Sunday, December 13, 2015

Dan Cranston does it again

Daniel Cranston Holiday Silver champion
Dan Cranston of Maryland Subbuteo Club made it three Holiday Silver victories in a row on Dec.5 2015 at Patapsco Middle School in Ellicott City, MD. Dan navigated his way through a top quality field of 26 players in the Open Category. His first major hurdle was in a tight quarter final match with fellow club member Patrick Sheridan. Cranston would level the score at 1-1 in the last minute to take the match to overtime, where he would score a golden goal to move to the semi finals. Michael Tillman - a tough match up for Cranston - would be swept aside 4-2 as Cranston followed a typical pattern of building momentum as he progressed in the event. The final saw a match against Zach Walker of Colorado. Thirty minutes of regulation play did not produce a goal. In overtime, Cranston, who had been under siege, broke away to score a brilliant counter attacking goal to win the title.

In the veterans category, a nine player field came down to a final between Paul Eyes (Maryland) and Alex Batacchi (Tampa, FL). The match ended 0-0 after extra time. Eyes would win the shoot out 3-1.

In a non ASA/WASPA event 15 junior players played for the Patapsco Cup. Avery Klein defeated Vikas Reddy in the final.
Players on Sunday in the Shrine
On the Sunday play switched to The Shrine - Maryland Subbuteo Club’s home venue – with another Open event (field of 12 players) seeing Zach Walker exact some revenge over Cranston 3-0 in the final to win the Knockout Cup. During morning play, a two man team challenge event took place. Midwest Squared (Zach Walker and Peter Alegi) defeated Florida (Dario Passadore and Alex Batacchi) on shots after the match score ended 1-1. 41 players over the weekend, we look forward to seeing everyone next year for the 23rd playing of the event. (Report by Paul Eyes)

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Open letter from Dario Passadore, new ASA President

Dear ASA Members,
First of all, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the many texts, emails and Facebook notes received the past couple of days. I am truly humbled by the support received and you can count on my full commitment to do my very best to revive the association and grow our beloved sport in the US.
Secondly, in light of my relatively short tenure with ASA and, consequently, the fact that many of you may be wondering who I am, I deem it appropriate to introduce myself and share a brief summary of the unforgettable journey that eventually led me to join and become the President of this wonderful organization.
Born and raised in Milan, Italy, during the era of the game’s greatest popularity, I received my first Subbuteo kit at the age of 7. Like most kids my age, for a few years I would play stretching the wrinkled pitch on the floor, using basic rules and trying to master the quite challenging art of hitting the ball with rolling miniatures. The Subbuteo life back then was really hard, but I loved every second of it and every match was the perfect simulation of what I might had witnessed at the stadium the previous Sunday.
Everything changed one Sunday afternoon, when, at the age of 15, my best buddy and I decided to attend our first official tournament. I will never forget the shock upon entering a room filled with more than 20 pitches installed on wooden boards and mounted on workhorses perfectly lined up, packed with more than one hundred players of all ages busy dealing with “stuff” at that time we had no clue what it meant. Why would they all show up with small (mostly custom-made) briefcases, instead than the traditional green Subbuteo package we were so proudly carrying in our hand…? Why did they have a cleaning cloth in it?? Why did their teams look so different from ours? What the heck was a furniture cleaning spray doing in that case anyway?? Wait…what…WHAT??? The miniatures could slide from side to side without rolling?!?! LOL
The rules were also quite different from what we were used to. Long story short, as you can easily guess, we both lost all the three games in the group stage by an average of 10 goals to nothing and that was the end of our first competitive adventure.
While my friend went home right after the humiliating defeat, disgruntled and discouraged, I stayed till the end of the event, asking a million questions and learning as much as I could, certain I had found my true passion.
After a year of solitary practice to catch up to a new exciting world of Subbuteo I was previously unaware of, at the age of 16 I finally resolved to contact the Italian Federation (AICIMS at that time) to become a member and got assigned to a local club, the mythical G.S. Bossico, led by my friend and mentor Massimiliano Turati.
One year later, when Max left for the mandatory military service, I was chosen to become the President of the Club, which ended up winning the Serie B. The following year, at the age of 17, I was asked to run the entire Lombardy region, after its longtime leader resigned. That marked the beginning of an incredible experience from a leadership, organizational, human, and competitive standpoint. I was organizing monthly regional and national tournaments, managing finances and memberships, dealing with distributors, filtering daily inquiries from current and prospective players, forming alliances, publishing newsletters, marketing the association and, most of all, grooming new talents.
I had the pleasure of playing Subbuteo nonstop for more than 20 years till my departure to the US in 1999, when I had to leave everything behind. It was only a couple of years ago, thanks to social media, that I was able to reconnect with old friends and realized the sport I thought had been killed by videogames and multimedia was, indeed, more alive than ever. I looked at my two young boys and thought: “there you go! I now have the perfect excuse to drop a few hundred bucks on Subbuteo…:)”
The rest it’s history. But I definitely want to thank two individuals in particular: Alex Batacchi and Zach Walker, for their warm welcome to ASA, their contagious enthusiasm, and their fantastic support during my first US tournament where my ego got tested quite severely…lol
Last but not least, now that you got a glimpse of how passionate I am about this phenomenal sport, I would like to quickly outline the next steps, promising to dedicate my next communication to a more in-depth explanation around the plan for a revised ASA:
December 5 – First informal meeting with the Board and key ASA members on Saturday, December 5, during the Holiday Silver
Mid-December – First official meeting with the Board in December before the Holidays to present Executive Team and finalize list of priorities/assign tasks and deadlines
January 2016 – Approval of 2016 Budget
January 2016 – Communication to all ASA Members about plan, budget and deliverables
I look forward to working with each and every one to grow Subbuteo in the US and to keep strengthening our relationship with WASPA and FISTSF for mutually beneficial purposes.
I encourage you to email me questions, feedback, ideas at any time at the following email address:

