Seedings of the teams for the draw for the EHF EURO 2012 are based on the qualification results and also the ranking of the last EHF EURO 2010 in Austria.
The winners of the qualification groups are seeded into Pots 1 and 2 and the second ranked teams in Pots 3 and 4.
Teams in the pots are ranked according to the EHF EURO 2010 finishing positions at the last EHF EURO 2010.
The defending champions from 2010, France, therefore have position 1 in Pot 1 reserved. The silver medalists have position 2 in Pot 1 reserved, et cetera.
If after qualification a lower ranked team has beaten a higher ranked team, it takes over their position in the seeding.
Therefore because Germany beat Iceland, and finished in first position in their group, they take over the place of Iceland on position 3 in Pot 1.
This system is the seeding system used by the EHF, following a decision of the EHF Competitions Commission and EHF Executive.
The advantage of this system is that the ranking of the last EHF EURO is updated with the current performance strength of the teams.
Those low ranking teams of the last EHF EURO with the disadvantage of a being drawn together with a high ranking team of the last EHF EURO have the chance to take over their position in case they manage to beat them and win the group in the qualification.
EHF EURO 2012 Draw
Pot 1: France, Croatia, Germany, Poland
Pot 2: Denmark, Norway, Hungary, Sweden
Pot 3: Serbia, Iceland, Spain, Czech Republic
Pot 4: Slovenia, Russia, FYR Macedonia, Slovakia