The Softball Europe Competition Commission announced a new playing system for the Women's Softball European Championship where the top8 National Teams are allocated in the super round.
All the National Teams are allocated in 4 pools, and the top8 National Teams following the standing of the 2021 Women's European Championship will be assigned to the Super Round.
The top two teams in the four pools will play for the standing in the quarterfinal groups. The 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th teams in each pool will play a single round-robin for the standing in the quarterfinal groups.
WBSC Europe Softball Vice President Mr. Gabriel Waage commented: "The decision of the Competition Commission follows the request by National Federations to have more balanced games, especially in the first phases of the tournament".
Quarterfinal group “e” will be created from the teams ranked a1, b2, c2, d1, c3, and b3.
Quarterfinal group “f” will be created from the teams ranked c1, d2, a3, b1, a2, and d3.
Teams ranked 1, 2, and 3 of both quarterfinal groups “e” and “f” play a single round-robin in Semifinal group x for qualification to medal games (games played in quarterfinal groups are counted).
Teams ranked 4, 5, and 6 of both quarterfinal groups “e” and “f” play a single round-robin in Semifinal group y for place 7 to 12 (games played in quarterfinal groups are counted).
— Softball Europe (@ESFsoftball) February 17, 2022
Teams ranked 1 and 2 play the Gold medal game, teams ranked 3 and 4 play the Bronze medal game.
Teams ranked 4, 5, and 6 of groups “a”, “b”, “c”, and “d” play a single round-robin "G" (games played in starting groups are counted).
/ cover photo by Grega Valancic