Group phase draw to be streamed live
The playing action in the women's club handball in 2018 is over but before the focus of fans will shift towards the Women's EHF EURO in France one draw event on Thursday at 11am will decide the fate of the remaining 16 teams in both the EHF Cup and the Challenge Cup.
In the European Handball Federation's headquarters in Vienna first the Last 16 pairings in the Challenge Cup will be decided before the the four groups in the EHF Cup group phase will be determined.
While the Challenge Cup draw will be a straightforward affair with eight teams from Pot 1 to be drawn against eight teams from Pot 2 and with no country protection, the EHF Cup draw will be slightly more complicated as the country protection rules out that teams from the same country can play in the same group.
And there are four countries with more than one club represented - Norway, Germany and Romania with two teams and Denmark with no fewer than four clubs. So what do fans need to know before the first ball will be opened on Thursday?
EHF Cup draw procedure
Teams from Pot 1 are drawn to Row 1 in Groups A to D =>
Teams from Pot 2 are drawn to Row 2 in Groups A to D =>
In Pot 3, Viborg HK are drawn first to a possible group in Row 3 avoiding the group with Esbjerg =>
In the same pot, in no particular order TusSies Metzingen are drawn to a possible group in Row 3 avoiding a group with SG BBM
Bietigheim, while Storhamar Handball Elite are drawn to a possible group in Row 3 avoiding a group with Larvik.
Super Amara Bera Bera are drawn to Row 3 =>
In Pot 4 Herning-Ikast Handbold and Nykøbing Falster Handbold are drawn to possible groups in Row 4 avoiding
groups with Esbjerg or Viborg HK =>
In the same pot SC Magura Cisnadie are drawn or allocated to a possible group in Row 4 avoiding a group with SCM Craiova
and Kuban are drawn or allocated to Row 4
Both draws can be followed live on the EHF's Facebook page or the ehfTV YouTube channel. In addition there will be coverage on the EHF's twitter and also a live ticker will be available on eurohandball.com.
Author: EHF / br