Domestic Variations from FIE Rules

Last updated: 12.06.2022

There are a number of FIE rules in relation to domestic training and competition held under BF rules which are not implemented.

These primarily relate to equipment.

Please note that some competitions held in the UK are international FIE or EFC competitions and as such the FIE and EFC rules on equipment apply.


Domestic Competition Equipment

(Equipment, FIE Rule Reference, BF variation)

  • Masks m.25.7.f. From 1st September 2022, masks that feature the two rear safety systems (securing devices) complying with FIE rules m.25.7.f must be used at all British National Championships at Cadet, Junior, U23 and Senior level. More info here.
  • Foil Chest Protectors m.25 4(c) – Any athlete competing wearing a chest protector (mandatory for Women’s Foil, optional for Men’s Foil) at Cadet, Junior, U23 or Senior BF ranking events must ensure they are FIE standard chest protectors (those covered with an FIE approved soft layer).
  • Jackets & Breeches m.25 (c) – 350 Newtons required (FIE require FIE 800 Newton/CEN level 2)
  • Blades m.2 – FIE-homologated Maraging steel blades are not required for any weapon
  • Bodywires m.29, m.31 – with transparent connecting plugs (at both ends) are not required
  • Epee Sockets m.18.3 (c) holes not required
  • Athlete name m.25.3(h) is not required on the back of the jacket.
  • National logos m.25.3 (f) (g) on the breeches are not required
  • Mask designs on mesh (other than FIE approved) are permitted
  • Sponsorship Logos – permitted on breeches
  • Gloves closure m.25.6 – as long as the glove closes securely, there is no requirement to do so in a prescribed direction
  • Zip Flaps m.25.3 (c) – Not required for back fastening jackets, breeches to comply with CEN level 1.


Useful Links:

EFC Cadet  – here 

FIE Material Rules – here

FIE Publicity Code – here.


As a reminder before competing:

  • It is advisable to name all your equipment (including body wires).
  • Check jackets, breeches and gloves to make sure there are no holes and that seams are in good condition.
  • It is important to ensure your socks stay up as you are fencing and cover your legs completely. Breeches must overlap socks.
  • Jackets must overlap breeches adequately.
  • Long hair must be tied up – in foil and sabre in such a way that it does not cover the back of the lame.
  • Ensure your kit is in full working order




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