The start of the Women's EHF EURO 2018 in France from 29 November to 16 December 2018 is now only 10 months away. It will be the first EHF EURO to be staged by France.
In accordance with the European Handball Federation, the organising committee has announced on Saturday the host cities for four women's handball leading nations.
France: Preliminary round in Nancy, from 29 November to 4 December, and main round* in Nantes , from 6 to 12 December
Norway: Preliminary round in Brest, from 1 to 5 December, and main round* in Nancy, from 7 to 12 December.
The Netherlands: Preliminary round in Montbéliard, from 1 to 5 December – and main round* in Nancy – from 7 to 12 December
Denmark: Preliminary round and main round* in Nantes, from 30 November to 12 December
* subject to qualification
Silver medallists at the World Championship 2017 and reigning European champion, Norway, will start their competition in the heart of western France's (3,520 seats at the Brest Arena). Brittany is definitely known as a region where people love women's handball!
Bronze medallists at the last World Championship and runner-ups of the EHF EURO 2016, the Netherlands will have the opportunity to play in the beautiful Montbéliard (4,470 seats in the 'Axone'), an arena where the French men’s team already played in the past.
Ranking fourth at the EHF EURO 2016, Denmark will have the privilege to start at an amazing venue: the «Hall XXL» in Nantes (8,450 seats). This arena sounds like the best place to start their conquest for their first European medal since 2013.
Supported by devoted fans for years – more than 5,000 Norwegians came to Germany to support their team during the World Championship final weekend – there is no doubt that these three countries will play in an amazing atmosphere.
"It's a great honour that the organising committee has chosen us as a leading nation for this European Championship," said Lois Abbingh, Dutch all-star left back of the World Championship 2017.
"Handball used to be a little-known sport in my country but today more and more fans come to support us everywhere. You just have to look at the stands: so many people in orange!
"I think it will be the same during the EHF EURO 2018 in France and that is something to look forward to. Even if it's a remote prospect, we hope to win the gold medal in Paris!"
After the opening of the ticket sales last September and the beginning of the volunteer programme a week ago, the next step for the EHF EURO 2018 organising committee will be the final draw in June which will take place in Paris.