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Competitions FAQ

Questions relating to the Australian National Tournaments as hosted by the State Associations  and Australian entries for International Competitions .

How do I enter an Australian Event (or enter late)?

All Fencers

Unless otherwise advised on the AFF website, all registrations for events (normal or late) are made through the AFF's Registration and Payment System ("ARPS") - see here.  There is no requirement for competitors to have their name and country/logo on their fencing uniform, or to hold an FIE licence.  Special conditions and pricing apply depending on whether you are Australian or from overseas.  Event registration usually opens about six weeks prior to each event.

Australian Fencers

National Events in Australia are open to all Australian fencers that are capitated to the Australian Fencing Federation, subject to being in good standing with both the relevant State/Territory Association and the AFF.

Overseas Fencers

Entry to Australian National Tournaments is open to all fencers of the world.  International fencers must be a current member of their National federation which must be in good standing with the FIE, to take part, and the AFF will need to confirm as part of registration.  Fencers should note the equipment requirements for Australian National events: click here  - these may be different than those for your own Country.  Note that where it is not immediately possible to confirm good standing with your home Federation, the Tournament Management Commission must make enquiries, and this may take some days to complete.  You should allow for this time delay when registering.

The entry fee is for any/all weapons in the age group. ie. one entry fee will allow the fencer to enter the Foil, Epee, and Sabre in the age group (but an officiating levy may still apply). If there is more than one age group set of events at the tournament, and the Fencer wishes to fence in different age groups, then an entry payment per age group is required 

International Fencers (Non Oceania Confederation member countries)

Note that Teams competing at Australian events are representatives of their respective countries, not of individual clubs within that country.

If a competitor requires a formal letter of invitation (as a result of their country's residency, passport or visa conditions), this should be requested at least six weeks prior to the relevant event, by email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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How do I Check Whether I have a Current FIE Licence?

If you go to www.fie.ch, one of the top menu bar items is Licenses, and you can access the Search facility from there.

If you put in your surname, and Australia, Season, and click search, it will search for your FIE licence.

The FIE year goes from 1 October to 30 September.

So, for example, if you do a search on 2012/13, and your name appears, it means that you can compete in FIE events in the FIE 2012/13 year, which is (for most events) 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2013.

To obtain an licence, you will need to access the AFF Portal (http://portal.fencing.org.au), and use the FIE Licence menu option, where there are further instructions.

General information about FIE licences can be found on the Documents and Policies area of this web site (click here).

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How much does it cost to compete?

The entry fees for each event hosted by the Australian Fencing Federation can be found on the AFF's Fees and Charges web page (click here).

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I am an Australian fencer; how do I enter an overseas event?

Entry to overseas tournaments where Australia is invited to enter a number of fencers, or a team, will appear on this website approximately four months prior to the event date.  They appear in the Calls for Nominations part of this website, or - where there is no formal nomination process mandated - through an alternative process (see here).  Nominations will go through a selection process, most commonly according to the Selection Policy.  Examples of this type of event include World, Zone, and Oceania Championships.  Each Nomination invitation carries its own specific conditions, but basically it requires that fencers have no debts with the AFF, an acknowledgement of team obligations, FIE license, etc.

Other overseas tournaments - typically non-Championships - must be entered through the AFF.  These are typically World Cups or A-Grade events, domestic competitions, or satellite events.  Some of these events carry special conditions (e.g. restrictions on citizenship), and may require membership of foreign fencing associations.  Fencers should note that many competitions carry a fine of up to about $600 for non-appearance, which is payable if you are entered and do not compete.  Entry requests should, in the first instance, be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Entry to European Fencing Circuit Events requires registration, and payment of the associated fee.

In summary, these are the steps required for entry to EFC or FIE events:

1.  Register in the AFF Portal.

2.  Add your Passport in the AFF Portal ("My Passports"), and wait for it to be verified.

3.  Add your Official Photo in the AFF Portal ("Official Photo"), and wait for it to be verified - note that is is not your athlete bio photo.

4.  Ensure that you are affiliated with your State association for the current year.  

5.  Apply and pay for your FIE or EFC licence in the AFF Portal ("International Licenses") and wait for this to be issued.  If you pay by EFT or cheque (rather than Paypal / credit card), you may need to wait up to two weeks for this to be cleared.

6.  Request entry by the AFF into the relevant event by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Please note also that for World Cups, a form is required to be completed (click here), and sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Payment for the event happens according to the relevant event regulations prior to the event, usually at registration or weapons control and sometimes a day or two before the event.

For full information on overseas events, refer to this web site under Competitions, Overseas Events.

