Competition

COMPETITION SYSTEM:

The First Men’s Division

Group A – France, Scotland, Spain, Ireland
Group B – England, Germany, Netherlands, Finland

Two top teams of each group are promoted to the semi-finals, the others are relegated to a new group to compete to remain in the First Division

The First Women’s Division

Group A – England, Wales, Belgium, Germany
Group B – France, Denmark, Ireland, Netherlands

Two top teams of each group are promoted to the semi-finals, the others are relegated to a new group to compete to remain in the First Division

The Second Men’s Division

Group A – Wales, Ukraine, Israel
Group B – Switzerland, Austria, Norway
Group C – Denmark, Hungary, Poland
Group D – Belgium, Czech Republic, Croatia

Two top teams of each group are promoted to the quarter-finals. The Place #3 teams are made into one group and compete to remain in The Second Division

The Second Women’s Division

Group – Spain, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Poland

A „round – robin” system (all by all)

How does a team match look like?

A team match confronts pairs of equally ranked players from both teams. This means the strongest A team player competes with the strongest B team player, the second A team player with the second B team one etc.
The sequence of individual matches may vary, with the Technical Board randomly assigning the order which may look as follows: 4,1,3,2. This means the team match starts with players ranked 4 followed by 1, then 3 and concludes with players ranked 2. Another interesting fact is that in Poland the top player in a team is referred to as pierwsza rakieta (the first racket) – in contrast to the Englishfirst string.

How does the tournament look like?

The championships are divided into two stages with the group stage followed by the play-offs. The teams compete for each individual position. Two lowest ranking Division 1 teams are degraded to Division 2 and replaced by Division 2 leaders. Similarly, the weakest Division 2 teams swap places with highest ranked teams from Division 3.
The tournament takes 4 days, with players competing in a maximum of 2 matches a day, divided by no less than 4 hours of rest. Usually, though, they play 1 match a day.