Competing overseas

As fencers develop their skills and gain confidence they may wish to test themselves in international competitions.

Because every athlete's development path will vary, fencers should discuss overseas competitions with their coach to determine the most suitable options.

This page outlines opportunities for overseas fencing with related selection processes, nomination and entry requirements. In some instances Australian ranking points can be earned through overseas competitions.

To assist Australian fencers experience international competition in a supported team environment, the AFF also runs regular age and weapon-specific overseas tours which generally include training with an overseas club and competition experience.

Australian fencers competing overseas 2018

Overseas calendars

FIE Circuit

In addition to World and Zone Championships in all age groups, the International Fencing Federation (FIE) sponsors World Cup, Grand Prix and Satellite tournaments around the world. Eligibility to compete at these events, selection and entry processes vary according to the type of tournament (see below). In all cases, fencers will require an FIE licence. > View information about licences here

> View FIE calendar here

European Circuit

  • Entry into events on the European Fencing Circuit (Cadets / Under-23s) requires a registration
  • EFC registrations are separate to FIE licences and can be obtained through the AFF only - click here to apply.
  • Each registration allows entry into multiple EFC events.
  • Registrations incur a cost - view fees and charges

> View EFC calendar here

 

Asian Cadet Circuit

Asian Cadet Circuit events offer an excellent opportunity for Australian fencers to gain additional competition experience in the local region. The format for these events usually includes two rounds of pools followed by direct elimination, with repechage from the Top 32.

> View Asian Cadet Circuit calendar here

Commonwealth

Commonwealth Fencing Federation logo

The Commonwealth Senior Fencing Championships are held every four years, in the same year as the Commonwealth Games, and are sanctioned by the Commonwealth Games Federation.

The Commonwealth Veteran Championships are held every two years.

The Commonwealth Junior and Cadet Championships are held every three years.

> View Commonwealth Fencing Calendars here

Oceania

Australia is a member of the Oceania Fencing Confederation. Tournaments are hosted by member and associate nations (Australia, New Zealand, Guam, Samoa, New Caledonia and Polynesia). No special fencer licence is required to compete in OFC events.

> View OFC calendar here

Singapore

The Fencing Singapore calendar includes local Singapore tournaments as well as other competitions in the Asian region which may be of interest to Australian fencers.

› View Fencing Singapore Calendar

How to nominate

Tournaments where Australia is invited

  • World Championships (open and age groups)
  • Asian Zone Championships (open and age groups)
  • Universiade
  • Commonwealth Championships
  • Oceania Championships

Calls for nominations will be published on the AFF website approximately four months prior to the event date.  Nominations will go through a selection process, most commonly according to the Selection Policy. 

The following dates are the relevant point at which ranking tables will be consulted for selection to national teams for the coming season:

Ranking dates team selections

Date at which ranking tables will be consulted for selection to national teams - invitation events
Asian Championships (senior)December 31, 2019
World Championships (senior)N/A for 2020
Asian Championships (cadet/junior)November 27, 2019
World Championships (cadet/junior)January 13, 2019
Asian Championships (veteran)
World Championships (veteran)
Commonwealth Championships (veteran)April 6, 2020

2019 Overseas Invitation Tournaments

Asian Junior and Cadet ChampionshipsAmman, Jordan27 Feb to 8 March
Asian U/23 ChampionshipsThailandOctober
Asian Senior ChampionshipsJapan13 to 18 June
Asian Veteran ChampionshipsTaipei16 to 19 August
World Junior and Cadet ChampionshipsTorun, Poland6 to 14 April
World Senior ChampionshipsBudapest, Hungary15 to 23 July
World Veterans ChampionshipsCairo, Egypt5 to 10 October
Oceania Cadet ChampionshipsWellington, New Zealand25-28 April 2019
Oceania Senior Championships
(with AFC Senior Championships)
Canberra, AustraliaNov/Dec

2020 Overseas Invitation Tournaments

2020 Overseas Invitation Tournaments

Asian Cadet and Junior ChampionshipsIndonesia
Asian U/23 ChampionshipsTaipei
Asian Senior ChampionshipsKorea
Asian Veteran Championships
World Cadet and Junior ChampionshipsSalt Lake City, USA
World Senior ChampionshipsBudapest, Hungary
World Veterans ChampionshipsZagreb, Croatia
Oceania Cadet ChampionshipsNew Zealand
Oceania Senior Championships
(with AFC Senior Championships)
Canberra, AustraliaNov/Dec

Other tournaments

  • World Cups and Grand Prix
  • FIE Satellite events
  • Asian Cadet Circuit

  1. Review tournament documentation published by the host nation or federation regarding entry requirements. Some of these events carry special conditions, such as restrictions on citizenship, and may require membership of foreign fencing associations.
  2. Ensure AFF entry prerequisites have been met (see below)
  3. Nominate through the AFF Registrations page (see process below).

