World Juniors Championships Málaga 2017 – FIP Announcement

We would like to inform the children and youth participants, the coaches, their clubs, the National Federations from which they have a valid licence, and also to the parents, the first fans of their kids, about the activities carried out currently by the International Padel Federation.
The XI° Edition of the World Juniors Championships shows the following four extraordinary situations:

  • The number of registrations in the official and non-official categories is higher than 450 pairs, historical record for the FIP World Championships.
  • The Technical Rules recently approved allows a format never used in the past: qualifying round open to all the children of the World, final phase divided in two parts, the first to be plaid by groups, and the second with a main draw composed by the best classified in the groups. Draw-Groups-Draw: a completely new format.
  • The sign-ups are made through the web system, with the need to perform a cross-checking to verify the licence validity (Art.III.3.2) because it is not automatic due to the fact we do not have received and loaded a definitive data-base from all the National Federations.
  • The Technical Rules indicates the deadline to send claims and indications after 48 hours from the time the list of sign-up is published (Art.III.2.5). Almost all people performed the claims later, and also today we continue to receive indications.

These four exceptional elements generates just few incidents, less than 15 in total, and if we are taking into account that we have about 1000 participants, it is insignificant, approximately 1,5 %. In any case, the FIP wishes that nobody gets harmed and for this reason the incidence of these above indicated situations is under analysis in each Tournament of the various categories of the World Championships.
The Technical Rules and Regulations allow the FIP to decide to repeat the draw-lot in the case the identified, registered or indicated incidents are enough important to justify it (Art.III.3.4).
Moreover, we always have to apply the common sense in order to avoid any minimum suspect that this matter is being used to give some favour to somebody. Our main objective is that the World Champ should be a “fiesta” for all the kids and youths, who will play, compete and have fun as much as possible along the week with the best players of their same age from all over the World.

We are the spectators, they are the protagonists. Of course we want to provide the seriousness needed for a World Championships, in which we will continuously ensure the full respect of the official regulation of our sport. We have also to point out, that Malaga offers a good infrastructure, but not infinite, as well as it is not infinite the logistics possibilities (transportation and catering), and also it is not infinite the quantity of available personnel for assistance and technique for the Championships management. We are grateful that there is enough infrastructure available and also that the Organising Committee has decided to invest extra resources to cover the raised costs, and this will allow to use one of the predicted formulas of the Technical Rules (Art.III.4.7), that is the Final Phase with the first part of Groups or Leagues, in order to let all kids and youths from all over the World a higher number of matches than they would have with the successive eliminatory format.
We had verified the assignment in each group of the two first doubles following the FIP Ranking for National Juniors Teams (Art.III.4.7.1).

At the early first stage, the software programme made a draw-lot also of the second part of the Final Phase, corresponding to the promotion from Groups to Draw, but it has to follows what it is predicted in the Art.III.4.7.3. This was an error because the public draw-lot will be done once the Group Phase is terminated, in the Championships place. Then, it has been allocated just the first two positions in each group following the order of the Seed, this could be checked in the Definitive Lists of Sign-Ups.

Finally we would like to underline, that the FIP is full aware that the Qualifying Round only count Spanish players, because all other pairs registered from other countries have obtained the access to the Final Phase (Art.III.4.9). We would like also to indicate that because it is the Qualifying Round of a World Championships with all players of the same nationality, it has been tested the possibility to use the ranking available in the web-system and of automatic access, the Individual FIP Ranking (Art.III.3.5). Just because some youths Under-16 and Under-18 have FIP Ranking, it has been evaluated the possibility to use it to organise the Qualy Round Seeds, but the quantity of these kids and youth compared to the total number of sign-ups is too low to consider this possibility. In the following the software programme performed the draw-lot just pushing a button. The result of a draw-lot without any possibility of manipulation and favouritisms was a normal draw, but some criticism arrived anyway.

