FIBA Europe Board approves format changes for EuroLeague Women season 2020-21
MUNICH (Germany) - After taking into consideration the epidemiological situation in Europe and having consulted with the stakeholders of the competition, the FIBA Europe Board approved format changes for the 2020-21 EuroLeague Women season.
In order to protect the health and guarantee the safety of players, coaches and officials, but also to safeguard a fair competition, and to properly organize game operations, the decision has been taken to organize the competition in hubs with a modified format.
FIBA Europe developed multiple options which were then consulted with the clubs and their National Federations, before the Board approved the following format and all related amendments to the Regulations of the EuroLeague Women season 2020-21:
- Qualifiers to be played in a single venue hub in single elimination games on October 28 or 29, 2020;
- Regular Season to be played with a new shorter competition system – four groups of four clubs in the Regular Season;
- Each of the Regular Season groups to be played in two separate hubs in single venues with each club playing three games per hub, amounting to six Regular Season games;
- The first Regular Season hub to take place from November 29 - December 5, 2020, with the second Regular Season hub taking place from January 17-23, 2021;
- Top two clubs from each Regular Season group advance to Quarter-Finals, with the third-placed teams NOT transferring to EuroCup Women due to calendar restraints;
- Quarter-Finals to be played over two legs in single venue hubs (two pairings per hub), with the winners advancing to the Final Four;
- Quarter-Final hubs are to take place from March 14-20, 2021.
To accommodate the new competition format, the groups of eight clubs were reformed according to the seeding of the EuroLeague Women Draw. Within the existing eight-team groupings, the clubs seeded 1, 4, 5 and 8 were be placed together, with the clubs seeded 2, 3, 6 and 7 matched against each other.
The new groups are formed as follows:
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