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Date: 7/11/2014

On 20 July, 21:30 local time, the draw for the 2015 Men’s World Championship in Qatar (15 January to 1 February) will be held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Doha. After the completion of all qualification events, the International Handball Federation has now announced the pots and the procedure for the draw, which will be conducted by Leon Kalin, Chairman of the Commission of Organizing and Competition.


The 24 participants will be drawn into four preliminary round groups of six teams each.


Those are the pots according to the IHF seeding list based on performance and compulsory places for each continent:

Pot 1: Spain (defending World Champion), France (European champion), Denmark, Croatia 

Pot 2: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, Sweden, Slovenia 

Pot 3: Russia, Qatar (host and Asian champion), FYR Macedonia, Algeria (African champion) 

Pot 4: Austria, Argentina (Pan-American champion), Belarus, Czech Republic 

Pot 5: Tunisia, Egypt, Brazil, Bahrain 

Pot 6: Iran, United Arab Emirates, Chile, Germany 


The procedure of the draw:

The teams from the pots 6, 5, 4, 2 and 1 will be drawn into their respective row of the groups A-D in this order. Organizer Qatar has the prerogative to assign itself to a group of its choice. The remaining teams of pot 3 are drawn into the groups A-D.

The best four teams of each of the four preliminary round groups clinch their berth to the eighth-finals, while the remaining eight teams face in the President’s Cup for the positions 16 to 24.


Representatives of all 24 participants will be on site at the draw event - and will gain an in-depth view of the upcoming World Championship including venue, team hotel tours and workshops.


The event in Qatar is the first Men’s World Championship to take place in one city, Doha. The venues for the World Championship are Qatar Handball Association Complex, Al-Sadd Sports Centre, Lusail Multipurpose Arena and the temporarily built handball arena in the Aspire Dome.

Please find the draw procedure hereafter for download: