The IFA Fistball World Tour starts its sixth season with the IFA 500 tournament at Clube Mercês in Curitiba. Over the next seven months, 25 tournaments in eight countries are on the calendar. Highlights of the tour will be the major tournaments in Novo Hamburgo (BRA), Porto Alegre (BRA), Elgg (SUI), Stammheim (GER), Jona (SUI) and Widnau (SUI). More than 120 teams have registered to take part.

It is now the traditional start: this weekend, the IFA World Tour 2024 will kick off for the fourth time in Curitiba, Brazil. At the Copa Mercês organized by Clube Mercês, the winning teams in both the men’s and women’s competitions can collect 500 points each for the World Tour – and thus also take over the first top position in the IFA World Tour Ranking 2024.

The tournament in Mercês is the first of four South American tournaments in a row. After a free weekend, the two Brazilian Major tournaments in Novo Hamburgo and Porto Alegre as well as a 500 category tournament in Rosario (Argentina) will take place. The first European tournament on the World Tour will then take place in Karlsdorf (Germany) at the beginning of April, before the next two Major tournaments are held as a double-header on two weekends in a row in Elgg (Switzerland) and Stammheim (Germany). In August, the World Tour will then make its traditional stop in Jona and Widnau (both Switzerland). There will also be other tournaments in Europe and South America, as well as in the USA and India.

“In 2024, we will once again see many exciting tournaments all over the world,” Gastao Englert, Chairman of the IFA Sports Commission and the newly established World Tour Commission, is convinced: “I am delighted that many organizers have established themselves as permanent tour locations and I am excited to see which teams will be able to top the world rankings this year,” says Englert. IFA President Jörn Verleger is also looking forward to the next edition of the World Tour: “It’s great that the tour continues to be an integral part of the fistball calendar.”

Over 120 teams have registered to take part in the IFA World Tour 2024. This means that just as many teams as last year will take part in the tournaments around the world. The best teams in the final ranking in the autumn will also qualify for the World Tour Finals 2025, the Club World Championship in Fistball. Here, the top World Tour teams complete the starting field, to which the continental champions are also admitted.