Nine pairings set to open qualification route to 2023 worlds
The long road to the 2023 IHF Women’s World Championship in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark has opened Wednesday with the draw for phase 1 of Qualification Europe: nine pairings have been set, with the home and away matches scheduled for the first week of November.
The 18 teams involved, which did not qualify for the Women’s EHF EURO 2022, learned their opponents during a draw at the EHF Office in Vienna.
The nine fixtures are as follows, with the team named first having the home right in the first leg:
- Azerbaijan vs Portugal
- Faroe Islands vs Kosovo
- Slovakia vs Latvia
- Iceland vs Israel
- Greece vs Bosnia Herzegovina
- Ukraine vs Luxembourg
- Bulgaria vs Italy
- Austria vs Finland
- Great Britain vs Türkiye
The first leg will be played on 2/3 November, followed by the second leg on 5/6 November.
The nine winners enter phase 2 of Qualification Europe, where they will be joined by 10 of the 16 participants from the EHF EURO 2022, plus Czech Republic.
A total of 16 European teams will be in the 32-team field for the 2023 World Championship: the co-hosts Norway (who are also the defending champions), Sweden, and Denmark; the three best-ranked teams from the EHF EURO 2022; and the 10 winners from phase 2 of European Qualification.
The final tournament in Scandinavia takes place in November and December 2023.