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Dario Passadore is our new ASA President

"I am very pleased to announce that Dario Passadore is our new ASA President! After the two week nominating period, Dario was the only nominee for the position. Dario's passion for the game is unmatched and his desire to grow the game in the States is unequaled. Thank you, Dario, for taking up this mantle of leadership."

Andrew Zunino, Vice-President of the American Subbuteo Association

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Peter Alegi wins the 2015 Turkey Shoot tournament

The 2015 Turkey Shoot, a Michigan subbuteo tradition, held on Sunday was the first hosted by the new Grand Rapids Table Soccer Club ( The number of players was smaller than expected due to some last-minute withdrawals, but it was still a good Sunday of flicking. Many young soccer players watched the competition and tried Subbuteo for the first time on the demonstration table. Peter Alegi defeated Mike Ewer in the final while Paul Pate and Brian Lambert shared third place.

For full results go to:

Sunday, November 22, 2015

American players in the different rankings

ASA Players in FISTF Rankings “Open” category (November 2015)

107 Cranston, Daniel
130 Walker, Zach
205 Haefke, Erik
238 O’Donovan Rossa, Paul
300 Tillman, Michael
309 Alegi, Peter
328 Kurkeyerian, Varant
348 Passadore, Dario
462 Russell, Stuart
468 Smith, Wayne
535 Tucker, Rob
540 Gikas, Ilias
594 Gasparini, Andrea
649 Sweetland, Chris
745 Tucker, Steve
746 Tucker, Josh
750 Casaca, Joao
866 Zunino, Andrew
867 Tumminaro, Tim
868 Pate, Paul
869 Casaca, Joao Bruno
970 Mullen, Conan

ASA Players in FISTF Rankings “Veterans” category (November 2015)

241 O’Donovan Rossa, Paul
259 Kurkeyerian, Varant
292 Sweetland, Chris
293 Passadore, Dario
294 Alegi, Peter
450 Haefke, Erik

ASA Players in WASPA Rankings (October 2015)

