Preparations for the 24th Men’s Handball World Championships are in full swing. Although there is still about one and a half year to go, the world’s best handball nations are already planning for their quest to qualify for Qatar 2015.
At the EHF Executive Meeting in Denmark on 21 June 2013, the modus for qualification for the 37 registered teams of the Continental Federation of Europe was decided.
Four fixed spots
Spain, after their stunning 35-19 final victory over Denmark at the 2013 World Championship last January in Spain, have already secured their place in Qatar as defending champions. Besides the title holders, twelve teams are still in the race for a spot at the premium event.
With the three teams finishing on the podium of EHF EURO 2014, the European Championships in Denmark, receiving a direct spot for Qatar as a reward, nine more places are to qualify for.
Qualification Europe Phase 1
In a first qualification phase, 20 teams will play in five groups of four teams each. The draw for these groups was carried out in Vienna on 27 June 2013.
The five group winners join 13 teams that are already lined up for the second qualification phase, the Play-Offs.
Qualification Europe Phase 2 – Play-Offs
These teams are the 12 remaining EHF EURO 2014 participants which come out of the pool of Austria, Belarus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hungary, Iceland, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Russia, Serbia and Sweden.
The last team with a secured spot in the Play-Offs is Germany, by EHF Executive Committee decision as second best third ranked team from EHF EURO 2014 qualification phase 2.
The draw for the play-off pairings is likely to take place in Herning on the final day of EHF EURO 2014. The decisive duels for Qatar will then be played in June 2014.
About Qatar 2015
By awarding the 2015 Handball World Championship to Qatar, the IHF would be taking the jewel in its crown to this region for the very first time.
Taking place in January 2015, the 2015 World Championship in Qatar would mean that all matches would be played in state-of-the-art venues in one city and all the athletes would stay together in one hotel for the duration of the championship.
For more information, visit Qatar 2015’s website.