European Ultimate Federation Delays xEUCF Decision to June

If it happens it will be in Bruges.

The European Ultimate Federation (EUF) originally set themselves a deadline of May 1 to decide on the holding an extended EUCF (xEUCF) this fall, but they have postponed the final decision until after the June 15 meeting of the city council in Bruges, Belgium, where the tournament will be held. The decisions made at the city council meeting will determine whether or not the event can take place.

However, some decisions were made about the event. The EUF is moving forward with tournament preparations. They have decided that if an event will take place, it will be one single, large event in Bruges.1 They will ask national federations for pre-registration of their clubs and possibly an early fee after the decision is made.2 If the event is to happen, the TOC will have to make a non-refundable deposit on the July 1.

As the EUF have already cancelled the EUCR qualifying events, bids will be given directly to national federations who can decide how to distribute their bids among their top clubs. The bid distribution will be based on the the EUCF results of the past four years.

The TOC and the EUF are aiming to host a large event of 72 teams: 32 open teams, 20 mixed teams, and 20 women’s teams. If reductions in size are necessary then the open division will be reduced. They have decided on a minimum of 16 teams per division for this event. National federations can commit their number of teams before deciding exactly which clubs will take those spots. For example, a country could commit three spots in a certain division but still hold a qualifying event for those spots later in the year.

  1. In their previous announcement, they were considering holding smaller events separated by division. 

  2. Note: A pervious version of this article said that the EUF would be asking for registration and fees before the decision. This has been corrected. 

  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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