We received some questions about the rankings, and for this reason we inform that the current Technical Rules do not indicate as mandatory or even suggest the use of other National Federation rankings to organise the seeds, in no circumstances at all, because of that we are sure nobody has influenced the draw-lot result.

In the end, note that after the analysis of the detected incidents that each Official Championships require, their influence has been controlled in every draw, and it has been decided to perform a new draw-lot in all the cases, as stated in the Technical Rules (Art.III.3.4). The decision was made yesterday afternoon and the draw-lots were done. In this moment they are ready to be published, with the new match time table.

In the eventual case that the new match scheduled time corresponds to a real difficulty because you already bought the flight ticket, we kindly ask you to immediately contact us using in order to proceed with the necessary adjustments.
Since this moment claims or incidents indications won’t be accepted anymore, except if there are any mistakes regarding names or surnames.
We would like to thank the cooperation of the Director of the World Championships, Mr. Alfonso Caballero Sánchez, and the Head Umpire Ms. Nayra Ramírez Campos, in the management of the above indicated situation

See list of registration and incidences below:


Draws of the World Juniors Open Championships

Please find below the draws of the Padel World Juniors Open Championships that will be held in Malaga October 10-14 2017.


Last Minute Update: We had received some late indications about category assigning, missing sign-ups due to fail in confirmation data, double registrations, lack of validity of the national licence, etc., we decided to remove from the visible on-line the draws and the groups of the whole Championships in order to proceed with a deep control. The draws will be soon available on-line again.



World Junior Championships: Format, Draw and Programme

Yesterday evening, at the end of the 48 hours of available time for checking of data consistency from the National Federations and participants, and having definitively fixed the quantity of kids involved in each category, it was decided the format, the date for the draw, and the date for publish the sport programme.

We have reached about 1000 boys and girls, and the challenge is to give to all of them the best opportunity to compete as much as possible toward the highest target.

As for the World Juniors Championships for National Teams, the first part of the competition will be by Groups, playing a Round-Robin, and the second part is plaid by a Draw of classification to all positions, 13 places for the Boys Teams and 9 places for the Girls National Teams.

The Qualifying Rounds for all Categories of the World Open Championships will be plaid by a Qualy Draw, three of them of 64 pairs, two of them of 32 pairs and one of 16 pairs, all of them with some BYEs.

Then, the first part of the Main Phase were will be includes all the kids arriving from abroad Spain, will be by Groups, playing a Round-Robin, and the first position of each group will be promoted to the Main Draw (without Plate Draw).

The Promotional Tournaments Under-12 and Under-10 will be plaid with Main Draw and with Plate Draw.

Draw for World Open Championships: Sunday 24, 17:00 hs, FIP

Sport Programme publishing: Sunday 24, after the draw, and it will be available in the FIP web-site and Setteo/FIP platform

Draw for World Juniors Championships for National Teams: tbd, probably during the Presentation Ceremony in the Major House of Malaga next Wednesday 27th.

Inscription List – Promotional World Juniors Open Championships

Please find below the provisional inscription list of the Promotional Padel World Juniors Open Championships, that will be held in Malaga October 10-14 2017.


We will be one thousand!

We will be one thousand!

After the registration deadline it is time to check …

In the platform of the The International Padel Federation are now loaded …

  • 79 pairs of Boys Under-14
  • 54 pairs of Girls Under-14
  • 80 pairs of Boys Under-16
  • 54 pairs of Girls Under-16
  • 64 pairs of Boys Under-18
  • 28 pairs of Girls Under-18

A total of 359 pairs from thirteen different countries will play to be Champion in Malaga, but also just to play and enjoy a full week of friendship and health sport activities.

If we consider the promotional Tournaments of Under-20, Under-12 and Under-10, we will have more than 1000 boys and girls attending the events of the XI° World Juniors Championships Malaga 2017.

After the publishing of the official sign-up lists, there are 48 hours to make any cross checking and indicates mistakes, then we will be able to make the Draw (Friday 22 morning) and to expose the Programme (Sunday 24).