34 Daniel Cranston Maryland SC
58 Peter Alegi Grand Rapids TSC
60 Zach Walker TSC Black Rose '98 Roma
66 Alex Batacchi Tampa Bay TSC
95 Paul O'Donovan Rossa Kent Invicta
95 Dario Passadore Florida Sharks TFC
99 Paul Eyes USA Maryland SC
117 Peter Vahle USA Northern California SC
125 Conan Mullen USA Northern California SC
138 Ilias Gikas USA Chicago United TSC
149 Erik Haefke USA Chicago United TSC
206 Tom Shirley USA Chattanooga Subbuteo League
216 Michail Keskinidis USA Northern California SC
220 Miko Mann USA Greenbrier HS Subbuteo Club
233 Michael Tillman USA Maryland SC
244 Varant Kurkeyerian USA Southern California Subbuteo Club
282 Gregg Deinhart USA Washington Tuesday SL
308 Craig Cousino USA Carolina Table Soccer Charlotte
333 Isabel Batacchi USA Tampa Bay TSC
343 Patrick Sheridan USA Maryland SC
343 Wayne Smith USA Southern California Subbuteo Club
343 George Vassiliades USA Northern California SC
352 Darren Koffman USA Misflickers SC
361 Massimo Conturso USA SC Connecticut
368 Eric Cha USA Patapsco SC
368 Simon Neil USA Chattanooga Subbuteo League
368 Neal Rivera USA Maryland SC
400 Nate Pate USA Grand Rapids TSC
421 Sean Mann USA Augusta Subbuteo FC
421 Vincent Vidal USA Northern California SC
429 Paul Pate USA Grand Rapids TS
433 Reed Norton USA Augusta Subbuteo FC
454 Adolfo Colindres USA Maryland SC
454 Tim Tumminaro USA Chicago United TSC
481 Stuart Russell USA Maryland SC
485 Sacha Passadore USA Florida Sharks TFC
493 Steve Tucker USA Southern California Subbuteo Club
509 Rob Tucker USA Southern California Subbuteo Club
522 Reggie Redd USA Augusta Subbuteo FC
535 Andrew Zunino USA Philadelphia Subbuteo Futbol Syndicate
550 Steve Laskey USA Cleveland Metro TFC
570 Michael Kimack USA Patapsco SC
620 David Qualls USA Chattanooga Subbuteo League
620 Abigail Wagner USA (no club)
642 Thomas Hamilton USA Augusta Subbuteo FC
642 Sam Rice USA (no club)
682 John Coyle USA Chattanooga Subbuteo League
682 Brian King USA North Alabama Subbuteo
682 Forest Pavel USA Augusta Subbuteo FC
682 Joe Schmidt USA Northern California SC
715 Milaine De Diego USA Florida Sharks TFC
715 Andrea Gasparini USA CR Vasco da Gama Futmesa
728 Max Ambrosio USA Kansas City Table Soccer Club
756 Cameron Tucker USA Southern California Subbuteo Club
759 Mark Able USA Chattanooga Subbuteo League
759 Chris Barron USA Lone Star Subbuteo League
759 Jeff Drake USA Misflickers SC
759 Dewey LaRochelle USA Washington Tuesday SL
759 Virgil Goodin USA Kansas City TSC
794 Timothy Kim USA Patapsco SC
794 Jake Scarbath USA Patapsco SC
822 David Jensen USA Southern California Subbuteo Club
822 Jamie Zacharda USA (no club)
852 Jody Schaaf USA Savannah SC
859 Eddie Davidson USA SC Connecticut
859 Mike Hitselberger USA (no club)
859 Jimmy Nolan USA Maryland SC
859 Pat O'Brien USA Florida Sharks TFC
969 Daniel Louis USA Tampa Bay TSC
969 Brock Sievertson USA Greenbrier HS Subbuteo Club
992 Alex Galarza USA Grand Rapids TSC
992 James Husley USA Tampa Bay TSC
1017 Brad Hendricks USA Kansas City Subbuteo League
1020 Ryan Jung USA Patapsco SC
1020 Avery Klein USA Patapsco SC
1020 Joe Nolan USA Patapsco SC
1020 Vikas Reddy USA Patapsco SC
1039 Eric Smith USA Augusta Subbuteo FC
1054 Rory Nolan USA Maryland SC
1054 Matt Steinmuller USA Maryland SC
1054 Doshu Tosheki USA (no club)
1107 Shane McNulty USA Kansas City Subbuteo League
1110 Joao Casaca USA Southern California Subbuteo Club
1128 Christian Brunson USA Greenbrier HS Subbuteo Club
1128 José Miguel De Diego USA Florida Sharks TFC
1128 Roderick Ysaguirre USA Chicago United TSC
1189 Benny Nuger USA Maryland SC
1189 Jonathan Young USA Chattanooga Subbuteo League
1195 Ricky Alvarez USA Chicago United TSC
1213 Sid Bond USA (no club)
1213 Josh Tucker USA Southern California Subbuteo Club
1250 Sarah Able USA Chattanooga Subbuteo League
1283 Bryan Arnold USA (no club)
1283 Jeff Davidson USA SC Connecticut
1283 Jake Galla USA Patapsco SC
1283 Chad Idema USA Grand Rapids TSC
1283 Tony Kees USA Chicago United TSC
1283 Jack Lorenz USA Patapsco SC
1283 Liam MacKinnnon USA Patapsco SC
1283 Brendan Mayhugh USA (no club)
1283 Prem Mehta USA Patapsco SC
1283 Tej Mehta USA (no club)
1283 Frank Montabon USA Iowa Subbuteo Club
1283 Robert Morse USA Patapsco SC
1283 Hunter Norton USA Augusta Subbuteo FC
1283 Abishay Reddy USA Patapsco SC
1283 Matt Sanders USA Chattanooga Subbuteo League
1283 Nick Schmidt USA Northern California SC
1283 Garrett Snyder USA Patapsco SC
1283 Kaegan Stottemeyer USA Patapsco SC
1283 Therron Thomas USA (no club)
1283 J. Vaught USA Augusta Subbuteo FC
1283 Bruno Casaca USA Southern California Subbuteo Club
1512 Javier King USA North Alabama Subbuteo
1516 Timothy Cousino USA (no club)

