European Ultimate Federation Cancels EUCRs, Gives EUCF Decision Timeline

Will Europe have a Club Championship?

The European Ultimate Federation has announced that they will cancel the summer EUCR tournaments that normally qualify teams for the EUCF.

Per a decision structure created in late 2020, the EUF gave themselves a deadline of March 1st to greenlight the regional tournaments if international travel seemed feasible by July. As COVID cases in Europe remain high and many European countries still have travel restrictions in place, the EUF determined it was not possible to proceed with EUCRs.

The regional qualifying tournaments were to take place in July and August in advance of a fall EUCF. The EUF is now exploring a scenario for holding EUCF as scheduled where national federations are each given bids directly and free to distribute them however they wish. The EUF hopes that the national federations will be able to plan internal qualifying events to distribute those bids.

The following table shows the decision deadlines set by the EUF, along with the requirements necessary to determine what is possible for a major continental club tournament in 2021:

ScenarioEvent DetailsDecision DeadlineRequirements by Deadline
AEUCR Jul/Aug and EUCF Sep/OctMarch 1International travel is allowed and restrictions are lifted by July
B1xEUCF Bruges. Sept 30 - Oct. 3May 1International travel is allowed and restrictions are lifted by September
B2EUCF Sep/Oct split into three separate divisionsMay 1International travel is allowed, however some restrictions are still expected
CNo EUF organized eventsJune 1Small events are possible between neighbours in September

If the EUCF takes place, the EUF may host an extended EUCF (xEUCF) containing all three major divisions or split the EUCF into three separate tournaments in the event of limitations on event size. In the scenario of a single large event, the xEUCF will take place September 30th through October 3rd in Bruges, Belgium at the field site used for Tom’s Tourney.1

The next decision deadline is set for May 1st, when the EUF will determine if either of the EUCF scenarios described above are feasible.

  1. Bruges was also slated to host the 2020 EUCF, which was canceled

  1. Ravi Vasudevan

    Ravi Vasudevan has served as Ultiworld's European editor and a host of the podcast EuroZone. Emails about EuroZone should go to [email protected]. 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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