The best u20 Players from across Europe start their quest for glory as the Division A and B competitions tip off on July 4th 2013
Samsun in Turkey is the host venue for the Division A championship and Albena in Bulgaria are the hosts for the Division B competition.
Both tournaments take place at the same time from 4 until 14 July 2013.
This year with the u19 World Championship starting just 4 days after completion of the u20’s, it will be interesting to see how the final rosters are determined and how different Nations take a different approach to the tournament. The teams in Bold below will also be playing in the u19 World Championship. Greece will field a young team that feature many of last years u16’s players, several of these are looking to play in the NCAA in the coming years – Several teams feature current NCAA players, least of all Toledo boast two star Spaniards in Inmaculada Zanoguera and incoming freshman Elena De Alfredo.
The Division A teams are split into four groups of four teams. At the end of the preliminary round the top three teams of each group move to the qualifying round.
Group A: Belarus, Netherlands, Serbia, Ukraine
Group B: Greece, Poland, Slovak Republic, Spain
Group C: France, Italy, Hungary, Russia
Group D: Germany, Lithuania, Sweden, Turkey
The bottom four teams must play in a relegation group in which all teams play each other twice. The bottom three teams at the end are relegated to Division B.
This year the Division B tournament is a round-robin league format with all the teams playing each other once. The top three teams at the end of the competition will be promoted.
Division B teams are Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Latvia, Israel, Macedonia, Portugal and Romania.
You can follow links to the results and stats here