2025 World Men's Handball Championship


The 2025 IHF World Men's Handball Championship, will be the 29th event hosted by the International Handball Federation. It will be held in Croatia, Denmark and Norway in January 2025.[1]

2025 World Men's Handball Championship
Tournament details
Host countries Croatia
 Denmark
 Norway
Teams32 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s)11 (in 11 host cities)
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Bidding process


Five nations expressed interest in hosting the tournament. The awarding of the event took place at the IHF Council meeting in Cairo, Egypt on 28 February 2020.[2][3] Croatia, Denmark and Norway were chosen as the hosts. This will be the second time Croatia will host the World Men's Handball Championship, the third for Denmark, and the first for Norway.

Venues


The tournament is expected to take place in 11 cities Zagreb, Split, Varaždin, Poreč and Dubrovnik in Croatia, Copenhagen and Herning in Denmark and Trondheim, Stavanger, Drammen and Oslo in Norway. The opening and final will take place in Oslo.[4]

Oslo, Norway Drammen, Norway Trondheim, Norway Stavanger, Norway Herning, Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark
Telenor Arena
Capacity: 15,000
New Drammen Arena
Capacity: 12,000
Trondheim Spektrum
Capacity: 8,960
Stavanger Idrettshall
Capacity: 8,000
Jyske Bank Boxen
Capacity: 15,000
Royal Arena
Capacity: 12,500
Zagreb, Croatia Split, Croatia Varaždin, Croatia Dubrovnik, Croatia Poreč, Croatia
Arena Zagreb
Capacity: 15,200
Spaladium Arena
Capacity: 11,000
Varaždin Arena
Capacity: 5,200
New Dubrovnik Arena
Capacity: 5,000-5,200
Žatika Sport Centre
Capacity: 3,700

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: 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 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 2023 Men's World Championship, 32 places are distributed as follows:

  • Host nations: 3
  • Reigning world champion: 1
  • Africa: 6
  • Asia: 4
  • Europe: 11
  • 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 28 February 2020 Cairo 3  Croatia
 Denmark
 Norway
2023 World Championship 29 January 2023  Poland
 Sweden
1
2024 European Men's Handball Championship 28 January 2024  Germany 4
2024 African Men's Handball Championship 28 January 2024  Algeria 6
2024 Asian Men's Handball Championship TBD TBD 4
2024 South and Central American Men's Handball Championship TBD TBD 4
2024 Nor.Ca. Men's Handball Championship TBD TBD 1
European qualification TBD Various 7
Wild card 18 October 2018 Doha 1[1]+1[2]  United States

^ 1. To bear in mind the 2028 Summer Olympics, the IHF Council awarded the United States with wild cards for the 2025 and 2027 World Championships.[5][6]

^ 2. If countries from Oceania (Australia or New Zealand) participating in the Asian Championships finish within the top 5, they will qualify for the World Championships. If they finish placed sixth or lower, the place would have been transferred to the Wild Card spot.

Qualified teams

CountryQualified asQualified onPrevious appearances1
 CroatiaCo-host28 February 202014 (1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021)
 DenmarkCo-host28 February 202024 (1938, 1954, 1958, 1961, 1964, 1967, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021)
 NorwayCo-host28 February 202016 (1958, 1961, 1964, 1967, 1970, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2017, 2019, 2021)
 United StatesWild card18 October 20186 (1964, 1970, 1974, 1993, 1995, 2001, 2021)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host country for that year. Striken indicates qualified but did not appear.

References


  1. "IHF Council awards events up to 2027". ihf.info. 28 February 2020.
  2. "World Championships 2025 and 2027". ihf.info. 25 September 2019.
  3. "Norway, Croatia and Denmark chase the handball World Cup in 2025". time24.news. 5 November 2019.
  4. "Svjetsko prvenstvo u rukometu 2025. igrat će se u Hrvatskoj!". 24sata.hr (in Croatian). 28 February 2020.
  5. "Strategic plan | USA" (PDF). IHF.
  6. "Council Meeting No. 3" (PDF). Doha, Qatar: IHF. 18 October 2018. pp. 8–9.