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Did You Know...

... that the 2021/2022/2023 FAI/ISC schedule could be finalized this coming weekend?

Opening ceremony at the FAL Indoor World Meet 2019 at Weembi Lille
posted Jan 18th, 2021 - The ISC (International Skydiving Commission) delegates to the World Air Sports Federation (Federation Aeronautique Internationale - FAI) have their first busy online weekend behind them. Almost 100 people discussed the 2021 agenda using an online platform, and the deliberations continue throughout the week until the plenary will vote on any decisions on the coming weekend.

No major rule changes are expected in Formation Skydiving competition, and the major topic is the schedule of the FAI/ISC events, mainly world meets and world cups in the coming years. The basic outline of the schedule for 2021/2022/2023 was presented at the meeting, and it is has to be approved now in the plenary meeting.

It has been a complicated topic that needed great attention ever since the corona virus crisis impacted on the sport and caused the cancellations of the major international indoor and outdoor events. The last FAI/ISC event was the FAI Outdoor World Cup in October 2019 that had followed the FAI Indoor World Meet in April the same year.

FAI/ISC indoor and outdoor events have been in perfect harmony since 2014 when indoor events were added to the FAI/ISC event agenda. Then came the corona virus crisis and changed everything.


Rotation of all FAI/ISC events since 1997
Opening ceremony at the FAI Outdoor World Cup 2019 in Eloy
Outdoor world meets and world cups have also been in perfect harmony before the introduction of FAI/ISC indoor events, with one exception. World meets and world cups have been taking turns year by year since the modern era of Formation Skydiving competition began in 1985.

Only one team can represent a country at a world meet, while up to four teams are eligible to compete in each category at world cups. The annual turns between world meets and world cups were changed only once when the FAI World Meet 2004 followed the FAI World Meet 2003 just a year later.

The NSL News could not find the reasons for the change of the event rotation after a few inquiries with former and current FAI/ISC officials. Fact is that there were two world meets in two consecutive years once in the history of Formation Skydiving competition.

This will now happen again, and the reason is very obvious this time. The FAI Mondial 2020 in Tanay had to be canceled due to the corona virus crisis, and it was rescheduled for the coming August 2021. There is a delay of one year.


FAI World Meet 2003
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Open 1,11,12 M,J,E,10 K,16,6 13,14,5 D,22,4 9,C,Q,N F,19,21 2,20,L 18,B,3 8,P,7 Total Avg
1 Maubeuge FR 16 26 23 19 21 37 24 21 19 23 229 22.9
2 Golden Knights US 17 24 22 19 18 35 22 18 19 20 214 21.4
3 DeLand Norgies NO 13 24 21 19 18 36 19 16 19 21 206 20.6
4 Sebastian XL UK 14 22 21 19 17 34 21 18 19 20 205 20.5
5 Sinapsi PD IT 13 24 22 17 17 32 22 18 18 - 183 20.3
6 Endeavour CH 13 21 19 15 17 29 21 17 16 - 168 18.7
7 NMPV BE 15 19 19 16 15 29 19 16 16 - 164 18.2
8 EADS DE 14 19 17 15 15 26 17 16 16 - 155 17.2
9 Wild Wind RU 15 22 18 15 18 22 17 8 - - 135 16.9
10 Phenix SE 13 18 15 15 16 23 18 16 - - 134 16.8
11 Spain ES 12 17 14 15 17 23 16 14 - - 128 16.0
12 Denmark DK 6 19 14 12 14 23 17 15 - - 120 15.0
13 Japan JP 12 16 14 12 13 24 14 14 - - 119 14.9
14 Netherlands NL 11 16 14 13 13 21 15 11 - - 114 14.3
15 Australia AU 11 14 12 13 13 23 15 12 - - 113 14.1
16 Bailey 5 ZA 11 10 14 11 13 19 15 13 - - 106 13.3
16 Monkey Circus AT 11 13 13 13 8 20 16 12 - - 106 13.3
18 Canada CA 11 15 13 11 12 18 12 12 - - 104 13.0
19 Slovenia SI 10 12 11 9 9 16 13 11 - - 91 11.4
20 New Zealand NZ 8 11 9 7 10 16 10 11 - - 82 10.3
21 Skyservice CZ 5 8 9 7 5 11 10 8 - - 63 7.9
22 Israel IL 1 3 2 4 4 7 3 4 - - 28 3.5

Opening ceremony at the FAI World Meet 2003 in Gap, France
At the same time, the schedule for the coming years was already set in place, and FAI/ISC seem to be motivated to follow through with the rescheduled FAI Mondial 2020 in August 2021, and with the next planned world meet in Eloy 2022, as well.

It seems to be a logical decision, even though there are direct impacts on teams and competitors. There will be two years when only the national teams will be invited to attend the most relevant annual events in the sport. The next outdoor world cup is scheduled for 2023, and the maximum of three additional teams of each country will have to wait for another year before they will have the next opportunity to attend a meet on the highest level in the world.

The 2022 season will be the beginning of the next traditional and well working cycle of FAI/ISC events, first with the outdoor world meet in Eloy and the indoor world cup in Charleroi, Belgium, followed by the outdoor world cup in Voss, Norway, and the indoor world meet at the Hurricane Factory in Slovakia a year later in 2023.

As in 2003 and 2004, the 2021 season has only one FAI/ISC top event scheduled. However, the already sanctioned 6th DIPC in February offers another opportunity for international 4-way outdoor competition - if the teams can travel to the Arabian Peninsula next month...


FAI World Meet 2004
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Open B,P,C,18 9,15,16 K,11,19 E,F,7,5 A,J,21,12 6,4,10 17,Q,L,1 H,14,3 13,22,O N,M,D,2 Total Avg
1 DeLand Majik  US  29 23 17 30 18 19 27 21 19 24 227 22.7
2 Maubeuge  FR  28 22 18 30 17 19 23 20 18 24 219 21.9
3 Sky Panthers  RU  24 21 19 25 22 15 28 19 16 22 211 21.1
4 Sinapsi PD  IT  22 21 20 28 21 18 23 19 16 22 210 21.0
5 EADS  DE  20 18 17 24 17 16 19 17 16 19 183 18.3
6 HayaBusa  BE  21 17 17 21 11 16 20 17 17 21 178 17.8
7 Endeavour  CH  16 17 14 19 16 13 19 14 14 - 142 15.8
7 Arcteryx  NO  19 14 15 21 15 13 17 15 13 - 142 15.8
9 Danez  DK  17 16 13 21 11 15 19 15 14 - 141 15.7
10 Spain  ES  19 16 15 21 15 11 16 12 14 - 139 15.4
11 Voodoo  UK  15 14 14 19 15 13 14 12 - - 116 14.5
12 VNE  UK  15 15 13 18 15 11 14 13 - - 114 14.3
13 Australia  AU  11 15 13 18 15 13 14 13 - - 112 14.0
14 Stratosfear  CA  15 14 12 17 13 12 16 12 - - 111 13.9
15 R-Fource  NL  16 14 13 17 11 10 14 12 - - 107 13.4
15 Matrix  AT  13 14 13 18 13 13 11 12 - - 107 13.4
17 New Zealand  NZ  15 14 12 14 13 11 15 12 - - 106 13.3
18 Croatia  HR  16 11 12 16 13 11 9 10 - - 98 12.3
19 Slovenia  SI  14 11 10 12 10 9 9 10 - - 85 10.6
20 Kazakhstan  KZ  5 5 0 6 4 6 5 4 - - 35 4.4
21 Iceland  IS  2 1 1 3 1 2 4 1 - - 15 1.9

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