NEWS REPORT: Three of the six European qualification groups to the Men's World Championship 2019 will be played in a tournament format. For two of them the right to host will be drawn on 9 August at 11:00 hrs CET at the EHF Office in Vienna
Draw to decide hosting rights for World Championship Qualification
The draw for the Qualification Europe to the Men's World Championship 2019 took place on 18 July, and following communications with and between the federations concerned it has been agreed that three groups will be played in a tournament format.
The right to host these tournaments will drawn for Groups 2 and 4 on 9 August at 11:00 hrs CET at the EHF Office in Vienna.
Group 2 features Lithuania, Latvia, Israel and Georgia; Group 4 consists of Portugal, Poland, Cyprus and Kosovo.
Group 3 will also be played in a tournament format, but the four teams – Romania, Ukraine, Italy and the Faroe Islands – already agreed on Italy as hosts.
All three tournaments will be played from 12 to 14 January 2018.
The three remaining groups, 1, 5 and 6, will be played in the foreseen home and away format over six rounds on the following playing dates.
The qualification matches will be played over six rounds.
The winner of each group qualifies for the play-offs which will be played in June next year.
Europe will be represented by 13 teams at the 24-nation Men's World Championship 2019 which will be played from 10 to 27 January 2019 in Germany and Denmark.
France as defending champions as well as Germany and Denmark as hosts are already qualified. They will be joined by the champion of the Men's EHF EURO 2018 or the respective best ranked team in case France, Germany or Denmark win gold.
Hence 12 of the following 13 teams are qualified for the play-offs: Austria, Belarus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Spain, Hungary, Iceland, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Slovenia, Serbia and Sweden.
The play-offs from 8 to 10 and from 12 to 14 June will determine the final nine European participants for the Men's World Championship 2019.
TEXT: EHF / ts
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