Applications re-opened for 10 days! Tornado added as 5th table

The World Cup and World Championships are two separate Multi-Table tournaments that will be held simultaneously in Torino, Italy in April of 2015.

Until yesterday, the only tables that would have been available to choose from were Bonzini, Leonhart, Roberto Sport, and Garlando. Yesterday, the ITSF announced that Tornado would be the 5th official table for the 2015 World Cup.

With this change in condition, TSAC has decided that the application window should be re-opened for a short period of time. This will allow players who previously chose not to apply due to the table availability another chance to think about applying. As before, the final selected team will be able to choose their home table.

Players interested in joining the 2015 Canadian World Cup team should fill out an application form (link below) with relevant information and experience and pay a non-refundable fee of $20 by midnight on Tuesday, November 25, 2014.  This small fee is to ensure that only serious applicants are attracted, and will also help to fund the eventual team. We are also accepting applications of people interested in Coaching the teams.

Once the applications have been collected,  a committee of 5-7 members, selected by the President of TSAC, will be assembled, as per the details in the previous post.

***Fill out the application by clicking here. Payment instructions are included inside.***

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Accepting 2015 Team Canada applications!

The World Cup and World Championships are two separate Multi-Table tournaments that will be held simultaneously in Torino, Italy in April of 2015.

The World Cup is a team event, which consists of Men’s, Women’s, Junior, and Senior teams.

For the last three years Canada has fielded Men’s teams in the World Cup. Last year, we sent a men’s and a women’s team. We’d like to try to send both again.

The Men’s World Cup team has placed 1st in Division 2 in 2012, and was very close to qualifying for the top 8 in 2013. Additionally, the 2013 Men’s team had several corporate sponsors (FlightHub, Fox and Fiddle, and Teamplay) supporting their efforts.

In 2014, the Men’s team finished at the top of their qualification pool, and finished 5th out of 21 teams! The Women’s World Cup team also qualified and finished 5th out of 11 teams!

The quest for gold continues in Italy in 2015…

If you or someone you know wants to participate on the Men’s or Women’s teams, please submit an application!  The process is described below.

***Note that as Fireball will no longer be a table option at this World Cup, TSAC has decided that the table the selection committee should consider as its base for team member selections for Torino will be BonziniThe selected team may decide on another table, if they so choose.

Players interested in joining the 2015 Canadian World Cup team (likely playing on Bonzini) should fill out an application form (link below) with relevant information and experience and pay a non-refundable fee of $20 by midnight on October 26, 2014.  This small fee is to ensure that only serious applicants are attracted, and will also help to fund the eventual team. We are also accepting applications of people interested in Coaching the teams.

Once the applications have been collected, a committee of 5-7 members, selected by the President of TSAC, will be assembled. The restrictions on the committee members are that they should be well-informed citizens of the Foosball community, and that they should be appropriately geographically distributed throughout the major Canadian foosball cities. The committee shall independently form their own lists of members for the teams. Each time an applicant’s name is mentioned, they shall receive a point. An alternate mention will receive a half point. Those with the highest number of points shall be named to be the team. Any ties will be solved by a tie-breaking vote from the committee. At this point, a larger deposit (~$200) will be requested from the voted-upon team members to ensure their commitment. This deposit shall be used towards team expenses (i.e., uniforms).

***Fill out the application by clicking here. Payment instructions are included inside.***

TSAC is BACK.

Hi everyone,

As some of you are aware, last year, with the blessings of the existing officers, TSAC took a giant, official step forward: we officially incorporated as a Canadian not-for-profit corporation! Not only does this establish credibility for foosball in Canada, but also opens many doors and opportunities that were not open before. The founding board of directors for this official organization were Chris Thomas, Julien Beaumier-Ethier, and Terri Mattucci.

Along with these opportunities come certain responsibilities and certain bureaucratic red tape. Both to manage this red tape and to keep things moving forward, TSAC needs a solid foundation of directors and various officers. As announced previously, these roles were recently filled via a vote by the heads of the existing TSAC clubs. The current directors and officers are:

Directors:
Chris Thomas
Terri Mattucci

Officers:
President – Mario Iannuzzi
Vice-President – Mathieu Bigeault
Treasurer – Dan Packer
Secretary – Alexandre Lehouillier
Director of Tournaments – Jesse Haw
Director of Communications – Terri Mattucci
Director of Player Development – Rob Nelson

Together, we hope to not only make all Canadians aware of foosball, but also to legitimize and grow the sport of foosball in Canada. The pillars of this organization that will keep it moving forward will be communication and cooperation.

We will not ignore lessons from the past – we will try to keep TSAC as democratic a corporation as possible, and try to maintain communication and transparency as much as we can. If you have any questions about how the organization is run, what our goals are, and what we are planning, please feel free to contact any of the above people. You can reach any of them by emailing their first name at canadafoosball dot ca.

This is going to be a very exciting and very busy time for foosball in Canada. As we’re all running this on our own volunteer time, and there are not many of us, we will need help. If you have any ideas about initiatives, please contact us. If you have some need for support, please contact us.  If you have any connections (publicity or sponsorship), please contact us. In the near future, several committees will be formed around local and national initiatives that we are planning to launch; these initiatives will require everyone that’s willing and able. If you have time that you’re willing to donate, please contact us.

Remember: one person laying bricks can build a wall. Thousands of people laying bricks can build a pyramid. Let’s all pull together and make foosball in Canada what we really want it to be!

Mario Iannuzzi, President
Table Soccer Association of Canada

Days 1 & 2 – World Championships + World Cup

I’ll try to get a brief update while we have some time away from the room, not practicing or playing. Apologies for the lack of creative writing and frequent updates, but we’ve only got access to data/wifi at the hotel.

Day 1 – World Championships Qualification

– Gemma and Adrianne qualify for women’s singles.

– Jen Chi, Jen Ngai + Jen Caron, Linda Ly qualify for women’s doubles.

– Laurent and Julien qualify for men’s doubles.

– Gemma and Adrianne lose tough first round matches in the elimination bracket.

Day 2 – World Championships and World Cup

– The women’s doubles teams both lose tough matches and get knocked out of the elimination round. Great playing for your first year, girls!

– Julien and Laurent lose a first round match in the elimination bracket to the team that eventually goes on to be finalists

– World Cup: The women’s  team loses 1-7 in a rough match against France, and takes vengeance against Finland in an 8-0 sweep.

– World Cup: The men’s team wins against Great Britain in a Great match, 7-3, after starting with a bilingual cheer – Go Canada, Allez! 

Despite their losses in the championships, it’s only the women’s first year here, and even qualifying is a great achievement! They’ll take their lessons learned and apply them in the world cup to come back and try to bring the gold to Canada!

Tomorrow morning (9 AM France time), the World Cup round robin matches continue, with the women’s team playing three different countries, and the men’s team playing two different countries. The men will be playing Denmark in Zone A on Fireball and Bonzini, so there’s a chance they’ll be on the live streaming on Kozoom.com! Check it out!

3 days to the start of World Cup!

…and 2 days to the start of the World Championships!

Most of Team Canada has already arrived in Europe, despite several cases of flight delays, forced overnight stays, and lost luggage. We’re looking forward to getting on some tables in a day or two to get warmed up and prepared to face the competition!

Just as a refresher, the men’s team will be playing Denmark, Germany, and Great Britain in our qualifying group, while the women’s team will be qualifying against France, Denmark, Finland, USA, and Switzerland.

You can watch matches live on Kozoom.com – we’ll also be updating our Facebook/blog on a daily/more frequent basis with photos and updates!