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Date: 9/28/2017
 

The first official Pan American Women’s Club Championship will be held in October 2017, with the city of Asunción in Paraguay recently announced as hosts and organisers.

 

In 2016, an inaugural edition of the Women’s Club Championship was held in Santiago, Chile, where Metodista de Brasil claimed the title. This tournament offered vital experience for the Pan American Team Handball Federation for future events, leading to the first official edition this year, which will be held from October 22 to 29.

 

Eight clubs from five countries will vie for the title in Asunción, playing in the Paraguayan Olympic Committee stadium. Those teams are Municipalidad de Vicente López and Jockey Club from Argentina, the latter of whom enter as domestic champions having won the league under the former name Unión Eléctrica; Esporte Clube Pinheiros, the league champions from Brazil; Chilean champions Balonmano Ovalle; from the host nation, domestic champions Nueva Estrella and Club Atlético Triunfo; and national champions Club Atlético Goes and Club Layva, both from Uruguay.


 “I have always dreamed about going through experiences like this Pan American Championship with my club team, with my same old teammates. In spite of all the competitions I performed at with the national team, this is a different thing and you live it different,” says Jockey Club’s Lucia Haro. 


Club Atlético Goes, Club Layva, Balonmano Ovalle and Nueva Estrella all participated in the tournament in 2016, ranking third, fourth, fifth and seventh, respectively.

 

The teams will begin their campaigns with a preliminary phase, divided into two groups, before proceeding to the knock-out matches.

 

While it is the first official Pan American Women’s Club Championship, the men’s event has been held every year since 2007, and has been consistently dominated by Brazilian teams. The men’s side from Esporte Clube Pinheiros claimed the title in 2017 in Buenos Aires, and went on to represent the continent at the Super Globe in August, where they ranked fifth.

 

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