RIGA – (June 1, 2018) On June 1 it was announced that Eastern European Women`s basketball league (EEWBL) will change its name to European Women`s basketball league (EWBL).
The first three seasons of the EEWBL featured continuous expansion – from eight founding teams and six countries in 2015 to 16 teams and 10 countries in 2017. Seven of those teams were based outside Eastern Europe in the countries like Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Netherlands, Sweden, Turkey.
Due to further expansion and the fact that our partner organization – the European Youth Basketball league (EYBL), founded in 1998 – unites youth basketball programs from 30 countries, we are looking forward to offer new opportunities and high level games for the teams beyond our region.
Igo Zanders, President of the EWBL
“We are grateful to the eight teams who trusted us back in 2015. We took the road less traveled and chose gradual expansion, putting the quality of competition above quantity. There are no borders in the world of international basketball and we have reached the next level – to reach out and give a chance to the new teams across Europe.”
EWBL will announce the new teams in June and July. Preseason meeting will be held in the second half of July.
EWBL member countries so far: Belarus, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine, Turkey.
EYBL member countries, as of June 1, 2018: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom.