Official regulation of the F.I.P.S. e.d.
concerning international regulations for teams



-1- Official international competitions must be organised by national federations affiliated to the C.I.P.s. and they will be officially responsible for all aspects of the organisation of that competition.

-2- Only anglers who are fully paid up members belonging to a sports club that in turn is a member of the official national federation affiliated to the C.I.PS. is allowed to take part. They must be nominated by their federation and must hold the nationality of the country that federation represents.

Once an angler has fished under the colours of a country he/she cannot represent another.
Competitors must be in a position to prove their nationality if asked by the C.I.PS.

As far as the nations World and the European championships are concerned only national federations can enter teams.

-3- Each federation member of the C.I.P.S. will be allowed to present one team only for the various competitions, the team will be composed of 3*2 anglers (carp fishing events will be competed with duos) . No competitor will be allowed to participate as an individual. Two substitutes by nation will be allowed; if the substitution is effective, it will be definitive.

-4- Competitions must be organised in streams, rivers, channels or lakes. It must be possible to fish along the entire length of the venue. The depth must be a minimum of 1.5 metres on average . The minimum width allowed for a venue in river is 100 metres if any anglers will fish on the opposite bank and 100 metres if some anglers will fish; as far as the other fishing areas are concerned (standing waters); the minimum width will be 50 meters if any anglers will fish on the opposite bank and 300 metres if some anglers will fish. Carp density must be sufficient ( from 200 to 500 kilos an acre) with a great majority of species weighing more than 5 kilos.

-5- The venue as far as possible must offer equal fishing conditions for all competitors. The venue should avoid interruptions such as power lines, bridges and so on should be avoided, the lives of competitors or spectators must not be put in jeopardy except for the separation of the sectors, they must have a distance of 200 meters at least. Sanitary equipments must be set up at the proximity of the fishing venue. Organizers must provide competitors with showers, bathrooms and toilets.

In a first time, angling venues in lakes will be priviledged to venues in rivers and must welcome 15 nations at least.
A visit/inspection of the venue which may be selected for a championship will be carried out by one or more members of the technical commission or by a competent delegate nominated by the F.I.P.S.e.d. must take place at the time of year corresponding to the proposed use of that venue . A report of that visit will be presented to the directing committee of the F.I.P.S.e.d. for its decision of acceptance of the venue, this will be passed on to the C.I.P.S. as a matter of information. The final agreement or rejection of a venue by the F.I.P.S.e.d. will be sent by F.I.P.S.e.d. to the nation applying.

According to the area of the competition the accommodation provisions will be assessed by the visiting technical commission or by the member nominated by the F.I.P.S.e.d.. The commission with the agreement of the organisation will allow the participating nations to chose their own accommodation. It is the participation nations responsibility to inform the organisers when subscribing (subscription form). Never the less for all nations who choose not to use the official accommodation an entry fee which will amount to 900 US Dollars must be paid to the organisers at the time of subscribing. The fee of 900 US Dollars gives the right to 8 tickets for the official banquet and 6 angling licences for the duration of both the official training and competition, also the following-; Official transportation of competitors to the venue, insurance and costs i.e. presents cups and trophies. If a nation presents for a junior world championship a " junior " team and a " minors " the subscription fee will then amount to 1350 US Dollars and would give the right to 16 banquet tickets and 12 licences the transportation of competitors to the official venue, insurance and other cost like trophies, cups and presents. In the case of only 1 team in the junior championships being entered then a fee of 900 US Dollars will be appropriate. If a nation wishes to enter a championship after the closing date then they must respect conditions and charges laid down by the organisers, those charges to include 8 banquet tickets, 6 angling licences, transport, insurance and other costs i.e. presents, cups, trophies etc.
If anything is precised at the limited date fixed by the organization, the participating nations will have to deal with their own accomodation and will have to pay back 900 US dollars to the organization.
Nations will imperatively have to communicate the date of their arrival to the organizing nation at least a week before the beginning of the competition. A missing nation for the manager's meeting will be considered as a withdrawing nation and will not be allowed to participate to the championship.

The different championships will take place according to the following calendar.

- Clubs world championship; between the 1st and 15th June.
- European championships; last week-end of June or first week-end of July.
- Minor and Junior world championship; last week-end of July or first week-end of August.
- Ladies world championship; between the 15th and 30th of August.
- Nations world championship; between the 1st and 15th of September.
- Trout world championship; between the 15th and 30th of September
- Carp world championship; between the 15th of september and the 31st of october
- Disables world championships; between the 1st and the 15th October.

