European Handball Federation

European Handball Federation

EHF logo
Formation 1991
Type Sports organization
Headquarters Vienna, Austria
50 members
Official language
Michael Wiederer Austria

The European Handball Federation (EHF) is the umbrella organization for 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 Michael Wiederer, who was elected on 17 November 2016 and will serve until 2020. The federation celebrated its 20th anniversary on 17 November 2011 at a gala event under the slogan 'HeartBeat Handball'.[1]

History of the EHF

EHF was founded on 17 November 1991 in Berlin, Germany, although the first EHF Congress convened on 5 June 1992 and assigned EHF's headquarters to Vienna, Austria from 1 September that year. In 2012 the EHF Office celebrated 20 years since it first opened its doors.[2] In the subsequent years, the number of member countries has expanded from the initial 29 to its current number of 50, after Kosovo was granted full membership at the EHF Congress in Dublin, Ireland in September 2014.[3] The EHF represents its members in the development of the sport both in terms of grassroots talent, as well as commercial growth. EHF-organised events such as the Men’s and Women’s European Handball Championships and the EHF Champions League represent major revenue contributors, while initiatives such as beach handball and handball at school expand the attraction of the sport.

EHF Presidents

S. No. Name Country Tenure
1. Mr. Staffan Holmqvist  Sweden 17 November 1991 - 18 December 2004
2. Mr. Tor Lian  Norway 18 December 2004 - 22 June 2012
3. Mr. Jean Brihault  France 22 June 2012 - 17 November 2016
4. Mr. Michael Wiederer  Austria 17 November 2016 - Till date

EHF Secretary Generals

S. No. Name Country Tenure
1. Mr. Michael Wiederer  Austria 1 September 1992 - 17 November 2016
No elections were held since 2016

EHF Executive Committee

Designation Name Country
President Mr. Michael Wiederer  Austria
Vice-President Mr. Predrag Bošković  Montenegro
Treasurer Mr. Henrik La Cour  Denmark
Executive Members Mr. Stefan Lövgren  Sweden
Ms. Gabriella Horváth  Hungary
Mr. Anrijs Brencans  Latvia
Chairman of Competitions Commission Mr. Božidar Đurković  Serbia
Chairman of Methods Commission Mr. Jerzy Eliasz  Poland
Chairman of Beach Handball Commission Mr. Ole R. Jørstad  Norway
Chairman of Professional Handball Board
Chairperson of Women's Handball Board

EHF Commissions

Commission Chairman/Chairperson Country
EHF Technical Refereeing Committee Mr. Dragan Nachevski  Macedonia
EHF Court of Handball Mr. Panos Antoniou  Cyprus
EHF Court of Appeal Mr. Markus Plazer  Austria
EHF Court of Arbitration Council Mr. Francesco Purromuto  Italy
EHF Competitions Commission Mr. Božidar Đurković  Serbia
EHF Methods Commission Mr. Jerzy Eliasz  Poland
EHF Beach Handball Commission Mr. Ole R. Jørstad  Norway
EHF Professional Handball Board Mr. Joan Marín  Spain
EHF Women's Handball Board Ms. Lidija Bojić-Ćaćić  Croatia

EHF Competitions

European Championships
Multi-Sports Events
Men's Club Competitions
Women's Club Competitions

Current Title Holders


Competitions Current Champion Title
European Men's Handball Championship  Germany (2016) 2nd
European Women's Handball Championship  Norway (2014) 6th
European Men's Junior Handball Championship  Spain (2016) 2nd
European Women's Junior Handball Championship  Denmark (2015) 4th
European Men's Youth Handball Championship  France (2014) 2nd
European Women's Youth Handball Championship  Denmark (2015) 3rd
European Men's Open Handball Championship  Iceland (2015) 1st
European Women's Open Handball Championship  Sweden (2016) 1st
EHF Women's Challenge Trophy  Faroe Islands (2016) 1st
European Youth Olympic Festival (Men's Event)  France (2015) 2nd
European Youth Olympic Festival (Women's Event)  Russia (2015) 5th

Beach Handball

Competitions Current Champion Title
European Men's Beach Handball Championship  Croatia (2015) 4th
European Women's Beach Handball Championship  Hungary (2015) 2nd
European Men's Youth Beach Handball Championship  Russia (2015)
European Women's Youth Beach Handball Championship  Hungary (2015)


Competitions Current Champion Title
EHF Champions League Poland Vive Targi Kielce (2016) 1st
EHF Cup Germany Frisch Auf Göppingen (2016) 3rd
EHF Challenge Cup Portugal ABC/UMinho (2016) 1st
Women's EHF Champions League Romania CSM București (2016) 1st
Women's EHF Cup Hungary Dunaújvárosi Kohász KA (2016) 2nd
Women's EHF Challenge Cup Spain Rocasa G.C. ACE (2016) 1st

Combined Medal Table

This table shows all medals by country, in all European Handball Federation (team handball) national competitions. This table does not include medals won at club level and Beach Handball.

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Denmark 24132057
2  Russia 1516738
3  Norway 1110829
4  Sweden 106824
5  Germany 87621
6  France 80715
7  Spain 613928
8  Romania 3328
9  Slovenia 26311
10  Hungary 25916
11  Croatia 25512
12  Serbia 23510
13  Iceland 2013
14  Portugal 1315
15  Ukraine 1203
16  Montenegro 1001
17  Czech Republic 0314
18  Lithuania 0112
 Netherlands 0112
19  Belarus 0101
20  Austria 0022
21   Switzerland 0011

EHF Affiliated Members

Associated Federations

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.

The Men's EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark has set a new attendance record with 316,000 spectators.

The Women’s EHF EURO 2014 in Hungary and Croatia achieved a cumulative audience of 723 million, which is the highest ever result for the championship. The result marks not only a 90 per cent increase on the 2012 edition (380 million), but also significantly tops the previous record set in 2006 (461 million). In terms of broadcast hours, the results were equally remarkable. With 1,919 broadcast hours, the tournament further confirmed its upward trend through an impressive 65 per cent climb of 758 hours compared to 2012. Overall, the tournament was aired in 145 countries.

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 20th jubilee season (2012/13) saw the launch of a brand new corporate identity and logo. [5] The women's competition also introduced the final tournament for the first time in the 2013/14 season and added the quarter-final stage in the following edition.

EHF European Cup Competitions

Over 250 clubs take part in the EHF European Cup competitions, which include EHF Cup, Cup Winners' Cup and 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 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 Challenge Cup.[6] The same merging is planned for the 2016/17 season in the women's competitions. 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 Lloret de Mar (Spain) in the summer of 2015. Beach handball is a World Games sport, making its debut in 2009. It will also have its premiere at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.


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:

EHF Awards

The EHF issues awards to organisations and individuals in recognition of their particular contribution to developing the sport of handball and the EHF.

These awards are:

EHF Sponsors

The EHF partners are an integral part of the future of European Handball. The EHF places great importance on the term “partnership” rather than “sponsorship” and strives to work with highly reputable global companies with a respected name on both the sporting and business markets. The emphasis is placed on long-term, deep- rooted, working relationships which power the sport of handball forward. The EHF would like to use this opportunity to thank its partners for their continued support and dedication to European Handball. EHF is proud to have our name linked to such professional companies.


  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. "Kosovo becomes a full member of the European Handball Federation". European Handball Federation. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  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"

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