U18 Women’s Coaching Staff L-R Assistant Coach Marc Stanton, Head Coach Steven Varrone

In continuing preparations for the 2018 U18 World Fistball Championships next July, the United States Fistball Association (USFA) announced the coaches for the U18 Women’s National Team.

Head Coach, Steven Varrone has been playing Fistball since the age of 8 with the Swim and Sport Club (SSC) in Roxbury, NJ. He has played through all divisions leading up to 1st Division in the Eastern Fistball Association (EFA). Experience in organized sports, including 15 years of coaching travel soccer and Little League baseball as well as serving as President of Middlesex Youth Soccer, he is well-prepared for the challenge of leading the U18 Women’s National Team.

Mr. Varrone also played Team Handball for the SSC for over 30 years, including selection to the 1991 Olympic Festival. He is still active in the sport and coordinates and coaches Team Handball for the SSC in the Northeast Team Handball League. Steve is employed as a Director in Verizon Communications and resides in Middlesex, NJ with his wife of 28 years.

“I’m looking forward to coaching the U-18 women’s team in the 2018 World Championships in Roxbury, NJ as well as the women that will be heading to Austria to participate in the Women’s World Championships.” – Steve Varrone

Joining the team as Assistant Coach is Marc Stanton. Mr. Stanton has played Fistball since he was a teen, also at the Swim and Sport Club. As part of the SSC Team, he has earned several Championship titles as well as selected to play in Germany, Switzerland and The Masters World Cup in Chile. In recent years, he has assisted the USA U18 Women in practices.

Marc also is an accomplished Team Handball player. Selected as goalie for the US National Team he trained at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. As goalie for the 1987 USA National Team, he was an invaluable member of the team that defeated Cuba in the 1987 Pan Am Games, to date, the only USA Men’s team to win a major International competition. Mr. Stanton lives in Hackettstown, NJ with his wife and family and is a foreman for Power Electric Company in Belleville.

Click here to view the Men’s Coach Announcement

The 2018 U18 Fistball World Championship will take place on July 11-15 at Horseshoe Lake Park in Roxbury, New Jersey. USFA officials are working with the town of Roxbury and the Business Development Committee to have a successful event for teams, players, spectators and local businesses.

For all of the latest Fistball updates, follow the United States Fistball Association on Facebook (USFistball), Twitter (@USFistball), and Instagram (@USFistball) and at www.usfistball.com.

You can follow the International Fistball Association on Facebook (IFA.Fistball), Twitter (@IFA.Fistball) and Instagram (@IFA.Fistball) and at www.ifa-fistball.com.

Contact Information: Interested media outlets, corporate sponsors and questions about the 2018 Men’s & Women’s Under-18 World Championship can be forwarded to Mr. Bob Feid, President, United States Fistball Association at b.feid@usfistball.com


The 2018 U18 World Fistball Championships will be held at Horseshoe Lake in Roxbury!
The International Fistball Associations (IFA) and the United States Fistball Association (USFA) have
partnered with co-host Roxbury Township to create a dynamic sporting event for participating teams, fans, and the community.

Held at the Horseshoe Lake facility from July 11-15th, U18 Men’s and Woman’s National Fistball teams from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Brazil, Chile, Italy, Argentina, and India will compete in the 5-day international Fistball tournament.

US Fistball // Horseshoe Lake from Mark Carnival on Vimeo.

During the competition, a two-day educational seminar is being offered exclusively to coaches, athletic directors, and educators. Starting with Fistball fundamentals, the seminar offers advanced training aspects of the sport. The seminar, as part of the IFA Fistball Academy, is designed to give school programs the essential tools for Fistball training to students 10 years of age and older.