Monday, November 16, 2015

Elections for new ASA President

As you may have read on the American Subbuteo Association Facebook page, Chris Sweetland had to resign his position as our president.  While we are saddened by this, we understand his reasons and wish him nothing but the best and look forward to see him at future ASA events.  With that in mind, we need to elect a new president.  As the Vice-President of the East Region, I would like to start the call to nomination for a new ASA President.  If you would like to nominate someone for ASA President, please submit your nomination to our secretary, Matt Fox, at  Canidates must be at least 21 years of age.  The nomination process will be over a two week period (November 16, 2015 - November 29, 2015) and the election process, if there are more than one nominee, will be held over the following two weeks.  We look forward to electing our new President!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The 2015 Delaware Valley Open for Daniel Cranston

The players
The 2015 Delaware Valley Open presented by Yuengling Lager, Yuengling Lager, the offical lager of the Delaware Valley Open, has just concluded with Daniel Cranston winning his second DVO title. Daniel Cranston defeated Paul Eyes 2-1 in front of a sold out crowd of five in the finals. With the score tied 1-1 at the half, Daniel got the go-ahead goal with four minutes left to secure the victory. In the Mushroom Cup consolation final, Neal Rivera defeated Andrew Zunino by a score of 2-1. The attendance for that final was two. Thank you to all the players who participated in this years event. It is always my pleasure hosting this event.
Action during the final
The final
The final results are listed below: 1. Daniel Cranston 2. Paul Eyes 3. Adolfo Colindres 4. Gregg Deinhart 5. Neal Rivera 6. Andrew Zunino 7. Bryan Arnold 8. Douglas Thozomas (Report by Andrew Zunino)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

New club in Virginia

The NoVA Union Subbuteo Club is based in Northern Virginia and is open to all. Interested players can contact Bryan Arnold at or check the club's Facebook page at

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The 616 Cup for Peter Alegi

Peter Alegi took out revenge on Marcus Fila for his historic round robin defeat and won the 616 Cup held in Grand Rapids, MI in a tight affair by a 1-0 scoreline. Paul Pate and Mike Ewer were the losing semi finalists, both being knocked out by 4-1 scorelines.

Group stage:
1. Marcus Fila (Kentwood MI) 10
2. Peter Alegi (E.Lansing MI) 9
3. Paul Pate (Rockford MI) 6
4. Mike Ewer (Grand Rapids MI) 4
5. Alex Galarza (Grand Rapids MI) 0

Semis: Marcus 4 Mike 1 Peter 4 Paul 1

Final: Marcus 0 Peter 1

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Turkey Classic for Alex Batacchi

The sixth edition of the Turkey Classic played Sunday October the 25th on the Batacchi Grounds in Tampa Bay, Florida was another success of fun, friendship and very competitive Subbuteo table soccer. 3 players from the Florida Sharks TSC (Dario Passadore, Milaine Andrade and Jose Miguel De Diego), Virgil Goodin from the Kansas City TSC joined Isabel and Alex Batacchi. The qualifying groups did not produce surprises even though there were sign of improvements in Milaine and Jose' games. The Championship group saw some tight encounters between the 3 Floridians, with Virgil unable to keep the pace, Dario was able to reach the final just on goal differential after tied his game with a very good Isabel, and loosing a very close one with Alex.
There was a fantastic final game between the "Turkey Classic King" Alex Batacchi and the charging/emerging Dario Passadore (second couple of weeks ago in California), directed very well as referee by Virgil between the two incredible competitor friends. Congratulations to Alex for his final victory. (Report from the Tampa Bay facebook page)

