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World Fistball Championships Coming to Roxbury in 2018

2017 Mens and Womens USA Fistball Teams Credits: USFA
Roxbury Manager John Shepherd, US Fistball Association President Bob Feid, US Fistball Association N.E. Director Werner Adam, Roxbury Councilman Fred Hall, Roxbury Recreation Director Keith Knudsen Credits: USFA/Roxbury Township

ROXBURY, NJ - The United States Fistball Association (USFA) and the Roxbury Township Mayor and Council have agreed to partner together to host the 2018 U18 Fistball World Championships. The tournament will take place next summer from July 11 to 15 at Horseshoe Lake Park in Succasunna.

This past summer, the International Fistball Association, based in Linz, Austria, awarded the United States to become the host country for the 2018 Men’s & Women’s U18 Fistball World Championships. The expectation is for our local players to participate in this 4-day event, competing against the best young men's and woman's teams from eight to 10 countries.

This should bring more than 600 players, coaches and fans to Roxbury. Countries participating should be from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and others.

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Fistball has a long history in Roxbury, having been played since 1938 at the Swim and Sport Club. Fistball dates back to the mid-sixteenth century with modern day roots being played mostly in Europe starting in the 1870s.

The International Fistball Association was formed to unify the many fistball sport clubs. Around the world. Currently, 65 countries representing every continent around the world participate in organized fistball.

The United States Fistball Association have been represented in both men’s, and women’s international competitions all over the world.

This fistball event will be the second time Roxbury and the USFA has teamed together.  In the summer of 2015, Roxbury and the USFA hosted the historic Pan American Fistball games played at the Swim and Sport Club.

"Hosting the World Fistball Championships at Horseshoe Lake will be a great opportunity for local people to come out and see what a great sport Fistball is, said USFA President Rob Feid. Fistball is one of the few sports that can be played anywhere and with very little cost or experience. Our clinic and tryout process is designed to welcome any athlete from any sport."

Roxbury Mayor Mark Crowley said the township "was very excited" to host the Pan American Fistball Games in 2016. "We are even more excited to have the opportunity to share our community with the players and fans attending the U18 2018 World Championships," Crowley said. "Our fantastic township facilities will showcase the interest we have in supporting sports and will allow our residents and neighboring communities to participate in a world event.

Roxbury Township Manager John Shepherd said Roxbury will be "a gracious host as participants and spectators will be able to enjoy our many local recreational opportunities" in the township. "We have many local restaurants and hotels to accommodate this event. Our international visitors might want to explore New York City, which is a short train ride away from the Roxbury train station."

Roxbury Councilman Fred Hall said the tournament will offer the township and the surrounding communities "a high level of exposure to this exciting sport and provide them with a better understanding and appreciation" of the game. "This will then translate into a desire to learn more about the sport and participate,” he said.

Interested media outlets, corporate sponsors and questions about the 2018 Men’s & Women’s Under-18 World Championship can be forwarded to Feid at b.feid@usfistball.com. You can follow the United States Fistball Association on: Facebook/USFistball, Twitter/USFistball, Instagram/USFistball and at www.usfistball.com

You can follow the International Fistball Association on: Facebook/IFA.Fistball, Twitter/IFA.Fistball, Instagram/IFA.Fistball and at www.ifa-fistball.com

 

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