We are FOCAL – the unofficial Countdown tournament circuit. Join us at one of our events across the UK and Ireland!
Whether you’re a viewer of Channel 4’s Countdown, a board game champion, or a novice who wants 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, as often as 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 after the tournament.
Want to come along? Our next events are:
Saturday 24th November – Birmingham Open & 2018 Finals
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th January 2019 – Lincoln
Saturday 23rd February 2019 – Edinburgh
Saturday 23rd March 2019 – Newcastle-upon-Tyne (webpage to follow)
Saturday 13th April – York (webpage to follow)
Saturday 11th May – London
You can read event reports, the latest league table stats, and much more on our blog!
How does FOCAL work?
This year, we will have run 14 events across the UK and Ireland. Everyone who plays at an event is guaranteed FOCAL points; the better you do, the more points you get. The top 8 players at the end of the year qualify for our Finals event in Birmingham – but there’s an Open tournament held simultaneously for anyone who doesn’t qualify! For more details on how tournaments work and how FOCAL is run, head to our FAQs page.
Organisers run independent events in their local area, and every event offers something different, be it a Pointless-style quiz, a fun magazine, or a pool competition.
For more information on individual events, please head to the Upcoming Events menu and select the event(s) you’re interested in!
Is FOCAL endorsed by Countdown?
No – it’s run by a band of hardy volunteers, including our own chair and treasurer who pull together our accounts. It is completely unofficial, not televised and not-for-profit. Where we record a surplus, we endeavour to reinvest it, so that we can build upon our resources and spread the word about what we do. No copyright infringement is intended.
Any questions? Contact us!
We’re always happy to hear from you, whether you have questions on an event, want to sign up to your first one, or would even like to host your own event — we have equipment that we can supply and a wealth of experience to help you out with the organisation.
What are you waiting for? Find your nearest event, and sign up today!
Last updated: 15/10/18