grown to 56 nations. The worldwide distribution of Fistball will in future be actively promoted also by the 2017 established IFA Fistball Academy, which will start working in 2018.
Following the successful IFA 2016 Fistball U18 World Championships in Nuremberg, the first World Cup in South Africa and the challenging IFA 2016 Fistball Women’s World Championships in Brazil, in 2017 the inaugural IFA Fistball World Tour was established with more than 100 clubs participating at 20 tournaments on all 5 continents.

However, the highlight of 2017 was The World Games 2017 in Wroclaw (Poland).
The thrilling Fistball final where Germany played Switzerland not only captivated the spectators in the stadium. The transmission of the final reached an audience of some 300,000 viewers watching on German TV Channel SPORT1. The market share of SPORT1 was at a strong 3.0% in the target group of men from 14 to 49 years (M14-49). This is the best figure during all days of the SPORT1 TV coverage of The World Games 2017.
Currently, the IFA Board is in contract negotiations with SPORT1 for the transmission of further fistball events in the coming year. The Olympic Channel has also become aware of the sport of fistball and we hope to establish a presence on this IOC Channel in 2018. In October, an IFA delegation took part in consultations in Madrid.

The new IFA-OTT-Video-Platform, which was presented with the Opening of The World Games 2017, also achieved outstanding figures. In the future, the platform, which is available to all national associations and clubs for the transmission of fistball events, will be further expanded.

Faustball has a real chance to be presented on Free-TV in the upcoming year. In 2018 we have top events in the German-speaking countries with the inaugural IFA World Tour Finals in Vaihingen (Germany) in April, the IFA 2018 Fistball Women’s World Championships in Linz (Austria) in July and the Men’s European Championship 2018 in Adelmannsfelden (Germany).

However, this development must be accompanied by further commercialization of sponsoring. Without additional partners, IFA could not make that step.

In addition, IFA is committed to Sustainability at all its events. In addition to the adoption of an IFA Policy of Sustainability by the IFA Board of Directors, cooperation with external partners has been agreed. The appointment of Sustainability Ambassadors is a visible sign of taking responsibility for our future generations.

IFA would like to thank all the members and friends of the Fistball Familiy who contributed to this success.

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USFA published logo for IFA 2018 Fistball U18 World Championships

Logo_U18The US Fistball Association (USFA) published today the logo of the IFA 2018 Fistball U18 Men´s and Women´s World Championships to be held in Roxbury, New Jersey from July 11th to 15th 2018.

The IFA award was the result of the USFA’s concentrated, coordinated, and committed efforts over the past several years to introduce, train, and form men’s, women’s, boys, and girls Fistball teams to compete in national and international Fistball competitions.

Historically, organized and competitive Fistball has been played in sport clubs in New Jersey, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania for close to 90 years. The recent ground swell of interested High School athletes and steady growth with the youth teams brings renewed momentum and hopes for a bright Fistball future for upcoming national and international competitions.