Model situation before Round 4 of the qualification process for the top eight of the reformed competition
On the way to the EHF Cup quarter-finals
With only three more rounds to be played in the EHF Cup Group Phase it might be useful to clarify once again the qualification process for the quarter-finals by using the actual standing of the groups as an example.
If Nantes finish 1st in Group D or is one of the three best 2nd ranked teams of the four groups, the club qualifies directly for the EHF Cup Finals. The other six teams have to play the quarter-finals which, in this case will consist of only three pairings.
According to the regulation the ranking of the 2nd ranked teams is determined after completion of the group phase as follows:
If no ranking can be determined a decision shall be obtained by drawing lots.
What would this mean if the group phase ended now?
According to this example, Nantes are the 4th of the 2nd ranked teams and therefore all 2nd ranked teams have to play the quarter-finals (8 teams) and Nantes are qualified for the EHF Cup Finals only if it wins the quarter-finals.
As mentioned above this is just an example in order to explain this procedure. However, there are still 3 rounds left and therefore everything can still change.
TEXT: EHF / br
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