Club Competition Calendar Set For 2005/2006

13 June 2005

The calendar and system of competition for the 2005/2006 European club competition is complete.

Registration for all competitions will take place via the National Federations in June and the draw will be held on 3rd July 2005 in Munich.

System of Competition and Calendar

EuroCup

The 32 teams will be divided into 8 groups of 4 teams each and games will be played from 25th October - 29th November 2005 on a home and away basis.

The top 2 teams in each group will advance to the second round (16 total), which will also be played in a group format (4 groups of 4) home and away basis, starting on 13th December 2005 and finishing on 31st January 2006. 

The top 2 teams from each group (8 total) will advance to the quarter-final playoffs, to be played in a best-of-three format, on 21st, 24th February and 1st March 2006.

The Final Four will be played on 7th-9th April 2006. The Final Four will be hosted by one of the four qualified clubs.

EuroCup Challenge

If more than 32 teams register, an elimination round will be held in order to reduce the field to 32 clubs. Elimination games will be played on a home and away basis and will take place on 29th September and 6th October 2005.

The 32 teams will be divided into 8 groups of 4 teams each and games will be played from 20th October - 24th November 2005.

The top 2 teams from each group (16 total) will advance to the eighth-finals, to be played in a home and away format, on 8th and 15th December 2005. The teams ranked first in their group will have home court advantage and play the second game at home.

The quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals will also be home and away games to be played on the following dates (the home court advantage will go to the team with the beter preliminary round record):

Quarter-finals: 19th and 26th January 2006
Semi-finals: 23rd February and 2nd March 2006
Finals: 16th and 23rd March 2006

EuroLeague Women

The 16 clubs will be divided into 2 groups of 8 teams and games will be played from 19th September 2005 - 1st February 2006 on a home and away basis.

The top 4 teams from each group (8 total) will qualify to the quarter-final play-offs, to be played in a best of three format on 15th, 22nd February and 1st March 2006.

The Final Four will be played on 31st March - 2nd April 2006. The Final Four will be hosted by one of the four qualified clubs.

EuroCup Women

If more than 48 teams register, an elimination round will be held in order to reduce the field to 48 clubs. Elimination games will be played on a home and away basis and will take place on 29th September and 6th October 2005.

The 48 teams will be divided into 12 groups of 4 teams each and games will be played from 20th October - 24th November 2005.

The top 2 teams from each group and 8 best third-placed teams (32 total) will advance to the sixteenth-finals, to be played in a home and away format, on 8th and 15th December 2005. The teams will be ranked 1-32 for the play-offs and the higher ranked team will retain home court advantage (i.e. play the second game at home) during the eighth-finals, quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals.

The eighth-finals, quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals will also be home and away games to be played on the following dates:

Eighth-Finals: 12th and 19th January 2006
Quarter-finals: 2nd and 9th February 2006
Semi-finals: 23rd February and 2nd March 2006
Finals: 14th and 21st March 2006


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