Global Champions League play-offs announced for Prague in 2018

Prague, Czech Republic
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Friday 27 October - 14h55 | Ian Clayton and edited press release

Global Champions League play-offs announced for Prague in 2018

The Czech capital Prague will host a new play-offs for the team CSI-5* Global Champions League in 2018, with an unprecedented €10 million in prize money up for grabs.

 - Global Champions League play-offs announced for Prague in 2018

In keeping with the theme of the League and parallel Longines Global Champions Tour to host competitions in beautiful locations around the world, Prague, a UNESCO World Heritage site nicknamed “the City of a hundred spires”, will add a new picturesque setting for the elite CSI5* horses and riders. 

The premiere of the new format for team Show Jumping will take place from December 13-16, 2018 at the city’s O2 arena, and will be the first indoor event on the Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League calendar. 

Together with Title Partner and Official Timekeeper Longines, the Tour has evolved over its 12 year history, delivering world-class Show Jumping in destinations around the globe. The Global Champions League added a new dimension to the sport in 2016 with top riders from different countries teaming up for the first time.

The introduction of the play-offs in 2018 will see teams battle through the quarter final, semi-final and final stages with the winning team alone taking home €3 million — part of the historic prize purse for a single event in show jumping.

The pre-Christmas play-offs will raise the stakes at every stage of the regular GCL team championship with even more tension building at the season final in Doha in November. Only the 16 best teams from the 2018 season will qualify for a place at the play offs. The top four teams will automatically be fast tracked directly to the play off semi finals.

Next year the combined overall prize money for the Longines Global Champions Tour individual series, the Global Champions League regular season and the new play-offs will be €35 million. Jan Tops, Co-Founder of Global Champions League and President of Longines Global Champions Tour, said: “Our mission is to continue innovating and growing show jumping towards an ever more healthy and sustainable future like other sports in the modern era. That is what we have been about from the beginning to make sure the sport keeps moving ahead in the interests of riders, fans, owners, sponsors and media. Along with the strengths of the Longines Global Champions Tour and the regular GCL team circuit, the new League play offs will be unique in show jumping and the exciting format will attract more fans and new audiences.” Photo below: Global Champions League

 - Global Champions League play-offs announced for Prague in 2018

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