The Corsendonk Cup for Alex Batacchi

Dario Passadore and Alex Batacchi
There was subbuteo action last saturday in Florida where the Tampa Bay club organized the "Corsendonk Cup" with six players taking part. After the first stage, the top three players met for the title while the three others played a Mary Jane tournament. Alex Batacchi was the final winner while Dario passadore was runner-up. Isabel Batacchi was third and Sasha Passadore won the Mary Jane tournament. Congratulations to all. Tampa Bay will see the visit of Kansas City table soccer club player Virgil Goodin and a tournament (name to be determined) will be held on Sunday, October 25th. It will be A.S.A. and W.A.S.P.A. sanctioned.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The honors for Jesper Nieslen in California

The FISTF Future of Newbury Park, California took place on October 11, 2015. The tournament was also counting for the WASPA circuit. The players from California had the pleasure to meet friends from Denmark and Jesper Staal Nielsen was the star guest of the tournament. Players were dropped in two groups. Nielsen was the best player and defeated Rob Tucker in the semi (8-0) and Dario Passadore from Florida (6-1) in the final. Paul O'Donovan Rossa was the other semi-finalist and Joao Casaca won the consolation tournament.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Team USA at the 2015 Subbuteo World Cup

By Peter Alegi

In September 2015, the American Subbuteo Association sent eight players—its largest delegation ever—to the FISTF World Cup in Italy. National champion and team captain Zach Walker (Colorado), Daniel Cranston (Maryland), Paul O’Donovan Rossa (California), and Andrea Gasparini (Massachusetts) competed in the Open category. Varant Kurkeyerian (California), Dario Passadore (Florida), Peter Alegi (Michigan), and Chris Sweetland (ASA President, Illinois) played in the Veteran category.

The team trained in Rome in the days prior to the World Cup. On September 9 and 10, our friends at Black Rose Roma TSC warmly and generously welcomed us to their clubhouse in Fiumicino. We played lots of friendlies and enjoyed two wonderful dinners. On the second night, members of S.S. Lazio TFC also joined us for an exciting evening of flicking.

On Friday morning, we rose early to make the road trip from Rome to San Benedetto del Tronto, a seaside town in the Marche region and the largest commercial fishing port in Italy. The 2.5-hour car ride took us through the Appenine mountains and a 6-mile tunnel under the Gran Sasso. Upon arrival, we took part in two friendly international tournaments at the Porto Grande mall. The first used Old Subbuteo rules and equipment, an interesting experiment! The second tournament featured Wales, Czech Republic, Japan, and eventual winner USA.

The feverish pace continued as we checked into the hotel and then attended the opening ceremony, draw, and dinner. The World Cup opened on Saturday at the Palazzo dello Sport “Bernardo Speca” with the individual competition. Cranston flew the Stars and Stripes high as the only American to qualify for the knockout stage.

The team event took place on Sunday. Team USA made history by winning its first-ever World Cup match against Switzerland in the Open category. Drawn with powerhouses Italy and Portugal, however, the team placed third in the group and was eliminated. The Veterans side came in last in a “group of death” that included eventual World champions Spain, Italy, England, and Germany.

In the end, this World Cup adventure was a memorable experience. We had fun, renewed old friendships and made many new ones, improved our game, and integrated the United States more closely into the global network of subbuteo table soccer.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Peter Alegi wins in Michigan

Action in Grand Rapids
The recent finalist of the national veterans championship won the tournament held in Grand Rapids, Michigan on sunday. Five players were taking part and Peter Alegi won his four games. Marcus Fila was runner-up while Nate Pate was third, Mike Ewer 4th and Paul Pate 5th.

Peter Vahle wins in Rohnert Park, CA

The Northern California SC held a tournament this saturday in Rohnert Park, CA. Four players were taking part and everyone had 6 games. In the end of the day, Peter Vahle won the event with 11 points and more goals than Conan Mullen. Michail Keskinidis was third with 6 points and Vincnt Vidal had 4 points.

Alex Batacchi wins international games

Kye, Alex and Terry
Earlier last week Kye and Terry Arnold had the chance to pay a visit to Tampa Bay's local top player Alex Batacchi. Two small tournaments have been played on sunday and monday. Alex Batacchi finished on top of a group of 4 on sunday, winning his six games. Kye was runner-up, Isabel Batacchi was third and Terry was fourth. On monday, only three players were present and everyone played four games; Alex took the hjonors again whil Kye was runner-up again. "It's incredible the bond and friendship that our game can generate", reported Alex. After all, that's how it should always be...

