The FIE, at their Congress in Madrid on November 24-25, has changed the equipment requirements for Senior competitions in foil to require the transparent "visor" masks and wireless scoring system after January 1st, 2008.
As of January 1, 2008 – Wireless apparatus and masks with transparent visors will be mandatory in the following men’s and women’s foil competitions:
- Individual events: Grand Prix, World Championships, and Olympic
Games – from the 32 forward
- Team Events at World Cups and World Championships from the top 4 or
8 teams forward
- Team events at the Olympic Games – for the entire competition
The fie transparent masks are available from several leading fencing equipment suppliers.