The IFA Fistball World Tour celebrates its first small anniversary in 2023 and enters its fifth season. 29 tournaments on five continents and more than 120 teams will participate in the World Tour again in 2023. The season opener will take place in Curitiba at Clube Merces in Brazil next weekend on 4/5 March. The Major tournaments in Elgg (SUI), Stammheim (GER), Jona (SUI), Widnau (SUI) and Porto Alegre (BRA) will again be the highlights of the season.
With Guatambú in Argentina, Flanders in the USA, Moita in Portugal and Haslach in Austria four new tournament organizers make their debut on the tour calendar for the new season of the IFA Fistball World Tour.
This year again more than 120 teams have the possibility to participate in 29 tournaments world-wide. ”In the fifth year of the Fistball World Tour almost 50% of all participating teams are female teams, I’m very happy of this gender balance in our World Tour series. The Fistball World Tour is constantly evolving. We are very glad that the World Tour will be carried out on five continents. It is particularly great to see that we have again World Tour hosts in the USA, in India and in Australia in addition to the proven World Tour events and major tournaments in South America and Europe,” says IFA President Jörn Verleger.
The tournament series starts and ends in South America in 2023. The new season begins on 4 March with an IFA 500 tournament of Clube Merces in Curitiba (BRA) and ends in Chile with an IFA 250 tournament on 18/19 November in Llanquihue.
Englert: “Excited who will be at the top of the ranking”
“In 2023 we will again see many exciting tournaments around the world and the best teams will fight for the World Cup title at the World Tour Finals. I’m very happy to see new tournaments on our tour and I am excited to see which teams can place themselves at the top of the world ranking this year”, says Gastao Englert, chairman of IFA Sports Commission.
IFA 2023 Fistball World Tour with 5 Major tournaments
Five tournaments achieved the quality criteria for the highest category, the major category, in which 1000 points are awarded. 18 tournaments are held in the second tour category with 500 points each, whereas the 250 category consists of six tournaments. When taking part in the World Tour clubs can secure a wildcard for the World Tour Finals – the former World Cup. In addition to the six continental winners from Europe, North and South America, Australia, Africa and Asia, the two teams ranked best in the World Tour qualify for the World Tour Final. The women’s team from SOGIPA (BRA) and the men’s team from TSV Pfungstadt (GER) won the last edition of the IFA World Tour Finals in 2022 and are qualified for the Finals automatically. IFA is currently in final negotiations with a host for this year’s final event.