EPFA Announcement - Nations Cup 2019
EPFA are delighted to announce the confirmation of the EPFA Nations Cup 2019.
The competition will take place from 21stMay – 27th May 2019 and will be held at the Pajulahti Sports Institute in Nastola, Finland.
We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Football Association of Finland and the Pajulahti Sports Institute to deliver the second EPFA Nations Cup.
EPFA President, Donal Byrne said,
"I am delighted that the dates have been confirmed for the 2nd European Nations Cup in Finland. Having visited the venue in Pajulahti earlier this year, it is a very exciting prospect to see powerchair football have this platform next year to showcase the very best players from Europe. We look forward to working with the Local Organizing Committee to deliver another memorable powerchair football event in May 2019."
Seven countries from across Europe will compete to become Europe´s number one National team and also battle it out for five places at the next FIPFA World Cup in Australia in 2021:
Republic of Ireland
The draw for the Nations Cup 2019 were held 15th March at the Finnish Football Association Headquarters in Helsinki.
Results of the draw:
B Northern Ireland
E Rep.of Ireland
Our Sports Director Adam McEvoy informed:
"We will now proceed with a Round robin competition featuring 7 teams.
We are scheduling that the teams finishing in 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st place in the Group Stage will progress straight to semi-final fixtures.
The teams finishing in 5th, 6th and 7th position will play each other in a second round-robin style format to establish the overall 5th, 6th and 7th placings. This has been established in order to decide the team who finishes in 5th place and will therefore be awarded a ticket to take part in the 2021 World Cup.
We will provide you with further details on the competition format in due course."
The Opening game will be held in Pajulahti Event Venue 22nd May after the opening seremony between host country Finland and Northern Ireland.
The EPFA Nations Cup is the European championship competition for member countries.
It acts as the FIPFA World Cup qualification event for European countries.
The EPFA Champions Cup is the European Club competition for Powerchair Football.
Teams qualify through their own domestic competitions in order to play to be crowned the best team in Europe.
The EPFA Next Generation Experience is a development event for players under the age of 16 years old.
Players attend a training camp to receive coaching in a social environment designed to create new friendships.
EPFA operate on a 4 year competition cycle, which includes Nations Cup (National Teams), Champions Cup (Club competition) and a series of development events for countries and players.
Valence School in Kent, England hosted a development competition for Youth teams from England, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.
10 teams from 4 nations (Denmark, England, France and Ireland) traveled the EPFA Champions Cup hosted by Aarhus Rolling Devils in Hou, Denmark.
Teams from Austria, Germany, and youth teams from Ireland and England, took part in a development competition and training event.
15 young players from across Europe traveled to Paris, France to take part in a 5 day training and social camp in Vaucresson.
6 Countries headed to the University of Limerick, Ireland for the inaugural EPFA Nations Cup. This event was the European qualifier for the FIPFA World Cup.
10 teams from 5 nations (Denmark, England, France, Ireland and Switzerland) headed to Châtenay-Malabry, France for the EPFA Champions Cup.
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Seven countries from across Europe will compete to become Europe´s number one National team and also battle it out for five places at the next FIPFA World Cup in Australia in 2021.