The World Aquatics Women’s U20 Water Polo Championships 2023 in Coimbra (Portugal), initially scheduled for 2-10 September 2023, have been moved to later dates. The Championships will start on September 8 and will end on September 15.
The draw has been conducted in Rotterdam today.
As we have already written, World Aquatics changed the competition formula of the World U18 and U20 championships.
From this year on, the teams will be split into two quality groups (divisions) in the preliminary stage. The top 8 teams from the previous Championships will be in Division 1 and the others in Division 2.
The winners and the second-placed teams in Groups A and B (Division 1) will advance directly to the quarterfinals.
In the crossover round, the 3rd-placed and 4th-placed teams in groups A and B will play against the winners of groups C, D, E, and F (Division 2).
World Women’s U20 Championships (Coimbra, September 8 – 15) Draw
The national team of Spain, which won the gold medal at the 2021 World U20 Championships in Netanya, was drawn into Group A along with the Netherlands, Greece and Brazil. Therefore, the water polo fans will have an opportunity to watch a replay of the 2021 final already in the group stage. Two years ago, Spain beat Greece in the final. Of course, the rosters will be significantly different. New generations will enter the scene.
Hungary, the bronze-medalist from Netanya, is in Group B, with the USA, Israel and Italy.
Group A: Netherlands, Spain, Greece, and Brazil,
Group B: USA, Italy, Isreal, Hungary.
Group C: South Africa, New Zealand, Portugal.
Group D: France, Canada, Chile.
Group E: Croatia, Japan, China
Group F: Australia, India, Kazakhstan.