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Pots for World Championship 2017 Play-off draw confirmed

NEWS REPORT: With France, Denmark and the Netherlands – together with champions Norway and hosts Germany – already secure of a direct place at the World Championship 2017, the pots for the play-off draw on Saturday are also confirmed

Photo: Uros Hocevar

Just a few days after the majority of have ended their respective EHF EURO 2016 campaigns, they will get to know their opponents on the way to next year's top international event: the Women's World Championship 2017 in Germany.

The play-off draw will take place on Saturday 17 December at approximately 14:45 hrs after the official closing press conference pf the Women's EHF EURO 2016 in Gothenburg.

The draw will be streamed live on the official website, and on the EHF EURO Youtube channel.

While Norway as the defending champions and Germany as the hosts of the World Championship were confirmed with a direct place before the EHF EURO 2016, three more teams – France, Denmark and Netherlands booked a direct place courtesy of their semi-finals participation.

The nine best ranked teams of the EHF EURO 2016, who are not qualified directly, will be seeded in Pot 1: Czech Republic, Spain, Hungary, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Serbia and Sweden.

The two bottom ranked teams, Croatia and Poland, will join seven qualifiers from the first qualification phase: Austria, Belarus, Italy, FYR Macedonia, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine.

Nine times during the draw one team of Pot 1 will be drawn against one team from Pot 2.

The first drawn team will have the home advantage in the first leg, which is scheduled for 9 to 11 June.

The second leg will follow from 13 to 15 June and the nine winners will qualify for the final tournament in Germany which will take place from 1 to 17 December 2017.

written by Vlado Brindzak / ts