ACF Regionals

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ACF Regionals is a difficult college quizbowl tournament produced every year by ACF. It typically takes place in late January or February and is held concurrently at multiple locations throughout North America and the United Kingdom. (ACF's "regions" are non-normative, so a school may attend any site of ACF Regionals.)

Since 2015 (except 2021), ACF Regionals has served as a qualifier for ACF Nationals. Teams can qualify for ACF Nationals by obtaining a sufficiently high A-value (which is computed from team performances at ACF Regionals [1]), or alternatively by either hosting a Regionals site, providing an editor for the question set, or winning the overall or undergraduate title at their Regionals site.

ACF Regionals is a packet submission tournament. Since 2015, as demand for ACF Regionals has grown past 100 participating teams (to more than 150 in 2020), reforms have reduced packet submission obligations from full-packet to half-packet (as of 2018), and from teams with at least one player having 2 years of college quizbowl experience to at least two such players (as of 2020).


ACF Regionals was produced from 1991 to 1997 by the now-defunct Academic Competition Foundation. The Foundation was replaced in 1997 by the Academic Competition Federation, which has edited the tournament ever since.


Before the late 2000s, the difficulty of ACF Regionals tended to be above the usual range of difficulty of most tournaments (later called regular difficulty).

In the late 2000s, ACF Regionals came to be seen as the benchmark for regular difficulty [2]. ACF Regionals became more difficult for several years, although 2008 ACF Regionals was noticeably easier than 2007 ACF Regionals (and was in fact statistically easier than NAQT Sectionals of the same year).

After the difficult 2018 ACF Regionals [3], the usual difficulty range of collegiate tournaments shifted to become somewhat easier, and the concept of regular difficulty began to be redefined [4]: it bifurcated into easier "standard" and harder "qualifier" tournaments, with ACF Regionals being the benchmark for the latter category (and EFT for the former).

List of ACF Regionals tournaments

Year Announcement Editors Packets
1998 Matt Colvin Packets
1999 David Hamilton Packets
2000 Andrew Yaphe Packets
2001 Subash Maddipotti Packets
2002 Ezequiel Berdichevsky and Dave Hamilton Packets
2003 Subash Maddipoti Packets
2004 Raj Bhan Packets
2005 link Andrew Yaphe, Mike Sorice, and Jeff Hoppes Packets
2006 link Matt Lafer, Chris Romero, and Mike Sorice Packets
2007 link Seth Teitler, Jerry Vinokurov, and Ryan Westbrook Packets
2008 link Matt Weiner and Matt Keller Packets
2009 link Jonathan Magin, with Eric Mukherjee Packets
2010 link Jerry Vinokurov, with Trygve Meade, Chris Ray, Dwight Wynne, and Ted Gioia Packets
2011 link Rob Carson, with Ted Gioia, Matt Weiner, Jeremy Eaton, and Dwight Wynne, assisted by Andy Watkins and Jerry Vinokurov Packets
2012 link Trevor Davis, with John Lawrence, Guy Tabachnick, Will Butler, and Auroni Gupta Packets
2013 link Chris Ray, with Cody Voight, Rob Carson, and John Lawrence Packets
2014 link Evan Adams, with Carsten Gehring, Matt Jackson, Ashvin Srivatsa, Adam Silverman, and Will Nediger Packets
2015 link Matt Jackson, with Sarah Angelo, Tommy Casalaspi, Trevor Davis, Stephen Liu, and Sriram Pendyala Packets
2016 link John Lawrence, with Itamar Naveh-Benjamin, Chris Ray, and Max Schindler Packets
2017 link Andrew Hart, with Stephen Liu, Nathan Weiser, Benji Nguyen, Cody Voight, and Adam Silverman Packets
2018 link Auroni Gupta, with Will Alston, Kenji Shimizu, Will Holub-Moorman, and Stephen Eltinge Packets
2019 link Will Nediger, with Matt Bollinger, Rob Carson, Will Holub-Moorman, Bruce Lou, Graham Reid, Jennie Yang, and Ben Zhang Packets
2020 link JinAh Kim, with Dennis Loo, Geoffrey Chen, Jordan Brownstein, Neilesh Vinjamuri, Nick Jensen, Nitin Rao, Taylor Harvey, Wonyoung Jang, Billy Busse, and Ophir Lifshitz Packets
2021 link Jaimie Carlson, with Annabelle Yang, Hari Parameswaran, Hasna Karim, Jonathan Tran, Jordan Brownstein, Michael Kearney, Natan Holtzman, Nick Dai, Nitin Rao, Stephen Eltinge, and Tim Morrison Packets
2022 link Taylor Harvey, with Jaimie Carlson, Ganon Evans, Alex Hardwick, Nick Jensen, Arjun Nageswaran, Grant Peet, Graham Reid, Jonathen Settle, Chandler West, and Annabelle Yang Packets
2023 link Nick Jensen, with Alexandra Hardwick, Rahul Keyal, Allan Lee, Tim Morrison, Kevin Park, Grant Peet, Graham Reid, and Chris Sims Packets

External links

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ACF Winter 2009 2010 2020 2021 2022
ACF Regionals 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
ACF Nationals 1991 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022 2023