Draw procedure confirmed

Draw procedure confirmed for the IHF Women’s World Championship

Everything is now set for the exciting draw for the championship in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

With less than eight months to go until the 26th IHF Women’s World Championship the nail-biting can slowly begin. The European qualification was completed Wednesday, and we now know 29 of the 32 nations that will participate in the championship organized by Denmark, Norway and Sweden from 29 November to 17 December. Congratulations to everyone and a warm welcome to Scandinavia.

“Aim to excite” is the motto of the championship, and the excitement will without a doubt be huge already for the draw, which the organisers can hereby announce will take place on 6 July at 3:30 p.m. CET in Gothenburg in the spectacular setting of the Scandinavium arena.

“As most teams for the 26th IHF Women’s World Championship are now known, we cannot but feel excitement for the draw, when the teams will learn their preliminary round fates. Everyone in the handball family is looking forward to the competition and I am certain that the organisers will aim to excite us – and will succeed – already with the draw event,” says Dr Hassan Moustafa, President of the IHF.

The 32 teams will be drawn into eight groups of four. The three best teams in each group qualify for the main rounds in Gothenburg – Sweden, Trondheim – Norway and Herning and Frederikshavn – Denmark. The President’s Cup will be held in Frederikshavn. Two quarterfinals will be played in Trondheim and two in Herning, which will also host the final weekend at the magnificent Jyske Bank Boxen.

One of the last three open spots at the World Championship can be claimed at the 2023 North American and Caribbean Women’s Handball Championship in June while the other two will be awarded as wild cards.

Further information about the draw and accreditation for media will follow.

Tickets for the IHF Women’s World Championship are already available here.

Teams ready for the IHF Women’s World Championship are:

Angola – Argentina – Brazil

Cameroon – Chile – China –

Congo-Brazzaville – Croatia – Czech Republic

Denmark – France – Germany

Hungary – Iran – Japan

Kazakhstan – Montenegro – Netherlands

Norway – Paraguay – Poland

Romania – Senegal – Serbia

Slovenia – South Korea -Spain

Sweden – Ukraine


Media enquiries regarding the draw

Mats Olsson




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