We appreciate the work of the Organising Committee, the supporters and sponsors, and we invite all public to come to Malaga and to enjoy with us during the World Juniors Championships.

Inscription List – World Juniors Open Championships

Please find below the provisional inscription list of the Padel World Juniors Open Championships that will be held in Malaga October 10-14 2017.


Inscription List – World Juniors Team Championships

Please find below the provisional inscription list of the Padel World Juniors Team Championships. that will be held in Malaga October 10-14 2017.


Welcome to Estonia, our member #34

Almost all countries with costs to the Baltic See have a National Padel Association affiliated to the International Padel Federation!


The Grand Opening, held Saturday September 2nd, of Rocca Al Mare Padel Center, also to present the Eestii Padeli Liit (Estonian Padel Association) to the FIP President Daniel Patti invited to comes to Tallinn, and the decision of the Board of Directors of the International Padel Federation accepting the candidacy, close a very important week of our sport, that has to be remembered in the future as probably the most productive week in the history.

The Estonian Padel Association arrives to our family after short time but characterised by very efficient carried out work, with association constitution and registry in May, first meeting with the FIP in June, presentation of preliminary documentation in August, and final and complete presentation in the first days of September.

We were always informed about the process, since a group of sportive Estonian people decide to bring the sport to their country, contacting friends of Finland and Spain, about the documentation process, the decision to build a reliable padel center, to keep contact with a well known and established group of teachers to launch the first Padel Academy, and to promote the sport in a full integrated area of Tallinn, with tennis, fitness, swimming-pool, but also ice-stadium and multipurpose arena, mainly used for basket and volleyball.

It was created the right atmosphere for the grand opening, with Mexican “mariachis” in honour to the country where our sport was invented, with an exhibition where all players could communicate with the public through small microphones and audio loudspeakers, with the availability of people ready to gives advises and the first orientation to our sport. The Open Day organised on Sunday also contribute to gives the opportunity to people of any age to have their first contact with the padel rackets.

To the President Armin Kõomägi, the Vice-President Laur Kivistik, to the General Secretary Siim Tuus, and to the Club Manager Keit Sikk, goes our best wishes of success.

Estonia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Poland and Germany are ready … we will be waiting for Latvia !



New FIP Technical Rules World Juniors Championships

New FIP Technical Rules World Juniors Championships

It is published the new Technical Rules, recently approved by the Board of Directors.
The evidenced text in yellow colour corresponds to the changes related to the text of the previous Technical Rules.

Member 33! Welcome Denmark!



Yesterday was a day to be noted in bold letters in the World Padel Agenda.

Yesterday, during their weekly meeting, the Board of Directors of the International Padel Federation accepted the candidacy of the Dansk Padel Forbund (Danish Padel Association).

We have to inform that the Danish Padel Association was established in July 2009, by Linda Johannsen, Flemming Lauenborg, Torben Larsen and Helle Pedersen who were the pioneers, and who first contacted the FIP offices.

Recently, the Danish Padel Federation make an Extraordinary General Meeting and it was changed the Board, today composed by Alvaro Maldonado (President), Paulina Andreasson (Vice-President), Ainoa Richer Jørgensen (Secretary) and Maria Louise Streif Garrouj (Treasure). We gives to all of them our warm welcome.

We acknowledge there are various clubs in Denmark waiting for this decision, in order to be able to includes the players in the official FIP tournaments and championships and to have Danish players in the official FIP ranking, organise official courses with the FIP Educational School, bring some official FIP Tournament to Denmark, and look forward to have an organised structure controlling Padel in the country, including all Padel clubs already established, and to start with cooperation projects with the Scandinavian colleagues of Sweden, Finland and Norway.

We are very happy to have a new Member, and we are already 33 !

The DPA headquarters are now located in Odense, in the middle of the country, and it will be the Federation centre from where Padel will be managed in all Denmark.