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NEWS REPORT: No fewer than 43 teams have submitted their applications for the new edition of the European top flight via their respective national federations.
Record high demand for the jubilee season
The upcoming jubilee 25th season of the VELUX EHF Champions League is bound to become record-breaking in many aspects.
There are still almost three months to the opening throw-off of the new season, but the first record has been already overcome. In total record high 43 teams from 26 countries are vying for a place in the VELUX EHF Champions League 2017/18.
Since the adoption of the current registration system two years ago 37 clubs registered on both occasions.Registration of clubs does not equal the participation and the final list of all participants will only be confirmed at the EHF Executive Committee meeting on Saturday 24 June in Zagreb.
The confirmation by the EHF EXEC is based on an evaluation of the registered clubs divided into eight different criteria (venue, TV, ranking in the domestic league, spectators, performance in past EHF club competitions, sponsoring potential, implementation of duties and regulations and media).
Based on the EHF ranking list 24 teams (22 national champions and the runners-up of Germany and Hungary) have handed in their registrations.
Only five national champions have decided not to register this season (BEL, CZE, GRE, ISL, SRB).
The draw of the qualification tournament(s) will take place on Thursday 29 June in Vienna, while the group phase draw will be held in Ljubljana on Friday 30 June.
The VELUX EHF Champions League 2017/18 will be played in the same mode as the previous two seasons with 28 teams of the group phase split in four groups. In Group A and B there will be eight teams each, while each in Group C and D only six teams will play.
TEXT: EHF / br