Altogether 24 teams (12 women and 12 men teams) will compete for the world championship title at the 7th IHF World Beach Handball Championship in Budapest between 12-17 July 2016.
The twelve teams are split into two groups of six teams. After playing a round-robin, the three top ranked teams advance to the Main Round. When teams are equal in points, the head-to-head result are decisive. Every team keeps the points from preliminary round matches against teams who also advanced. In the main round every team has 3 games against the opponents they did not face in the preliminary round. The top four teams advance to the Semifinals. The three bottom ranked team from each preliminary round group will be packed into one group of the so-called Consolation round. The points won against the teams who were in the same group are valid. Every team plays three games, and after those rounds there will be placement matches from 7th-12th place.