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. Denmark are the two-times defending World Champions, having won the 2019 and 2021 edition.

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


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]

Venues


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

Gdańsk Łódź Wrocław Katowice Gliwice
Ergo Arena Atlas Arena Hala Stulecia Spodek Arena Gliwice
Capacity: 11,409 Capacity: 13,805 Capacity: 11,500 Capacity: 13,752 Capacity: 14,666
Kraków Stockholm Malmö Gothenburg
Tauron Arena Kraków Tele2 Arena Malmö Arena Scandinavium
Capacity: 15,030 Capacity: 35,000 Capacity: 12,600 Capacity: 12,312

Qualification


The World Championship hosts will be directly qualified, along with the reigning world champions. Following a decision on increasing the number of participating teams, the number of compulsory places awarded to each continental confederation is divided as follows: 4 places each for Africa, Asia and Europe. Starting in 2021 Pan America was split into two zones: the North America and Caribbean Zone having 1 place, and the South and Central America Zone having 3 places. One additional place is available for Oceania, but only when that region's national team ranks 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 in 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: 5
  • Asia: 5
  • 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  Denmark
2022 African Men's Handball Championship 13–23 January 2022  Morocco 5
2022 European Men's Handball Championship 14–30 January 2022  Hungary
 Slovakia
4
2022 Asian Men's Handball Championship January 2022 Shiraz 5
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 8
Wild card TBD 1+1

Qualified teams

CountryQualified asQualified onPrevious appearances1, 2
 PolandCo-host6 November 201516 (1958, 1967, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2021)
 SwedenCo-host6 November 201525 (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)
 DenmarkWorld champion29 January 202124 (1938, 1954, 1958, 1961, 1964, 1967, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year
2 Italic indicates host country for that year

References


  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. Archived from the original on 24 September 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." (in Polish). Dentsu Aegis Network. 10 November 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2015.