eXtended European Ultimate Championship Final
24-27 сентября 2009
Dear European Ultimate Community,
Finally we can publish the EFDF Calendar 2009!
In 2009 a new tournament format, called XEUCF will be played instead of separate EUCC and EUCS.
The XEUCF combines in one tournament the benefits of the EUCC and the EUCS:
All medals will be assigned in one tournament, without risking to have 2 EFDF tournaments potentially competing for being the most important tournament in 2009
Costs will be reduced for most players, who planned to attend both separate EUCC and EUCS
There will be many more inter-regional matches as in EUCC
The season will be stretched till end of September in almost all nations, giving a reason to many teams to keep on train intensively also during the summer as in the EUCS.
Team rosters will be defined early in the season using the EUCS eligibility rules.
Seeding will be mostly based on results of 2009 EFDF competitions and not on those from the previous year.
This tournament format is possible only because some organizers were able to run a tournament of EUCC size also in fall, which was not clear when EFDF asked for separate bids for EUCC and EUCF in 2009. Unfortunately the initial winner of the XEUCF bid had to face major problems, which finally made him withdraw the bid, forcing EFDF to go for “plan B”, which turned out to be as good as the original winning bid!
What is the XEUCF?
XEUCF means eXtended European Ultimate Championship Final and it will be played as pilot in 2009.
This is a 4 days (Thursday to Sunday) tournament, which will be played from Sept. 24th to 27th 2009 in London (closed to Heathrow Airport).
The tournament has 4 divisions: Open, Women, Mixed and Master.
All pitches will be at the same site and there will be space for about 100 teams.
The winner of each division will be crowned European Club Champion 2009.
How can teams qualify for XEUCF?
Whenever possible the results of the national championship (EUCQ) 2009 will be considered for the national ranking and so for the qualification to XEUCF.
There are different qualification steps between Open and the other divisions.
For these divisions the qualification process is very similar to the EUCC one.
Each nation member of the EFDF will be allowed to send 1 team per division.
Wild cards will be given to nations according to their placements in the last WFDF and EFDF competitions.
The successful EUCS format (http://www.eucs.efdf.org/) will be applied in the open division, with 3 selection stages: EUCQ, EUCR and XEUCF.
Teams, who qualified for the EUCR, will be allowed to register to XEUCF (max 16 per region) according to the EUCR bid allocation rules in each region.
The initial selection of the max 64 teams will be performed during EUCR and teams registered for XEUCF will be grouped into at least 3 divisions (Open1 for the top16, Open2, Open3, …). Bid allocation for the XEUCF-Open1 division is based on the results of the EUCF2008. The CSC will decide how to distribute the bids for the Open2, Open3, etc. division.
There will be a small overlapping between the divisions at XEUCF, so that for instance, a team from the Open2 can finish max 9th, etc.
The final ranking of the XEUCF will be used to define the bid allocation for the EUCF2010 according to the standard EUCF Bidding Allocation System (http://www.eucs.efdf.org/2008/eucfbids.html).
What do federations need to do now?
Federations must deliver to the EUF Board (bids2009 (at) efdf.org) within February 15th 2009 the number of teams, which are interested in playing in each division at XEUCF.
Please notice: No answer means that no team in any division will come, so the bids pre-reserved for the nation will be offered to other ones.
Within March 15th 2009 the EUF Board will communicate the number of bids each nation has in each division.
In the divisions where a selection at national/sectional level must be made, because a nation as more interested teams than available spots, EUCQ (=National Championship or ad-hoc tournament) should be played before May 31st 2009.
If a Nation has exactly as many bids for XEUCF as the teams interested in playing in that division, no real selection is needed, so EUCQ can be played anytime before EUCR (only for Open) or before Sept. 7th. The results will be used for the XEUCF seeding.
Sept. 7th 2009 is the last date when EUCQ2009 and EUCR2009 results can be considered for the XEUCF.
If it is not possible to hold the EUCQ before the given deadlines, federations are kindly asked to get in touch with the EUF Board (bids2009 (at) efdf.org) to find a solution.
RCS will provide as soon as possible the date and location of the EUCRs, so that Open teams can plan with large advance these tournaments.
Feb. 15th 2009: Federation prove number of wished bids per division
Mar. 15th 2009: EUF Board publish bids distribution in each division
May-June 2009: XEUCF registration deadline (not fixed yet)
Aug. 2009: EUCRs in all regions for the Open division
Aug./Sept. 2009: XEUCF Final Payment
Sept. 7th 2009: National/Regional seeding is defined.
I hope that this late publication of the EFDF calendar does not cause you too many troubles in defining your national one.
In name of the EFDF/EUF and the CSC I wish you a
Marry Christmas and an exiting & high spirited Ultimate Season 2009
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