In October 2016, the number of teams participating was increased from 16 to 20. The four extra places were awarded to the Americas (1), Africa (1) and Asia & Oceania (2). The Americas are now allotted 2 spots, Africa 2 spots, Europe 10 spots, and Asia and Oceania 6 spots (with a minimum of 1 for Oceania). Due to withdrawals, in the end there will only be 1 team participating from the Americas and Africa (each), leading to 11 for Europe and 7 for Asia & Oceania.
This tournament also acts as the qualification tournament for Korfball at the World Games 2021. Eight teams will qualify for the World Games and the IKF aims to have teams from up to four continents present at the World Games, therefore the top eight finishing nations will qualify, with the exception that when a team finishes in the top eleven and is the highest finishing team from a top four continent not already having a qualifier, then this team will qualify instead of the last placed team from an already qualified continent. This de-facto means that the top five finishers are always certain of qualification, while the teams in place six through eight depend on the origin of teams up to place eleven. Note that it is unclear whether the IKF considers Asia and Oceania together for the purpose of determining "continents".
In February 2019, the IKF announced that both Dominican Republic and Zimbabwe withdrew from the tournament despite both having qualified for the first time ever. First reserve of the Americas (Brazil) was unable to step in and ultimately the first reserves of Europe (Slovakia) and Asia (Macau) were invited and accepted the invitation.
For the draw, the teams were allocated to four pots based on the IKF World Korfball Ranking of December 2018. Pot 1 contained the best five teams (which were automatically assigned to pools A through E), pot 2 contained the next best five teams, and so on for pots 3 and 4, with the exception of Suriname which was placed into pot 3 instead of 4 as the IKF specified that each continental champion would at least be positioned in pot 3. Finally, It is not allowed to have four European, three Asian or two Oceanian countries in the same pool. In case this happens during the draw, the relevant country will change position with the country drawn after. In case this is not possible, the change will be made with the country that has been drawn before.
Competing countries will be divided into five groups of four teams (groups A to E). Teams in each group played one another in a round-robin basis, with the top three teams of each group and the best fourth-placed team advancing to the knockout stage.