The Netball World Cup 2019 competition draw will take place on Saturday 15 September at the Vitality Goalden Globe Awards.
The draw for the 16-team tournament will be held at Nottingham’s East Midlands Conference Centre and will see the eight unseeded teams drawn into four groups for the first phase of the competition (Preliminaries Stage One).
The top eight ranked teams – as per the International Netball Federation annual rankings from July 2018 – will be seeded into the four groups for the first phase of the tournament.
The tournament – which is to be delivered by Netball World Cup 2019 Limited in partnership with the INF, England Netball, UK Sport, Liverpool City Council and ACC Liverpool – takes place at Echo Arena Liverpool from 12-21 July 2019.
In February the International Netball Federation announced a new format for the World Cup, which will see teams compete in three stages: the Preliminaries Stage One from 12-14 July, the Preliminaries Stage Two from 15-18 July and the Play-offs and Placings matches from 19-21 July.
Host nation England are second seeds, after climbing up the world rankings to second position for the first time in their history, following their Commonwealth Games gold medal in April 2018.
Preliminaries Stage One groups:
A1 Australia (1st seed)
A2 Northern Ireland (8th seed)
A3 9th – 12th seed (drawn)
A4 13th – 16th seed (drawn)
B1 New Zealand (3rd seed)
B2 Malawi (6th seed)
B3 9th – 12th seed (drawn)
B4 13th – 16th seed (drawn)
C1 Jamaica (4th seed)
C2 South Africa (5th seed)
C3 9th – 12th seed (drawn)
C4 13th – 16th seed (drawn)
D1 England (2nd seed)
D2 Uganda (7th seed)
D3 9th – 12th seed (drawn)
D4 13th – 16th seed (drawn)
All but four of the competing teams have now qualified for next summer’s event, with the remaining teams set to be confirmed at the regional qualifying events for the Americas (24 August – 2 September) and Asia (1-9 September) regions.
Following confirmation of the competition draw, the full competition schedule for Preliminaries Stage One will be finalised, ahead of tickets for the event going on sale at 10am on Wednesday 19 September.
Tickets for the Vitality Goalden Globe Awards are currently on sale here.