The EuroHockey U18 Championship will go-ahead

Posted On 17/05/2021

The EHF, after much consideration and detailed discussions with the host and participating nations, has decided to go ahead with the EuroHockey U18 Championships this summer. As previously announced we have increased the age category for these events to U19. (Click here)

The EHF President Marijke Fleuren said “We believe that these young athletes have lost so much of their short lives due to Covid19 restrictions that we wanted to make an extra effort to see could we deliver these important events for them. We are aware of a number of withdrawals, and we are disappointed for those countries but we felt that on balance as most teams have committed to participate we are delighted to be going ahead in Valencia, Zurich, Vienna, and Zagreb. Please note that the length of the events in Valencia and Zagreb will therefore be shortened. We want everyone involved, athletes, management, National Associations, parents, and fans to understand that these will be events like no other!

We are asking for your understanding that hosts will be working flat out to ensure the safety of all and also that we know we won’t always have neutrality with our officials, as we work hard to get the best possible teams of officials’’.

EuroHockey U18 Championship, Boys and Girls, Valencia, Spain, Jul 19 – Jul 24 
5 teams per gender have confirmed that they will participate 
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EuroHockey Under 18 Championship II, Boys, Vienna, Austria, Jul 18 – Jul 24 
7 teams have confirmed that they will participate 
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EuroHockey U18 Championship II, Girls, Zurich, Switzerland, Jul 18 – Jul 24 
7 teams have confirmed that they will participate 
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EuroHockey U18 Championship III, Boys, Zagreb, Croatia, Jul 19 – Jul 24
5 teams have confirmed that they will participate 
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EuroHockey U18 Championship, III, Girls, Zagreb, Croatia, Jul 19 – Jul 23
4 teams have confirmed that they will participate 
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After much deliberation, the EHF Competitions Committee Outdoor has proposed and the following has been approved by the EHF Executive Board for the 2023 EuroHockey U18 Championships: 

EuroHockey U18 Championship, Boys and Girls will be 2 x 10 team events with no relegation in 2021 for the countries that are unable to travel. The final 2 teams will be the 1st and 2nd placed teams from Vienna and Zurich 2021 respectively. 

EuroHockey U18 Championship II and III, Boys and Girls will change to EuroHockey  U18 Championship II-A & II-B, each consisting of approx. 4-7 teams, depending on the number of entries. Pools II-A & II-B are filled using the ‘snake system’ and using the EuroHockey U18 Championships rankings following the events this year. 

We will revert to Championship I, II, and III, Boys and Girls in 2025.

Note:  The above events are subject to change dependent on government guidelines.

18th May 2021

Photograph: 2018 EuroHockey U18 Champions, The Netherlands (EHF / World Sport pics)

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