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EYUC is here, and we're in Padova 🇮🇹 to bring you the action
The European Youth Ultimate Championships starts tomorrow, with Italy’s Under 20 women’s team playing the Czech Republic at 18.00 local time. We’ll be streaming that game on our YouTube channel, alongside action on every other day of the tournament!
There are seven women’s and mixed teams, as well as 12 open teams all vying for the European U20 titles. France and Italy both performed brilliantly at JJUC in Wroclaw last season - France came away with silvers in open and women’s, while Italy won an open bronze and finished fourth in women’s - so will be among the hot favourites in those divisions. Last time this tournament happened was 2019 and the reigning champs are Italy in open and France in women’s. Mixed features the reigning world champions, Hungary, as well as plenty of other powerhouse European nations like France, Italy and Ireland, all of whom made mixed semis at EUC recently.
The Netherlands have been one to watch in recent years and their open team features maybe the only player who’ll be playing at EYUC after playing at EUC - GRUT’s Morris Witkam, who also played at WU24 in Nottingham! What a summer. I’m exhausted just thinking about it.
The women’s and mixed divisions both feature one pool, with the top two going straight to semis and the middle four playing pre-semi crossover games. The knockouts will start on Thursday in both divisions.
The open division, with more teams, has a different structure. Two pools of six will see the top four going to upper power pools and the bottom two of each group making a lower power pool. First and third from one group will match up with second and fourth in the other in power pools, with scores carried through. Once the power pools are done, the top three in each will go straight to the bracket while the bottom team in both upper power pools will cross with the top two in the lower power pool. Still with me? From there, it’s easy: knockouts to find the champion.
All three finals will be Saturday 12 August. We’ll be there for all the big games, and we’re bringing you all the action from field 3 all week! Drop in, join the fun and see the next generation of European greats at the start of their careers!
We’re only able to bring you this kind of coverage because of our Patrons, so if you’re able we’d love you to join the family.
See you in Padova!