Monday, August 24, 2015

The ASA National 2015 in Chicago

The Chicago United Table Soccer Club, in partnership with the American Subbuteo Association, the Federation International Sports Table Football and the World Amateur Subbuteo Players Association, hosted the 2015 ASA Nationals Tournament on August 8, 2015 and the 2015 FISTF International Open on August 9, 2015.

All matches were held at the headquarters of Chicago United Table Soccer Club located in the facilities of Step Ahead Sports at 401 Remington, Bolingbrook, IL.

The US Open featured the following six groups:

Group A: Zach Walker, Andrew Zunino, Ilias Gikas
Group B: Daniel Cranston, Stuart Russell, Dario Passadore
Group C: Erik Haefke, Roderick Ysaguirre, Chris Sweetland
Group D: Paul O'Donovan Rossa, Max Ambrosio, Paul Pate
Group E: Varant Kurkeyerian, Craig Cousino, Michael Tillman
Group F: Paul Eyes, Tim Tumminaro, Peter Alegi

The top two players from each group moved on to the next round while the third place players moved to the consolation tournament, also known as "Mary Jane tournament".

US Open Playoffs
Tillman - Sweetland 1-0
Eyes - Ambrosio 5-0
Gikas - Kurkeyerian 3-0
Russell - Alegi 1-0

US Open Quarter-Finals
Walker - Russell 1-0
Tillman - O'Donovan Rossa 3-2
Eyes - Haefke 1-1 (2-1 in OT)
Cranston - Gikas 8-1

US Open Semi-Finals
Walker - Tillman 1-0
Eyes - Cranston 2-1

US Open 3rd place
Tillman - Cranston 3-2
Eyes vs Walker
US Open Final
Walker - Eyes 2-1


The Veterans tournament featured the following 13 players:

Peter Alegi, Max Ambrosio, Craig Cousino, Paul Eyes, Ilias Gikas, Erik Haefke, Varant Kurkeyerian, Paul O'Donovan Rossa, Dario Passadore, Paul Pate, Chris Sweetland, Tim Tumminaro, Andrew Zunino

The Veterans tournament did not include group play but was a knock out format from the start.

Veterans round of 10
Eyes - Ambrosio 3-0
Zunino - Tumminaro 1-0
Passadore - Pate 3-0
Cousino - Sweetland 0-0 (1-0 in OT)
Alegi - Gikas 1-0

Veterans Quarter-Finals
Alegi - Haefke 0-0 (1-0 in OT)
Kurkeyerian - Passadore 1-0
Eyes - Zunino 3-0
O'Donovan Rossa - Cousino 4-0

Veterans Semi-Finals
Alegi - Kurkeyerian 3-1
Eyes - O'Donovan Rossa 1-1 (2-1 in OT)

Veterans 3rd place
O'Donovan Rossa - Kurkeyerian 1-1 (2-1 in OT)

Alegi vs Eyes
Veterans Final
Eyes - Alegi 1-1 (2-1 in SO)

Mary Jane consolation tournament

Mary Jane Playoffs
Tumminaro - Ysaguirre 3-0
Cousino - Pate 1-1 (1-0 in SO)

Mary Jane Semi-Finals
Zunino - Cousino 1-0
Passadore - Tumminaro 2-1

Mary Jane Final
Passadore - Zunino 3-0

FISTF International Open 

The FISTF IO featured the following six groups:

Group A: Colin Tarry, Varant Kurkeyerian, Chris Sweetland
Group B: Zach Walker, Frank Montabon, Ilias Gikas
Group C: Erik Haefke, Paul Eyes, Tim Tumminaro
Group D: Daniel Cranston, Craig Cousino, Dario Passadore
Group E: Paul O'Donovan Rossa, Stuart Russell, Max Ambrosio
Group F: Peter Alegi, Michael Tillman, Andrew Zunino
The top two players from each group moved on to the next round while the third place players moved to the consolation tournament.

