The WNBA-NBC Champions League is the annual competition for nine-pin bowling women’s clubs, organized by the World Ninepin Bowling Association. It is playing since 2002, and the first season the competition was named as Euroleague.
WNBA-NBC Champions League tournament has a very stable competition formula. The following rules apply:
- 12 teams participate in each event.
- Most recent champions are always pre-qualified.
- Top seven teams from the Team World Cup.
- Top three teams from the Team European Cup.
- Winner of the Team NBC Cup.
Vacant starting-places will occupy after the ranking exclusively with participants of Team’s Cups (sequence World-, then European-, then NBC-Cup) until maximum 12 places.
All qualified teams are seeded in the established order to the 12-team bracket. The knock-out ties are played in a two-legged format, with the exception of the final four. The Final Four usually takes place in the weekend at the turn of March and April.
- 12-team bracket:
- 7th team of World Cup – 3rd team of European Cup
- NBC Cup winner – 6th team of World Cup
- European Cup winner vs 5th team of World Cup
- 4th team of World Cup vs European Cup runner-up
- The title holder and three best teams of the World Cup are seeded and play in the quarter-finals with the winners of the first-round games.
- Title holder
- World Cup winner
- World Cup runner-up
- 3rd team of World Cup