EPCR: WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ORGANISATION?
European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) is the organiser of the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup.
Established in 2014 with headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, EPCR has the following shareholders: Federation Francaise de Rugby (FFR), Federazione Italiana Rugby (FIR), Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), Rugby Football Union (RFU), Scottish Rugby Union (SRU), Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) and Premiership Rugby (PRL).
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QUALIFICATION: HOW DO CLUBS QUALIFY FOR THE HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP AND THE CHALLENGE CUP?
The clubs qualify on merit for both tournaments based on performances in their respective domestic leagues – Gallagher Premiership Rugby, the TOP 14 and the Guinness PRO14.
Visit the Qualification section here
FINALS: HOW CAN I BUY TICKETS FOR THE HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP AND CHALLENGE CUP FINALS?
Please note that as venues for the 2020 finals have not yet been announced, the attendance of fans at the matches is not currently decided and will be conditional on official directives and/or guidelines. Updates will be communicated on official tournament channels as soon as possible.
All details of ticket sales for the finals are available on epcrugby.com
Due to high demand, supporters are advised to buy early to avoid disappointment.
For the Heineken Champions Cup final, an allocation of approximately 10,000 tickets is shared by the two finalists and these are distributed by the clubs directly.
Tickets for the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals may go on public sale up to 12 months in advance.
TICKETS: HOW CAN I BUY TICKETS FOR HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP AND CHALLENGE CUP GAMES?
HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP / CHALLENGE CUP POOL AND QUARTER-FINAL MATCHES
Tickets for pool matches and quarter-finals are available from the participating clubs. Contact details for the Ticket Offices of each club are available in the Club Tickets sections of each tournament.
HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP / CHALLENGE CUP SEMI-FINALS
Tickets for the semi-finals will be available from the participating clubs. For one or both of the Heineken Champions Cup semi-finals, a public sale allocation may also be made available.
Log on to epcrugby.com for updates once the semi-final pairings are known.
FIXTURES: CAN YOU EXPLAIN HOW THE FIXTURES ARE SCHEDULED?
The process of scheduling the fixtures for the 2020/21 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup season begins in late October once all qualified clubs and their rankings can be confirmed.
The fixtures are announced following a scheduling process which includes consultation with the 38 competing clubs, league bodies and broadcast partners across each territory.
EPCR is challenged with producing a balanced and fair schedule which takes into account club preferences, restrictions at many shared stadia, date requests associated with moves to larger venues as well as ensuring that EPCR’s broadcasters across Europe can carry as many compelling matches as possible from Friday evening through to Sunday.
This means that on certain occasions some clubs will have a slightly longer turnaround than others, but this will usually balance out during a campaign.
FIXTURES: WHEN WILL THE EXACT DATES AND KICK-OFF TIMES BE ANNOUNCED?
Dates and kick-off times for the Heineken Champions Cup pool stage and for the Challenge Cup preliminary stage will be finalised as early as possible in November ahead of the start of the 2020/21 season in December.
DISCIPLINE: WHAT ARE THE KEY POINTS OF INFORMATION RELATING TO THE EPCR DISCIPLINARY PROCESS?
EPCR’s tournaments are played in accordance with the World Rugby’s Laws of the Game of Rugby Union (as amended from time to time), as varied or supplemented by EPCR.
Visit the Discipline section here
MATCH PROGRAMMES: HOW CAN I BUY PROGRAMMES FOR THE HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP AND CHALLENGE CUP FINALS?
Souvenir match programmes are produced by EPCR for the 2020 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals.
To buy match programmes, go to www.curtis-sport.com