2020 Asian Men's Handball Championship


The 2020 Asian Men's Handball Championship was the 19th edition of the championship held under the aegis of Asian Handball Federation in Kuwait City, Kuwait from 16 to 27 January 2020.[1] It acted as the Asian qualifying tournament for the 2021 World Men's Handball Championship.

2020 Asian Men's Handball Championship
Tournament details
Host country Kuwait
Dates16–27 January
Teams13 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Qatar (4th title)
Runner-up South Korea
Third place Japan
Fourth place Bahrain
Tournament statistics
Matches43
Goals scored2372 (55.16 per match)
Top scorer(s) Luke Ireland
(40 goals)
Best player Yuto Agarie
Next

Qatar won their fourth consecutive title by defeating South Korea 33–21 in the final.[2][3]

Venues


Kuwait City
Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex
Capacity: 6,000

Draw


The draw was held on 2 November 2019 in the Millennium Hotel & Convention Centre, Salmiya, Kuwait.[4]

Seeding

Teams were seeded according to the AHF COC regulations and rankings of the previous edition of the championship. Teams who had not participate in the previous edition were in Pot 4.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
 Qatar
 Bahrain
 South Korea
 Kuwait
 Saudi Arabia
 Iran
 Japan
 United Arab Emirates
 China
 Australia
 New Zealand
 Iraq
 Hong Kong

Referees


The following nine referee pairs were selected by Asian Handball Federation and International Handball Federation for the championship.

Preliminary round


All times are local (UTC+3).

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Bahrain 2 2 0 0 67 36 +31 4 Main round
2  Iran 2 1 0 1 73 43 +30 2
3  New Zealand 2 0 0 2 37 98 61 0 Placement round
Source: AHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
16 January 2020
13:00
New Zealand  16–45  Bahrain Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
(8–21)

17 January 2020
10:00
Iran  53–21  New Zealand Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
(22–11)

18 January 2020
13:00
Bahrain  22–20  Iran Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
(14–11)

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Qatar 2 2 0 0 85 46 +39 4 Main round
2  Japan 2 1 0 1 67 52 +15 2
3  China 2 0 0 2 34 88 54 0 Placement round
Source: AHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
16 January 2020
15:00
China  18–49  Qatar Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
(8–23)

17 January 2020
17:00
Japan  39–16  China Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
(17–9)

18 January 2020
17:00
Qatar  36–28  Japan Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
(16–17)

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Saudi Arabia 2 2 0 0 66 42 +24 4 Main round
2  South Korea 2 1 0 1 67 49 +18 2
3  Australia 2 0 0 2 35 77 42 0 Placement round
Source: AHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
16 January 2020
17:00
Australia  20–40  South Korea Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
Referees: Mousavian, Kolahdouzan (IRN)
Gahan, Warrener 5 (7–24) Kim G. 6
  Report  

17 January 2020
15:00
Saudi Arabia  37–15  Australia Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
(19–8)

18 January 2020
11:00
South Korea  27–29  Saudi Arabia Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
Referees: Al-Mawt, Marhoon (BHR)
Kim J. 9 (15–13) three players 5
  Report  

Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Kuwait (H) 3 3 0 0 87 57 +30 6 Main round
2  United Arab Emirates 3 2 0 1 75 50 +25 4
3  Iraq 3 1 0 2 84 67 +17 2 Placement round
4  Hong Kong 3 0 0 3 51 123 72 0
Source: AHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
(H) Host
16 January 2020
11:00
Hong Kong  11–38  United Arab Emirates Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
(4–21)
16 January 2020
20:00
Iraq  22–25  Kuwait Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
(11–13)

17 January 2020
17:00
Iraq  19–20  United Arab Emirates Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
(8–10)
17 January 2020
19:00
Hong Kong  18–42  Kuwait Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
(11–18)

18 January 2020
15:00
Hong Kong  22–43  Iraq Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
(9–24)
18 January 2020
19:00
Kuwait  20–17  United Arab Emirates Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
(11–10)

Placement round


Group 3

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
9  Iraq 4 4 0 0 153 111 +42 8
10  Hong Kong 4 3 0 1 114 116 2 6
11  China 4 2 0 2 127 123 +4 4
12  Australia 4 1 0 3 105 106 1 2
13  New Zealand 4 0 0 4 111 154 43 0
Source: AHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
20 January 2020
10:00
Iraq  38–31  China Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
(17–13)
20 January 2020
12:00
Hong Kong  34–30  New Zealand Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
(17–9)

21 January 2020
10:00
Australia  26–31  Iraq Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
(15–18)
21 January 2020
12:00
China  27–32  Hong Kong Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
(16–15)

23 January 2020
10:00
Australia  25–28  China Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
Referees: Al-Wahibi, Al-Shahi (OMA)
(13–14)
23 January 2020
12:00
Iraq  42–29  New Zealand Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
Referees: Al-Jaimaz, Al-Mulla (KUW)
(22–13)

25 January 2020
10:00
Hong Kong  25–42  Iraq Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
(13–25)
25 January 2020
12:00
Australia  37–24  New Zealand Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
(19–10)

26 January 2020
15:00
Hong Kong  23–17  Australia Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
Referees: Al-Jaimaz, Al-Mulla (KUW)
(11–9)
26 January 2020
17:00
New Zealand  28–41  China Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
Referees: Al-Wahibi, Al-Shahi (OMA)
(15–18)

Main round


Group 1

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Japan 3 3 0 0 86 64 +22 6 Semifinals
2  Bahrain 3 2 0 1 70 60 +10 4
3  United Arab Emirates 3 1 0 2 60 80 20 2 Fifth place game
4  Saudi Arabia 3 0 0 3 59 71 12 0 Seventh place game
Source: AHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
20 January 2020
14:00
United Arab Emirates  18–29  Bahrain Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
(9–15)
20 January 2020
16:00
Saudi Arabia  22–30  Japan Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
(10–16)

21 January 2020
14:00
Bahrain  23–25  Japan Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
(11–10)
21 January 2020
16:00
United Arab Emirates  23–20  Saudi Arabia Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
(14–10)

23 January 2020
14:00
Japan  31–19  United Arab Emirates Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
Referees: Al-Mawt, Marhoon (BHR)
(18–13)
23 January 2020
16:00
Bahrain  18–17  Saudi Arabia Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
(10–6)

Group 2

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Qatar 3 3 0 0 94 75 +19 6 Semifinals
2  South Korea 3 1 1 1 85 85 0 3[lower-alpha 1]
3  Iran 3 1 1 1 77 79 2 3[lower-alpha 1] Fifth place game
4  Kuwait (H) 3 0 0 3 74 91 17 0 Seventh place game
Source: AHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
(H) Host
Notes:
  1. Iran 24–24 South Korea
20 January 2020
18:00
South Korea  27–34  Qatar Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
Referees: Al-Mawt, Marhoon (BHR)
Park J., Park S. 5 (13–18) Frankis, Sami 6
  Report  
20 January 2020
20:00
Kuwait  24–28  Iran Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
(13–13)

21 January 2020
18:00
Iran  25–31  Qatar Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
(13–11)
21 January 2020
20:00
Kuwait  27–34  South Korea Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
Referees: Lah, Sok (SLO)
Al-Baloul, M. Al-Gharaballi 5 (12–17) Kim D. 7
  Report  

23 January 2020
18:00
Iran  24–24  South Korea Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
Referees: Lah, Sok (SLO)
Heidarpour 7 (14–11) Ha 11
   Report  
23 January 2020
20:00
Qatar  29–23  Kuwait Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
Referees: Koo, Lee (KOR)
(13–14)

Final round


Bracket

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
25 January
 
 
 Japan32
 
27 January
 
 South Korea (ET)34
 
 South Korea21
 
25 January
 
 Qatar33
 
 Qatar28
 
 
 Bahrain24
 
Third place
 
 
27 January
 
 
 Japan27
 
 
 Bahrain26

Semifinals

25 January 2020
18:00
Japan  32–34 (ET)  South Korea Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
Referees: Kleven, Jørum (NOR)
Watanabe 6 (19–16) Kim J. 9
  Report  

FT: 29–29 ET: 3–5


25 January 2020
20:00
Qatar  28–24  Bahrain Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
(14–11)

Seventh place game

25 January 2020
14:00
Saudi Arabia  24–19  Kuwait Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
(12–7)

Fifth place game

25 January 2020
16:00
United Arab Emirates  29–26  Iran Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
(13–14)

Third place game

27 January 2020
16:30
Japan  27–26  Bahrain Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
(14–15)

Final

27 January 2020
18:30
South Korea  21–33  Qatar Shaikh Saad Al-Abdullah Sports Hall Complex, Kuwait City
Referees: Kolahdouzan, Mousavian (IRI)
Park S. 5 (11–14) Frankis 8
  Report  

Final ranking


Rank Team[5]
 Qatar
 South Korea
 Japan
4 Bahrain
5 United Arab Emirates
6 Iran
7 Saudi Arabia
8 Kuwait
9 Iraq
10 Hong Kong
11 China
12 Australia
13 New Zealand
Qualified for the 2021 World Championship

Awards


The all-star team and MVP were announced on 30 January 2020.[6]

PositionPlayer
Goalkeeper Mohamed Ali (BHR)
Right wing Saleh Ali (KUW)
Right back Ha Tae-hyun (KOR)
Centre back Ahmed Al-Maqabi (BHR)
Left back Frankis Carol (QAT)
Left wing Remi Anri Doi (JPN)
Pivot Youssef Benali (QAT)
Most Valuable Player Yuto Agarie (JPN)

Top goalscorers


Rank Name Goals
1 Luke Ireland40
2 Husssein Ali Hussein39
3 Frankis Carol38
4 Sun Fangwei35
Wang Xiaofeng
6 Kim Jin-young33
7 Timothy Anderson32
Caleb Gahan
9 Tatsuki Yoshino30
Rafael Capote

Source: AHF

References