UKPL FAQs

How do I join the league?

Contact your regional co-ordinator who will let you know the dates and locations of meets in your region and add you to the update email. You can also see these on the Schedules page.

Where are the meets held?

We have six active regions which form the UK Pinball League – South East, South West, Midlands, Northern, Scottish & Irish. Meets are held at league members’ houses.

How often are meets held?

We aim to hold six meets per region each season although this varies region to region depending on the availability of venues.

When are the meets held?

Please see the Schedules page. Meets tend to be on a Sunday starting around noon with a couple of hours to practice and socialize and the competition starting around 14:00, but this varies slightly by region.

When does the season run?

The season starts in January and continues until autumn.

How much does it cost?

There’s a charge of £2.00 for each meet you attend which goes towards the cost of prizes and running the league. Also there's often a voluntary contribution to the host which goes towards providing refreshments.

Are refreshments provided?

Yes, there are free snacks and drink provided by the host at each meet.

I’m worried I’m not very good.

Don’t worry! There’s a wide range of players and abilities in each region so you won’t feel as if you’re out of your league and everyone is very friendly. There’s also a chance to play a wide variety of machines in good condition and make new friends.

Which machines are played in the league?

The machines vary depending on who’s hosting the meet. They tend to mostly be the newer machines from the early 90s to present day but some meets include early and late 80s games and occasionally 60s and 70s games.

Is it only middle-aged blokes?

No, we welcome and encourage players of all ages. We usually have several children and women playing at each meet and there is a prize for the best in each category (see below).

How many people do there tend to be at each meet?

Again varies by meet and region but is anywhere between 10 and 40.

How long has the league been running?

The league was set up in 2006 and is now in its 12th season

Can I host a meet?

YES, we're always looking for new members to host meetings.You will need a minimum of four machines to host a meet and ideally six or more. Please contact your regional co-ordinator to discuss further who will also be able to offer you support in hosting your meeting.

Which region do I join?

That depends on where you live but it’s your choice. Contact your regional co-ordinator to find where the meets are usually held in that region.

Can I join more than one region?

No, you can only compete in one region. However, you are welcome to attend meets in other regions and compete for fun but your scores will not count towards the league.

Can I change the region I’m competing in?

Possibly. You’ll need to contact the overall co-ordinator who will discuss and determine whether this is possible. In general, you can change region at or before the start of the season but not mid season.

How does the competition work?

You play between three and eight machines depending on the venue. Your score is recorded and verified and then ranked against all other players with the top score getting the same number of points as the number of players and then each player one less point so that last gets one. Eg for 20 players, 1st gets 20 machine points, 2nd 19, 3rd 18 etc and 20th 1. The total number of machine points you got on all machines is then totaled and ranked against all other players. League points are then awarded to the top players as follows:

1st   20

2nd   19

3rd   18

4th   17

5th   16

6th   15

7th   14

8th   13

9th   12

10th   11

11th   10

12th   9

13th   8

14th   7

15th   6

16th   5

17th   4

18th   3

19th   2

20th   1

21st and below    0

These league points from each of the (up to) six meets are added together to form the basis of the overall result for the region. However, only the best four results count towards the final total. For more details, please refer to the rules or contact your regional or the overall co-ordinator with any specific queries.

So what happens at the end of the season?

The top players from each region qualify for the League Finals and League Finals B. Usually the top four go through to the League Finals and next three go through to the League Finals B, but this varies based on the number of players in each region.

The finals are held at a neutral venue often in conjunction with a national pinball event. The final is played on five machines, with the same scoring format as a normal league meeting. Based on the qualification positions; there will then be a semi-final and final to determine the overall final placings.

Do I get a prize for doing well?

The top three players in each region and the national final all receive a glass trophy and a certificate. There are also prizes for the best female and young (under 17) players across all regions.

What are WPPR points?

As for other sports, there is an official ranking system for the best pinball players in the world based on performances at officially recognised competitions. This is the World Pinball Players Rankings (WPPR). The league is an officially recognised competition as are various other competitions held in the UK. Anyone who competes in the league earns WPPR points and of course the better you do, the more points you earn.

I’ve got other questions not covered above.

Please feel free to contact your regional co-ordinator or the overall co-ordinator.