Oh yes. Now it's official. IFPA Italia is proud to announce that the 2014 edition of the European Sports Pinball Championship (EPC - European Pinball Championship) will be held for the first time in Italy. More precisely, in Rimini, into the fair, on the occasion of the 2014 Enada Spring that will anticipate the EPC ensuring a further prominence to a unique event and destined to mark the history of national sports pinball (and not only).
The event is born from a cooperation between IFPA Italia, Tecnoplay and Rimini Fiera SpA and will be sponsored by the show of Enada Spring. The magazine Gioco News is official Media Partner of the event.


Presentation of the event

The European Pinball Championship (in short: "EPC") is an event that was launched by the European offices of Ifpa in 2005 and represents the most important event of this sport in Europe. The EPC is an annual event and every year is held in a different European city. These are the stages of the event for past seven years:
- EPC 2005 Amsterdam, Holland
- EPC 2006 Munich, Germany
- EPC, 2007: Stockholm, Sweden
- EPC 2008: Kolding, Denmark
- EPC 2009: London, United Kingdom
- EPC 2010: Wallisellen, Switzerland
- EPC 2011: The Treport, France
- EPC 2012: Madrid, Spain
- EPC 2013: Stockholm, Sweden

Italy, as in the introduction, will celebrate the 2014 edition into the Fiera di Rimini, on the occasion of the 26th edition of Enada Spring.



EPC 2005 – Amsterdam, Holland
Winner: Roy Wils, NE

EPC2006 Munich, Germany
winner: Martin Pfeifer – GER

EPC2007: Stockholm, Sweden
winner: Lyman Sheats USA

EPC 2008: Kolding, Denmark
winner: Jorian Engelbrektsson SVE

EPC 2009 – London, United Kingdom
Winner: Paul Jogma, NE

EPC 2010
Winner: Robert Suttter, Switzerland

EPC 2011
Winner: Frank Bona, France

EPC 2012
Winner: Levente Tregova, Sweden

EPC 2013
winner: Jorian Engelbrektsson, SVE


Friday March 21st
17.00: Registration EPC opens
19.00/23.30: Team competition
19.00/24.00: “80’s” tournament

Saturday March 22nd
08.00/12.00: Registration EPC
09.00/22.00: “80’s” tournament
09.00/13.30: Qualifying EPC Groups A, B, C, D
13.30/18.00: Qualifying EPC Groups E, F, G, H
18.00/22.30: Qualifying EPC Groups I, L, M, N

Sunday March 23rd
09.00/13.00: Second Phase EPC
13.30/18.30: Finals EPC
16.30: Finals “80’s”


ALL INFO ABOUT VENUE: http://en.riminifiera.it/index.asp


EPC2014 RIMINI: WHERE TO STAY (Special rates)

At the European Sports Pinball Championship – that will be held at the Fiera di Rimini on 22 and 23 March 2014 - IFPA Italia signed an agreement with the Arlotti Hotel that allows players to choose between three different kind of accommodation in order to meet all the requirements. The partner structures are: Hotel Fra I Pini, Park Hotel Serena and Hotel Helvetia Parco/Oxygenlifestyle Hotel 3*.

Details for reservations are given below.
- HOTEL FRA I PINI 3* (www.hotelfraipini.it)
Double room € 20,00 per person
Double single use room € 30,00 per person
Discount of 20% for 3° and 4° bed

- PARK HOTEL SERENA 3* (www.parkhotelserena.it)
Double room € 25,00 per person
Double single use room € 37,50 per person
Discount of 20% for 3° and 4° bed
Economy stay: advantageous price ideal for the customer who prefers an informal stay who takes care of budget, in rooms with private bathroom, telephone, TV, air conditioned and safes, free Wi-Fi, water included at the meals.

Double room Oxygen Light € 35,00 per person
Double single use room Oxygen Light € 52,50 per person
Discount of 20% for 3° and 4° bed
The room is new, for a pleasant holiday, a few steps from the sea. Free Wi-Fi access in the room is free of charge.

The above mentioned prices are per day per person, in bed and breakfast and Economy stay (Park Hotel Serena and Hotel Fra i Pini) and Oxygen Light (Hotel Helvetia Parco) and do not include the city tax of € 1.50 per person/night that must be directly paied at the hotel in cash at the departure.
Parking: can be booked on request at Euro 10,00 per night directly at the hotel and at Euro 5,00 per night in a parking at 150 meters far from the hotel

How to book:
Participants can book their rooms directly calling the Booking Office at the phone number +39.0541.732033 or by e-mail to Questo indirizzo e-mail è protetto dallo spam bot. Abilita Javascript per vederlo. telling the reference code: EPC - European Pinball Championship to get the rates indicated.
A few more words on sports pinball

Something more about competitive pinball

Sports pinball is a sport managed in the world by IFPA (International Flipper Pinball Association), an American no-profit association currently represented in 21 countries, which created in 2005 the World Pinball Player Rankings (WPPR), that is to say the official ranking of the best players in the world, that can be consider today as "professionals" of pinball.

Since the creation of the ranking to date, the data showed a continue escalation of this sport: at present there are 18 thousand players registered in the rankings with a monthly average of official tournaments that exceeded 70 events in 2012, while in 2011 it reached its maximum peak with 64 tournaments per month, with an increase of 10 percent.
And if the trend is growing at a general level, Italy is without doubt one of the greatest interpreters of this phenomenon, which probably contributed the most in the last 3 years at this amazing development. It is enough to say that, until two years ago, the average of official tournaments valid for the international circuit organized during the year was only of 3, while in the current year's calendar of IFPA Italia there are already 22 events , with a permanent League which is held since a year in Fontaniva by now, in the province of Padua, with a fixed tournament every week. And with the number of Italian players enrolled at the international ranking that exceeded 400 units.*

Now the most important novelty for national sports pinball is represented by the edition 2014 of the European Championship called European Pinball Championsip that will be held for the first time in Italy, thanks to the acquisition of the rights of the event by the Association IFPA ITALIA.


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