Since the EWC began in 2008, it has grown from 6 teams from 3 nations to 12 teams from 8 nations in Europe. The Silver Cup started in 2016 to offer more teams the chance of international club tchoukball. In order to provide a system to decide which countries can enter teams, we worked with our Technical Commission to develop a rankings system. Here it is - explained in more detail.
Using the values for the 2019 EWC and ESC, it works as follows:
The first important value is the performance indicator which calculates how well teams from the country have done in previous years. Here's how it works:
The average of the positions is taken for each of the previous 3 years. For example, Italy finished 3rd and 8th in 2016 with their 2 teams. Therefore the average is 5.50 in the table for 2016.
2016 results are divided by 6, 2017 results are divided by 3 and 2018 results are divided by 2. All these are then added together to give the 'Performance Indicator'. Again, using Italy as an example, (5.5/6) + (5/3) + (3.5/2) = 4.33. Numbers are rounded to 2 decimal places.
The second important value is the size of the championship in the country the team is from. This ensures that a country with only a few very strong teams doesn't dominate the rankings at the expense of a country with a more established and better developed National Federation. Italy has the biggest domestic competition so it scores the highest.
The average indicator is the final result and is simply the average of the 2 previous indicators.
This shows a final ranking for all the countries from the highest to the lowest.
EWC Team Allowance
The team allowance is the number of teams allowed in the EWC. The top 4 teams are allowed 2 teams each with the others allowed only 1. There is also a wildcard entry in case a new country hosts the EWC. The wildcard can also be used if a country with fewer than 2 teams in the EWC wins the bid to host it and requests another team.
ESC Team Allowance
For the ESC, the numbers are reversed. The teams which received 2 teams in the EWC instead receive a single team. The UK and the Czech Republic as larger federations with more clubs in their domestic leagues receive 2 teams each. The host country receives an extra team.
Sometimes, countries cannot fill their allocation to the EWC or ESC. If they cannot provide a team then the space is offered to the first country in the list with fewer than 2 teams. In the case of the EWC, it is offered to the UK first, then Czech Republic and so on. If none of the teams from the UK or below can provide another team, it rolls up to Italy to provide a 3rd team and moves down the list until all teams are filled. In the case of the ESC, the spare slot is allocated to Italy first from the top of the list downwards.
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