How you qualify for EFTA Team England?
The WFTF currently runs two World Championships, normally at the same event. These two championships are the World Pre-charged Pneumatic (PCP) Championships and the World Piston Championships. Each are open to teams and individuals from within the WFTF however as per current WFTF rules the team entries have priority over individual places. Thus the EFTA is focused on selecting team members first and individuals afterwards. Qualifying takes place far in advance of the World Championships so as to provide adequate time for team members to make travel arrangements and for the EFTA to confirm places with the host nation.
The following selection method was proposed and agreed by the 7 English regions of the BFTA in 2012:
Firstly, competitors from the previous year’s WFTF World Championship, achieving a position of 3rd or higher place, in the relevant individual championships, are automatically offered a place in the next year’s team. Those attaining the same score as a 3rd or higher place would be considered on equal merit as a 3rd or better placed result.
For example, a shooter attaining 3rd place in the individual PCP championship at WFTF 2016 would be offered a place in the EFTA PCP Team for WFTF 2017. A shooter attaining 3rd at WFTF 2016 shooting a Piston rifle would not be offered a place in the EFTA PCP Team for WFTF 2017.
If there are team places still to be selected after the previous method then those who compete in the BFTA European Championships of the year before the next World Championships, using the relevant equipment, are then selected using their result from that competition.
In the event of a tie a name will be drawn at random if it concerns the last place in a team.
For example, a shooter attaining 3rd in the BFTA European Championships 2016 shooting a PCP would be offered a place in the EFTA PCP Team for WFTF 2017. A shooter attaining 3rd in the BFTA European Championships 2016 shooting a Piston rifle would not be offered a place in the EFTA PCP Team for WFTF 2017.
If there are team places still to be selected after the previous methods those who did not compete in the previous year’s BFTA European Championships will be selected upon their final position in the previous year’s BFTA Grand Prix Series, irrespective of equipment used.
For example, a shooter attaining 10th in the BFTA Grand Prix Series 2016 shooting a PCP could be offered a place in the EFTA PCP Team or Piston Team for WFTF 2017.
All places are open to those eligible to represent the EFTA under WFTF rules and eligible for a WFTF class (Junior, Senior, Veteran & Lady) as long as the competitor can comply with the laws of the country hosting the WFTF World Championships. There is no championship specifically for Junior, Senior, Veteran & Lady so no priority is given to any one class over another during the selection process.
How individuals are selected to attend World Championships
If the EFTA is offered places for individuals then the EFTA will offer those places to individuals using the above methods. A name will be chosen at random in the event of a tie for the last place available
This policy is subject to review and amendment and updated before the commencement of the following year’s BFTA National Season.
With the historic success of Team England and the popularity of the WFTF World Championships, team places are hotly contested
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