For most FIE events, the FIE will accept entries up to 7 days prior to an event. That means that you kst have completed all of the proesses above 9 days prior.  Under the FIE rules, entries after that will attract a fine of at least $250 to $400, which must been confirmed as received in full by the AFF before any request is made to the FIE. When calculating how late an entry will be, the AFF will add 2 days for its own processes.

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I have entered an Australian Event, but now cannot compete

Fencers who cannot compete in AFF competitions on medical grounds should email a medical certificate to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  within one week of the final day of the tournament, and a refund will be arranged (by the AFF, not by the host State or the fencer's home federation or State Association).

Refunds for withdrawal will not be available for reasons other than medical grounds, except where there are extreme extenuating circumstances, as determined on formal application to the Tournament Management Commission, who will decide the matter in their absolute discretion.  The same situation will apply for applications for medical withdrawals received more than a week following the final day of a tournament.

Veteran fencers whose event is mixed (men & women) either for the whole event, or for the pools only, may withdraw at any time up to and including the roll call stage of the event, and may receive refund of their entry fee.

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What are the 2014 Australian Fencing Circuit Dates?

The AFF advises the following dates for Australian Fencing Circuit competitions:

2014 Events

AFC1 - March 21-23 (Melbourne)
AFC2 - June 7-9 (Adelaide)
AFC Schools Individual - June 14-15 - (Brisbane)
AFC Cadets / Under-15s - July 5-9 - (Sydney)
AFC Schools Teams - August 2-3 - (Brisbane)
AFC3 - September 5-8 (Perth)
AFC Juniors - September 27-30 - (Brisbane)
AFC Nationals - December 5-9 - (Canberra)

Individual schedules will be available when confirmed on this web site in the Competitions / National Events page.

Note that the 2014 Australian University Games are planned to be held from Sunday 28 September to Friday 3 October, in Sydney, NSW.

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Where will the Australian Fencing Circuit events be held?

At the 2012 AFF Annual General Meeting, the following events - which form part of the Australian Fencing Circuit (AFC) were confirmed:

Australian Fencing Circuit event

2014

2015

2016

2017

Open & Veteran Nationals

ACT

ACT

ACT

ACT

DH McKenzie (AFC #1)

VIC

QLD

VIC

QLD

Robyn Chaplin (AFC #2)



SA
(Inc U23F)

SA

SA

SA

AFC Tournament #3



WA
(Inc U23S)

VIC

WA

NSW

National School Individual Championships

QLD

QLD

QLD

QLD

National School Team Championships

QLD

QLD

QLD

QLD

Junior (U20) Nationals



QLD
(Inc U23E)

VIC

QLD

VIC

Cadet (U17) & Under 15 Nationals

NSW

NSW

NSW

WA

 

 

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Why aren't there any Satellite Events in Australia?

The AFF Executive has investigated the possibility of holding an FIE satellite event in some depth.

Such an event could only be run cost-effectively if held in conjunction with an Australian Fencing Circuit (AFC) event. However, such an arrangement would conflict with the current method running of AFC events, and would not be acceptable for a majority of the fencing community.  Specifically, it would require (a) a cut-off process whereby only a certain percentage (usually 70%) promotes from the pools to the direct elimination round, and (b) a firm entry cut-off process some weeks ahead of the event.

The Executive will review this again in the future, and actively look for opportunities to enable the running of an FIE Satellite event.

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How do I qualify for an Asian Games event?

Australia is not a member of the various governing bodies for the Asian Games, Asian Youth Games, East Asian Games, and South East Asian Fencing Federation, and thus Australian fencers are ineligible to enter competitions hosted by those governing bodies.

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I am an overseas fencer; how do I compete for Australia?

The Australian Fencing Federation often receives queries from overseas or visiting fencers who wish to consider the possibility of competing for (or representing) Australia.

Commonwealth and FIE events (World Cups, Commonwealth Championships, Asian and World Championships, etc.) require an FIE licence in the country of citizenship.  Membership of the Australian Fencing Team and Australian Fencing Squad presume the ability to represent Australia, which is why the relevant Athlete Agreement requires an FIE licence.

Being qualified to represent Australia is therefore usually a three-step process.

*  The first requirement is permanent residency, which is gained through the Australian Government's visa system (see here: www.immi.gov.au).

*  After a period of both permanent residency, and what is known as lawful residency, it is then possible to apply for Australian Citizenship (see the Australian Government's Immigration website also for that information).

*  Once Australian Citizenship is obtained either by the steps above or some other method (see http://www.citizenship.gov.au/applying/how_to_apply/), the AFF can then apply for an FIE licence for a fencer, or apply for a change of country for an existing licenced fencer.  The FIE will only change the nominated country of a fencer once in their life.

Some regional or national events do not require an FIE licence, or do not require citizenship; merely entry by an athlete or a National Federation nominating an athlete who identifies a particular country as their country of competition. 

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