FIE Satellites (Senior)

Last updated: 09.08.2023

Satellite competitions were introduced to the FIE calendar to develop fencing in specific geographic regions. Results at satellites are also awarded points for the official FIE ranking. A full list of the FIE Satellite events is available on


FIE Competition entries for a season will typically open on 1st September that year (e.g. 2022-2023 will open on the 1st of September 2022)

FIE licence applications open 1st of August. All FIE Satellite entries are required to have the licence for that season eg in 22-23 season the 22/23 licence is required, the 21/22 licence expires at the end of August 2022.

Entry to FIE Satellite competitions are governed by the BF Selection Policy, the conditions of the particular competition and/or FIE regulations and any fencer must meet any such conditions/regulation to be considered for selection including holding an FIE licence.

Athletes wishing to be entered for an FIE Satellite should apply by completing this form. Once the entry is approved by the ADP team you will then receive notification from Sport80 to pay and confirm your entry.

GBR entries are on a first-come, first-served basis although there are some criteria for entry (see BF Selection Policy).  Athletes must have entered/competed in the most recent Senior National Championships or British Open Championships. There is a £15 administration fee.  This is separate to the entry fee for the event.  You must pay the competition entry fee at the event.

Submission of the form must be received by midnight 18 days prior to the date of the event.  It will take up to 2 working days to process your form and take payment.

The final cut-off for all payments will be no later than midnight 13 days (normally a Thursday) prior to the event.

As an example, if the Satellite event is on Sunday 24th of October, the deadlines are

  • Midnight Wednesday 6th October for completion of the form
  • Midnight Monday 11th October for completion of payment

Please note the contact hours for BF here. Typical working hours are 9-5pm so anything received after this time will not be actioned until the next working day.

Athletes that fail to complete a form or payment within the published timescales have no right to be entered. Late entries will only be accepted in *exceptional* personal circumstances which has demonstrably prohibited the entry being completed by the deadline. With the following conditions and costs to be covered by the fencer:

  • A BF late entry fine of £100
  • An FIE late entry fine of €150 (Entries within 7 days are at the FIE’s discretion)
  • If the entry increases the referee requirement the late entrant (fencer) must source and fund 100% of any additional referee required as per the FIE competition regulations or pay the referee fine.

Fencers should only book their flights and accommodation once they have received confirmation of their entry.

To order your FIE licence log into your membership portal at then click on the licence tab on the left.

Referee Requirements

The number of FIE A or B Grade referees that must accompany teams to junior World Cup competitions and satellite competitions is:

1–4 fencers: No obligation to provide a referee
5–9 fencers: One referee
10 or more fencers: Two referees
1 Junior Team: One referee

For FIE Satellite competitions (and Junior World Cup competitions), the name(s) of the referee(s) (who must have an FIE category in the weapon of the competition for which they are entered) must be notified via the FIE website 7 days before the competition (midnight, Lausanne time).

The athlete that is entered in spaces 5 and 10 will be assigned the primary responsibility for sourcing the referee for the event and a notification will go out to all athletes entered explaining the need for an additional referee and identifying the person responsible.  If you are the 5th or 10th person to enter on the sport80 platform you will be prompted to contact [email protected].  You will then be asked to confirm your agreement to being responsible for sourcing the referee for the event.  Once you have agreed we will reopen the system for you to put in your entry.

All fencers are expected to check online FIE entry lists as the event approaches and actively liaise with the other team members with regards to arranging referees.  Failure to engage in the process to discuss sourcing referees does not mean that you are not liable for costs.  Any athlete that withdraws once a requirement for a referee is identified is still responsible for their share of refereeing costs.

The FIE fine is currently €1000 if the referee requirements are not met.

Fencers should regularly check the entries on the FIE website here:



The FIE will fine any athlete that fails to notify them of withdrawal or fails to provide sufficient and adequate information for the withdrawal.

Withdrawal from the event will incur a FIE fine if past the FIE entry deadline (7 days before the event) and the fencer will be responsible for the full amount of the fine.

Withdrawals from events must be requested via email to [email protected] at least 3 working days prior to the entry deadline to ensure this deadline is met.  No refund of administration charges will be due. Withdrawn athletes are still liable for share of referee costs.

There are exceptions for medical reasons.  Athletes withdrawing for medical reasons should complete a Medical Form and email it to  [email protected].  Please complete carefully and in full.  Athletes will be solely liable for any FIE fines incurred.



If you wish to apply to attend in the capacity of a personal coach you must register in advance with BF. Personal Coaches must apply for accreditation to each event using the following form. As a reminder, personal coaches must not coach against fellow GBR fencers during international competitions.

All coaches, including personal coaches, must be on the BF Coaches Register, or the equivalent Federation Coaching Register if you are supported by a coach that is not based in the UK.

In addition it is expected that all coaches travelling with a GBR fencer to an international has up to date Anti-Doping Coach Clean qualification.

If the coach is providing lessons at the event, the coach must have a Level 2 qualification or above. Please note that the BF Codes of Conduct and the GBR Coaches Policy applies to all coaches.


National Logo

From September 2019, the FIE has introduced a new rule that all athletes competing in FIE Satellites are required to display the National Logos (ie the GBR patch).


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