Egypt 2021 throw-off times confirmed

The throw-off times for all 108 matches of the 2021 IHF Men’s World Championship, which will take place in Egypt from 13 to 31 January 2021, have been confirmed.

All matches in the preliminary round, main round and the first 12 matches of the President’s Cup will throw-off at either 16:30, 19:00 or 21:30 (local Egypt time) – a total of 96 matches. 

Following this, the 25-32 placement matches will get underway at 16:00 or 18:30, with the quarter-finals and semi-finals taking place at 18:30 or 21:30, the bronze-medal match at 15:30 and the final at 18:30.

The championship is the first-ever IHF event to feature 32 teams in the newly-expanded competition format, and, following the IHF Council’s decision in July 2019 in Gothenburg, it will also see the new match scheme which guarantees every single team a rest day after a match day, meaning no more back-to-back matches for the players.

However, the action for handball fans around the world will be non-stop for the first 13 days (13 to 25 January) with matches played every single day. Egypt 2021 will then take its first championship rest day on Tuesday, 26 January, followed by another on Thursday, 28 and then Saturday, 30 as the championship reaches its climax with the gold-medal match at the spectacular Cairo Stadium Sports Hall.


Preliminary Round

Initially, the 32 teams will be split equally into eight preliminary groups – A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H – of four teams each. Each group will feature six matches in total, with two matches played each day, over three match days. All matches will throw-off at either 16:30, 19:00 or 21:30 with a total of 48 matches played.

Group A and E: 6th of October Sports Hall, Giza – 19:00, 21:30

Group B and F: New Capital Sports Hall, Cairo – 19:00, 21:30

Group C and H: Borg Al Arab Sports Hall, Alexandria – 16:30, 19:00

Group D and G: Cairo Stadium Sport Hall, Cairo – 16:30, 19:00, 21:30

Main Round

The main round will feature 36 matches with the top three teams in each preliminary round moving into four groups of six teams each. Each group will feature three games per day across three match days, with all games throwing off at each venue at 16:30, 19:00 and 21:30.

Group I: New Capital Sports Hall, Cairo

Group II and IV: Cairo Stadium Sports Hall, Cairo

Group III: 6th of October Sports Hall, Giza

President’s Cup/25-32 Placement Matches

The eight teams who finish at the bottom in their preliminary round groups will go directly into the President’s Cup, with two initial groups featuring four teams each. Each group will feature three match days of two matches per day, throwing-off at 16:30 and 19:00 with a total of 12 matches played.

Depending on their ranking after the group matches have finished, the eight teams then play-off for 25-32 places across four matches with the slightly different throw-off times of 16:00 and 18:30.

Group I, 29/30 and 31/32 Placement Matches: 6th October Sports Hall, Giza

Group II 25/26 and 27/28 Placement Matches: New Capital Sports Hall, Cairo


The top two teams from each of the four main round groups move into the quarter-finals with three throwing-off at 21:30 and one at 18:30.

Quarter-final 1: New Capital Sports Hall, Cairo – 21:30

Quarter-final 2: 6th of October Sports Hall, Giza – 21:30

Quarter-final 3, 4: Cairo Stadium Sports Hall, Cairo – 18:30, 21:30


The last two match days of Egypt 2021 feature four matches, all played at the Cairo Stadium Sports Hall, Cairo.

The two semi-finals throw-off on Friday 29 January at the set Egypt 2021 times of 18:30 and 21:30, while the bronze medal match throws-off at 15:30 on Sunday 31 January, with the final following at 18:30.

About Egypt 2021

The 27th edition of the IHF Men’s World Championship – the first IHF World Championship to be played with 32 teams – will take place in Egypt from 13 to 31 January 2021 at four venues, Cairo Stadium Sports Hall, New Capital Sports Hall, 6th of October Sports Hall and Borg Al Arab Sports Hall. 

Source: World Handball News

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