EGCA launched a new competition format for the goalball clubs in Europe in the end of year 2019 called European Grand Prix (Euro GP).

EGCA launched a new competition format for the goalball clubs in Europe in the end of year 2019 called European Grand Prix (Euro GP).

First Euro GP tournament was held in Rostock, Germany in the beginning of May 2020 and USV Hercules from Netherlands was crowned the champion of that historical tournament. Unfortunately due the corona virus pandemic there have not been possibilities to organize more stages until 2022.

European Grand Prix tournaments are low-threshold international club competitions where Each goalball club in Europe can participate to. The aim of the competitions are that new clubs even from new countries, athletes, coaches and referees could become as a part of the international goalball family, improve themselves and get experiences of international games.

EGCA’s aim is to have three regional Euro GP stages during a calendar year; Euro GP South, Central and North.

REGULATIONS

Each goalball club in Europe can participate in the Euro GP stages. Clubs who come from the same region than the organizing country are primarily selected to a stage but as long as there are free spots in the stage also clubs from different region can participate in each Euro GP stage.

Among the Euro GP tournament there will be organized also SEGL-U23 tournament at the same time during year 2022.

Composition of the team at the Euro GP stage 2022

  • Every athlete from each gender who comply with IBSA classification standards can participate (only male athletes who are playing in the SEGL – Champions League during season 2022 are not eligible to participate);
  • Euro GP team can be male, female or mixed team;
  • SEGL Youth (U23) team can be as well be consisted by male, female or both athletes who are born 1999 or later (be ready to send photo from ID of each U23 athlete along the entry form);
  • There can be maximum two foreign athletes in Euro GP / SEGL Youth team’s roster at the Euro GP stage. Foreign athlete is an athlete who has not the same nationality than the club or who doesn’t live permanently in the country where the club comes from);
  • There can be also unclassified athletes in Euro GP / SEGL Youth team’s roster but only two of them can play on the court at the same time at the Euro GP stage.
  • SEGL Youth team can also use one U23 male athlete who has played or will play in the SEGL – Champions League during season 2022.

Registration

  • Clubs register for the Euro GP stage by the digital registration form on EGCA website;
  • There can be maximum eight participating teams / tournament;
  • Euro GP tournament is valid if there are minimum four participating clubs from minimum two different countries;
  • SEGL Youth tournament is valid if there are minimum three participating clubs from minimum two different countries;
  • The participating clubs will be selected in following system:
    A. The host club
    B. Another club from the organizing country
    C. Each registered club up to eight
  • Clubs who come from the same region than the organizing country are primarily selected to the tournament.
  • We take first one club / country and then if there are still free spots at the Euro GP stage they will be given in registration order!

Regions

Central: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland, Ukraine

North: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Great Britain, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden (Clubs from Belarus and Russia are banned to participate in EGCA competitions)

South: Albania, Andorra, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Malta, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey

EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX STAGES 2022

EURO GP SOUTH – 1st – 3rd July, Athens, Greece

CANCELLED: EURO GP NORTH – 19th – 21st August, Espoo, Finland

EURO GP CENTRAL – 26th – 28th August, Wroclaw, Poland