It is highly recommended that fencers never act through third parties in attempting to enter overseas events. Often there will be a country-to-country entry or protocol requirement.

Note: Many competitions carry a fine of at least $800 for non-appearance, which is payable if a fencer enters and does not compete.

 

  • Overseas  domestic tournaments

Athletes are generally able to enter these competitions directly without assistance from the AFF. Tournament documentation published by the host should specify entry requirements, including any restrictions on citizenship, and may require membership of foreign fencing associations. In some cases event organisers will only accept entries made through a fencer's national fencing body.

Prerequisites to nominating

Before nominating to compete in an overseas event, athletes should check their AFF Portal records for the following:

Athletes require full, competitive affiliation with a state association for the current calendar year
Address, contact details and the hand fenced with must be supplied
Passport information must be supplied and verified
An official photo must be supplied and verified - note this is not the same as the athlete bio photo
Athletes should read all sections of the Selection Policy relevant to the event to be entered, particularly section 2.3 relating to team participation and the Operational Protocol regarding fines for team no-shows

Nomination steps

Nominations for 'invitation' events are called for by the AFF. For all 'other tournaments', athletes should follow these steps:

Apply and pay for your EFC, FCA or FIE licence at the AFF Registrations page
Register for the event and pay the (non-refundable) Australian nomination fee at the AFF Registrations page

Fencers must go through the above process themselves.  The only exception is for minors, in which case it must be done by a parent.  This requirement relates to potential financial penalties associated with non-appearance and referee fines (see below).

Referee expenses

Overseas events generally require participating countries to also send a referee to the tournament where a minimum number of fencers are entered by that country (generally four). In lieu of sending a referee, participating countries can elect to pay a levy. The AFF has adopted the following protocol in determining how to apportion referee levies charged for Category E (non-invitational) overseas events.

Checking overseas event entries

For FIE events, entries can be confirmed at www.fie.org , under the Competitions menu, Calendar, and searching for the competition details. The competition entries can be found under the Entries option.

For EFC events, entries can be confirmed by accessing www.eurofencing.info , under the Tournaments menu searching for the competition details. The competition entries can be found by clicking on the event, then selecting the Inscriptions option.

For FCA events, this process is not currently published.

Late entries

For most FIE events, the FIE will accept entries up to seven days prior to an event. Consequently, all processes above must be completed at least nine days prior to the event.  Under the FIE rules, late entries 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 two days for its own processes.

Minors

The FIE requires fencers who are under 18 and not travelling with a parent to have a special document submitted to the event organisers (an example can be found here ).

Australians living overseas

Background information

To be a member of the Australian Fencing Team and Australian Fencing Squad, an athlete must be able to represent Australia, which is why the relevant Athlete Agreement requires an FIE licence.

Commonwealth and FIE events require an FIE licence in the country of citizenship.

Dual nationality fencers who already have a foreign nationality FIE licence must request a switch to an Australian FIE licence.

Under the FIE's rules, it is only possible to switch countries once in an athlete's life.  In some countries, this then stops them from being allowed to enter competitions in their country of residence.

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

How to fence for Australia

An overseas-based athlete must affiliate through a state fencing association (usually in the state with which the athlete has either a direct or family link), nominating a "full" State affiliation. This will be recognised as a national membership, known as a competitive affiliation (rather than simply a participative affiliation).

In some states, fencers might be required to join a nominal club in that state before affiliating at state level.

It is not necessary to submit any citizenship proof, or fencing results or resume.

Any queries regarding this process can be submitted to operations@fencing.org.au

To learn about representing Australia as part of the Australian Fencing Team or Squad, › view information about the High Performance Program here.