Drafts have been issued by FEI recently over the renewal and revision of the Top League and Promotional League format. Once confirmed, this new format will be effective for the 2013 season.
For each Region (example: Western Europe) there will be a specific qualification system established by the FEI.
- 24 teams for the Semi-Finals.
- There are two Semi-Finals held in two separate locations (countries).
- Each Semi-Final will have 12 Nation Teams compete to qualify for the Finals.
- The 6 best teams from each Semi-Final will move onto the Final (plus the home country team if they have not qualified).
- The Final will have a total of 12 Nations competing (plus a additional team if the home country has not qualified).
- The Nations Cup Final will be run over two rounds on different days.
- The first round will serve only as a qualification for the second round. The first round will also establish the starting order in the second round on Sunday (reverse order of the results of the first round).
- The second round is only open to the best six teams of the first round and those placed equal for sixth place.
- In the second round all teams start on zero penalties.
STRUCTURE FEI NATIONS CUP SERIES
The FEI Nations Cup Series will consist of a Regional Qualification System, two Semi-Finals and a Final.
In principal the Semi Finals and Final will be held in September or beginning of October depending on the location.
The qualification system in each Region should be completed at least 4 weeks before the start of the first Semi Final.
1. Regional Qualification System
For the Regional Qualification System the World will be divided in Regions as follows:
A. Western Europe: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Monaco, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden
B. Eastern and Central Europe: Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Macedonia, Malta, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
C. Americas: Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Antigua, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, USA, Virgin Islands
D. Middle East: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Iran, Pakistan, Turkmenistan
E. Asia: Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, People’s Republic of China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand
F. Africa: Botswana, Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
For each Region there will be a specific qualification system established by the FEI. All nations of a Region must have equal possibilities to qualify for the Semi Finals.
Allocation of slots per Region for Semi Finals
(Note: Slots are spots for National Teams in the Semi Final. There are two Semi-Finals held.)
In each Semi Final 12 National Teams or Countries will be able to compete plus the home nation of the Semi Final if not qualified.
So, to confirm, that is 12 nations for each Semi-Final. 24 Nations in total to compete for qualification into the Finals.
For the 2013 season the number of slots allocated to each Region (example Western Europe) will be based upon a ranking of the countries established for each Region.
This ranking is equated by adding up the points of the 4 best riders of each Country of the Region in the Rolex Ranking.
Example; France. Kevin Staut (2220) + Penelope Leprevost (2017) + Roger Yves-Bost (1805) + Patrice Delaveau (1788).
Based upon Rolex ranking n° 138 the number of slots for teams allocated to each Region is the following:
A. Western Europe: 10
B. Eastern and Central Europe: 3
C. Americas: 4
D. Middle East: 3
E. Asia: 3 (of which at least one for Australasia)
F. Africa: 1
In each Semi Final 12 National Teams or Countries will be able to compete plus the home nation if not qualified.
The teams of each Region that qualify for the Semi Finals will be spread equally over the two Semi Finals.
The Semi Finals will be allocated after a bidding process. The minimum prize money in each Nations Cup competition in each Semi Final will be minimum 400.000 €.
The six best teams of each Semi Final, plus the home team if not qualified, qualify for the Final.
So to confirm, there will be 6 Nations, an additional (the home team of the Final has not qualified), that will move onto the Final. That means a total a total of 12 Nations will compete in the Final (possibly 13).
The Nations Cup Final will be run over two rounds on different days.
The first round will serve only as a qualification for the second round. The first round will also establish the starting order in the second round on Sunday (reverse order of the results of the first round).
The second round is only open to the best six teams of the first round and those placed equal for sixth place.
In the second round all teams start on zero penalties. Only teams taking part in the second round receive prize money.
Annex 2 – Western European Region Qualification System
Confirmation of Teams
Each team will be given minimum four opportunities to qualify for the Semi Final.
Before the 1st December of the preceding year the Countries of the Western European Region must confirm if they wish to qualify for the Semi Finals and Final. Consequently, they must compete with a team in the Qualifiers organized in their Region and if qualified in the Semi-Final and Final.
Confirmation of Qualifying Competitions: All CSIO3*,4* and 5* Nations Cup competitions in Western Europe count as qualifiers for the Nations Cup Semi Finals.