Competition Format

 

  • 12 teams.
    • 6 winning teams of the play-off.
    • 6 teams classified 1st to 18th from Belgrade 2016. 
  • Group Phase: 2 groups of 6 teams.
    • A draw is held using the following system: 
      • 1st batch: The teams ranked 1st and 2nd in Belgrade 2016.
      • 2nd batch: The teams ranked 3rd and 4th in Belgrade 2016. 
      • 3rd batch: The teams ranked 5th and 6th in Belgrade 2016. 
      • 4th batch: 6 winning teams of the play-off. 
    • Each group uses the following schedule:

       

      Day 1

       

      Day 2

       

      Day 3

       

      Day 4

       

      Day 5

      1

      A1 – A6 

      7

      B6 – B4

      13

      A4 – A5

      19

      B6 – B5

      25

      A3 – A6

      2

      A3 – A4

      8

      B5 – B3

      14

      A2 – A6

      20

      B1 – B4

      26

      A4 – A2

      3

      A2 – A5

      9

      B1 – B2

      15

      A3 – A1

      21

      B2 – B3

      27

      A1 – A5

      4

      B1 – B6 

      10

      A6 – A4

      16

      B4 – B5

      22

      A6 – A5

      28

      B3 – B6

      5

      B3 – B4

      11

      A5 – A3

      17

      B2 – B6

      23

      A1 – A4

      29

      B4 – B2

      6

      B2 – B5

      12

      A1 – A2

      18

      B3 – B1

      24

      A2 – A3

      30

      B1 – B5

  • The first 4 teams from each group will play each other to qualify for ¼ finals in a cross group format.
  • The 5th and 6th classified teams will play each other for places 9th to 12th in cross group format.
  • KO Phase: qualifying matches for ¼ finals, semifinals and finals.

     

    Day 6

     

    Day 7

     

    Day 8

    31

    6A – 6B (11º-12º)

    37

    L33 – L35

    41

    L37 – L38 (7º-8º)

    32

    5A – 5B (9º-10º) 

    38

    L34 – L36

    42

    W37 – W38 (5º-6º)

    33

    1A – 4B QF1

    39

    W33 – W35

    43

    L39 – L35 (3º-2º)

    34

    2A – 3B QF2

    40

    W34 – W36

    44

    W39 – W35 (1º-2º)

    35

    3A – 2B QF3

     

     

     

     

    36

    4A – 1B QF4

     

     

     

     

12 squads will compete in the 17th edition of the Women’s European Water Polo Championships. Like the men’s competition, the final participants will be known after the pre-European tournaments start in 2017. 

Only 5 squads have been able to lift the Women’s European Water Polo trophy. This tournament, that was created several decades after the men’s, in the 80s, is still dominated by a small group of nations that is still far above the rest of teams. In the past 16 editions, only 8 countries have been able to reach the podium, and only 5 have stood at the top: The Netherlands, Hungary, Italy, Russia and Spain.  

Italy, with 5 victories, tops the medal table. This outstanding team has won a total of 9 medals: 5 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze.