Tuesday afternoon there were held draws for Qualification Phase 1 of the 2021 World Championship and EHF EURO 2022 Relegation Round.
With the expansion of the World Championship to 32 teams, there are more places to fight for and with that comes an adapted qualification route.
15 teams will compete in Phase 1, competing in three groups of four and one of three, competing over three weeks in October and January, with the winner of each group progressing to Qualification Phase 2. The seeding were as follows:
Pot 1: Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Turkey
Pot 2: Belgium, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greece, Kosovo, Romania, Slovakia
Pot 3: Cyprus, Georgia, Luxembourg
EHF EURO 2022 Qualification continued with the Relegation Round, in which six sides will compete in a two-legged playoff to reach Qualification Round 2.
Qualification Phase 1 winners Luxembourg and Cyprus are joined in Pot 1 alongside IHF Emerging Nations Championship 2019 winners Georgia.
Pot 2 features the three lowest ranked sides from EHF EURO 2020 Qualification Phase 2, Belgium, Estonia and Finland.