The European season for the senior national teams will begin in March, with the qualifications for the European Championships in Israel.
LEN has determined the calendar of the qualifications.
The first round of the qualifications for the European Championships (both for men and women) is scheduled for March 10 – 12. The second round will take place between June 23 and 25.
According to the rules, the teams that didn’t participate in the previous Europeans will start in the first round. The teams ranked 8th – 16th at the 2022 Men’s European Championships and 6th – 12th at the women’s tournament will play in the second round, along with the teams qualified from the first stage.
Eight male and six female teams will advance to the Europeans in Israel (October 2023) through the qualifications.
Host Israel, the first seven teams at the men’s tournament and the first five from the women’s tournament in Split, are directly qualified for the 2023 European Championships.
One of the world powerhouses – Serbia, will play the qualifications since it finished in 9th place in Split.
Already qualified teams
Women: Spain, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Hungary, and host Israel
Men: Croatia, Hungary, Spain, Italy, Greece, France, Montenegro, and host Israel.
Teams that will start in the Qualifications Round 2
Men: Georgia, Serbia, Romania, Netherlands, Germany, Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia
Women: France, Croatia, Serbia, Germany, Romania, Slovakia
The European Championships will take place in October 2023, just 13 months after the previous ECH in Split, because the World Championships in Doha will be held already in the winter of 2024 (February 2 – 18). The summer of 2024 is reserved for the Olympic Games.
The dates of the age-group Championships have been determined, too. Hosts will be announced at a later date:
European U15 Women’s Championships (June 24 – July 2)
European U15 Men’s Championships (July 8 – 16)
European U17 Men’s Championships (July 2 – 8)
European U17 Women’s Championships (July 30 – August 5).
The qualifications for the age-group tournaments will be held between March 17 and 19.