Following the completion of the 2018/19 IHF Men’s Trophy regional and continental competitions, eight nations will compete in Pristina, Kosovo, in the Intercontinental Phase which throws-off later today (Wednesday 10 April) and finishes on Sunday (14 April).
There are two competitions taking place – the youth (U19) competition and junior competition (U21).
Both competitions feature two preliminary groups with three teams in each. The top two teams in each group will go straight through to the semi-finals and then the winners of those will play in the final. Teams placed in third position in each group will go directly into the 5/6 placement match.
The groups are:
Youth Competition (U19)
Group A: Paraguay (PAR), Nigeria (NGR), Chinese Taipei (TPE)
Group B: Kosovo (KOS), Canada (CAN), New Zealand (NZL)
Junior Competition (U21)
Group A: Kosovo, Nigeria, Chinese Taipei
Group B: United States of America (USA), Paraguay, Australia (AUS)
All games will be livestreamed for free on the IHF website: Click HERE for U19 and HERE for U21.
As reported back in February 2018 the IHF Trophy refreshed from 2018 onwards and – for junior teams only – was upgraded to a qualification event for the IHF Men’s and Women’s Junior World Championships.
In Kosovo, the winners of the junior competition will qualify through to the 2019 IHF Men’s Junior World Championship which will be held in Spain.
Ahead of the opening day, team delegations attended a technical meeting led by the IHF and Kosovo Handball Federation (KHF)