The draw for the Preliminary Groups of the 2019 IHF Women’s World Championship has taken place on Friday 21 June at GINZA SIX in Chuo-ku, Tokyo.
The 24th IHF Women’s World Championship will be played in Kumamoto, Japan from November 30th to December 15th, 2019 .
24 teams have qualified for the final tournament and they were placed in six pots:
Pot 1: FRA, RUS, NED, ROU
Pot 2: NOR, SWE, HUN, DEN
Pot 3: MNE, JPN, GER, SRB
Pot 4: ESP, SLO, KOR, CHN
Pot 5: BRA, ANG, SEN, ARG
Pot 6: KAZ, CUB, COD, AUS
As hosts, Japan was the only team not drawn into their group – from pot 3, they chose Group D after the drawing of pots 6 to 4.
Group A: Netherlands, Norway, Serbia, Slovenia, Angola, Cuba
Group B: France, Denmark, Germany, Republic of Korea, Brazil, Australia
Group C: Romania, Hungary, Montenegro, Spain, Senegal, Kazakhstan
Group D: Russia, Sweden, Japan, P.R. of China, Argentina, DR Congo
After the preliminary matches, the top three sides in each group will proceed to the main round. From the main round, the top two teams in each group qualify for the semi-finals.