Welcome to Focal Countdown


All tournaments up to and including London (16 May) are cancelled.

We will continue to monitor the situation across the United Kingdom and in Ireland, and make further announcements that reflect official advice.



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 6th June – Peterborough
Saturday 27th June – Edinburgh (SIGN-UPS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED)

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.


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!




What are you waiting for? Find your nearest event, and sign up today!


Last updated: 17/3/2020

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