FISTF IO Playoffs
Haefke - O'Donovan Rossa 2-0
Alegi - Passadore 1-1 (2-1 in OT)
Russell - Kurkeyerian 0-0 (1-0 in OT)
Tillman - Gikas 2-2 (3-2 in OT)

FISTF IO Quarter-Finals
Tillman - Tarry 1-1 (2-1 in OT)
Cranston - Haefke 4-2
Eyes - Alegi 0-0 (1-0 in OT)
Walker - Russell 6-0

FISTF IO Semi-Finals
Cranston - Tillman 2-1
Walker - Eyes 2-1

Cranston - Walker 2-1

The FISTF IO consolation tournament included the players who were eliminated after the FISTF IO group play was completed:
Sweetland, Montabon, Tumminaro, Cousino, Ambrosio, Zunino

FISTF IO Consolation Playoffs

Zunino - Tumminaro 3-3 (3-1 in SO)
Ambrosio - Cousino 2-0

FISTF IO Consolation Semi-Finals
Ambrosio - Sweetland 3-1
Zunino - Montabon 3-0

FISTF IO Consolation Final
Ambrosio - Zunino 2-0

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Dario Passadore dominates Belgians in Delray Beach

What a great day of table soccer in Delray Beach, Florida! Five players, including Vincent and Alyssa Guyaux from Belgium, battled for several hours in a group format with two games against each other. After losing the inaugural game 2-1 against Vincent Guyaux, Dario Passadore eventually won the tournament by dominating the second match and beating the Belgium 4-0. Special thanks to all participants for their sportsmanship and for a successful event!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Alex Batacchi wins the Suncoast Open

Alex Batacchi topped the Standings after an incredible hard fought round robin , with Isabel playing very well and Dario emerging as a new star player in Florida, Sasha showed good touch but still too young to maintain focus on the game.
"With the absence of the other two Club players Daniel Louis and James Hulsey the field look smaller, but it was indeed nevertheless a great day of fun a table soccer", reported Alex Batacchi.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Tom Shirley wins in Ringgold

Tom Shirley wins 2015 Scenic City Subbuteo Spectacular over Simon Neil, 2-0 in Ringgold, GA. In a great day of action. Seven players made it to Tom's house and there was plenty of great goals, near misses and great fun for all the participants. Mark Able beat David Quallas in the 3rd place final. Congratulations to all.

Daniel Cranston wins in Pennsylvania

The 2015 Pennsylvania Subbuteo Championship is in the books. Daniel Cranston was able to successfully defend his championship with a 3–2 victory over Massimo Conturso. Daniel was able to jump out to a 3–0 lead but had to fight off a furious comeback by Massimo.
Daniel and Massimo in the final
Thank you to all the players who participated in this year tournament and made it a success. Complete results will be posted in the next few days but below are the final standings. 1. Daniel Cranston 2. Massimo Conturso 3. Gregg Deinhart 3. Michael Tillman 5. Paul Eyes 5. Adolfo Colindres 5. Andrea Gasparini 5. Eddie Davidson 9. Benny Nuger (Keystone Cup Champion) 10. Andrew Zunino 11. Jeff Davidson
Paul Eyes and Andrea Gasparini
Daniel Cranston receives his trophy from Andrew Zunino

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Report of the Flicko de Mayo tournament

Congratulations to ERIK HAEFKE (Iowa; Chicago United) for his first tournament win in Michigan, defeating perennial finalist and title holder Peter Alegi (Lansing MI; Chicago United) 4-3 in sudden death overtime. Nine participants at the annual Flicko de Mayo, for the second time a FISTF Satellite, enjoyed a great high-scoring tournament. Dario Passadore from Florida pulled off a 3-2 win against Ilias Gikas (Chicago) in the group stage to keep him from a repeat semi-final against Peter Alegi. Alegi won the all-Italian semi-final 2-0, while Erik Haefke won an open encounter with Marcus Fila 5-2. The final saw Alegi down two quick goals, but he recovered to tie 2-2 before a further marker from Haefke put the Iowan ahead at half time. The second half saw no further scoring until around 15 seconds from time, when Alegi scored the equaliser. To no avail, however, as Haefke walked off with the trophy by scoring the golden goal four minutes into overtime.

Group A: Alegi 8 Pate 1, Fila 7 Galarza 0, Alegi 3-0F Galarza, Fila 3 Pate 3, Alegi 2 Fila 0, Pate 3-0F Galarza.
Group B: Passadore 5 Sweetland 0, Haefke 3 Ewer 0, Gikas 4 Sweetland 0, Passadore 0 Ewer 1, Gikas 4 Ewer 2, Passadore 1 Haefke 3, Gikas 3 Haefke 5, Ewer 1 Sweetland 2, Gikas 2 Passadore 3, Haefke 4 Sweetland 0.

