Tue. Nov 30th, 2021

Competition Format Women

    • 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.