The 2017 European League will take place from 2nd to 5th of March 2017 in the city of Valladolid, Spain. This event, created for national governing bodies affiliated to CERS, is made in priority for national champion and cup winner of each national club’s competition. CERILH approved the competition format for this event, that is explained below. Twelve (12) teams approved their participation to the 2017 competition.
12 teams for an exciting event
Seven of them were already participating to the 2016 event in Rethel (France), where “les diables” have won the European League title of the event they were organizing. These 7 teams are :
- Rethel (France) french champion and title owner of the European League
- Garges-les-gonesses (France)
- Milan (Italy) the Italian champion
- Norton (UK) the Great Britain champion
- Linth (Switzerland) the President Cup owner and swiss cup winner
- Rubi (Spain)
- Valladolid (Spain) the organizing club
With this 2017 edition, CERILH will welcome new teams of:
- Majorca (Spain) the Spanish Champion
- Olomouc (Czech Republic) the Czech champion
- The Chap’s (Belgium)
- the Nordhessen Hornets (Germany) from the Nordhessen region
- the Z-Fighters (Switzerland) from Oberrüti and Sins areas
Round Robin, Group Phases, Semi-Final and Finals… an innovative format
The 2017 format is really challenging and quite innovative. 4 days, 2 rinks, 40 games, 2 competitions in one, 7 games per team… 2017 European League is set to allow an ultimate fight for a big win!
The 2017 European League starts with a three (3) groups round robin of four (4) teams. Teams are seeded in 3 groups (A, B, C) and will play once against each other. At the end of the 18 games, teams are ranked in each group. The two first teams will be qualified for the European League finals and the two last teams for the President Cup finals.
From this split, the European League and President Cup will live their own competition. It will start by a group phase where teams are seeded in 4 groups of 3 teams (2 groups in each competition). All team will play against each other and at the end of this process, teams are ranked again in their group.
Then arrives “classics” semi-finals. 1st and 2nd of each group will play respectively against 2nd and 1st of the other group of the competition in question. Winners of the semi-finals will play the finals while losers will play the Bronze Medal game. 3rd teams of each group play a final ranking game.
6 teams already seeded in groups and a draw to be organized in january
CERILH has approved the 2017 seeding process. Teams ranked from 1st to 6th place of the last European League (see here) are seeded in groups A, B and C of the 2017 event based on their ranking. All the other teams will be allocated to groups after a draw. Two teams from the same country won’t be in the same group, to maximise international games and spectators interest during the Round Robin phase.
We can already say that Rethel and Rubi will be in Group A, Garges and Linth in Group B and Milan and Norton in Group C. The draw will be available live on Facebook, on cerilh page.
No tied game, to improve spectators interest
All games are played with International FIRS rules. At the end of each game, if the score is tied, a 5 minutes overtime is played. If the score is still tied at the end of the overtime, a shoot on goals session is played, until the game gets a winner.
More news will be available in January after the draw. You can already access to some official documents like the planing and the European League 2017 Regulation: