Elite European ultimate is back!
July 2, 2021 by Ravi Vasudevan in News with 0 comments
The European Ultimate Federation announced this week that they will be moving forward with plans to host the Extended European Ultimate Championship Finals (XEUCF) from September 30 to October 3 in Bruges, Belgium. This will be larger than usual EUCF tournaments, with 32 open teams, 20 women’s teams, and 20 mixed teams.
Teams usually qualify for the EUCF through regional EUCR events, but the EUF canceled these qualification tournaments earlier this year, instead giving bids to national federations directly. National federations have to secure their bids by July 28, but will have until September 8 to determine which club teams take those bids. This allows for national federations to hold qualification tournaments later this summer if they choose to do that.
In principle, bids were decided based on the last four European Club Series events. However, the EUF has also been in communication with national federations to see which bids they may actually want to take. They have decided on the following:
|Latvia 1*1||France 2||Latvia 1*|
|Ukraine 1*||Great-Britain 3||Ukraine 1*|
|Italy 3||Germany 3||Russia 1|
|Belgium 2||Ireland 2||Great-Britain 3|
|Denmark||Russia 3||Germany 3|
|Ireland 2||Italy 1|
|Russia 3||Czech Rep 2|
The Belgian government has announced that from August, sporting events of up to 5000 attendees will be possible, which is more than enough for the XEUCF. However, this is subject to change if the Belgian government changes their restrictions between now and then.
Of note, as of July 2, the United Kingdom is considered a very high risk country, meaning it is not possible to travel to Belgium from the United Kingdom. Great Britain currently holds eight bids. The EUF hopes that all teams can come to the tournament, but will still hold the event even if travel is not possible for some teams.
Latvia and Ukraine will both receive one bid in either open or mixed but the national federations have not yet decided which bid they want to take ↩