In a letter to the National Federations, Softball Europe President Gabriel Waage announced the planning for the Softball Europe tournaments until 2029.
The pandemic era of the past 18 months had consequences to the international softball calendar, modifying the announced planning and the two-year cycle frequency for European Championships.
The pandemic also strongly modified the WBSC Calendar 2021 – 2029, and at the beginning of 2021 WBSC announced the changing of World Cups frequency to a four-year cycle.
Softball Europe President Gabriel Waage said: "We all are hoping that the situation will be stabilised and the Softball Europe calendar for European Championships will look as follows".
After playing the Women’s Softball European Championship in 2021, the next WECh is scheduled for 2022 as the qualifier for the WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup, and the following WECh is scheduled for 2025 and every two years after that.
The next U-18 Women’s Softball European Championship will take place in 2023, as the qualifier for the WBSC U-18 Women’s Softball World Cup.
The U-22 Women’s Softball European Championship will be played every 2 years starting in 2022. This is an additional event to give the European National Federations another tool to compete at the international level. The U-22 WECh 2024 is meant as a preparation for the WECh 2025.
The Men's Softball European Championship will be based on a two-year cycle. The next MECh will take place in 2023 in Horsholm, Denmark. The event will serve as the qualifier for the WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup.
The inaugural U-23 Men's Softball European Championship will take place in July 2022, as a qualifier for the WBSC U-23 Men’s Softball World Cup, scheduled for the end of 2022.
Both the U-18 Men’s Softball European Championship and the U-16 Men’s Softball European Championship will be played in 2023, 2026, and 2028.
The COVID-19 pandemic had a devastating effect on the Softball Europe Slowpitch events. In 2021, the Coed Slowpitch European Super Cup took place, while the Coed Slowpitch European Championship was canceled.
The alternation of Coed Slowpitch European Championships and Coed Slowpitch European Super Cups will be reestablished. The 2022 Coed Slowpitch European Championship reduces a four-year gap to three, and the Coed Slowpitch European Super Cup's next edition is scheduled for 2023, two years after 2021.
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