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Could this be what the new FEI Nations Cup Series will look like?

Friday, 31 August 2012

Bye bye Top League; this is what it looks like right now and Germany will thus be the last team in history to have won the league. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.A regional qualification system, two semi finals and a final – these are some of the components in the draft of the rules for the new FEI Nations Cup Series. From 2013 there will be no more Top League and Promotional League – in addition to the other various leagues. Earlier this year FEI proposed a makeover for the Nations Cup Series, and now the draft of the rules for the new Nations Cup set-up is in circulation. Click here to access the draft of the rules.

As the draft currently looks, twelve teams will qualify for each of the two semi finals in addition to the home nation if not already qualified. Consequently a maximum of 24 teams can qualify for the semi finals plus two home teams if the home team is not qualified. The six best teams of each semi final, plus the home team if not qualified, qualify for the final.

The Nations Cup final will according to the draft be run over two rounds on different days. The first round will serve as a qualification for the second round, and establish the starting order in the second round. The second round is only open to the best six teams from the first round and those placed equal for sixth place. In the second round all teams start on zero penalties.

A quite creative touch has been put on a possible jump-off in the final. In case of a tie on penalties after the second round for the first place, there will be a jump-off with each team represented by three team members. The jump-off will then be held as a kind of a relay, with team members of the same team starting one after the other in the jump-off. Once one team member completes his round the next team member commences his round. The clock continues to run from the time the first team member crosses the start line until all team members of the same team have completed their round. Penalties and times of the three same team members are added together to give the team its score in the jump-off.

Whether or not these will be the final rules has not yet been decided; a decision will be taken at FEI's General Assembly in November.


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