European Handball Federation has announced pots for the Men’s EHF EURO 2022 in Hungary and Slovakia the qualification. The 32 teams on the starting grid will learn the names of their opponents on 16 June 2020 (17:00 CEST), when the draw will divide them into eight groups of four teams.
Pot 1: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, France, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Iceland
Pot 2: Austria, Belarus, Portugal, North Macedonia, Serbia, Russia, Montenegro, Netherlands
Pot 3: Switzerland, Lithuania, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Latvia, Poland, Belgium
Pot 4: Finland, Italy, Turkey, Israel, Estonia, Greece, Kosovo, Faroe Islands
The draw will be conducted in the following order:
Step 1: eight teams from pot 3 are drawn to row 3
Step 2: eight teams from pot 2 are drawn to row 2
Step 3: eight teams from pot 1 are drawn to row 1
Step 4: KOS are drawn to row 4 (not in group with SRB)
Step 5: seven remaining teams from pot 4 are drawn to row 4
20 places up for grabs
The EHF EURO 2022 in Hungary and Slovakia will be the second continental championship with 24 teams.
Both organisers, the defending champions Spain and the EHF EURO 2020 runners-up Croatia are qualified directly for the final tournament and will participate in the EHF EURO Cup. There will be 20 further EHF EURO places up for grabs in the qualification.
The first- and second-ranked teams, as well as the four best third-ranked teams, will qualify for the Men’s EHF EURO 2022 in Hungary and Slovakia.
After the conclusion of the group matches in the eight groups, an overall ranking of those teams positioned third in each group (a total of eight teams) will be established.
This ranking will be calculated using only the results of the four matches of the third-ranked teams against the two teams ranked first and second in the group. The results of the two matches against the teams ranked fourth in the respective group will not be considered.
Basic match schedule of the EHF EURO 2022 qualifiers
Round 1: Wednesday 4 – Thursday 5 November 2020
Round 2: Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 November 2020
Round 3: Wednesday 10 – Thursday 11 March 2021*
Round 4: Saturday 13 – Sunday 14 March 2021*
Round 5: Wednesday 28 – Thursday 29 April 2021
Round 6: Sunday 2 May 2021 (18:00 CET)
*The teams of France, Germany, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia and Sweden, which are participating in the Olympic Games Qualification Tournaments (12 to 14 March 2021), must play their round 3 and 4 EHF EURO 2022 qualifier matches on 6/7 and 9/10 January 2021.