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European Handball Federation

European Handball Federation
EHF logo
Formation 1991
Type Sports organization
Headquarters Vienna, Austria
Membership 50 members
Official language English
Secretary General Michael Wiederer

The European Handball Federation (EHF) is the European handball. Founded in November 1991, it is made of 50 member federations and two associated federations (England and Scotland), and is headquartered in Vienna, Austria. The current EHF President is Jean Brihault, who was elected in June 2012 and will serve until 2016. Its current Secretary General is Michael Wiederer. The federation celebrated its 20th anniversary on 17 November 2011 at a gala event under the slogan 'HeartBeat Handball'.[1]


  • History of the EHF 1
  • Events 2
  • Title Holders 3
    • EHF European Championships 3.1
    • EHF Champions League 3.2
    • EHF European Cup Competitions 3.3
    • Beach handball 3.4
    • Development 3.5
  • Members 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

History of the EHF

EHF was founded on 17 November 1991 in beach handball and handball at school expand the attraction of the sport.


European Championships
Club Men's Competitions
Club Women's Competitions

Title Holders

Tournament Men Women Men's U-20 Women's U-19 Men's U-18 Women's U-17
European Championship  France (2014)  Montenegro (2012)  Germany (2014)  Russia (2013)  France (2014)  Sweden (2013)
Beach Handball Men Women
Beach Handball  Croatia (2013)  Hungary (2013)

EHF European Championships

The European Men's Handball Championship and European Women's Handball Championship are the flagship national team events of the European Handball Federation and rank amongst the leading indoor sports events on the international sports market. First played in 1994, the EHF EUROs have taken place in host nations across the continent on a biennial basis, with the men’s event held in January and the women’s in December.

The Men’s EHF EURO 2012, held in Serbia, attracted a cumulative global TV audience of 1.47 billion, and was transmitted by 75 broadcasters in more than 200 territories. A record 300,000 spectators also followed the event live in five venues across the countries, 20,000 more than had watched the 2010 edition in Austria. Significant advances were also made online with almost 1,000,000 people logging on the official website

The Women’s EHF EURO 2010 was organised jointly by Denmark and Norway. The event recorded 996 hours of broadcast coverage and a TV audience of 335 million, in Denmark and Norway selected matches of the home teams broke TV records underlining the popularity of the sport in Scandinavia. The event was also the most watched ever live, with 220,000 spectators following the action across five venues.

EHF Champions League

EHF Champions League Trophy.

The EHF Champions League was launched in the 1993/94 season for both men's and women's teams. The competition has developed considerably over the years, with the introduction of a distinctive blue lagoon and black floor in the 2007/08 season, the creation of an 'EHF Champions League' ball as well as changes to the format of the competition, which saw the introduction of a new 'Last 16' and the VELUX EHF FINAL4 in the 2009/10 season. From the start of the 2011/12 season, the VELUX Group added their name to the men's competition as title sponsor, and the competition became the VELUX EHF Champions League. The 2012/13 season is the competition's 20th and saw the launch of a brand new corporate identity and logo.[5]

EHF European Cup Competitions

Over 250 clubs take part in the EHF European Cup competitions, which include EHF Cup, EHF Cup Winners' Cup and EHF Challenge Cup. The 2012/13 season saw a change to the men's European Cup competitions with the amalgamation of the EHF Cup and the EHF Cup Winners' Cup to become simply the 'EHF Cup'. The change was introduced in order to create a three-tier competition system with the VELUX EHF Champions League at the top, followed by the EHF Cup and then the EHF Challenge Cup.[6] The EHF administers over 730 European club matches each year, which take place in all corners of the continent. The European Handball Federation is also proud of the fact that all of its member federations are active within the organisation.

Beach handball

Beach handball originated on the beaches of Italy in the 1990s and has established itself as a sport in its own right within the EHF with the organisation of the European Beach Tour and European Championships for men, women and younger age categories. The first European Beach Handball Championships were held in 2000 in Gaeta (Italy) and the most recent was held in Randers (Denmark) in the summer of 2013. Beach handball is a World Games sport, making its debut in 2009.


The EHF has a number of projects and initiatives through which it supports the development of the sport generally and also in its member federations. These include: Rinck Convention: named after the EHF Honorary Member, and former chairman of the EHF Methods Commission, Claude Rinck. Its aim is the mutual recognition of standards and certificates in the field of coaches' education in handball in Europe by preserving and safeguarding the regional and national characteristics of coaches' education, in order to facilitate the direct admission to work as a handball coach, in each signatory member federation. SMART Projects: short term projects in member federations with specific aims and objectives; includes material support, coaching and technical support. Foster Projects: cooperation agreements between federations; usually between top-ranking and emerging nations to support the progress of handball's development. Infrastructure Support Programme (ISP): Longer term projects in partnership with member federations; offering part-funding of salaries of staff members, such as development officers to help build capacity in member federations.



  1. ^ "EHF birthday". European Handball Federation. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "EHF Office celebrates 20 years in Vienna". European Handball Federation. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Great Britain becomes new EHF member". European Handball Federation. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "New Men's EHF Cup starting"
  5. ^ "New look for a new season". European Handball Federation. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "New Men's EHF Cup starting"

External links

  • Official website
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