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12 so far in the EU Cup... with the Russians
Authored by: Julian Clark on Monday, July 13 2009 @ 09:38 am ACST

a bit worried about the cap on 16 teams - maybe it wont be an concern this year with financial issues ??? or maybe it will.

but the very intention of establishing a Europe wide tournament was to ensure that fledgling teams have something to focus on.

"Build it and they will come" has been true of international footy right through my 15 years of involvement, and there is no better way to ensure that new teams can transform interest into activity level & commitment by actually giving them something to do.

What about Poland ??? a couple of good players last year in the EU Crusaders... but that participation will be lost, and Poland will go backwards if there is not enough room for the Crusaders... (and certainly it will not go forward if Poland can't enter a team when they are ready to go it alone).

If there is a cap on team numbers, maybe we need to re-think the logic in giving Spain 2 slots ???


12 so far in the EU Cup... with the Russians
Authored by: Aaron Richard on Monday, July 13 2009 @ 11:33 am ACST

They're being optimistic and hoping for 16, but from talking to Phil they're not sure whether 16 will realistically make it.

Also, I think you have to balance whether you want a serious championship (don't really want/need the Crusaders), or a developmental event (Crusaders not a bad idea), or a bit of both (Crusaders optional).

As it is, the Crusaders exist as much to give an even number of teams as they do to give more guys a chance to run around.

In my view, the long term goal would be to have two events, one a genuine European Championship played 16 or 18-a-side under IC rules or something similar and including the Irish and Danish, and the second a developmental competition probably along similar lines to the current EU Cup played 9-a-side with handicap rules for newer squads.

12 so far in the EU Cup... with the Russians
Authored by: Eurofooty on Tuesday, July 14 2009 @ 12:29 am ACST

In reply to a few of the questions mentioned in these comments:

* In this years cup, are limited by the on-the-ground facilities to a cap of 16 nations. In future additions, if the host city facilities are suitable and the interest is there, we are very open to extending this limit (though we may need to move to 2 days)
* There has been no word from Poland (nor Wales) unfortunately
* The policy regarding the EU Crusaders is to only include this team if it solves a problem with the structures of the pools and match schedule (typically where the number of confirmed participating countries are odd). We hope to know within 3 weeks before the tournament whether a Crusaders team is required and if so, we'll need your help Rooster to find the bodies to fill it
* Both Spain and Catalonia are very welcome to attend seperately both now and in the foreseeable future
* Denmark and Ireland have always been invited to attend the EU Cup and this year is no exception. Unfortunately, neither team is available to attend due to scheduled 18-a-side match in London on the same day.