Please take note that the USFA is actively recruiting student athletes to learn and play Fistball for both the Men’s and Woman’s USA U18 National Fistball teams. To be eligible to play athletes must be born after December 31st, 1999.  Tryouts and practice for new U18 recruits will be held Sunday May 20th from 10am-noon, Tuesday May 22nd from 6-8pm and Thursday May 24th from 6-8pm January 18th and Monday, January 29th at the Swim and Sport Club in Roxbury, New Jersey. All the USFA current and former players participate in other sports: Soccer, Football, Lacrosse, Volleyball, Baseball, Basketball, Tennis, Swimming, and Track. Committed to another sport already? In an order to get the best athletes, every effort is made to work around practice and game schedules.  Athletes interested in joining a youth or adult fistball team including future U18 teams should contact Bob Feid, President USFA b.feid@usfistball.com

Seminar Schedule:

Friday, July 13th, 2018
From 9:00am – 12:00 pm: Basic practical training measures, part 1
Starting 2:00 PM: Observation of the World Championships

Saturday, July 14th, 2018
From 9:00am – 12:00 pm: Basic practical training measures, part 2
Starting 2:00 PM: Review of the training and advanced education and visiting the semi-finals

As an option: Sunday, July 15th, 2018
Visiting the final games of the IFA 2018 U 18 World Championships
As noted, along with the training session, attendees will be observing the U18 World Championships, featuring the top U18 Men and Women from around the world. Teams from Austria, Brazil, Chile, Germany, India, Italy, New Zealand and Switzerland are committed to play in the World Championships

The training is Free of charge to attend but does have limited availability. Anyone interested can
register by using the following link by May 31st, 2018. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance and additionally they will have the ability to purchase a discounted fistball starter package after completing the course. 

CLICK HERE to Register for the IFA Fistball Seminar

Further details will be sent directly to registered participants at the close of registration. Please direct
any questions or direct any queries to Bob Feid, President
USFA b.feid@usfistball.com or Uwe Schneider, Chair IFA Youth Sport Commission u.schneider@ifa-fistball.com

Information on Fistball in the USA

A brief background of Fistball in the USA includes the fact that Fistball has been played in the USA in NJ, PA and Wisconsin since the 1920’s while being played in Europe for hundreds of years. The international Fistball community had no idea that Fistball was being played in the USA for all those years until the Internet connected the USA to rest of the Fistball world during the mid-1990’s.

In 1997, the USFA sent a Men’s Fistball team to compete in the World Fistball Championships followed by sending a Woman’s Fistball team in 2014. In 2015, the USA held the first Pan American Fistball Games in NJ and sent our first u18 Girls Fistball team to the 2016 World Championship in Germany. This past summer we sent both a u18 girls and boys team to the 2017 U18 European Championships in Switzerland.

Youth Fistball has been the USFA’s focus the past few years and with Fistball having a good chance of being a demonstration sport for the 2024 Paris Olympics, the teenagers of today will be the future of USA Fistball.

Fistball is currently played in the World Games, and in 2021 it will be hosted in Birmingham Alabama.
Here are links to games, rules and history.

Sneak Peak at the Official Ludwig Fistball of U18 World Championships

Link to History of Fistball

Some short clips demonstrating the basic skills 

A short video explaining the rules

2015 U18 Girl’s Semi-Final Match

Match starts at 12:30 into the video

2011 Men’s World Championship Match

Match starts at 38:40 into the video


L-R U18 Boys Head Coach Cory Dahn, U18 Boys Assistant Coach Kyle Ejsmont

The United States Fistball Association (USFA) is proud to announce its new coaches for the U18 Boys team for the 2018 U18 Men’s and Woman’s Fistball World Championships , from July 11th -15th at Horseshoe Lake in Roxbury, New Jersey

Swim and Sport Club (SSC) of Roxbury, NJ veteran Cory Dahn has been selected as the Head Coach, and will be assisted by Kyle Ejsmont of Phoenix Fistball Club in Feasterville, PA. With over two decades of combined experience in competitive Fistball, Dahn and Ejsmont are looking to turn some heads at the World Championship in Roxbury, New Jersey next year.

Head Coach Cory Dahn is a player for the SSC with over 17 years of Fistball experience including playing an integral role in winning the 2017 USFA Outdoor Fistball Championship for SSC. Cory’s experience includes international competitions in Germany and Switzerland as an SSC club team player. Cory had some encouraging words to say regarding his recent appointment to this position. “I’m thrilled to be coaching the u18 Men’s team for the upcoming 2018 World Fistball Championships.”

Having followed the U18 teams last year, Coach Dahn is looking to build off of their promising finish in last year’s championship. “It was a thrill to see so many young people playing the game I grew up with. They dove headfirst into the challenges of learning a new sport, and took their abilities to the next level in Switzerland.”

