Handball World Championship 2023: Preview, Schedule, Venue, Live Stream, and Group Distribution

IFH’s latest international men’s handball tournament has been announced to be hosted by Poland and Sweden from January 11th.


Handball World Championship or officially titled “IHF World Men’s Handball Championship” is the international handball competition. It is biennially hosted by the International Handball Federation.

The Handball World Championship 2023 is officially marking 28th addition to the event history. This year, both Poland and Sweden are co-hosting the event in 9 different venues of 9 individual cities.

From 5 confederations 32 international teams will participate in this year’s international handball competition. These teams are divided into eight different groups (each containing 4) to participate in the first round of group stage.

First 3 teams of each group will qualify for the second round of group stage. From there, eight teams will be selected to participate in the playoffs, which will run from January 25 to 29.

Handball World Championship 2023 Schedule:

  • Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2023
  • Time: 03:00 p.m. ET

Handball World Championship is slated to begin on Wednesday, January 11, 2023. With the group B game of France vs Poland, the event starts at 03:00 p.m. ET. Below is the detailed schedule of the upcoming handball competition –

Round Date
Group Stage (Preliminary Round) January 11, 2023 – January 17, 2023
Group Stage (Presidents Cup) January 18, 2023 – January 25, 2023
Group Stage (Main Round) January 18, 2023 – January 23, 2023
Quarterfinals January 25, 2023
Semifinals January 27, 2023
3rd Place January 29, 2023
Finals January 29, 2023


A total of 9 venues from 9 different cities of two different countries will host the upcoming Handball World Championship 2023. They are listed below –

Venue Location Country
Ergo Arena Gdansk Poland


Spodek Katowice
Tauron Arena Krakow
Orlen Arena Plock
Scandinavium Gothenburg Sweden


Husqvarna Garden Jonkoping
Kristianstad Arena Kristianstad
Malmo Arena Malmo
Tele2 Arena Stockholm

Where to Watch the Handball World Championship 2023 event?

  • ESPN

As the official broadcast partner of IHF, ESPN will provide live tv coverage of the upcoming Handball World Championship 2023 in USA.

Where to Live Stream the event?

  • ESPN+ – USA
  • Viaplay – UK

ESPN’s online streaming service, ESPN+ will provide live stream of the upcoming international handball competition in the United States. While in the United Kingdom, Viaplay is the live stream provider of the events for handball fans.

Handball World Championship 2023 Group Distribution:

A total of 32 international teams will participate in the first round of Handball World Championship this year. They have been divided into 8 groups of four to begin competing against each other in the group stage. Among these, the top-3 teams will qualify for the main round, while the final team of each group will be demoted to the Presidents Cup 2023.

The group distribution chart is listed below –

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Spain France Sweden Iceland
Montenegro Poland Brazil Portugal
Chile Saudi Arabia Cape Vedre Hungary
Iran Slovenia Uruguay South Korea
Group E Group F Group G Group H
Germany Norway Egypt Denmark
Qatar North Macedonia Croatia Belgium
Serbia Argentina Morocco Bahrain
Algeria Netherlands United States Tunisia


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