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WHAT'S NEW?


What’s new in the regions?

In these years the density of good teams has reached such a level that we decided to redesign the region distribution, reorganizing regions, which are too wide and where travelling to EUCR could be potentially too costly.

Starting with 2011 there are five instead of four regions.

The changes compared to the previous distribution are the following:

·         The nations belonging to the CEL, which was a section of the Central-East region till 2010, become an independent region (East) starting from 2011.

·         The lost of the CEL in the Central-east is compensated by the addition of BeNeLux. The region is now called "Central".

·         South-West stays in the same constellation as in 2009 with the addition of Ireland and gets the name "South".

·         West is made by UK, which has internally various sections as qualifier for the EUCR.

·         North East stays as it is and gets the name "North".

What’s new in the EUCF format?

Open

We got a lot of positive feedback concerning the format of the XEUCF 2009 in London, where the Open division has been played in 3 divisions with a total of 38 teams.
The tournament showed that the gap between the top16 and the next 8-16 Open teams in Europe is no more so big.
Still more than half of the teams, who qualify for the EUCF, are always the same ones. This means that many teams, who would extremely profit for their farther development from playing also teams from outside their region, get this chance very seldom.
In order to support the development of such emerging teams we decided that the Open division, starting from the EUCF 2011, will be played with 24 teams, divided in 2 divisions of 8 (elite) and 16 (challenger) teams, on 3 days of play.
We have shortlisted 3 formats, which guarantees all teams many more high quality games at their level, but leaves a door open for challenger teams to make it up till to the final.
We would like to know which format you would prefer.

Women
Additionally, also the level and the number of good women teams have drastically increased since the decision to cap the women division at the EUCF to 8 teams on 2 days.

With your approval we would like the EUCF in the women division to be played by ten teams on three days.

What's new in the EUCF Bid Allocation System?

The system has been adapted to the new number of regions and of teams at the EUCF.
In order to keep the motivation of winning the EUCR high, every region is awarded at least one bid in the Elite division.
Additionally a minimum of 4 bids in total has been introduced in order to support developing regions on the middle term.
In both divisions a region gains or loses a bid according to the same algorithm used also in 2010.

What’s new in the Eligibility Rule?

The review of the Eligibilty Rule has been definitely the most difficult task.
We had to make us clear again, which is the Mission Statement of the EUCS:


The goal of the EUCS is to create a platform for elite teams to get high level competition and so to reduce the gap that still separates us from the top teams of other continents.
At the same time the EUCS wants to incentivize good teams to improve.


The Ultimate growth in terms of players and number of teams is NOT a goal of the EUCS, but it is a clear responsibility of the national federations. Surely also the EUCS would benefit from it.

With this in mind, we made various important improvements.
The main changes from the Rules used till 2010 are:

1.      the number of allowed additions is 3 for the open division and no more 5. With your approval we would like to reduce the number of additions in the women division from 5 to 3 as well.
The goal is to stimulate clubs to work on development of new own players.

2.      as a compromise we allow also players, who played the EUCR for a team, which did not qualify to EUCF, to be added to the roster of a qualified team.
The goal is to stimulate also middle level teams, who lost in the past their best players for better teams, to play at EUCR and make more international experience. The top players can still be added to the roster of the better team (if it qualifies) also after EUCR. This should bring more teams to EUCR and the level in the region should increase much faster.

3.      We officialized what all nations made already so far, that is, submitting the EUCR-Roster prior EUCR and playing the EUCQ with their national eligibility rules.
This also officializes the fact that some federations just focus on development in their national league, keeping the team size small on purpose, and that they have a loosen eligibility rule for teams who also want to play internationally.
Finally all the CSC needs to know from the national federations is
a) the final ranking of the EUCQ (independently if it is an ad hoc tournament or the national competition)
b) if there are players of a EUCS-Roster, who do not follow their national eligibility rules for teams who play internationally

In order to put this rule in place the cooperation and the involvement of the national federations in the EUCS must improve.
Some Regional Series Committees (RSC), who are responsible for the organization of the EUCR in their region, are already very active, while in other the contributions of some single nations is almost totally missing.
Since EUCR rosters must be approved by the RSC, starting from 2011 it will be mandatory that a national federation has at least 1 representative in the RSC, if teams of this nation want to play at EUCR.
This means that without this precondition, no team from that nation will be admitted to the EUCR.    
Please go through the various points and send us to csc /at/ eucs.efdf.org which are your votes concerning the questions in the concept.





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2011 CSC Committee
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Andrea "Oddi" Furlan,  Chair
Ruediger Veitl, DE, C
-- vacant --
Katka Svobodova, CZ, E
Gabor Barross, H, E
Paul Eriksson, SE, N
Alina Dunaeva RUS, N
David Moser, CH, S
Silvia Sabino, FR, S
Si Hill, UK, W
Aura Mackenzie, UK, W