Elite sport is inherently about excellence. The right to represent Australia at the Olympic Games and the World Championships (open and age) represents the pinnacle of elite sport, and as such is a privilege to be earned. The Selection System sets out the minimum criteria which must be satisfied in order for a fencer to be eligible for selection for these events. Fencers are encouraged to view selection as merely the first step in the process of achieving the performance goals they have set themselves, rather than an end in itself.

Process and Timing

The processes and timing of selections is documented both within the Selection Policy and the following Operational Protocol.


AFF staff and directors cannot provide information relating to the interpretation of any section of the Selection Policy. There is no other way to gain ranking points except as defined in the Selection Policy. There is no body or person within any part of the AFF that has the power to allocate ranking points outside of the mechanisms within the Policy.

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, 2020
Asian Championships (veteran)TBC
World Championships (veteran)July 8, 2020
Commonwealth Age Group Championships (veteran)April 6, 2020
Junior OceaniaFebruary 17, 2020

Policy Updates

New policies for international selection and rankings

24 Apr 2021

The Australian Fencing Federation has adopted a new Selection Policy and Rankings Policy. President of the Australian Fencing Federation Mr…

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Selection Policy review – public consultation

05 Dec 2020

The AFF has completed a review of the existing selection policy that was introduced almost ten years ago. The AFF’s…

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Ranking dates 2019

20 Jan 2019

In accordance with the AFF Selection Policy and in an effort to provide certainty on selection processes for international team…

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No multiplier for Coach Designated Tour events during Olympic selection period

14 Jan 2019

Under the AFF Selection Policy, a multiple of 1.5 applies to determine the points awarded for designated events which form…

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Amendments to selection policy

09 Apr 2018

The AFF Board has approved amendments to the AFF Selection Policy which will come into effect on 9 April 2018.…

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