Contents

  1. Senior Events
    a. FIE Satellites and EFC U23
    b. FIE World Cups and Grand Prix
    c. European and World Championships
    d. Olympic Zonal Qualifier
  2. Student and U23 Events
    a. EFC U23
    b. U23 European Championships
    c. Universiade
  3. Junior Events
    a. Junior World Cup
    b. Junior European and World Championships
  4. Cadet Events
    a. Cadet Circuit
    b. Cadet European and World Championships
    c. Youth Olympic Games

Appendices

Appendix I:   Selection Procedure
Appendix II:  Allocation of limited places at FIE/EFC events
Appendix III: Allocation of remaining team places at FIE/EFC events
Appendix IV: Allocation of team places at Five Nations
Appendix V: Selection request form 2017-18


Qualification Criteria for FIE/EFC events

Having achieved a relevant result, fencers will be considered ‘qualified’ for the remainder of the current season and for the entirety of the following season. In order to represent Ireland at any international event, fencers must:

  • Be a current member of Fencing Ireland with a competition licence, and
  • Have a valid FIE licence issued by Fencing Ireland, and
  • Attend the Irish Open and/or National Championships during the season, or have attended one or both events in the preceding season.

Policies for oversubscription of places and allocation of vacant places are discussed in the appendices. All fencers are advised to contact their relevant weapon mentor for assistance with season planning and advice on improving their performance.


1. Senior Events

a. FIE Satellites and EFC U23 Circuit

All fencers who meet one of the following criteria are free to attend Satellites and U-23 events:

  • ranked inside the top 15 of the national rankings at the time of application, or
  • achieved a top-half finish at a nominated event.

Other interested fencers must apply to the Selectors for consideration.

b. FIE World Cups and FIE Grand Prix

All fencers who meet one of the following criteria are invited to attend World Cups and Grand Prix:

  • place in the top 75% at a Satellite or
  • place in the top 50% at an EFC U23

c. European Championships and World Championships

All fencers who ‘make the cut’ at a World Cup event will be offered a place at that season’s European and World Championships. If places remain unfilled, fencers with a top 25% placing at a Satellite will be invited to attend.

d. Olympic Zonal Qualifier

Fencers will enter consideration if they have achieved any of the following results:

  • top 75% at a FIE World Cup or Grand Prix, or
  • top 25% at an FIE Satellite

All athletes in consideration will be prioritised according to Appendix II.


2. Student and U23 events

a. EFC U23 Circuit – See 1a above.

b. EFC U23 European Championships

All fencers who ‘make the cut’ at a EFC U-23 event will be offered a place at that season’s European Championships.

c. Universiade

This event is open to fencers who are currently studying at third level or are in their first year after graduation. Selection will be based on performance at FIE Senior World during the season preceding the games. Fencers will be considered eligible if they have achieved a L32 or better.


3. Junior Events

a. FIE Junior World Cups

All fencers who meet one of the following criteria are free to attend Junior World Cups:

  • ranked inside the top 15 of the national rankings at the date of application, or
  • achieved a top-half finish at a nominated event, or
  • ‘made the cut’ at a Junior World Cup or Cadet Circuit event in the preceding season.

Other fencers must apply to the Selectors for consideration.

b. Junior European Championships and World Championships

All fencers who meet one of the following criteria will be offered a place at that season’s European and World Junior Championships:

  • ‘make the cut’ at a Junior World Cup event, or
  • place in the top 50% at an EFC U-23 event as a junior fencer.

4. Cadet Events

a. EFC Cadet Circuit

All fencers who meet one of the following criteria are free to attend Cadet Circuit events:

  • ranked inside the top 15 of the national rankings at the time of application, or
  • achieved a top-half finish at a nominated event, or
  • ‘made the cut’ at a Cadet Circuit event in the preceding season, or
  • on recommendation of Youth Subcommittee based on youth results overseas.

Other fencers must apply to the Selectors for consideration.

b. Cadet European Championships and World Championships

All fencers who ‘make the cut’ at a Cadet Circuit event will be offered a place at that season’s European and World Cadet Championships.

c. Youth Olympic Games

Qualification for the Youth Olympic Games is based on performance at the Cadet European Championships and Cadet World Championships during the season preceding the Games. Athletes qualify directly based on criteria published by the FIE.


APPENDICES


Appendix I: Selection Procedure

The role of the Selection Subcommittee is to:

  • Continually assess the qualification criteria and recommend any adjustments to the Board.
  • Track and record competition results of Irish fencers on an ongoing basis.
  • Deal with all selection requests, either by
    • approving requests in line with the published criteria, or
    • referring to the Board and mentors for further consideration.

The Selectors will accept and consider competition plans during the summer pre-season. All fencers who have met the qualification criteria will be allocated places in order of priority (per Appendix II.)

Applications received after the start of the season will also be considered on a rolling basis. Fencers must give no less than four weeks’ notice of their intention to fence at an international event. Approval of late applications is subject to places remaining at the requested event/s.

In exceptional circumstances, the Board may recommend selection of a fencer who has not qualified during the season, where the Board has reason to believe he/she would have qualified if not for illness/injury, alternative circuit commitments, or another reason outside the fencer’s control. In all such cases, the Board will publish its full rationale, including results on which the decision was based.

 

Appendix II: Allocation of limited places at FIE/EFC events

At events where there are more qualified fencers than available places, fencers will be prioritised based on the following criteria, according to their best result.

  1. World Cup points, then
  2. World Cup results: L64 < L96 < L128 and pool victories, then
  3. Satellite results: top 25% < top 50% < top 75%, then
  4. U23 results: top 50% < top 75%, then
  5. Domestic ranking at the date of application.

Examples include the Olympic Zonal Qualifier (one fencer per weapon) and FIE events where a referee is required (up to four fencers per weapon.)

Note

For FIE events where there is a referee requirement, it is possible to send more than four fencers. In such cases, all applicants will be placed in priority order with automatic places offered to the top four. Athlete in subsequent positions will have the option to attend subject to ensuring the necessary refereeing fee is covered.

 

Appendix III: Allocation of remaining team places at FIE/EFC events

Wherever possible, the Selectors will aim to recommend a full squad of four for FIE and EFC events that offer a team event.

 

Appendix IV: Allocation of team places at Five Nations events

Places on the Ireland team for the Five Nations will be allocated in order of domestic ranking only. On publication of the end-of-season rankings after Nationals, the following season’s team will be named.

A fencer is deemed eligible if he/she meets all of the following criteria:

  • Is a current member of Fencing Ireland with a valid competition licence, and
  • is eligible to hold Irish citizenship (for any reason), and
  • Has not represented any nation other than Ireland internationally during the preceding season.

Places are offered to eligible fencers in descending order until all places and reserve places are filled.

 

Appendix V: Application for selection