-6- During competitions, duos must have an angling position (ring) of a distance of 70 metres minimum and 100 metres maximum in lakes and 100 metres minimum in rivers.

The angling position must be defined by a ring of 8 square meters to set up discreet camping tents and umbrellas (grey, brown). The ring can be used on its whole surface. Rings sides, strongly and implanted to the bank will define the angling zones. A corridor addressed to the officials and serving as safety zone will be materialised and will be forbidden to the spectators.

An anglers fishing position may only be entered by his or her team manager. The manager must wear a visible back number defining his duty.

The organisation will define each duos'ring with a board stating their names and detailing the number of catches and the weight of evry catch ( this must be updated every 6 hour).


-7- The aim of the meeting is to give information and must take place on the eve of the competition beginning. During this meeting a jury will be elected according to article 29 of the regulations. Then the following operation will be carried out;

1- Roll call of nations

2- Nations will draw in alphabetical order to determine the call-up of drawing.

3-The draw on the eve will be for each duos' section. In the case of a nations representative being absent at the draw a representative of the F.I.P.S.e.d. will carry out the draw on their behalf.

During the competition, every day a meeting will be carried out by the organisation.
According to the different cases, an extraordinary meeting could be carried out by the organisation.
The attendance of the managers is compulsory. If a manager with justified reasons could not attend the meeting and if the organisation is well informed, the delegation manager of the concerned nation could represent its teammanager.
Any rules could be modified during these meetings.


-8 & 9- The drawing of lots must be carried out at least 180 minuets before the beginning of the competition under the scrutiny of the organisers and in the presence of all the team managers, delegates and at least one of the representatives of the F.I.P.S.e.d. The drawing lots will be carried out according to an automatic schedule defined in advance.

-10- In streams, rivers and canals the number 1 position will always be situated downstream, in still waters the number 1 position will be on the left as you look at the lake and the sectors will run from left to right.

-11- Team managers will be given a back number for each of their duos, it will not carry any publicity except by previous agreement of F.I.P.S.e.d. any publicity must be out side of angling (see article 41).


-12- Each duo will have 120 minutes for their preparations. As soon as they arrive at the venue they must be wearing their back numbers and must place all their equipment and baits in their allotted position, (this includes groundbaits whether in a prepared state). Anglers are not allowed to get into their positions or assemble tackle , prepare baits, groundbaits or to touch any of their equipment until the first official starting signal is given. After this signal, it will be possible to provide through the intermediary of captains only one time with baits , groundbaits and any fishing tackles to competitors during the competition. The next provision will occur in the middle of the competition for all nations. This moment will be defined at the captains' meeting preceding the drawing lots.

Competitors may travel to the venue by their own transport providing they have the permission of the organisers.

-13- There will be one steward allocated to each duo and a general steward allocated to each sector.

The individual competitors steward must:

Individual and general stewards must perfectly know the regulation of the competition and must control the concerned angling discipline. These stewards can be doubled or tripled to ensure relays and a constant permanence. To weigh a catching fish of a team from the organizing country, a member from an other country must validate the weighing of the stewards.

a- Control the carp keepnet and if applicable the bait quantity.

b- Control his anglers fishing.

c- Check mark each fish caught and its weight.

d- At the end of the contest, he will keep the anglers catch under observation and forbid access to any unauthorised person into the angling position until the weigh in has taken place.

-14- Carps (common, mirror and so on) and the amours ( white or grey-coloured) will only be validated.. These rules must be mentioned in the programme and reminded in the managers'meeting. To be validated, fish will have to have weigh at least 2 kilos. Fish must only be retained in carp keepnets (only a fish per keepnet), it must be submerged as far as possible along its full length with any lead or object in it. During the competition, any other keepnets must be used. Competitors must provide their own carp keepnets unless the organisers say they will provide them. Any angler weighing maimed fish will be sanctioned (any maimed fish by a lack of care will not be weighed). In case of a lack of keepnets, please require the stewards to weigh some fish to free some keepnets.

-15- Baits and animal groundbaits , fish eggs and products of natural origin are totally forbidden. Only corns, boilies, pellets with a diameter which does not exceed 40mm will be allowed. Argile, bentonite and meals will be forbidden.

