25 Feb. 2019
Following the successful completion of all 2018/19 IHF Men’s Trophy - Continental Phase tournaments, IHF.info can reveal details of the 2018/19 IHF Men’s Trophy - Intercontinental Phase tournament.
Pristina, Kosovo, will host the final tournament of the 2018/19 IHF Men’s Trophy season with games starting on Wednesday 10 April and finishing on Sunday 14 April. Pristina, the capital city of Kosovo, held the European continental zone of the IHF Trophy back in October 2018.
The winners of their respective continental youth and junior tournaments last year, and therefore eligible to participate in the IHF Trophy - Intercontinental Phase this year, are:
Youth - Nigeria (NGR), Junior - Nigeria (NGR)
Youth - Chinese Taipei (TPE), Junior - Chinese Taipei (TPE)
Youth - Kosovo (KOS), Junior - Kosovo (KOS)
North America & Caribbean (NACHC)
Youth - Canada (CAN), Junior - United States of America (USA)
Youth - New Zealand (NZL), Junior - Australia (AUS)
South & Central America (SCAHC)
Youth - Paraguay (PAR), Junior - Paraguay (PAR)
2019 IHF Men’s Junior (U21) World Championship – Spain
The winners of the junior IHF Intercontinental Trophy in Kosovo will qualify directly to the 2019 IHF Men’s Junior (U21) World Championship, to be held in Spain in July.
Following the IHF Executive Committee meeting last Friday at the IHF headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, it was decided that if the USA or Nigeria win the junior’s category of the 2018/19 IHF Men’s Trophy - Intercontinental Phase and thus gain an automatic qualification spot through to the 2019 IHF Men’s Junior World Championship in Spain, as they have already qualified through their continental qualification pathway, the next best-ranked team from either the USA or Nigeria continental qualification (North American and the Caribbean – NACHC – or Africa – CAHB) will take the compulsory place of the continent.
About the IHF Trophy
The ever-popular and successful IHF Trophy is an integral and important competition which forms a large part of the IHF mission to grow and develop the game of handball around the world.
The competition gives the opportunity to emerging and developing countries around the world to play in continental and intercontinental international competitions, as well as providing workshops for training and for the further development of coaches and referees.
Africa, Asia, Europe, North America & Caribbean, South & Central America and Oceania take part throughout each competition cycle which consists initially of zonal competitions which are then followed by a continental final.