2023 World Men's Handball Championship

The 2023 IHF World Men's Handball Championship, will be the 28th event hosted by the International Handball Federation. It will be held in Poland and Sweden from 12 to 29 January 2023.

2023 World Men's Handball Championship
Tournament details
Host countries Poland
 Sweden
Dates12–29 January
Teams32 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s)(in 9 host cities)
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Bidding processEdit

Eight nations initially expressed interest in hosting the tournament:[1]

However until the bidding phase expired on 15 April 2015 only three nations entered documents to bid for this event.[2] On 21 April 2015 it was announced that Poland and Sweden have agreed intentions to jointly hosting this tournament:[3]

A decision was scheduled for 4 June 2015, but the Congress was moved to 6 November 2015. Poland and Sweden were chosen as the hosts. This is going to be the first time for Poland to participate as the host country at IHF World Men's Handball Championship[4]

VenuesEdit

The tournament is expecting to take place in 8 cities (six in Poland and two in Sweden): Gdańsk, Łódź, Katowice, Gliwice, Kraków, Stockholm, Malmö and Gothenburg. The opening and final will take place in Stockholm.[5]

Gdańsk Łódź Wrocław Katowice Gliwice
Ergo Arena Atlas Arena Hala Stulecia Spodek Gliwice Arena
Capacity: 11,409 Capacity: 13,805 Capacity: 11,500 Capacity: 13,752
         
Kraków Stockholm Malmö Gothenburg
Tauron Arena Kraków Tele2 Arena Malmö Arena Scandinavium
Capacity: 15,030 Capacity: 35,000 Capacity: 12,600 Capacity: 12,312
       

QualificationEdit

The World Championship organizers will be directly qualified, along with the reigning world champions. Following decision about increasing number of participating teams, the number of compulsory places awarded to each continental confederation is divided as follows: four places each for Asia and Europe and six places for Africa. Starting in 2021 Pan America was split into two zones: the North America and Caribbean Zone, having one compulsory place and the South and Central America Zone having four compulsory places. One additional place is available for Oceania, but only in the case where that national team rank fifth or higher at the Asian Championship. If no Oceania team places among the top five at the Asian Championship, the IHF will award an additional Wild Card. In addition, there will be several performance places for the continental confederations, which are based on the teams ranked 1–12 of the preceding World Championship. According to the new qualification system and taking into consideration the results of the 2021 Men’s World Championship, 32 places are distributed as follows:

  • Host nations: 2
  • Reigning world champion: 1
  • Africa: 6
  • Asia: 4
  • Europe: 12
  • Pan America: 5
    • North America and Caribbean: 1
    • South and Central America: 4
  • Oceania/additional Wild Card: 1
  • Wild Card: 1
Competition Dates Host Vacancies Qualified
Host nations 6 November 2015   Sochi 2   Poland
  Sweden
2021 World Championship 31 January 2021   Egypt 1
2022 European Men's Handball Championship 14-30 January 2022   Hungary
  Slovakia
4
2022 African Men's Handball Championship 20-30 January 2022   Morocco 6
2022 Asian Men's Handball Championship TBD   Dubai 4
2022 South and Central American Men's Handball Championship TBD   Santiago 4
2022 Nor.ca. Men's Handball Championship TBD   Toronto 1
European qualification TBD Various 9
Wild Card TBD 1+1

Qualified teamsEdit

Country Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances1, 2
  Poland Co-Host 6 November 2015 16 (1958, 1967, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017. 2021)
  Sweden Co-Host 6 November 2015 25 (1938, 1954, 1958, 1961, 1964, 1967, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year
2 Italic indicates host country for that year

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bidding process for the 2021/2023 Men's and Women's World Championships". ihf.info. 18 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Applications for Men's World Championships 2021/2023". ihf.info. 15 April 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Sverige söker värdskapet för VM 2023". Svensk Handball (in Swedish). 21 April 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  4. ^ "2021 and 2023 IHF Men's World Championships Awarded". ihf.info. 6 November 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Polska i Szwecja zorganizują wspólnie Mistrzostwa Świata w Piłce Ręcznej Mężczyzn w 2023 r." Dentsu Aegis Network. 10 November 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2015.