Organisers will be allowed with the agreement of the technical commission or by the delegate nominated by the F.I.P.S.e.d. to limit the quantities of baits, bait limits are measured cooked and watered off. These limits are to be enforced by the individual stewards. All unused groundbait and baits must not be thrown into the water after competitions.

-16- The competition will be fished in sectors over 72 hours. Competition length will normally be 72 hours but will be valid providing at least 48 hours have been fished. (refer to article 40)

-17- Each competitor is expected to know and to abide by all the regulations of the competition.
-18- Poles length must be inferior to 4 meters.

Reels must be equipped with a fixed drag.

Poles must be set up in the defined angling zone by the axles of the implantations of both sides of the ring.

Setting up lines will have to be projected on the fishing area only with the fishing rod.

Only a single hook will be allowed and fishing with an hair hook is compulsory.
Only loading angling methods with a minimum of 50g will be allowed. In case of a break, the setting-up used will have to enable the fish to free from the load.

Floats will be prohibited.
Swing-feeder, swing-tip and quiver-tip methods will be prohibited.

Back leads will be allowed, but at any time, stewards could require their withdrawals to check the angling axles.

During the throw of the tackles, the lead must not describe any lateral mouvements with angling zones. Lead mouvements must follow the mouvement ring/water and water/ring.
The longitudinal throw-in will be prohibited.

Electronical and resounding machines will be prohibited.

Bites detectors whether they are simple or electronical will be allowed.

Fishing areas could be materialized with 2 luminous floats or not and could remain during the whole competition. These floats will have absolutely to remove after the competition.

Damp reception beds will be compulsory to welcome a fish. Their size and their quality must ensure the safety of the fish.

Reception beds and keepnets must be damped before weighing the fish.

Weighed fish will be put back in water with precaution.

Camping tents will be installed inside the ring.

It will be prohibited to lay water with lamps or torches. Lighting in the camping tent will be allowed. Discreet lighting with a frontal torch will be allowed to net a fish.

To get in the water will be accepted until the knees.

At the end of the competition, rings will have to be cleaned and must be tidy.
Any machine with a propulsion power dealing with compressed air, gas or electricity will be prohibited.

The circulation of cars is prohibited during the night except for the organizers.

The deliberate foul hooking of fish is prohibited.

-19- Competitors can assemble as many poles/rods as they wish, but are only allowed to fish with 4 rods a duo at a time. Extra poles must be placed vertically to the angling rod pods. Poles used for the placing of luminous signals must be identified, coloured and could not be set up on the rod pod maintaining poles in action.

-20- Competitors play and land their own fish no assistance is allowed.

-21- Competitors will not be allowed outside help. Only their team manager will be allowed into his ring and only to give verbal advice. A manager is not allowed into another teams angling position.

-22- Competitors can use the ring allotted to them in any way they want.

Inside their space, the competitors must move discreetly and noiselessly. Any angling action can only be done inside the ring ( throw-in, netting, groundbaiting).

The official corridor may be used by photographers and cameramen .

-23- Anglers must wait for the first signal to enter their angling position.

At the first signal, they can start the assembly of their tackle, try their lines and floats, prepare their groundbait and bait ( refer to article 15) ,to do this they will have at their disposal 120 minutes ( no physical assistance is allowed)

At the second signal anglers will be allowed to heavy bait and to start fishing.

The only manual baiting or with the use of a catapult or a cobra (ladle) worked with both hands could be allowed (grounbait must be done and thrown without any maintaining additive: feeder, feeder socks, anti-pollution feeders except the soluble hooklength). Catapults must have a propulsion strength which corresponds to elastics strengths or to solubale bags' strengths or to bait rockets' strengths. Bait rockets' interior diameter must not exceed 50 mm and its length must not exceed 200 mm long and they must be thrown with a pole.
From 8 pm to 9 am, the use of catapults and bait rockets will be prohibited.

Except these scheduling hours, baiting is allowed with all baits and all baiting means agreed in the official regulation.

The 3rd signal will give notice to competitors that only 15 minutes of the competition remains.

The 4th signal will mark the end of the competition. 15 more minutes will be given to remove a fish from the water before the 4th signal. In this case, a 5th signal will be carried out 15 minutes after the 4th signal.
After the signal no fish will count unless it is totally clear of the water.

-24- During the competition individual stewards will place themselves behind the angler in such a way that he does not disturb the angler but can still control the fish caught. Keepnets must be placed so that they can be seen by the steward. Fish will be kept alive in the carp keepnet until the weighing team arrives.


