Australian Handball Federation

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Australian Handball Federation
Australian Handball Federation logo.jpg
IOC nationCommonwealth of Australia
National flagAustralia
Other Sports
Year of formation1985; 34 years ago (1985)
Membership size6 Full Members
2 Associated Members
International federationInternational Handball Federation (IHF)
IHF member since1988
Continental associationOceania Continent Handball Federation
National Olympic CommitteeAustralian Olympic Committee
Other affiliation(s)
PresidentMr. Helen Boyd Australia
Secretary GeneralMr. Bronwyn Thompson

The Australian Handball Federation (AHF) is the governing body for the Olympic sport of handball (also known as European Handball or Olympic Handball) in Australia.


The body was founded in 1985. In 1988, the body became the 100th member of the International Handball Federation.[1] There are currently 204 member nations of the IHF.

State members[edit]

Code State Federation/Association
ACT Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory Handball Association
NSW New South Wales New South Wales Handball Association
NT Northern Territory Northern Territory Handball Association
QLD Queensland Queensland Handball Association
SA South Australia Handball SA
TAS Tasmania Tasmanian Handball League
VIC Victoria (Australia) Handball Federation of Victoria
WA Western Australia Handball Western Australian

National Teams[edit]

Australian teams world rankings[2]
Team Rank Points Reference
Overall 41 48 Reference
Men 36 7 Reference
Women 34 7 Reference
Men U21 No ranking Reference
Women U21 46 3 Reference
Men U18 30 3 Reference
Women U18 No ranking Reference
Men Beach 16 3 Reference
Women Beach 16 5 Reference
Men Olympic 30 4 Reference
Women Olympic 25 6 Reference
rankings as of June 2016

The national team coach for the senior men is Jan Ottosen[3]

The Australian Men's Indoor team have qualified for seven IHF World Men's Handball Championships, have won five Oceania Handball Nations Cups and participated in the Handball at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament, Sydney.

The Australian Women's Indoor team have qualified for seven IHF World Women's Handball Championships and won six Oceania Handball Nations Cups and participated in the Handball at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament|Sydney.[4]

Both the Men's and Women's National Beach Handball teams have participated at three Beach Handball World Championships and Beach Handball at the 2013 World Games. [5]

At a Junior level Australia has qualified for the IHF Women's Junior World Championship, IHF Men's Youth World Championship and Handball at the Youth Olympic Games. In 2013, the Men & Women Under 21 were invited to the 2013 Continental Challenge Trophy in Mexico.[6] Neither team won a game.

Main pages[edit]

National Championships[edit]

The National championships involve all state and territory federations. Main article Australian National Handball Championship

Australia also has a national club championship. The winner of this goes to the Oceania Handball Champions Cup. Main article Australian Handball Club Championship

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "One Man's Journey". Australian Handball Federation. Archived from the original on 10 April 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  2. ^
  3. ^[permanent dead link] AHF Page. Retrieved 15 October 2014
  4. ^ Australian Handball team – Sydney 2000. Retrieved 17 October 2014
  5. ^ Australian Handball team – Sydney 2000. Retrieved 17 October 2014
  6. ^[permanent dead link] IHF Continental Challenge Trophy. Retrieved 15 October 2014

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