Background ultimate federation
26/07/2017

EUCF new Open Division Format: Single division with 24 teams starting with EUCF2017

Evaluation of the current format of EUCF

The EUF board has evaluated the current situation of European Ultimate and the format of the EUCF within the board members and the help of a small survey that was sent to specific teams only (not to exclude some, but to get an idea of some opinions). Current questions are:

 

- Numbers of teams at EUCF (16, 24, 32)

- Changing 8 Elite and 16 Challengers into 12/12 which possibly better represents the strength of the teams (but also makes it less „elite“)

- How to distribute Elite spots: currently 1 spot guaranteed for each region is controversial

- Is a separation into Elite and Challenger pools still necessary at all

 

Format Changes

Several format changes have been discussed and the EUF has come to the following conclusions: 

- A separation into Elite and Challenger is no longer necessary

- Eliminating the separation into elite and challenger pool has many advantages that overweigh the few disadvantages

- EUCR remains important even without elite-pools 

 

Conclusion

- The new Format will be one Open division only: 6 pools of 4 teams (top 16 proceed to pre-quarters)

- The format will be changed as for EUCF 2017 (Results of already played qualifiers EUCR-C were checked and are not affected)

 

Thoughts on format change in Open division

The original idea of forming an Elite pool was when format changed from 16 to 24 open teams but the level gap of teams was higher than it is now. In order to prevent blowout games and give teams more equal opponents throughout the EUCF, an elite-pool of 8 teams was formed. This would also make EUCR more interesting, as elite-qualified teams would have increased chances at EUCF. The level of Open teams at EUCF has increased since then and the EUF thinks that the separation into elite and challenger pool is not necessary anymore. Also, benefits of the new format are overweighing the current format in many aspects which are:

- Same chance for everyone to win the title, not giving more advantage to elite teams than to others

- Same amount of games*

- Elimination of distribution issues of elite-spots amongst regions

- EUCR is still very important (a good result at EUCR gives you better chances of winning EUCF)

- Schedule is easy to understand (also for spectators) 

*With 24 teams it’s unpreventable that some play less games than others, so seven games for 1-16 and six games for 17-24

The EUF apologizes for the rather late notice, especially to EUCR - Central teams who have played qualifications already. The schedule and results have been checked and the new format doesn’t affect any of the results.

 

Future considerations

The EUF is observing the level and development of teams in Europe and will consider to increase the numbers of Mens teams to 32 teams at two different tournaments (16/16) if necessary and appropriate