Belarus have kept their Opportunity to qualify for the Women’s World Championship 2019 in Japan by winning the eligibility tournament in Greece on Sunday and qualifying for its play-offs in June.

The team proved to be unbeatable over the span of the case, first defeating against Portugal on Friday 31:23, then Greece on Sunday 35:26 on Saturday 28:18 and finally Italy.

With four points on their account, the chance to also qualify for its play-offs as the best second ranked team of all four eligibility classes was kept by Greece.

The tournaments in groups 1, 2 and 4 have been played from 30 November to 2 December.

In general, five teams qualify from the first qualification phase, the four group winners and the top second ranked team, for its play-offs at which they will be pitted against 12 teams that come from the Women’s EHF EURO 2018 that is set to start in France on 29 November.

The play-offs to the Women’s World Championship 2019 are played June 2019 over two legs.

There are three criteria in place to determine the top second ranked team in the qualification phase:

  • Higher number of factors acquired in the group matches,
  • superior goal difference after the team matches,
  • greater number of goals scored in the group matches.

A draw will determine which second-ranked team unites the four group winners to the play-offs if these criteria fail to result in some decision. This draw would take place in the EHF Office in Vienna on 3 December, a day in the four groups have been completed, after all matches.

TEXT: EHF / ts


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