The senior calendar is focussed around a six-tournament National Circuit, consisting of five open events spread around the island, plus the National Championships.

Events on the National Circuit are ranked at a 200% weighting. Other opens appear on the rankings with a 100% weighting. FIE Satellites receive ranking points at a 300% weighting.

National Circuit

The National Circuit is central to the rankings scheme. Ranking points are calculated according to the sum of a fencer’s best six results, at least four of which must come from the National Circuit series. Up to two non-Circuit results can be counted, therefore fencers who have not entered at least four National Circuit events will not be able to count a full complement of six results.

Fencing Ireland Awards

For internal awards purposes, the domestic season will be defined as the period between the South of Ireland Open and the National Championships. National awards will be given on the basis of the rankings at the close of the National Championships. Ranked competitions that fall after the National Championships will still be recognised on the rankings and for the duration of the following season.

List of Recognised Events

National Junior and Cadet rankings are published for U20s and U17s respectively. The age-group Nationals will appear on each schemes, as will any relevant age-group events from the Pembroke youth series.



How the Ranking System Works

The ranking system is aligned with Fencing Ireland’s selection policy, which stipulates that fencers must succeed at FIE satellites before they qualify for World Cup selection. Due to the effort/expense involved in attending these stronger competitions, fencers are awarded Irish ranking points for competing at qualifier events. The Selectors have recommended the inclusion of some of the stronger UK opens in the selection criteria to widen the choice of competitions for weapons in which there are very few satellites.

The fundamental principles of the ranking system are:

  • All fencers who enter a tournament will receive ranking points;
  • All tournaments on the island that run in accordance with Fencing Ireland standards will attract points;
  • A fencer’s best 6 results go towards the total ranking for the year;
  • The ranking is calculated on a rolling basis.

Direct Elimination Points Multipliers

The points allocation is based on a multiplier system. Each direct elimination stage has been assigned a multiplier which is used to increase the points as a fencer progresses through a competition. All fencers when entering a ranked competition are awarded a minimum starting points. As a fencer progresses through the competition these points have the multipliers below applied until a they are eliminated.

Number of DE progressed Multiplier
1 1.88
2 1.87
3 1.65
4 1.48
5 1.36
6 1.28
7 1.23
8 1.23

Levels of Competition

The weighting given to a standard domestic open is 100%. Tournaments are classified into four tiers, with each tier attracting a different weighting depending on the perceived relative difficulty of the competition. The number of points available for any competition will then depend upon the number of fencers who enter in that weapon that year.

Tier Weighting Starting Points Events
Satellites 300% 15
  • FIE Satellites
Tier A 200% 10 National Circuit events:

  • Irish National Championships
  • Irish Open
  • Northern Ireland Open
  • South of Ireland Open
  • West of Ireland Open
  • East of Ireland Open

Selected GB events:

  • London International Épée (Miller-Hallet and Milner-Barry Cups)
  • Birmingham International (épée, foil, sabre)
Tier B 100% 5
  • Galway Open
  • Vinnie Duffy Sabre
  • Dublin Épée
  • North West Open
  • Derry Open
  • Belfast Open
Tier C 66.6% 3
  • Intermediates
  • Winter Blade

Points for Competitions

The tables below show the number of points awarded to fencers in competition, which depends on the number of fencers competing in the event and the round in which the fencer finishes. The columns denote the number of fencers entered in the competition.

 

FIE Satellite events

Satellite Level (300%) 128+ 65-128 33-64 17-32 9-16 5-8 2-4
Winner 336 273 222 173 127 86 52
Second 273 222 173 127 86 52 28
Semi Final 222 173 127 86 52 28 15
Quarter Final 173 127 86 52 28 15
Last 16 127 86 52 28 15
Last 32 86 52 28 15
Last 64 52 28 15
Last 128 28 15
Last 128+ 15

 

Points for Tier A

Tier A (200%) 128+ 65-128 33-64 17-32 9-16 5-8 2-4
Winner 230 187 152 119 87 59 36
Second 187 152 119 87 59 36 19
Semi Final 152 119 87 59 36 19 10
Quarter Final 119 87 59 36 19 10
Last 16 87 59 36 19 10
Last 32 59 36 19 10
Last 64 36 19 10
Last 128 19 10
Last 128+ 10

 
 

Points for Tier B events

Tier B (100%) 128+ 65-128 33-64 17-32 9-16 5-8 2-4
Winner 109 89 72 56 41 28 17
Second 89 72 56 41 28 17 9
Semi Final 72 56 41 28 17 9 5
Quarter Final 56 41 28 17 9 5
Last 16 41 28 17 9 5
Last 32 28 17 9 5
Last 64 17 9 5
Last 128 9 5
Last 128+ 5

 

Points for Tier C events

Tier C (66%) 128+ 65-128 33-64 17-32 9-16 5-8 2-4
Winner 71 58 47 37 27 18 11
Second 58 47 37 27 18 11 6
Semi Final 47 37 27 18 11 6 3
Quarter Final 37 27 18 11 6 3
Last 16 27 18 11 6 3
Last 32 18 11 6 3
Last 64 11 6 3
Last 128 6 3
Last 128+ 3