03 Jul. 2019
The match schedule for the 24th IHF Women’s World Championship, to be played from November 30 to December 15 in Kumamoto, Japan, has been finalised.
The World Championship will throw off on Saturday November 30 with four matches played simultaneously in the four preliminary groups. In Group A, 2013 World Championship runners-up Serbia will meet Angola in Aqua Dome Kumamoto, while in Group B, Germany will take on the 2013 winners Brazil in Yamaga City Overall Gymnasium.
Group C will open with Senegal facing 2012 European champions Montenegro in Yatsushiro General Gymnasium. As Senegal are making their debut at a senior World Championship, the match against Montenegro will mark their first steps on the Women’s World Championship court.
Hosts Japan will open Group D when they meet Argentina in Park Dome Kumamoto. All four opening games will be played at 15:00 local time. The Group D match will be preceded by the official opening ceremony at 13:30 local time.
The preliminary round will close on Friday December 6 with a series of exciting clashes. The Netherlands play Norway in the last Group A match – a rivalry that has now become a classic, as the teams have met in the final stages at the two previous World Championships. Current world and European champions France will close Group B when they play Denmark, while EHF EURO 2018 semi-finalists Romania will take on Hungary in the last Group C match.
Group D will finish with a game between current Olympic champions and EHF EURO 2018 runners-up Russia and 2017 World Championship semi-finalists Sweden.
From the preliminary round, the top three teams in each group proceed to the main round, while the remainder contest the President’s Cup. Both the main round and President’s Cup will be played from December 8, with the President’s Cup concluding on December 9 and the main round ending on December 11. The semi-finals and 5-8 placement round will take place on December 13, before the bronze-medal match and final on December 15.
The full schedule is available HERE.