GBR Selection Policies & Procedures

Last Updated: 26.10.23 (added link to Approved Paralympic Policy )

On this page:

  • How is Selection done? (includes links to Discretionary selection process)
  • Latest Approved Policies – GBR Selection and TeamGB Nomination (European Games, Olympic Games).
  • Who does selection?
  • When is selection done?
  • How do I appeal selection?
  • Where is selection announced?
  • How do I accept selection?
  • Archives – previous selection policies


How is selection done?

Selection is based on qualification standards and rankings including FIE Rankings and BF Rankings. Information on how the BF Ranking is produced can be found here. Current Rankings are published here.

2023-24 GBR Selection Policy – Board Approved

Olympic 2024 European Zonal Qualification Event Selection Policy v1.0 Approved

Nominated Competitions and Selection Dates (Cadets, Juniors and Seniors) can be found on the GBR Calendar here.

Senior Nominated Events – Note that not all FIE Senior World Cups and Grand Prix’s will be nominated for selection due to COVID and security risk assessments.


National Championships Participation Requirement & Exemption Form

Athletes who wish to apply for a discretionary selection must complete a form – for more details see GBR Discretionary Selection.


Olympic & Paralympic Nominations

For Olympic and Paralympic Events (including the European Games) BF is not responsible for selection, only for nomination to the National Olympic or Paralympic Committee. For details on how this operates please see the relevant policy.

GBR European Games Nomination-Policy v1.0-Approved 13.12.2022

Olympic Games 2024 Nomination Policy v1.0 Approved

Paralympic Games 2024 Nomination Policy v1.0 Approved

Who does selection?

Selection is done by the individual Weapon Panels or Major Event Panels set up in accordance with the GBR Selection Policy. Panel members can be found here


When is selection done?

Unless contained in the approved policy the cut-off dates for results counting towards selection are published in the calendars here.

This cut-off date marks the start of a standard selection process which includes any selection panels required and any appeals. Individual policies may set out changes to the standard process.


How do I appeal selection?

Selection Appeals


Where is selection announced – How do I know I have been selected?

Announcements for Selection for Nominated Competitions including European and World Championships will be published on the website through latest news and can also be found here:

Senior & U23 Announcements

Junior Announcements

Cadet Announcements

Selected athletes will be sent a follow-up email to the address in the BF membership platform. BF is not responsible or liable for any failure to receive or act on selection emails.  Athletes are advised to regularly check the announcement pages.

Please note that due to limited resources BF executive team, weapon managers and selectors will not reply to individual queries from athletes, parents and coaches with regards to whether specific individual athletes have or will be selected for events.


How do I accept selection?

Athletes will be emailed a selection email which will have a link for them to log into their sport80 profile and accept selection. Fees may be payable at this point.

By accepting selection an athlete is automatically bound by the GBR Policies which can be found here.

Athletes planning to accept selections must ensure that their contact email address in the BF platform is up to date, regularly monitored and that sufficient finances are in place in advance.

To accept selection, athletes must click on the link to accept selection and make payment if due by a deadline.  Failure to make payment after clicking on the link to accept could result in the athlete place being offered to a reserve and an administration fee levied. Athletes that fail to complete payment by the closing date may be subjected to a late payment fee. BF will not enter an athlete who does not follow the correct procedure by the published timescales*.

Important – Timescales may be short, and can be as little as 48-72 hours from email notification. 

(*Why is this so strict? In any one normal season, BF process over a thousand entries across EFC and FIE events, the majority of these falling within a 6 month window. We are a very small administrative team in place in Head Office (to keep costs down for members) so we need a repeatable process with clear timescales to ensure that we can successfully process entries during working hours and still provide this service through the occasional staff holiday or illness.)



GBR Selection Policy v1.0 Approved 23.09.2022 

GBR Selection Policy v1.1 Approved 13.12.2022.pdf (includes Para Fencing Selection)

(Please see news post here for additional details)


Final Tokyo Selection Para Fencing 2021

GBR Selection Policy v1.1 Approved 23.11.2021

(The original policy was approved on 7th August, v1.1 contains minor clarifications marked in yellow)


GBR Senior Selection Policy 2019-2020 v1.0 – Approved 7th October 2019

Senior Selection Dates 2019-2020 – 17.09.19

Senior Selection Dates 2019-2020 – pdf version

GBR Junior Selection Policy 2019-20 Final v1.0 28.05.19

GBR Junior Selection Policy 2019-20 Final v1.0 QUICK GUIDE 28.05.19

2019-20 Nominated Events Junior Calendar

Nominated Team Events attached to Non-Nominated Individual Events – Process

GBR Cadet Selection Policy 2019-20 Final v1.0 28.05.19

GBR Cadet Selection Policy 2019-20 Final v1.0 QUICK GUIDE 28.05.19 – intended as a guide only, approved policy document takes precedent.

2019-20 GBR Cadet Calendar


GBR Senior Selection Policy 2018-2019 v2.0 Approved 09.10.2018 Changes – Addition of minimum age criteria, corrections to section 3 & 4 titles.

(Previous version for reference GBR Senior Selection Policy 2018-2019 v1.0 Approved 20.09.2018)

Senior Selection Dates – 11.09.18

GBR Selection Policy for 2019 U23 European Championships – 05.08.18

2018-19 Junior Selection Policy – Approved by the Board 27.06.18

Operational Updates to Policies:

  • 9.10.18 Definitions: Change – The BF Athlete Development Programme can nominate an individual to sit on the Junior Selection Team in an advisory capacity
  • 9.10.18 Item 4. Change – Ranking coordinators can be contacted directly using the information published here. Any material issue that affects selection must continue to be cc’d to [email protected].
  • 9.10.18 Item 9. Clarification – born before 1st January 2002 for the 2018-2019 season
  • 9.10.18 Item 15. Please see latest news and selection announcements for latest updates on squad sizes.

2018-19 Nominated Events Junior Calendar 

2018-19 Cadet Selection Policy

2018-19 Nominated Events Cadet Calendar 



GBR Senior Ranking Scheme 2017-2018 – 01.09.17

GBR Senior Selection Policy 2017-18 – 04.09.17

GBR Selection Policy for 2018 U23 European Championships – 22.06.17

Senior Selection Dates – 04.09.17

GBR Senior Ranking Publication Dates 2017-18 – 31.08.17

GBR Senior Selection Policy 2017-18 Updates:
11/09/2017 Athletes must be 16 or over at the date of the competition to be eligible for selection for Senior World Cups or Grand Prix. Application: all relevant selections after 11/09/2017.

27/03/2018 Update approved by Board. Definition of WSP changed to:
Weapon Selection Panel (WSP) means a panel of a minimum of three selectors, typically including and chaired by a Weapon Manager.  Selectors must not be coaches of athletes seeking selection.  There will be three Weapon Selection Panels in total (Foil, Epee and Sabre).  A Talent Pathway Coach for that weapon may be nominated by the Talent Programme to sit on the WSP in an advisory capacity to the Selectors.  Selectors may seek additional input from any athlete or coach if they deem it necessary to make selection decisions.

GBR Junior Selection Policy 2017-2018 – 21.6.17


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