(BUDAPEST) The groups for the 2016 European Lacrosse Championship have been drawn at the 7th annual New Year’s Cup in Budapest.
The European Lacrosse Federation (ELF) announced that 24 countries will participate in the 2016 European Lacrosse Championships (EC16), which will be held July 28-August 6th in Budapest, Hungary.
2016 Men’s European Lacrosse Championships (EC16) Bracket Drawing
A public live drawing was held on Sunday, January 10th at 5:30 PM local time (CET). The ELF membership has voted for a balanced pool format, with teams drawn into four pools of six teams each. The top two teams from each pool will advance to the eight-team Championship Bracket.
With 24 participating nations, EC16 marks the largest European Championship ever, as 96 total matches will be played over the 9-day event. A festival featuring developing lacrosse nations as well as club teams from across the world, as well as a women’s tournament, will also be held.
Newcomer nations are Slovenia, Russia and the home team (Hungary), who are in groups C, D and A respectively. The Hungarian National Team will not have an easy time. The home team will be facing 2012 EC Champion England, as well as 5th place Germany. The top 4 teams from the 2012 ECs have been hard seeded into each of the four groups.
More EC16 information:
About the ELF
The European Lacrosse Federation (ELF) is the organisational body for lacrosse played in Europe including women’s and men’s lacrosse.
The ELF’s Mission is as follows:
- To develop and maintain all forms of Lacrosse throughout Europe.
- To undertake, to support and foster the standards of play as may be laid down, from time to time, by all recognised International and / or National Lacrosse Associations.
- To provide means of communication between all European Lacrosse playing and developing Associations.
- To provide, wherever possible, assistance to the forming of any new Lacrosse Association.
- To foster goodwill and fellowship through Lacrosse in Europe.