Croatia 2003

XVIth WOMEN'S WORLD HANDBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
COMPETITION SCHEDULE * not yet approved

Dates: 30.11. - 14.12.2003.

Sunday, 30.11.2002.
Arrival of participants - World Championship Opening ceremony

Monday, 01.12.2003.
Matches, first round, preliminaries

Tuesday, 02.12.2003.
Matches, second round, preliminaries

Wednesday, 03.12.2003.
Matches, third round, preliminaries

Thursday, 04.12.2003.
Rest day

Friday, 05.12.2003.
Matches, fourth round, preliminaries

Saturday, 06.12.2003.
Matches, fifth round, preliminaries

Sunday, 07.12.2003.
Rest day for transfers of participants

Monday, 08.12.2003.
Matches, first round, main round

Tuesday, 09.12.2003.
Rest day

Wednesday, 10.12.2003.
Matches, second round, main round

Thursday, 11.12.2003.
Matches, third round, main round

Friday, 12.12.2003.
Rest day for semifinalists and teams competing for the fifth place
Placement matches (7. - 12. place).

Saturday, 13.12.2003.
Match for the fifth place
Semifinals

Sunday, 14.12.2003.
Match for the third place
Finals
Closing ceremony.

COMPETITION AGENDA

Preliminary round - 4 venues - Split, Osijek, Čakovec, Koprivnica

15 - matches x 4 groups = 60 matches

A B C D
1. 1. 1. 1.
2. 2. 2. 2.
3. 3. 3. 3.
4. 4. 4. 4.
5. 5. 5. 5.
6. 6. 6. 6.

Main round - 2 venues - Rijeka, Zagreb

9 - matches x 2 groups = 18 matches
After preliminary rounds, 3 last placed teams from each group departs from competition. The remaining teams gathers in two groups of main round by system A+B, and C+D.
Teams participating in main round play matches only with opponents from different preliminary group. Points scored between teams that go from same preliminary group into same main round group are added.

A B
1. 1.
2. 2.
3. 3.
4. 4.
5. 5.
6. 6.

Finals - 1 venue - Zagreb

Match for 11. place - A6 : B6

Match for 9. place - A5 : B5

Match for 7. place - A4 : B4

Match for 5. place - A3 : B3

Semifinals - A1 : B2 i A2 : B1

Match for 3. place

Final

Total 86 matches

PARTICIPANTS

Total of 24 national teams will participate o n XVIth Women's World Handball Championship Croatia 2003. 14 from Europe, 3 from Asia, 3 from Africa, 3 from Pan-American teritory, and 1 from Oceania.

Europe - 14 teams:
Final draw will hold on 22. June 2003. after the qualification finishes. Already qualified teams are: Croatia (host), Russia (defending champion), Denmark, Norway and France which won their participating right on rankings at recently finished European Championship in Denmark.

9 qualification pairs. (First leg 24/25.05.2003., Second leg 31.05./01.06.2003)

BUL - GER SWE - AUT
BIH - HUN NED - CZE
BLR - SLO SVK - YUG
TUR - ROM POL - ESP
LTU - UKR  

Asia - 3 teams:
Qualifications are done, Kazahstan, Korea and China gain the right to participate on WCh 2003.

Africa - 3 teams:
Qualifications are done, Angola, Ivory coast and Tunisia gain the right to participate on WCh 2003.

Pan-Amerika - 3 reprezentacije:
Qualifications are done, Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina gain the right to participate on WCh

Oceania - 1 team:
Qualification 14. - 18. May in Wellington (New Zeland) between Australia, Cook Islands, New Zeland i Wanatu.

So far 14 teams qualified for the 2003 WWHC : Croatia, Russia, Denmark, Norway, France, Kazahstana, Korea, China, Angola, Ivory coast, Tunisia, Brazil, Uruguay i Argentina.

The draw will be on 22.06.2003. in Croatian Television (HTV) studio.