The Slovak Ball Hockey Union (Slovenská Hokejbalová Únia – SHbÚ) has proposed to host two events in 2019, and after the approval of the ISBHF Board of Directors, we can announce that these will be two very exciting tournament formats! Brand new outdoor rinks in Nitra, Slovakia, will witness the return of the popular World Cup of Club Teams and also a new 3-on-3 tournament!
Who will become the best club team in the World? The last ISBHF edition dates back to 2016 and an event in Heilbronn dominated by the Swiss Oberwil Rebells. In 2019, the tournament makes its return in a newly built outdoor complex in Nitra, Slovakia, with an indoor arena also available for tournament play.
The 2019 World Cup of Club Teams will be an ‘Open’ tournament – any team that competes in competitions sanctioned by an ISBHF Member National Association, and its participation gets approved by its National Association, may apply to participate.
Another new ‘Open’ tournament hosted by SHbÚ will be the 3-on-3 World Cup of Nations. All ISBHF Members can apply to participate in the tournament, played in the outdoor 3-on-3 rink, with rules specifically adjusted – there is a maximum of 13 runners and 2 goalkeepers in a team. This will be an exciting debut of the rising 3-on-3 format, recently gaining popularity around the world!
Also, apart from cups and medals, there is prize money available for the teams!
The Organising Committee in Nitra, Slovakia, host of the 2014 and 2015 World Cup of Club Teams, looks forward to this great event. For more information, please contact the SHbÚ General Secretary Julius Szaraz at email@example.com and ISBHF Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org.