History

The European Softball Federation (ESF) was established in ROME (Italy) in 1976 by the representatives of six national Baseball and Softball Federations (Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Spain,) of the European continent, with the objectives of promoting and developing Softball in Europe.

The ESF organized its first Senior Women Championship in 1979 in ROVERETO (ITALY), where 6 countries participated (Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Spain, Great Britain).

Throughout the years, the ESF has grown and today there are thirty-three national Federations or Associations in the European continent, and has organized over sixty European Championships and more than one hundred European Cups for Clubs in all gender and age categories.

The ESF has also established many training programs for coaches, players and umpires with hundreds of  international Umpires graduates.

The Federations affiliated to the ESF meet each year during the General Congress and is managed by an Executive Council of nine members, elected by that Congress.

During the 2001 Congress in SOFIA (BULGARIA) the Delegates of the Congress have unanimously decided the constitution of the ESF as an Association under Swiss Law and have modified the Statutes accordingly.

The following have been or still are members of the Executive Council of the ESF:

President

2017 - ____ Mr Gabriel WAAGE (CZE)
2009 - 2017 Mr André VAN OVERBEEK (NED)
2003 - 2009 Mr Mike JENNINGS (GBR)
1995 - 2003 Mr Jos GIESKENS (NED) resigns 2003
1994 - 1995 Mr Enrico BERTIROTTI (ITA) interim
1993 - 1994 Mrs Anny REINENBERGH-HEUSSCHEN (BEL) † Apr 17 1994
1991 - 1993 Mr Enrico BERTIROTTI (ITA) interim
1985 - 1991 Mr Theo VLEESHHOUWER (NED) resigns 1991
1977 - 1985 Mr Bruno BENEK (ITA)

Secretary General

2013 - ____

Mr Ami BARAN (ISR)

2011 - 2013 Ms Francesca FABRETTO (ITA)
2010 - 2011

Ms Francesca FABRETTO (ITA) interim

1993 - 2010 Mr Patrice BIENFAIT (FRA) resigns 2010
1985 - 1993 Mrs Anny REINENBERGH-HEUSSCHEN (BEL) elected President
1977 - 1985

Mr Theo VLEESHHOUWER (NED) elected President

Treasurer

2007 - ____

Mr Eddy VAN STRAELEN (BEL)

2004 - 2007 Mr Fredy STEGER (SUI) removed 2007
1993 - 2004

Mr Eddy VAN STRAELEN (BEL) resigns 2004

First Vice President

2017 - ____ Mr Youri ALKALAY (BUL)
2013 - 2017

Mr Gabriel WAAGE (CZE) elected President

2009 - 2013

Mr. Giovanni SANNA (ITA)

2005 - 2009

Mr Robert MILOSAVLJEVIC (CRO)

2004 - 2005

Mr Massimo ROMEO (ITA)

2003 - 2004

Mr Jacques REINENBERGH (BEL) resigns 2004

2001 - 2003

Mr Kenneth LINDBERG (SWE) resigns 2003

1985 - 2001

Mr Enrico BERTIROTTI (ITA)

1978 - 1985 Mrs Anny REINENBERGH-HEUSSCHEN (BEL) elected S.General

Vice Presidents

2017 - ____ Mrs Daniela CASTELLANI (ITA)
2017 - ____ Mrs Petra ARENDS (NED)

2017 - ____

Mr Kristian PÄLVIÄ (SWE)

2013 - ____

Mrs Mette NISSEN-JAKOBSEN (DEN)

2013 - ____

Mr John AUSTIN (IRL)
2013 - 2017

Mr Youri ALKALAY (BUL) elected First Vice President

2013 - 2017Mr Gilbert TOBBACK (BEL)

2013 - 2017

Mr Dejan JESIC (SRB)
2009 - 2013 Mr Ami BARAN (ISR) elected Secretary General
2009 - 2013 Mr Viatcheslav SMAGIN (RUS)
2009 - 2013 Mr Michael SCHMIDT (AUT)
2005 - 2013 Mr Gabriel WAAGE (CZE) elected First Vice President
2005 - 2012 Ms María Jesús VÁZQUEZ (ESP) resigns February 2012
2005 - 2009 Mr Giovanni SANNA (ITA) elected First Vice President
2005 - 2009 Mr Ruud van ZETTEN (NED)
2004 - 2009 Mr Youri ALKALAY (BUL)
2004 - 2005 Mr Dick BLIEK (NED)
2004 - 2005 Mr Robert MILOSAVLJEVIC (CRO) elected First Vice President
2001 - 2005 Mrs Libby MOSS (GBR)
2001 - 2004 Mr Massimo ROMEO (ITA) appointed First Vice President
2001 - 2004 Mrs Xenia GERONIKOLA TRAPALI (GRE) dismissed 2004
1999 - 2003 Mrs Guller ERIKSEN (DEN) resigns 2003
1997 - 2003 Mr Jacques REINENBERGH (BEL) appointed First Vice President
1997 - 1999 Mr Tomas STÖCKEL (CZE) resigns 1999
1993 - 1997 Mr Pavel KNOBLOCH (CZE)
1993 - 1995 Mr Jos GIESKENS (NED) elected President
1990 - 2001 Mr Kenneth LINDBERG (SWE) appointed First Vice President
1990 - 1993 Mr Patrice BIENFAIT (FRA) elected Secretary General
1986 - 1990 Mr Ricardo IBAÑEZ (ESP)
1980 - 1990 Mr Ake HEDBERG (SWE)
1977 - 1980

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