2018 Champions Cup Details
Freesports Champions Cup Details
This new, unique event will run over 21 consecutive weeks, being screened LIVE, on Freesports on Monday nights, 7pm – 10.30pm, starting on the 12th February 2018.
The event is Open to the current 2018 IPA Professional players, the Ladies 2018 World Champion and there will be some regional qualifiers to ensure we have 64 players and sponsors invites.
The first 16 weeks will be the qualifying rounds. Each week 4 players will compete in a single elimination knockout and the winner will go through to the Last 16 stage. Following the completion of the qualifiers, the final stages will commence from week 17 until we find our eventual winner as per the schedule below.
Weeks 1-16 Qualifiers
Weeks 17-19 Last 16 matches
Week 20 Quarter finals
Week 21 Semi Finals & Final
Venues: Will be local to players. The aim is to minimise travel to no more than 90 mins. Full playing schedule and venues will be announced on the 21st January.
- Semi final best of 11
- Final best of 13
- 45 second shot clock for all matches (no extensions)
Entry Fee £170 (includes £20 Admin fee)
Smart polo top plus standard IPA dress code. Tops MUST be tucked in. Personal sponsor logos permitted (3 max).IPA logo must be on front breast (either side)
- Toilet breaks are only permitted during adverts
- Mobile phones must not be used or on view whilst playing
- No alcohol in the arena
- Players are reminded about the expected standards of behaviour e.g. use of foul language, hitting the table in anger etc
Professional Players must complete their player biogs and pay the entry fee before the 15th January 2018 in order to be eligible to participate. Players must also have paid their 2018 Tour deposit to be eligible.
Players must arrive at the venue no later than 6pm in order for a pre match interview to be recorded.
Players must provide title of walk on music with biog.
The top 16 at the end of the 2017 season will be seeded. If any players in the top 16 at this point have dropped off the IPA for the 2018 season, the number 17th ranked player will be seeded and so on.
Players will be allocated to the nearest venue possible based on their location and seeding to minimise travel, however this may not always be possible. The full playing schedule will be available from the 21st January 2018.