Details of playing system for Men's European Cup competition from 2012/13.
New European Cup format announced
Following a decision of the EHF Executive Committee at its meeting in Vienna on 16 November 2011, the EHF has announced the playing format for the European Cup, a new competition formed from the merging of the EHF Cup and Men’s Cup Winners’ Cup.
The new system to be played from the 2012/13 season will see three qualification rounds played in the traditional home and away, knock-out format as teams look to qualify for the Group Phase. These rounds will be played in September, October and November/December 2012.
16 teams will qualify for the Group Phase, which will be played in February and March 2013, in four groups of four teams, playing home and away.
The Group Phase will be followed by the Quarter-finals to be played over two legs in April 2013 and a then the Final Event with four teams, playing semi-finals and finals in one venue, on the weekend of 18/19 May 2013.
Six teams will qualify for the Quarterfinal stage, with one team – the organiser and host of the final weekend – qualifying directly for the Final Event.
Final decisions relating to the competition including the distribution of rights, organisational issues and playing venue standards will be tabled for the next meeting of the EHF Executive to take place in Serbia during the final weekend of the Men’s EHF European Championship.
TEXT: JJ Rowland
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