The play-offs (eight finals) of the DELO Women EHF CL are played this weekend, 6-7 March, and next weekend 13-14 of March.
SCM Rm.Valcea – CSM Bucuresti
Krim Mercator – CSKA Moscow
Podravka – Rostov Don
SG BBM Bietigheim – Győri Audi ETO KC
Team Esbjerg – Brest Bretagne
Buducnost – FTC Rail-Cargo Hungaria
Vipers Kristiansand – Odense HC ( due to Norwegian pandemic restrictions first match is the in Ikast, Denmark, second leg in Odense)
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund – Metz Handball (both matches will be played next weekend in Dortmund, Friday-Sunday)
Procedures and criteria from EHF:
The competition has now entered the knockout stage, and with the week following the second leg matches (13 & 14 March) being a national team week with qualification tournaments for the Tokyo Olympic Games being played, no matches of this play-off round can be postponed beyond the second leg.
Therefore, all matches must have been played by Sunday, 14 March 2021.
Additional issues that prevent a match from being played, such as severe weather conditions, travelling problems or others will be handled according to the regulations.
What is the procedure if a game is not played on the first weekend (6/7 March)?
If a team reports positive cases of Covid-19 and the match cannot be played, this pairing will be decided by playing both matches (1st and 2nd leg) as a so called ‘double game’ on the second weekend.
The foreseen playing days are Saturday and Sunday unless both teams agree to play with a rest day between the two matches. The home right for both matches will go to the team which did not have the positive Covid-19 cases.
What is the procedure if a game is not played on the second weekend (13/14 March)?
It is not an option to postpone a match to a date after Sunday, 14 March 2021.
As a consequence of this and following the principle that the party responsible is liable for, in this case, the fact that the match cannot be played, a team which is not in the position to play its scheduled game on the second weekend will be excluded from the competition regardless of the result in the first-leg game. The opponents would subsequently qualify for the quarter-finals.
It is important to underline that this follows the procedure that was in place in such cases already earlier this season and it is therefore not a newly introduced procedure.
The same procedure will be valid in case a match cannot be played because of sudden and new governmental restrictions which make it impossible to play the game.
The EHF knows that these are very tough procedures, but there is no other option in a knockout round where postponing matches is not possible anymore.