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04.06.2010 EFAF

EC 2010 team representatives met at Frankfurt

Technical Meeting in Frankfurt
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Technical Meeting in Frankfurt

The race for the European Championship trophy is on: Team Managers and Head Coaches from participating countries in EC 2010 (July 24 to 31) already gathered at Frankfurt on May 29. Visits to the event venues, practice and hotel facilities were on the agenda, and in a technical meeting with the staff of the local organizing committee some of the necessary behind-the-scenes logistics were discussed thoroughly. Those responsible for the visiting teams used the opportunity to get acquainted with the surroundings, in which their players will have to take their quest for the championship this summer.

Most of the topics of the meeting dealt with details only the team managers will to have take care of during the event. Some very important indeed, like knowing where your team will stay, when it will be picked up at the hotel for a game and what kind of hospitality the hosts from Germany will offer to ensure a fair and exciting competition. But some decisions have been made, which will be of some relevance to the fans as well.

How about this one: The opener between Germany and Austria at Frankfurt's Commerzbank Arena at 7:30 p.pm. on July 24 will be a black-and-white affair. No, that does not refer to the Hitchcock-style plot everybody is expecting from that game - it's just, that the jersey colours already have been determined for the six group games. Hosting Germany will wear its black home uniforms throughout the group games, while Austria will have to wait until the second game against Finland on July 27 to proudly show off its red uniforms. Finland will also play in white colours against Germany on July 29. Like Germany Great Britain and Sweden will not need to switch colours in the preliminaries: As Sweden will be playing in its traditional yellow uniforms, their opponents are able to stick to their respective blue or red uniforms against the defending champion on July 25 (Sweden - France) and on July 29 (Sweden - Great Britain).

Roope Noronen, the EFAF Tournament Director in charge for the European Championships, and Marshall Happer, Executive Director of the local organizing committee, took the visitors on a tour to the three event venues. And the representatives from the participating countries felt impressed with the state of preparations for the event. Now it is time for them to do their homework: On June 24 they have to present their preliminary 75-men-roster to EFAF, which will be cut down to those 45 players eligible for the tournament the night before the European Championships 2010 kick off at 7.30 pm at Frankfurt's Commerzbank Arena. The other group games of the week will be played at Wetzlar Stadium on Sunday and Tuesday and in Wiesbaden's Brita Arena on Thursday. For the final games the EC tournament returns to the Commerzbank Arena on Saturday, July 31. Gold and Bronze medal game are played in the Arena, the fifth place game prior to that will be held on another field on the stadium compounds.

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