Draw to make-up the groups
Question: How are the groups divided?
Answer: The first 4 positions of the regular season are placed as heads of each group (A1, B1, C1 & D1), this is row #1. The next 4 make-up the second row and are randomly selected to be in one of the groups (A2, B2, C2 & D2). From the regular season's standings, teams in 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th positions are randomly put in row #3 (A3, B3, C3 & D3) and so on the fourth row is done in the same way. That leaves the last 2 teams in 17th & 18th. Since the last team in a standing usually play against team with the highest ranking, they are placed randomly in groups A & B (A5 & B5).
Post season series
Preliminary rounds & final (2019)
- The same "rules of competition" followed during the regular season apply throughout.
- The teams are ranked according to the results attained during the regular season. An even number of teams play in the 2019 post season series. EX: in a level having 19 teams, only the first 18 teams play for the gold medal. LOOK up "How positions are decided in the standings".
- The team with the highest standing is always the receiving team. If its club cannot receive due to court availability, then the opposing team receives.
In 2017-18 a new format took place instead of the playoffs: a post season series. The 2019 series are similar with some amendements.
The peculiarities are:
- An even number of teams per level will participate to have an equal number of matchs for each team. There will be no bye.
- In 2019 levels 2, 3 & 4 will have 18 teams participating in the series. In level 1, 10 teams will compete.
- At least three rounds of matches for each participating team in levels 2, 3 and 4. At least 4 rounds of matchs for participating teams in level 1.
- At the end of these 3 or 4 matchs, the teams are ranked according to a predetermined sorting.
To qualify for the series
Any player registered in the league must have played for her team a minimum number of matches during the regular season to be eligible for the series and finals. A bye doesn't count and must be excluded from the total number of matches. For the player having :
- 20 matches on her schedule, 6 times
- More than 20 matches on her schedule, 7 times
- The player with a "5.5" profile (level I) must have played at least 30% of the matches for which she is allowed to participate. (AGM 2017)
Note: A match lost by retiring because of an injury does not count in the number of times played for both partners. See Rule on retired match.
The finals will be played on the same day, at the same club, for all levels. The Administrative Committee of TFIM will choose this club.
The host club for the finals must allow the finalists one round of practice of two hours during the week preceding the finals. The host club sets the practice time.
During the finals, TFIM will employ professional referees for each court. In case of need, a player whose team is not competing in the finals can be a referee.