Welcome to Focal Countdown


Update: 14 March 2021

We anticipate being able to arrange events from mid-2021 in line with the UK Government roadmap published last month.

We have been working with our organisers to reassess the planning and delivery of Focal events, with everyone’s safety in mind.

We envisage that the rankings for the four championship events that took place in 2020 will be merged with however many we can arrange in 2021, with a Finals event for the circuit towards the end of the year.

We have a tentative date for one event, in Blackpool, on Saturday 14th August. The organiser is also currently discussing accommodation packages with local hoteliers.

For more details about this, or other information, please direct any enquiries to Jeff: hello@focalcountdown.co.uk.

We are Focal — the unofficial Countdown tournament circuit,
running events across the UK and Ireland.

If you watch Channel 4’s Countdown, or you’re a board game enthusiast, or you’d just like to try something new, you’ll meet new friends and learn new words at our fun and welcoming events.

There are no membership fees. You can come to as many events as you want, whenever you want. Details for every event are published on separate pages (see the menu bar at the top), and there’s usually a pub trip or group meal to look forward to afterwards.


How does Focal work?

Everyone who plays at one of our events scores Focal Points — the better you do, and the more people that attend, the more points you get. At the end of the year, the eight highest scorers are invited back for the Finals! For more details, head to our FAQs page.

All of our events run at weekends, mostly on Saturdays, but each one offers something different — such as a Pointless-style quiz, a fun magazine, or a darts competition — and we pride ourselves on bringing a wide range of formats and ideas under one banner. We ran 13 events in 2019.


Is Focal endorsed by Countdown?

No — it’s run by a band of hardy volunteers, led by a chair and a treasurer who pull together our accounts. It is completely unofficial, not televised and not-for-profit. No copyright infringement is intended.


Focal 2019 Finals Day

Our year-end Finals contest for 2019 took place at the Molineux Stadium, home of Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers. We’ve put together this short video recapping the Grand Final match between Bradley Horrocks and Callum Todd.

Video length: approx 12 mins. Sit back and enjoy!


Last updated: 1/11/2020

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