QUALIFIERS’ PHASES AND FINAL TOURNAMENT
The Qualifiers for the Women’s EHF EURO 2020 started in May 2019 with the matches of the first phase being played in a tournament featuring four teams from 31 May to 2 June.
In the tournament which featured Finland, Greece, Luxembourg and Israel, Greece emerged as a winner and earned a place in the second phase of the Qualifiers.
The second phase saw only two rounds being played in September 2019. Due to Covid-19 pandemic, the remaining rounds of the Qualifiers were cancelled and the teams were qualified for the final tournament based on the ranking from the Women's EHF EURO 2018.
The final tournament will be played from Friday 3 December to Sunday 20 December 2020. The draw for the Women’s EHF EURO 2020 takes place on 18 June in Vienna.
The teams qualified for the Women's EHF EURO 2020 are:
Norway - directly qualified as hosts
Denmark - directly qualified as hosts
ABOUT THE HOSTS
Norway and Denmark have dominated European women’s handball since the first EHF EURO was in 1994, sharing between them 10 of the 13 gold medals available since. Denmark topped the podium in 1994, 1996 and 2002. Norway are the record winners with a total of seven titles from 1998, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014 and 2016. Add to this one world (1997) and three Olympic golds (1996, 2000 and 2004) for Denmark as well as three World Championship titles (1999, 2011 and 2015) and two Olympic golds (2008 and 2012) for Norway, it becomes clear that these two countries stand for very successful women’s handball.
The two federations joined forces for the first time in 1999 when they co-hosted the World Championship and again in 2010 when they organised the EHF EURO together. EHF EURO 2010 ended with a 25:20 win for Norway against Sweden in the final and a spectator record for women’s handball at that time as 11,411 fans flocked to the then-called Messecenter in Herning to witness the semi-final between Norway and Denmark (29:19).
The Messecenter has now been called Jyske Bank Boxen for a number of years and is again one of the Danish venues chosen for the final tournament. Jyse Bank Boxem will be both preliminary and main round venue. The second preliminary round venue in Denmark will be Arena Nord in Frederikshavn. In Norway, the Trondheim Spektrum opened its gates for the Men’s EHF EURO 2020 in January. The arena will be used again for the women’s event and will host two preliminary round groups. Norway’s main round group will be played in Stavanger. The final weekend will be played in the Telenor Arena in Norway’s capital, Oslo.