Twenty teams are still pursuing their IHF Women’s World Championship dream, as the European Qualification Phase 1 took place last weekend.
The 10 teams join Russia, Germany, Montenegro, Hungary, Sweden, Romania, Serbia, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovenia in the European World Championship play-offs. The draw for the next phase of the Qualification Phase was held yesterday in Vienna at the EHF office.
The 20 teams were allocated into two pots, with the 10 best-ranked teams from the Women’s EHF EURO 2020 that have not qualified for the IHF Women’s World Championship 2021 in Spain in the first pot, while the 10 qualified teams from the Qualification Phase 1 in the second pot.
Pot 1: Russia, Germany, Montenegro, Hungary, Sweden, Romania, Serbia, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovenia.
Pot 2: Slovakia, Ukraine, North Macedonia, Iceland, Portugal, Turkey, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Belarus.
Each team from Pot 1 is paired with a team from Pot 2, with the team drawn first retaining home advantage for the first leg. The results of the draw are:
Turkey vs Russia
The Czech Republic vs Switzerland
Slovenia vs Iceland
Slovakia vs Serbia
Ukraine vs Sweden
Austria vs Poland
Hungary vs Italy
Romania vs North Macedonia
Portugal vs Germany
Montenegro vs Belarus
For the first time, the IHF Women’s World Championship will feature 32 teams, with the 10 European sides that progress from the play-offs joining the six already-qualified teams: hosts Spain, reigning champions the Netherlands and the four-best teams at the Women’s EHF EURO 2020, Norway, France, Croatia and Denmark.