The World Games 2022

11 Jul. - 15 Jul. USA

The 11th edition of The World Games will take place from 7 to 17 July 2022 in Birmingham, USA, with the handball competition being held from 11 to 15 July. Originally, the event was scheduled to be organised from 15 to 25 July 2021 but was postponed due to the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 to July 2021 caused by the outbreak of COVID-19. 

The National Historic Landmark of ‘Sloss Furnaces’ was announced as the venue for the men’s and women’s beach handball tournaments of The World Games 2022, the multi-sport event featuring more than 3,600 athletes participating in more than 30 different sports.

Originally operating as an iron-producing blast furnace from 1882 to 1971, Sloss Furnaces became one of the first industrial sites in the United States to be preserved and restored for public use and were designated as a landmark by the United States Department of the Interior in 1981.


Men's competition

Argentina (ARG), Brazil (BRA), Croatia (CRO), Denmark (DEN), New Zealand (NZL), Puerto Rico (PUR), Qatar (QAT), United States of America (USA)

Women's competition

Argentina (ARG), Australia (AUS), Denmark (DEN), Germany (GER), Mexico (MEX), Norway (NOR), United States of America (USA), Vietnam (VIE)


The draw took place at the IHF Head Office in Basel, Switzerland on 2 June 2022. 

Men's competition

Pot 1: BRA, DEN
Pot 2: QAT, USA
Pot 3: ARG, NZL
Pot 4: CRO, PUR

Women's competition

Pot 1: NOR, ARG
Pot 2: GER, USA
Pot 3: AUS, VIE
Pot 4: DEN, MEX

Draw result

Men’s Competition

Group A: Denmark, Qatar, New Zealand, Croatia
Group B: Brazil, United States of America, Argentina, Puerto Rico

Women’s Competition

Group A: Argentina, United States of America, Australia, Denmark
Group B: Norway, Germany, Vietnam, Mexico

The draw was streamed live on the IHF YouTube channel

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