The draw for the South and Central American qualification event on the road to the 2019 IHF Super Globe will be held on April 26 at the International Handball Federation office in Basle. Eight teams from four countries will contest the qualification tournament from May 22 to 26 in Taubate, Brazil – home of five-time Super Globe participants HC Taubate. At the draw, taking place at 14:00 local time in Basle, the teams will learn their opponents in what will be a group phase followed by play-off system.


From the qualification event’s host nation Brazil, Pinheiros and HC Taubate will vie for the one available berth at the IHF Super Globe. They will be joined by UNLU and Villa Ballester from Argentina, BM Ovalle and Deportivo Luterno from Chile, and Scuola Italiana and Colegio Alemania from Uruguay.


Scuola Italiana and Colegio Alemania will be drawn from row four, BM Ovalle and Deportivo Luterno from row three, and Pinheiros and UNLU from row two. From row one, Taubate have the right to choose their group, and Ballester will be automatically placed in the other.


The qualification event in Taubate will see three days of preliminary matches followed by semi-finals and 5-8 placement games. The final day of competition will feature placement play-offs for every position, including the final between the top two sides.  


First North American and the Caribbean Super Globe participant


The North American and the Caribbean (NAC) region will also have their qualification event for the 2019 IHF Super Globe in May. The event, organised in partnership between the IHF, USA Team Handball, the US Olympic Committee Training Centre and New York City Handball, will be held from May 9 to 12 at the USOC Training Centre in Lake Placid, New York.


It is the first time ever that a team from the NAC region will participate in the Super Globe. Three club teams will battle for one ticket to the 2019 Super Globe, the first to be held in Saudi Arabia, which will take place at the end of August. The USA will be represented by two clubs: NYC Team Handball and LA Team Handball. The third participant will be Team Quebec from Canada. 


More information on the NAC qualification can be found on the official website for the event.