Earlier today, the draw was held for the 2016 World Deaf Football World Cup in Salerno, Italy. It was attended by Italian men’s national team player Lorenzo Insigne.
The women’s competition is only seven team’s deep, and there were no qualifying events. Group A includes Italy, Turkey and Great Britain. Group B includes the United States, Russia, Poland and China. In the men’s competition, Italy, Iraq, Germany and Belgium were drawn in Group A. Group B consists of Russia, Japan, Greece and the United States. Ukraine, Iran, Great Britain and Egypt were drawn in Group C. Group D rounds out the men’s side with Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Sweden and Argentina.
The teams eligible for the men’s competition had to go through regional qualifiers. Bahrain, India, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Uzbekistan all tried to qualify for one of the four Asian qualifying spots. The African region had two qualifying spots, with Algeria, Egypt, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Libya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zimbabwe competing for them. Europe had 7 qualifying spots plus automatic qualification for the competition’s host. Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Russia, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine were all in the qualifying hunt for the World Cup. From the Americas region, Argentina, Canada, Peru and the United States all competed for one of two qualifying spots.
The competition is scheduled to officially get underway on June 19 with games being played at the Stadium of Agropoli, Stadium of Eboli, and Stadium of Salerno.