The Champions League Final Eight in Belgrade will be played on the first weekend of June (2 – 4).
LEN has updated the Champions League calendar once more, following FINA’s decision on the extraordinary World Championships in Budapest (June 18 – July 3)
Compared to the previous revision, which was made last week, the dates of rounds 12,13, and 14 have been changed.
The ninth round will be played this evening and on Wednesday. The tenth round is on February 22/23, as it was scheduled at the beginning of the season.
The matches of the 11th round are scheduled for March 29/30. Games of Day 12 and 13 are in April. The Preliminary Stage ends in May (10/11).
New revision of the calendar
Day 9: February 8/9 (as in the first version of the calendar)
Day 10: February 22/23 (as in the first version of the calendar)
Day 11: March 29/30 (initially scheduled for March 18/19)
Day 12: April 8/9 (initially scheduled for March 29/30)
Day 13: April 19/20 (initially scheduled for June 07/08)
Day 14: May 10/11 (initially scheduled for June 14/15)
LEN Champions League Final Eight (Belgrade): June 2 – 4 (initially scheduled for June 30 – July 2. The second option, proposed last week, was June 16 – 18).
Players who will compete with their clubs in the Champions League Final Eight won’t have much time to recover and prepare for the World Championships. Objectively, there wasn’t much room to move the F8 to an earlier date due to several reasons. National federations have to adapt the calendars of their leagues, too, and most of the national championships will be ended in May. Besides, the Final Eight will be held in the outdoor pool, so it was risky to move the tournament to the beginning or middle of May, as it is uncertain what the weather conditions will be.
In addition, the Final Eight tournaments (F4s and F6s earlier) in outdoor pools have never been held earlier than the last weekend of May or the beginning of June.
We expect information on new schedules of the Regional League and national competitions in the following days.
According to the latest information the third stage of the Premier Regional League (tournaments in Zagreb and Kragujevac) will be held between March 3 and 6 (initially scheduled for February 17 – 20). The third stage of the A1 Regional League (tournaments in Nis and Kranj) will be played at the same time.
The games of the relegation playoffs have been rescheduled for March 23 and 30.
The dates of the Final Four haven’t been confirmed yet. According to the first version of the calendar, the Regional League F4 was supposed to be played on March 11 and 12.