-25- The weighing will be carried out by 3 teams of 2 ( 1 team for each sector). Weighings will have to take place within the best delays and at minimum every 2 hours. Weighing must be carried out with a suspended scale (certified with a certificate of conformity) stabilized on the floor and placed in the official corridor. Scales must be similar and identic ( brand-names) for the 3 sectors and must be graduated every 50 grammes.

-26- The indication of the weight must be lisible by both stewards and competitors of the concerned duo.

Apart from stewards, concerned competitors and their captain, any other person except a member of the jury, in case of a claim, will be allowed to intervene verbally or with any other means.
- One person will be responsible for the weighing.
- Another for transcribing the weight on the official document

A set of scales will be provided for each sector. The fish keepnet provided by the organisation will be compulsory for the weighing of each fish; it will be humidified and controlled before evry weighing. Fish keepnets must be typical with a sweet synthetic aspect, damped and eyed-opened. They must be similar for the 3 sectors.

-27- Until the arrival of the weighing team at the anglers position, carp keepnets must remain in the water, a member of the duo will be responsible for taking the fish, for putting them on a weighing net, for placing them on a reception bed to the scales where they will be weighed and the result recorded on the official document. The catch will then be put back into water with precaution.

-28- The competitor must be present at the weigh-in of his catch he is responsible to ensure the correct weight is recorded for him and he must sign the official record. Once the whole sector has been weighed no complaint will be accepted after the signature of the sector document.


-29- An international jury will be appointed to examine any complaints lodged and to enforce any penalties (as per the regulations) if complaints are upheld. The jury will be selected by the drawing of lots at the team managers meeting held on the eve of the contest.

The jury from 7 to 9 members will be in priority composed with:
- The President of the F.I.P.S.e.d. or the assistant nominated by the President
- The General Secretary of the F.I.P.S.e.d.
- The attending members of the directing committee of the F.I.P.S.e.d., the young, technical and environmental commissions.
- The delegate representing the organizing nation except if he has the same nationality of the above mentioned members apart from the President of the F.I.P.S.e.d. (or its assistant) who will be automatically the President of the jury.

In case of an infringement by an angler or a team with a nationality similar to a member of the jury, this member (except if he is the president of the jury) will not have to vote.

Members of the jury must wear a badge denoting their position and they must be on the venue to be able to receive any complaints that may be made. A place where jury members can be found must be made known to the team managers.

-30- Complaints except those concerning classifications must be submitted to the jury within 1 hour of the end of the competition they can be made verbally but must be confirmed in writing.
Complaints concerning the classification must be made within 30 minuets after the official results have been published, the time of publishing will be noted on the results sheet. Every written complaint addressed to the jury must be accompanied by a deposit of 50 US Dollars. In the case of the jury not upholding the complaint the deposit will be forfeited to the account of the F.I.P.S.e.d.

Infractions and warnings must be communicated to the jury, but only the jury is allowed to disqualify a competitor / team and those disqualified must be informed immediately.

Jury members and all stewards must know all the regulations.

-31- The regulations must be made available in the 3 official languages (French, German and English) to all jury members and team managers for the duration of the championships.
The decisions of the jury will be carried on a simple majority in the event of a tied vote the chairman of Fips ed. (or his substitute) will have the casting vote.

Members of the directing committee of the Fips ed. must wear a visible badge and will be allowed to use the official corridor, this badge will only be valid for their term of office (4 years)


a- A warning will be given for infringements of articles 12, 20,21,23,24.
b- A disqualification will be given for infringements of articles 18 and 36 and after a second warning on articles 12, 20,21,23 and 24.

c- If an angler is disqualified he will get the number of points equal to the number of teams participating plus 1. If an angler is disqualified those anglers following him in points will still keep their original points (for example: X classified 8th is disqualified; the following anglers will keep their places and will mark 9 points, 10 points and so on…)

d- A nation receiving of JURY a warning will see it noted on a file for a 3 year. In case of a new infringement during these 3 years, this will be considered as a recidive and the Jury will have to judge according to the sanctions' criteria while taking into account this new infringement.

e- An angler receiving of JURY a warning will see it noted on a file for an illimited number of years. In case of a new infringement, this will be considered as a recidive and the Jury will have to judge according to the sanctions' criteria while taking into account the new infringement.

-33- Holders of an official arbitrators card given by the president of the Fips ed. can enter the venue and take note of any infringements, but can only enter an anglers position in the presence of that anglers team manager.




a- Classification on weights in each sector.