Alongside the new Head Coach will be long-term EFA rival and off-field friend Kyle Ejsmont. “Kyle brings valuable international experience from his time in Austria, and I’m looking forward to our collaboration and representing USA Fistball!” Assistant coach Ejsmont has been a member of the Phoenix Sport Club since 2012, and helped coach the U14 TuS Raiffeisen Kremsmunster team last summer.

The 2018 U18 Fistball World Championship will take place on July 11-15 at Horseshoe Lake Park in Roxbury, New Jersey. The Head and Assistant coaches for the U18 Girls team will be released in the coming weeks. For all of the latest Fistball updates, follow the United States Fistball Association on Facebook (USFistball), Twitter (@USFistball), and Instagram (@USFistball) and at www.usfistball.com.
You can follow the International Fistball Association on Facebook (IFA.Fistball), Twitter (@IFA.Fistball) and Instagram (@IFA.Fistball) and at www.ifa-fistball.com.

Contact Information: Interested media outlets, corporate sponsors and questions about the 2018 Men’s & Women’s Under-18 World Championship can be forwarded to Mr. Bob Feid, President, United States Fistball Association at b.feid@usfistball.com



Roxbury Manager John Shepherd, US Fistball Association President Bob Feid, US Fistball Association N.E. Director Werner Adam, Roxbury Councilman Fred Hall, Roxbury Recreation Director Keith Knudsen
Photo Credit: Roxbury Township

ROXBURY, NJ – The United States Fistball Association (USFA) and the Roxbury Township Mayor and Council have agreed to partner together to host the 2018 U18 Fistball World Championships. The tournament will take place next summer from July 11 to 15 at Horseshoe Lake Park in Succasunna.

This past summer, the International Fistball Association, based in Linz, Austria, awarded the United States to become the host country for the 2018 Men’s & Women’s U18 Fistball World Championships. The expectation is for our local players to participate in this 4-day event, competing against the best young men’s and woman’s teams from eight to 10 countries.

This should bring more than 600 players, coaches and fans to Roxbury. Countries participating should be from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and others.

Fistball has a long history in Roxbury, having been played since 1938 at the Swim and Sport Club. Fistball dates back to the mid-sixteenth century with modern day roots being played mostly in Europe starting in the 1870s.

The International Fistball Association was formed to unify the many fistball sport clubs. Around the world. Currently, 65 countries representing every continent around the world participate in organized fistball.

The United States Fistball Association have been represented in both men’s, and women’s international competitions all over the world.

This fistball event will be the second time Roxbury and the USFA has teamed together.  In the summer of 2015, Roxbury and the USFA hosted the historic Pan American Fistball games played at the Swim and Sport Club.

“Hosting the World Fistball Championships at Horseshoe Lake will be a great opportunity for local people to come out and see what a great sport Fistball is, said USFA President Rob Feid. Fistball is one of the few sports that can be played anywhere and with very little cost or experience. Our clinic and tryout process is designed to welcome any athlete from any sport.”

Roxbury Mayor Mark Crowley said the township “was very excited” to host the Pan American Fistball Games in 2016. “We are even more excited to have the opportunity to share our community with the players and fans attending the U18 2018 World Championships,” Crowley said. “Our fantastic township facilities will showcase the interest we have in supporting sports and will allow our residents and neighboring communities to participate in a world event.

Roxbury Township Manager John Shepherd said Roxbury will be “a gracious host as participants and spectators will be able to enjoy our many local recreational opportunities” in the township. “We have many local restaurants and hotels to accommodate this event. Our international visitors might want to explore New York City, which is a short train ride away from the Roxbury train station.”

Roxbury Councilman Fred Hall said the tournament will offer the township and the surrounding communities “a high level of exposure to this exciting sport and provide them with a better understanding and appreciation” of the game. “This will then translate into a desire to learn more about the sport and participate,” he said.