Group A
Peter Alegi ........... 3 3-0-0 13-1 9
Marcus Fila .......... 3 1-1-1 10-5 4 (GD, forfeits excluded)
Paul Pate .............. 3 1-1-1 7-11 4
Alex Galarza ......... 3 0-0-3 0-13 0

Group B
Erik Haefke ........... 4 4-0-0 15-4 12
Dario Passadore ... 4 2-0-2 9-6 6 (H2H 3-2)
Ilias Gikas ............. 4 2-0-2 13-10 6
Chris Sweetland ... 4 1-0-3 2-14 3 (H2H 2-1)
Mike Ewer ............ 4 1-0-3 4-9 3

Consolation Final
Gikas 5 Pate 0

Alegi 2 Passadore 0
Haefke 5 Fila 2

Haefke 4 Alegi 3 (AET)

(Report from MiSTFA)

Report of the California Cup

Last weekend, May 2nd & 3rd, saw the coming together of the Northern and Southern California Subbuteo leagues for the first annual “California Cup” in San Francisco. This exciting inaugural event included a round-robin on day-one (allowing each NorCal and SoCal player to meet and play each other in a competitive but friendly and sporting “getting to know you” atmosphere), and two “teams” competitions on day-two consisting of mixed-teams rounds (allowing NorCal and SoCal players to join together against their own and opposing league member in a fast-paced and exciting competition) and a final, thrilling, “North vs. South” teams round, decided in the end only by a decisive “golden goal” in sudden death overtime! Despite the competitive edge, this year’s tournament focused on our two great California leagues meeting, building friendships, and looking ahead to the growth of table soccer in California. Participants enjoyed two great days of fun, comradery, and of course, plenty of Subbuteo. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated and made our first annual California Cup a terrific success! And special thanks to our new friend Tonny Villarreal for capturing it all so beautifully on film!

(Report by Conan Mullen)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Michigan Spring Classic for Peter Alegi

Nathan Pate (left) and Chris Sweetland played to a scoreless draw in the Spring Classic
On Saturday, April 11, a WASPA tournament took place at the Woodland Sports complex in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was the first official event of the year organized by the Michigan Subbuteo Table Football Association and a warm up to the FISTF Satellite "Flicko de Mayo" scheduled for May 2. Peter Alegi won the Spring Classic with four victories and no goals conceded, with Nathan Pate just edging out his dad, Paul, for second place. Chris Sweetland (from Chicago) and Alex Galarza rounded out the table during a fun and competitive afternoon of flicking. Unfortunately, Mike Ewer was a last-minute scratch due to illness.

Scores Nathan Pate - Peter Alegi 0-2 Chris Sweetland - Alex Galarza 2-0 A. Galarza - N. Pate 0-3 P. Alegi - Paul Pate 3-0 C. Sweetland - P. Alegi 0-1 A. Galarza - P. Pate 0-2 A. Galarza - P. Alegi 0-3 N. Pate - C. Sweetland 0-0 N. Pate - P. Pate 1-0 P. Pate - C. Sweetland 1-0

Final Table
P. Alegi 12 pts
N. Pate 7 pts
P. Pate 6 pts
C. Sweetland 4 pts
A. Galarza 0 pts

(Report by MiSTFA)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Conan Mullen wins in San Francisco

The Northern California Subbuteo Club played a small WASPA tournament on Sunday, February 22nd in San Francisco, CA. Only three players were available this month with results as follows.
Conan Mullen 3 - 0 Peter Vahle
Peter Vahle 1 - 0 Michail Keskinidis
Conan Mullen 2 - 0 Michail Keskinidis
Peter Vahle 0 -  1 Conan Mullen
Michail Keskinidis 0 - 1 Peter Vahle
Michail Keskinidis 0 - 1 Conan Mullen

Conan finished top with 12 points, Peter second with 6 points, and Mike third with 0 points. All the games were lively and closely contested with a lot of end-to-end action throughout.

(Report by NCSC)

Monday, January 26, 2015

A first victory for Michalis Keskinidis

Michalis's Sankt Pauli team
There was subbuteo action in Northern California this week-end where fine players met to play a small tournament. Everyone played four games and there was some good fun. Michalis Keskinidis finished on top with two wins and two draws while Peter Vahle was second with 5 points. The other three players tied with 4 points but Conan Mullen was third on goal difference, George Vassiliades was fourth and Vincent Vidal was fifth.