Junior World Handball Championship 2017
The 2017 IHF Men's Junior World Championship will be the 21st edition of the tournament and will be held in Algeria. Players participating in this event must be born in 1996 or younger.
The event which will be played in three arenas: Salle Hacène Harcha (capacity 8000) , La Coupole (capacity 15000) both in Algiers and Palais des Sports(capacity 5000) in Oran has at its start 24 teams: 12 from Europe, 4 from Africa, 4 from Americas, 3 from Asia and one from Oceania.
Croatia, Denmark, Spain (Winner of 2016 European Men's Junior Handball Championship), Faroe I., France (Winner of 2015 Men's Youth World Handball Championship) , Germany (Runner-Up of 2016 European Men's Junior Handball Championship), Hungary, Iceland, Macedonia, Norway, Russia and Slovenia are the 12 European nations that have qualified for event in Algeria, scheduled in the second some half of July this year. Between nations listed captures the presence of the Faroe Islands, who provided perhaps the biggest surprise in recent years in men's handball. The group of islands with 50,000 inhabitants or qualified at a tournament where countries such as Sweden, Serbia, Poland has no place, managing to finish first in a group with Switzerland, Finland and Israel! Faroe Islands took advantage of that qualifying tournament hosted at home and had a group in which they could fight, but this does not subtract anything merits to evolve the first time in a World Championship.The option to move the tournament had taken her after the first match after they beat Switzerland 28-24.Faroese progress has been spectacular considering that a few months ago, the European U20 Championship qualifier, the same team lost to Switzerland 12-23! Faroe Islands then won matches against Israel (31-25) and Finland (29-28) and made up to the World Cup with maximum points.
The winner and the runner-up of the 2016 African Men's Junior Handball Championship : Tunisia and Egypt, together with the host country Algeria and Burkina Faso are the qualified teams from Africa, while Qatar (Asian Champion), Saudi Arabia and South Korea are the teams which represent Asia at this competition. As of the end of January, the teams from Oceania and Americas are yet to be revealed: Oceania’s representant will be the winner of a play-off between Australia and New Zeeland while from Americas will come the best 4 ranked teams of the 2017 Pan American Men's Junior Handball Championship.
The competition’s format is composed by 4 preliminary round groups, each one having at start 6 teams. The best four ranked teams is the preliminary groups will advance to the knock-out stage which starts with the round of 16. Ranking matches will be also played for each place of the final ranking of the tournament.
Amadou Diarra Yalcouyé, chairman of the Organizing Committee, said he is greatly satisfied from the organizational point of view because the various commissions set up for the cause is able to take up the challenge of the organization , security, health and mobilization. He concluded his remarks by thanking the authorities of the country for their support in the awaiting success of this competition scheduled in Africa.