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Date: 6/24/2013
 

Although the starting whistle for the 2015 Men’s World Championship in Qatar is still 19 months ahead, the first stage for the qualification in Europe is confirmed. Europe will have 12 spots for this final event, additionally Spain is qualified directly as the defending World Champion. The three medallists of the 2014 European Championship in Denmark will qualify directly for the 2015 World Championship; if Spain is among those three top-ranked teams, the fourth-ranked team is qualified.

 

The remaining nine European spots will be decided in play-off matches in June 2014. Only the aggregate winners book their ticket to Qatar. 12 of those 18 teams fighting for those nine tickets are those which compete at the 2014 European Championship and will not qualify directly for Qatar (either the teams 4-16 without Spain or the teams 5-16, if Spain is among the top four). The remaining six spots for those play-offs will be decided in a pre-qualification phase, starting in November 2013. The winners of five groups including four teams each will qualify for the play-offs.
Germany is directly qualified for those play-off matches as best-ranked team from the qualification for the 2014 European Championship, which did not make it to Denmark.
The draw for the play-offs will take place on 26 January 2014 on the final day of the European Championship in Herning, Denmark. The draw for the pre-qualification groups will take place in Vienna, Austria on Thursday 27 June 2013. The pre-qualification will be played from November 2013 to January 2014.


 
European qualification for Qatar 2015:
Directly qualified as defending champion: Spain
Three tickets to Qatar are allocated to the three best-ranked teams (except Spain) at the 2014 European Championship in Denmark (12 – 26 January 2014).

 

Those teams have qualified for this event
Group A in Herning: Denmark, Czech Republic, FYR Macedonia, Austria
Group B in Aalborg: Spain, Iceland, Hungary, Norway
Group C in Aarhus: France, Serbia, Poland, Russia
Group D in Copenhagen: Croatia, Sweden, Belarus, Montenegro


 
Nine tickets to Qatar will be awarded to the aggregate winners of the play-offs played in June 2014.
12 teams qualify from the European Championship in Denmark.
Six teams qualify from the pre-qualification.
Germany is directly qualified for the play-offs.
Those 20 teams will be drawn into five groups with four teams each on 27 June: Portugal, Switzerland, Israel, Lithuania, Turkey, Slovakia, Latvia, Netherlands, Ukraine, Slovenia, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Estonia, Cyprus, Finland, Belgium, Italy, Luxemburg, Great Britain.
Only the winners of those qualification groups proceed to the play-offs.

Those 20 teams will be drawn into five groups with four teams each on 27 June: Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Switzerland, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine. Only the winners of those qualification groups proceed to the play-offs.

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