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Date: 5/22/2014

On Friday 23 May, the groups for the 2014 Women’s Youth (U18) World Championship will be drawn at the Hotel Aleksandar Palace in Skopje, FYR Macedonia. 

Starting at 11:00 (local time), the draw will be live-streamed on http://www.ustream.tv/channel/handball-macedonia. The pots and the procedure for the draw are based on the so-called performance rows and seeding lists of the 24 nations, their rankings at the respective continental qualifications. Host FYR Macedonia is seeded in pot 3 and can assign itself to a group of its choice.

Those teams have qualified for the Women’s Youth (U18) World Championship (20 July to 3 August 2014):
Host: FYR Macedonia
Europe: Sweden, Russia, Denmark, Portugal, Montenegro, Romania, Norway, Croatia, Hungary, Germany, France, Netherlands
Asia: Korea, Japan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan
Africa: Angola, Tunisia, Congo
Pan-America: Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina

Performance rows for the draw event:
Row 1: Sweden, Russia, Denmark, Portugal
Row 2: Montenegro, Romania, Norway, Korea
Row 3: FYR Macedonia, Croatia, Japan, Kazakhstan
Row 4: Hungary, Germany, Brazil, France
Row 5: Angola, Uzbekistan, Paraguay, Tunisia
Row 6: Argentina, China, Congo, Netherlands

Draw procedure:
In order to avoid that two or three teams from the same continent face within the Preliminary Round, 4 continental pots have been created for the draw. Each continent has a place in row 4, row 5 and row 6 according to the continental ranking. Only teams of row 4 are drawn, the places of the teams of row 5 and 6 then result automatically from the related positions.
After those rows 4 to 6 have been decided, the pots 2 and 1 are drawn to the groups A to D. Then organizer FYR Macedonia has the prerogative to assign itself to a group of its choice in row 3, before the remaining teams in pot 3 are drawn to groups A to D in row 3.

The Preliminary Round (20 to 26 July, six teams in four groups) will be played in Ohrid (Group A and B), Strumica (Group C) and Skopje (Group D). Those teams to finish fifth and sixth in their groups will continue in the President’s Cup in Skopje from 28 to 29 July. The Eighth-Finals with the best four teams of each group will take place in Ohrid and Strumica on 30 July, followed by the Quarter-Finals in Ohrid (30 July) and the Placement Round 9-16 in Strumica (30 to 31 July and 2 August). The semi-finalists face on 1 August in Ohrid, where the medal matches will take place on 3 August.