This week European aquatics federation LEN announced the qualification procedure for the first-ever Euro Games, to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan from 12-22 June, 2015, is set taking in consideration the water polo entries for the Junior activity in 2015 as 30 men's and 19 women's team confirmed the participation at the event. Qualification tournaments will be played between 11-13 March, 2015 with the draw to be held 16 December at the LEN Office in Luxembourg. Earlier LEN earlier confirmed that the water polo tournaments at the Euro Games will serve as official '2015 European Junior Championships', both for boys and girls.
Considering the final classification of the Men’s European Junior Championship of Malta 2013 and the ranking of the Women’s European Junior Championship of Istanbul 2013, the teams directly qualified to the Euro Games proper are respectively the 1st to 7th placed teams at the Men’s Junior Champs 2013 (Montenegro, Serbia, Italy, Hungary, Croatia, Russia, Spain plus Azerbaijan as organiser), and the 1st to 6th placed teams at the Women’s Junior Champs 2013 (Greece, Spain, Netherlands, Italy, Hungary, Russia).
The remaining entered teams will be involved in the qualification Tournaments to be played between 11th and 13th March 2015. Teams will be seeded in four (4) groups for the men’s tournament and in three (3) groups for the women’s tournament and the relevant draw will be held in the LEN Office in Luxembourg on 16th December 2014.
The first two teams from each group will qualify to the Euro Games Baku 2015.