In the case of a tied weight in a sector duos will take the average points of the total anglers tying i.e.. 2 anglers tying for 5th place add 5 + 6 divide by 2 = 5.5 points. 3 anglers tying in 8th add 8 + 9 + 10 divide by 3 = 9 points.

b- Duos who have not caught will receive a number of points equal to the average non-attributed places in their sector i.e.. a sector of 24 duos 12 have caught and will gain the first 12 places and points 1 - 12 the anglers who have not caught will mark 13 + 24 divided by 2 = 18.5 points.or 29 duos in a sector 5 have caught and mark points 1 - 5 and the 24 duos who have not caught will mark 6 + 29 divided by 2 = 17.5 points.or 29 duos in a sector 26 have caught and mark points 1 - 26 and 3 have not caught and will mark 27 + 29 divided by 2 = 28 points.If there is only 1 duo who has not caught or a duo missing in a sector he / she will mark a number of points equal to the last place + 1 i.e.. 29 duos in a sector 28 have caught 1 has not he / she will mark 29 points.


a- The addition of the points obtained by the duos of a same team over the two rounds, the team totalling the lowest number of points will be classified 1st and so on.

b- If a tie on points occurs, the duos concerned will be placed by the highest total aggregate team weight obtained over the two rounds.

c- If a tie still exists on weight the teams will be separated by the highest individual duo weight and so on.


Duos classified first in a sector will take the first places for the individual classification; duos classified second in a sector will take the following places and so on.

If a tie between duos exists, priority will be given to the duo with the highest catch. If a tie still exists, priority will be given to the best average weight (overall weight divided by the catch number).

-35- The classification will be carried out in the presence of the President of the F.I.P.S.e.d. or his representative together with some or all of the jury.


-36- Organisers will have to take out a civil responsibility insurance to organise any competition. A certificate from the insurance company must be provided to the chairman of the Fips ed. two months before the competition to provide proof of cover.


-37 - Training on the venues are prohibited the 15 days preceding the competition.


-38- It is prohibited to place anglers within a distance of 50 metres minimum on both sides of any electrical installation



A signal will indicate the postponement of the start or the interruption of preparations, no angler will be allowed to enter or stay in their position or assemble equipment if such a signal has been given. If the weather conditions allow, and within the limit of the days schedule, the competition can still take place or can be reduced in time with 48 hours being the least time valid .


A signal will be given by the organisation for the immediate cessation of the competition. Anglers must take cover. If, or when the weather conditions improve, a first signal will allow the anglers back to their positions and a second signal 5 minutes later will allow the competition to resume.

To be valid, the competition will last 48 hours at least.


-40- In the case of advertising (outside of angling only allowed) on the backnumbers, the organising nation may find a sponsor and negotiate with him the cost and amount of advertising on the backnumber, given that a fixed contribution must be paid to the F.I.P.S.e.d. ;

600 US Dollars for the Nations World Championships and 300 US Dollars for all others.

The size of the characters on the backnumbers must not be larger than 6 cm in height and this advertising will only be authorised on the lower part of the back number front and back. Two backnumber models showing the advertising must be sent a least 1 month prior to the competition to the F.I.P.S.e.d. headquarters. One of them will be returned to the organisers with the opinion of the F.I.P.S.e.d.

A backnumber model A1

A fee of 100 US Dollars will be contributed by each participating nation to the profit of the F.I.P.S.e.d. A 300 US Dollars contribution by the organising nation must be paid to the profit of the CIPS.


-41- The opening ceremony with the presentation of the teams must take place on the eve of the first leg.

The first 3 teams and first 3 individuals will officially receive Gold-Silver and Bronze medals to conform to International standards. These rewards will be accompanied with the corresponding National Anthems and the raising of the winners National flag. The medals will be offered by the F.I.P.S.e.d. and will be presented by its official representative. All other rewards will be shared equally with the other participating nations.

Participating nations must supply the organisers with the flag and taped Nation Anthem of their country.


-42- In case of a dispute about the comprehension of these regulations only the French text will be considered as the original text of reference.
The organizing nation of a world or european championship will have to:

a- engrave medals and trophies provided by the F.I.P.S.e.d.
b- send official programmes and informations in the 3 official languages
( english, german and french).

The President of the F.I.P.S.e.d..            The General Secretary of the F.I.P.S.e.d.

Fortuné JAGUELIN                                 Jackie DUPUIS.