ABOUT THE JANSEN CUP
The Jansen Cup FootGolf competition is similar in concept to the Ryder Cup in golf but not identical.
Ninety years after a competition for the Ryder Cup in golf was played for the very first time, The UK and US will commence a new event also staged on a golf course – FootGolf’s first Jansen Cup. The biennial event honors Michael Jansen, one of the creators of FootGolf as we play today. Just as Samuel Ryder’s name lives on in golf folk lore, so too will Jansen’s as FootGolf grows into an international, mainstream sport.
The Jansen Cup will pit the top U.S. Players Men. Women and Seniors to be ranked by category) against the top players of the United Kingdom. With both national organizations setting stringent qualification criteria, for players looking to realize the honor of being selected for their FIFG member countries.
Each team will consist of 24 players (16 men, 4 seniors and 4 women), who will compete in matches similar to those of the Ryder Cup in golf – fourball, foursomes (alternative shot), and singles.
“At Footgolf's inception in the Netherlands in 2009, I wouldn't have dreamed that in 2017 I would be attending it's future in North America. I'm honored for the opportunity to witness a milestone in the sport that would be nowhere without the pioneers from the UK and USA.Two countries. One team. Footgolf will be the winner.”
- Michael Jansen, FIFG Ambassador
“Since our foundation back in 2012, the UKFGA & AFGL have been very close allies, and moreover friends. Working together, sharing ideas, and principles with the sole aim of growing the sport we love – FootGolf. The idea of creating FootGolf’s version of Golf’s Ryder Cup was a dream that we hoped would one day come to fruition, and it is testament to both the UKFGA, the AFGL and more importantly FootGolfer’s from the two nations that this dream has now been realised. The Jansen Cup has now been born!”
- Michael O'Connor, UKFGA Founder & 3rd President of the FIFG
“Since July 2012 the UKFGA and the AFGL have been working together on both sides of the pond to promote the sport of FootGolf with passion, dedication and solid consistency. Both organizations know the best way to succeed and our growth is finding a common objective. The Jansen Cup is a celebration of our alliance, mutual respect and admiration for Michael Jansen who still supporting and collaborating with the expansion of FootGolf as an Ambassador of the Federation for International FootGolf.”
- Roberto Balestrini, AFGL/AFGF Founder & 4th President of the FIFG