Interested media outlets, corporate sponsors and questions about the 2018 Men’s & Women’s Under-18 World Championship can be forwarded to Feid at b.feid@usfistball.com. You can follow the United States Fistball Association on: Facebook/USFistball, Twitter/USFistball, Instagram/USFistball and at www.usfistball.com

You can follow the International Fistball Association on: Facebook/IFA.Fistball, Twitter/IFA.Fistball, Instagram/IFA.Fistball and at www.ifa-fistball.com


(L to R) Cory Dahn, Kris Graham, Theo Theodorakoglu, Pat White, Ryan Lampman celebrate their championship victory!

FEASTERVILLE, PA – In the inaugural US Fistball National Championship, Swim and Sport Club (Flanders, NJ) took the crown after a thrilling 3-2 victory over South Jersey FC (Maple Shade, NJ).

SSC took down a formidable Fab Fünf squad from Phoenix Sport Club (Feasterville, PA) in straight sets in the first semi-final matchup (11-9, 11-6). The Fab Fünf attack was led by Kyle Ejsmont on his return from playing with TuS Kremsmünster in Austria. Newcomer A.J. Fesmire proved to be a vital defensive asset alongside veterans Rodrigo Sahasquet and Matt Ayling.

In the other semi-final matchup, South Jersey FC took on the Phoenix Phenom, also from Feasterville, PA. The two teams played each other tough in pool play, and managed to tie in score on the very last play. This time around, however, SJFC were poised to go through to the finals, sweeping Phenom by a score of 11-7, 11-6. Phoenix Phenom had a triumvirate of Macquarie players; Spencer Macquarie led an impressive attack, with his brother Trip and father Malcolm in the defense. Evan Morris anchored the middle of the field with superb setting and timely attacks, while Angelo Fattore provided much needed defense and play-making abilities.

The final was set: SSC vs South Jersey. 

South Jersey came out firing, with Todd Strassberger serving up several aces past the SSC defense. The rain proved to be a factor in the final, as both teams took advantage of the slick surface. However, it was the defensive unit of John Cunningham, John Jacob, and 17 year old Jason Campbell that had the advantage at the start. After taking the first two games with the same score of 11-7, South Jersey looked well on their way to securing the first USFA title. Theo Theodorakoglu and SSC had other plans.

After making some minor changes to their defense, SSC were finally able to start defending the relentless attack of Todd Strassberger and Mat Ogin. The experience of Pat White and Kris Graham, along with the energy of newcomer Ryan Lampman, proved to be the edge in this matchup. The next two sets were taken 11-8 by SSC, and set up a deciding game 5.

SSC got off to a great start in game 5, leading 6-3 at the half. From there, SSC did not lose their lead, taking the final set 11-7. 

“I feel proud. I’m happy and electrified,” says SSC striker Theo Theodorakoglu. “The base for our success was the defense. That was the key thing, especially in the last game. As soon as the defense adapted to Todd [Strassberger]’s attack, that was the key thing.”

Theodorakoglu’s teammate and SSC captain Cory Dahn was pleased at the level of play. “This was arguably our most competitive tournament of the year,” Dahn explained. “Theo [Theodorakoglu] kept us in every game with consistent serving and challenging strikes. Our whole squad pushed the line on every set, but we were getting beat by strong striking.”

After a long, competitive summer of fistball, Dahn praised his championship-winning team as well as their New Jersey rivals, South Jersey. “I admire Mat Ogin and John Jacob’s ability to bring in rookies and turn them into fistballers by the day’s end. Big ups to their squad, I look forward to what the Salmons will bring to next year’s events.”


1. SSC 2. SJFC 3. Phoenix Fab Fünf 3. Phoenix Phenom

Team Rosters:
SSC: Theo Theodorakoglu, Pat White, Kris Graham, Cory Dahn, Ryan Lampman
SJFC: Mat Ogin, Todd Strassberger, John Jacob, John Cunningham, Jason Campbell
Fab Fünf: Kyle Ejsmont, AJ Fesmire, Matt Ayling, Rodrigo Sahasquet, Mike Ayling
Phoenix Phenom: Spencer Macquarrie, Trip Macquarrie, Malcolm Macquarrie, Angelo Fattore, Evan Morris

The details for the 2018 US Fistball National Championships are to be determined. They will be available at http://www.usfistball.com/ or at facebook.com/fistball.

USFA is the National Governing body for the sport of Fistball in the United States, as recognized by the International Fistball Association (IFA).