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03.07.2011, 09:40
2011 Women’s World Championship Draw Results
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The draw for the final tournament of the World Championship in Brazil took place on 02 July 2011.
 

2011 Women’s World Championship Draw Results

Between 02 to 18 December 2011 the XX Women’s World Championship will take place in Brazil. Twelve nations from Europe will participate and play for medals.

The matches will be played in the following arenas:

  • São Paulo: Geraldo José de Almeida (capacity 11,000)
  • São Bernardo do Campo: Adib Moyses Dib (capacity 7,000)
  • Santos: Arena Santos (capacity 5,000)
  • Barueri: Jose Correa (capacity 5,000)

Thirteen countries already qualified

The draw for the final tournament was held on 02 July 2011 – the closing day of the Women’s Pan-American Championship – in São Bernardo do Campo in Brazil.

At that venue the last three World Championship participants were allocated at the Pan American Championship before. The national teams of Argentina, Cuba and Uruguay were the last three teams to book their tickets to the major tournament.

Final Tournament Groups

Group A

  • Norway (European champions)
  • Montenegro
  • Angola (African champions)
  • Germany
  • China
  • Iceland

Group B

  • Russia (defending champions)
  • Kazakhstan (Asian champions)
  • Netherland
  • Korea
  • Spain
  • Australia (Oceania champions)

Group C

  • Romania
  • France
  • Brazil (Pan-American champions, host)
  • Tunisia
  • Cuba
  • Japan

Group D

  • Sweden
  • Denmark
  • Croatia
  • Argentina
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Uruguay

New playing system

In total 24 teams will go for gold in Brazil. The Preliminary Round will be played in four groups with six teams each. The four best-ranked teams of each group qualify for the Last 16, the other eight teams will meet in the President’s Cup. The Last 16 is followed by Quarterfinals, Placement matches, Semi-finals and Final.


The Preliminary Round will take place from 02 to 09 December 2011, Last 16 and President’s Cup will follow on 11/12 December. From the Quarterfinals on (14 December), all matches will be played in Sao Paolo. This includes the semi-finals and placement matches on 16 December and the final, the bronze final and the placement matches on 18 December.

Further Qualification

The World Championship will be an important step towards the Olympics 2012 in London. The winners will directly qualify for London, the teams ranked 2-7 will play for six tickets to the Olympics at three qualification tournaments, which will be staged on 25-27 May 2012. The teams ranked second to fourth are entitled to host these three tournaments.

The World Champions will also automatically qualify for the 2013 World Championship in Serbia as defending champions.

View the Conceptual Match Schedule (pdf)

For further information visit tthe Official Website.


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