IFAF Europe Executive Committee meeting was held on Feb 15th, where a lot of important decisions have been made.
European Championship for Men cycle 2015 – 2018
Executive Committee has decided on the new system of the competition and the outlook will be (more detailed information will be sent out to all federations):
Qualification games for 8 spots in two B groups . Time frame for qualification games will be from August 15th to the weekend of October 31st. Depending on the rankings and number of applications, qualification match ups will be decided for two B groups that will be played in 2016.
B1 and B2 groups are played using both regional and ranking principle. It will be final four tournament format (4 teams, Friday/Sunday games), and the winners will advance to A group qualification game.
Denmark vs. higher ranked B group winner; Sweden vs. lower ranked B group winner for 2 spots for A group in 2018. Two host teams will cover part of the expenses of the visiting teams.
A group (six best European teams playing, best four from previous EC automatically qualify Germany, Austria, France, Finland plus winner of the two qualification games which will be held in 2017).
This format would save a lot of costs for participating teams and it would make it possible to include more countries in the qualifying cycle, while the top competition (A group) will stay with the 6 best European teams.
European Flag Championship, 2015
Championship will be held in Pinto (Madrid), September 16-20th. Spanish Federation offered the best terms for visiting teams, facilities and the venue for the Championship.
European Flag Championship, 2017
Hosting rights awarded to Czech Republic. Championship will be held in Prague. Czech had the best offer, and the Committee is delighted, since this is the first time for Czech to host anyÂ European Championship. This goes in line with politics of Executive Board to have as many new hosts for IFAF Europe events as possible.
European Flag U-15 Championship, 2016
After IFAF Europe completed a survey about flag football in Europe, decision has been made to start a mixed competition â€“ since most countries have U-15 programs (both girls and boys) and most suggested to start a U-15 flag competitionÂ inÂ Europe.
Women’s Club Team Championship, 2015
Executive Committee has decided to explore the possibility of Womenâ€™s Club Team Championship, which is projected to start in autumn of 2015. This goes in line with the policy of developing women’s tackle football in Europe, and also in the line of IOC requirement for gender balance in sports.
Person who will be in charge for the potential future competition, and also point of contact, is Mr. Michal Rosival (Czech Federation).
IFAF Europe Media Department