In 2021, 32 teams will meet in Egypt from 13 to 31 January to vie for the title of world champions at the 27th IHF Men's World Championship.
(Last update: 10 November 2020)
Hosts: Egypt (EGY)
Reigning world champions: Denmark (DEN)
Africa: Algeria (ALG), Angola (ANG), Cape Verde (CPV), DR Congo (COD), Morocco (MAR), Tunisia (TUN)
Asia: Bahrain (BRN), Japan (JPN), Qatar (QAT), Republic of Korea (KOR)
Europe: Austria (AUT), Belarus (BLR), Croatia (CRO), Czech Republic (CZE), France (FRA), Germany (GER), Hungary (HUN), Iceland (ISL), Norway (NOR), Portugal (POR), Spain (ESP), Slovenia (SLO), Sweden (SWE)
North America and the Caribbean: United States of America (USA)
South and Central America: Argentina (ARG), Brazil (BRA), Chile (CHI), Uruguay (URU)
Wild Cards: Poland (POL), Russian Handball Federation Team (RHF)
The 2021 IHF Men's World Championship will be played in four venues in Alexandria, Cairo, Giza and the New Capital.
- Alexandria: Borg Al Arab Sports Hall (capacity: 5,000 spectators)
- Cairo: Cairo Stadium Sports Hall (capacity: 17,000 spectators)
- Giza: Dr Hassan Moustafa Sports Hall, formerly known as 6th of October Sports Hall (capacity: 5,200 spectators)
- New Capital: New Capital Sports Hall (capacity: 7,500 spectators)
The 32 teams are divided into eight groups of four teams. Each venue hosts two groups of the preliminary round, which is played from 13 to 19 January.
The top three teams of their respective preliminary round groups move on to the main round (20-25 January), while the teams ranked last in their preliminary round groups play the President's Cup. The 24 main round teams are divided into four groups of six teams each.
The top two teams of the main round groups advance to the knock-out stage, which starts with the quarter-finals on 27 January, then continues with the semi-finals on 29 January. On the final day, 31 January, the match for third place and the gold-medal match are played.
The draw was staged at the Giza Pyramids Plateau, Egypt on 5 September 2020, at 19:00 local time. The performance rows were as follows:
Row 1: DEN, ESP, CRO, NOR, SLO, GER, POR, SWE
Row 2: EGY, ARG, AUT, HUN, TUN, ALG, QAT, BLR
Row 3: ISL, BRA, URU, CZE, FRA, KOR, JPN, BRN
Row 4: ANG, CPV, MAR, South America 4, COD, POL, North America 1, RHF
Group A: GER, HUN, URU, CPV
Group B: ESP, TUN, BRA, POL
Group C: CRO, QAT, JPN, ANG
Group D: DEN, ARG, BRN, COD
Group E: NOR, AUT, FRA, USA
Group F: POR, ALG, ISL, MAR
Group G: SWE, EGY, CZE, CHI
Group H: SLO, BLR, KOR, RHF