By European Softball Federation, www.europeansoftball.org
The ESF Executive Council approved the 2019 list of competitions during the past weekend at its meeting.
All but three tournaments have their organizers for the upcoming softball season in Europe confirmed.
While Italy and the Czech Republic will, as usual, take care of a number of events each, there are also some newcomers when it comes to organizing countries.
Women’s European Championship will be the qualifier for the Olympic qualifier – only the best six teams will keep dreaming. The Championship, as know before, will be held in Ostrava and its cooperating friend-cities in the Czech Republic and Poland.
WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship will be organized in Prague, Czech Republic in June 13 – 23.
Coed Slowpitch European Championship will be the qualifier for the first-ever World Championship (World Cup)) in 2020. Berlin (GER) and Budapest (HUN) are both interested in hosting this event, where a record number of participants is being expected. Last year, a new softball field was open in Budapest, and this event would be the first official one to be held there. Germany, on the other hand, is one of the top European slowpitch teams, in fact, they are the defending champions.
There’s one more case of two bidders for one tournament – Eagles Prague (CZE) and Moergestel (NED) both wish to organize the Women’s Cup Winners Cup.
So far, we’re missing a host of the U-18 qualifier.
Another newcomer – Croatia will host the U-16 Women’s European Championship.
Once in a few years, Bulgaria offers its services, this time the location will be Dupnitsa for the Women’s Cup.
|June 13 – 23||WBSC Men’s World Championship||Prague (CZE)|
|June 30 – July 6||Women’s Championship||Ostrava (CZE)|
|July 29 – August 3||U-16 Women’s Championship||Zagreb (CRO)|
|TBA||U-18 European Qualifier||nomination open|
|July 29 – August 3
July 15 – 20
|August 14 – 17||EMRYT||Collecchio (ITA)|
|August 19 – 24||Women’s Premiere Cup||Bollate (ITA)|
|August 19 – 24||Women’s Cup||Dupnitsa (BUL)|
|August 19 – 24||Women’s Cup Winners Cup||Eagles Praha (CZE)
|August 26 – 31||Men’s Super Cup||Nettuno Rome (ITA)|
A complete list of organizers and dates consists of nine European tournaments plus the World Championship in Prague. Check the complete list here.