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.
Our next events are:
Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th January 2020 – Lincoln
Saturday 15th February 2020 – Manchester
Saturday 28th March 2020 – Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Saturday 18th April 2020 – York
Saturday 16th May 2020 – London
Details for how to sign up are set out on each page — and if you want an idea of what these events look like, you can read up on reports, stats and other bits on our blog!
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 and should see as many again on our 2020 circuit.
For details, check the Upcoming Events page and take a look through the ones you’re interested in!
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.
What are you waiting for? Find your nearest event, and sign up today!
Last updated: 11/1/2020