xEUCF Bid Distribution Announced

Plus a projected team list!

Lasma Kublicka in the EUCF 2019 final. Photo by Klara Lipertova.

The European Ultimate Federation is planning for a modified club championship this fall. They previously announced that the regional qualifier events would be cancelled due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and that there was a possibility for an extended EUCF (xEUCF) from October 1-4 in Bruges, Belgium. While it is still uncertain whether or not an international ultimate event can be held in October, the EUF is moving forward with plans to hold this larger event and is looking to host 20 mixed, 20 women’s, and 32 open teams. In lieu of regional qualifiers bids have been granted directly to national federations. The bids were distributed with the following bid rules:

  1. The 2020 bid situation per region after EUCF 2019 for ‘normal’ 2020 divisions1
    1. Bids are normally given to regions. For 2020, the bids that are granted for each region are designated to countries depending on their finish at last year’s EUCF and EUCR.
    2. For example, in the mixed division, the central region earned 3 bids here. Since last year the top three teams were Dutch, German and German, the Netherlands is granted one bid and Germany is granted two bids.
  2. One bid of choice to all the national federations that regularly went to EUF sanctioned adult events in the last year, but never got a bid at EUCF
  3. A country’s history over the last four EUCF’s
  4. The 2020 waiting list order (per region), minus the already appointed bids at #2 and #3

The EUF has asked teams to declare their intent and availability for the tournament before July 12. Each national federation is free to award the bids to the clubs as they see fit, but the EUF has suggested that they use their national club championships from 2019 pretty much all countries will not be able to have a formal qualification tournament before the July 12 deadline. The EUF has prepared the following timeline for the event:

July 12 – Participating and waiting list teams fill out a form of interest
July 26 – Waiting list teams are notified if they receive a spot
August 2 – Final decision on holding xEUCF
August 9 – Team fee deadline
August 30 – Player registration and player fees deadline

This resulted in the following bid distribution:

NationMixedOpenWomen
AUT021
BEL011
CZE122
DEN021
ESP100
EST100
FIN011
FRA121
GBR242
GER242
HUN100
IRL112
ISR010
ITA031
LAT100
LTU100
NED100
NOR100
POL111
POR100
RUS132
SLO100
SUI032
SVK010
SWE110
TUR100
UKR001

As stated previously, national federations are free to give out bids to teams as they feel appropriate, but in the case that national championships are used as the qualifier, the following teams would be the ones invited to the tournament.

Mixed

Bid RuleTeamCountryNational RankRegion
#1SalaspilsLAT1N
UFO2NED1C
SoBr MoscowRUS1N
SMOGGBR1W
FlowPOL1E
IzakaFRA1S
ColoradoGER1C
UFA3POR1S
Deep SpaceGBR2W
MainzelrennerGER2C
Left OversCZE1E
KFUM ÖrebroSWE1N
#2GuayotaESP1S
CosmoSLO1E
Drop That SmileLTU1N
SteamhuckTUR1E
Ultimate SakuEST1N
OUTHUN1E
Pancake CircleNOR1N
#3PELTIRL1W

Open

Bid RuleTeamCountryNational RankRegion
#1La FottaITA1S
ClaphamGBR1W
Chevron Action FlashGBR2W
RealFiveRUS1N
Bad SkidGER1C
FUJCZE1E
CotaricaITA2S
AlbaGBR3W
FreespeedSUI1S
PELTIRL1W
Flying Angels BernSUI2S
IznogoodFRA1S
Red BullsITA3S
MooncatchersBEL1C
CatchupAUT1E
M.U.C.GER2C
7 SchwabenGER3C
Wall CityGER4C
FWD>>AUT2E
JuPiterRUS2N
SokolRUS3N
The BridgePOL1E
DevonGBR4W
PirUFIN1N
#2NewAgeISR1S
OutsiterzSVK1E
#3Crazy DogsSUI3S
RagnarokDEN1C
Prague DevilsCZE2E
Odin StockholmSWE1N
KFKDEN2C
TchacFRA2S

Women’s

Bid RuleTeamCountryNational RankRegion
#1CUSB ShoutITA1S
Elvis PresleyRUS1N
YAKA / Deto'Nantes4FRA1S
RebelIRL1W
3SBCZE1E
MainzelmädchenGER1C
HeidelbärchenGER2C
IceniGBR1W
YellowFUJeverCZE2E
Cosmic GirlsRUS2N
TroublesPOL1E
LUV5BEL1C
FABulousSUI1S
Bristol WomenGBR2W
WESTSUI2S
AtleticoFIN1N
#2Dyki KraliUKR1E
#3BoxAUT1E
#4AarhusDEN1C
GravityIRL2W

  1. Mixed = 12 bids, Open = 24 bids, Women’s = 16 bids 

  2. A previous version of this article showed that Grut would get this bid. However, Grut did not play in the Dutch championship last year. They went to the EUCR through a different EUCR qualifier tournament held in the Netherlands. It is not clear yet if the Dutch federation would use national results from last year or the qualifier results from last year. 

  3. Note: a previous version of this article incorrectly had Disc'Over Lisboa in this slot 

  4. France had co-champions at last year's national championship as the final was rained out before the game could finish. The French Federation will have a tough decision on how to grant France's sole women's bid 

  5. Gentle women were Belgian champions but have already declined their bid. Note a previous version of this article incorrectly placed Flying Rabbits in this slot. 

  1. Ravi Vasudevan
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    Ravi Vasudevan is Ultiworld's European editor and a host of the podcast EuroZone. Emails about EuroZone should go to eurozoneultimate@gmail.com. Ravi played for WPI in the US until 2008. He has been living and playing in Europe since 2009 and has competed at WUGC 2012, WUCC 2014 and WUCC 2018.

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