In 2006, the FFF attempted to force their affiliated European partner, FFF-Europe - which was until then independent - to exclusively apply the American standards of flycasting instruction (which are not up to the same standards as the instruction offered in Europe) in their instructors' tests, and to submit all revenue from examinations and membership fees to the American FFF, stating that any failure to comply with these requests would invariably lead to expulsion and subsequent denial of rights to any future use of the name, the logo, or make any reference whatsoever to the FFF. Since the former FFF-Europe members felt that they neither need nor want supervision from across the Atlantic, and that European funds should remain in Europe , they decided to form a new, independent, and strictly European organization - the EFFA.

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