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Date: 6/26/2014

24 teams in four venues and exactly 100 matches until the gold medallist is confirmed: On Saturday (28 June) the 19th Women’s (U20) Junior World Championship will throw off in Croatia.

The cities of Zagreb, Dugo Selo, Koprivnica and Cakovec will be hosting this event with the city of Koprivnica as the venue for the crucial matches from the quarter-finals on.

24 teams from four continents have qualified for the World Championship, for which only host Croatia and Denmark as defending Women’s U18 World Championship had straight tickets. 

At the U18 World Championship 2012 in Montenegro, Denmark defeated Russia in a thrilling final by a last second goal. Last year at the U19 European championships in Denmark, the Russian girls turned the tide to become European champions after beating the Danes in the semi. In Croatia, those again favoured teams can earliest face in the quarter-finals. 

The defending champions of the 2012 Women’s U20 in Czech Republic are the Swedish girls, who will face their 2012 final opponent France right in the preliminary round in Koprivnica.

The Croats choose group A in Dugo Selo, where the host team will face the 2012 host Czech Republic, the 2010 U20 host Korea, the 2010 U20 World Champions Norway and Uruguay and Kazakhstan.


The groups for the preliminary round:

Group A in Dugo Selo: Norway, Korea, Croatia, Czech Republic, Uruguay, Kazakhstan

Group B in Zagreb: Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, Angola, Serbia, Argentina

Group C in Koprivnica: Hungary, France, Sweden, Japan, DR Congo, Portugal

Group D in Cakovec: Russia, Romania, Slovenia, Brasil, China, Tunisia

The each four best ranked teams of each group qualify for the eighth-finals, the in total eight remaining teams play for the positions 17-24 in the President’s Cup. The semi-finals, the placement round 5-8 and the final and bronze final will be played in Koprivnica.  

Find all information on the U20 Women’s World Championship here: http://www.ihf.info/IHFCompetitions/WorldChampionships/WomenJuniorworldchampionships/WomensJuniorWorldChampionshipCRO2014/tabid/6882/Default.aspx and on the official Croatian event website http://www.u20.info.