25 Sep. 2023
The 16th edition of the IHF Men's Super Globe will take place in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, between 7 and 12 November, with a 12-team line-up at the start, with the biggest stars in the sport fighting for the coveted trophy.
With the competition only a few weeks ahead and all the clubs participating in this edition confirmed, the final preparations are on their way. The draw will be held at the IHF Head Office in Basel, Switzerland on Thursday 28 September at 11:00 CEST and it will be live streamed on the IHF Facebook page.
The draw procedure has been confirmed, with the 12 participating teams divided into three pots of four teams each. The reigning champions, SC Magdeburg, the finalists of last season’s EHF Champions League Men, KS Kielce, Al-Ahly, the winners of the CAHB African Super Cup, and Kuwait SC, the winners of the Men’s Arab Handball Championship of Champions, were directed to Pot 1.
Hosts Khaleej, Argentinian side San Fernando HB, Bahraini side Al-Najma Club and Saudi side Al-Noor are in Pot 2, while Australian side University of Queensland, American team San Francisco CalHeat and European powerhouses FC Barcelona and Füchse Berlin are in Pot 3.
The draw procedure will see teams from Pot 3 drawn into Groups A to D. Then, teams from Pot 1 will be drawn into Groups A to D, but Magdeburg and KS Kielce cannot be drawn in the same groups as Barcelona and Füchse Berlin.
Host team Khaleej have the right to choose their group after the teams from pots 1 and 3 had been drawn, according to the draw procedure and the rules established by the International Handball Federation (IHF).
Moreover, there is continental protection for all the teams from the same continent, which means that they could not be drawn into the same preliminary round group, therefore Al-Najma and Al-Noor cannot be drawn alongside Kuwait SC.
The winner of each group will progress to the semi-finals, while the other two sides will head to the Placement Matches
2023 IHF Men's Super Globe draw pots:
Pot 1: SC Magdeburg (GER), KS Kielce (POL), Al Ahly (EGY), Kuwait SC (KUW)
Pot 2: Khaleej (KSA), San Fernando HB (ARG), Al-Najma Club (BRN), Al-Noor (KSA)
Pot 3: University of Queensland (AUS), San Francisco CalHeat (USA), FC Barcelona (ESP), Füchse Berlin (GER)