International Handball Federation

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International Handball Federation (IHF)
International Handball Federation logo.svg
Logo of International Handball Federation
Formation 11 July 1946; 70 years ago (1946-07-11)
Type International Sports Federation
Headquarters Basel, Switzerland
Region served
204 National Federations
Official language
Dr. Hassan Moustafa Egypt
1st Vice-President
Mr. Miguel Roca Mas Spain
Mr. Bader Al-Theyab Kuwait
Mr. Mario Moccia Argentina
Mr. Michael Wiederer Austria
Dr. Mansourou A. Aremou Benin

The International Handball Federation (IHF) is the administrative and controlling body for handball, beach handball, wheelchair handball and snow handball. IHF is responsible for the organisation of Handball's major international tournaments, notably the IHF World Men's Handball Championship which commenced in 1938 and IHF World Women's Handball Championship which commenced in 1957.

IHF was founded in 1946 to oversee international competition among the national federations of Denmark, Finland, France, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland. Headquartered in Basel, its membership now comprises 204 national federations. Member countries must each also be members of one of the five regional confederations into which the world is divided: Africa, Asia, Europe, Americas Oceania.


The IHF was founded on July 11, 1946, in Copenhagen (Denmark) by representatives of 8 national federations. The founding members are Denmark, Finland, France, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland. The first president of IHF was Gösta Björk from Sweden. Björk was replaced in 1950 by Hans Baumann from Switzerland. In 1954, the first IHF Men's World Championship, was conducted under the aegis of the IHF, in Sweden with the participation of 6 national teams. In 1957, the first IHF Women's World Handball Championship was held in SFR Yugoslavia with the participation of 9 national teams. The Olympic Games were organized for the first time under the auspices of IHF in Munich 1972 (men's tournament) and Montreal 1976 (women's tournament).


Laws and governance[edit]

IHF is headquartered in Basel, and is an federation established under the Law of Switzerland. IHF's supreme body is the IHF Congress, an assembly made up of representatives from each affiliated member association. Each national Handball association has one vote, regardless of its size or handballing strength. The Congress assembles in ordinary session once in two years (odd years) after the IHF World Men's Handball Championship. The congress makes decisions relating to IHF's governing statutes and their method of implementation and application. Only the Congress can pass changes to IHF's statutes. The congress approves the annual report, and decides on the acceptance of new national associations and holds elections. Congress elects the President of IHF, its General Secretary, and the other members of the IHF Council. IHF's Council, chaired by the President, is the main decision-making body of the organisation in the intervals of Congress. The Council is composed of 18 people: the President, 5 Vice Presidents, and 12 members. The Council is the body that decides which country will host the World Championship. The President and General Secretary are the main officeholders of IHF, and are in charge of its daily administration, carried out by the General Secretariat. Dr. Hassan Moustafa is the current president, appointed in the year 2000 at the 28th Ordinary IHF Congress.

Five confederations and 204 national associations[edit]

The IHF is composed of five continental federations which organize continental championships held every other second year: Asian Handball Federation, African Handball Confederation, Pan-American Team Handball Federation, European Handball Federation and Oceania Continent Handball Federation. In addition to continental competitions between national teams, the federations arrange international tournaments between club teams.[1] The federations and their corresponding tournaments and members are summarize in the following table:

International Handball Federation (IHF)
Championship IHF World Men's Handball ChampionshipIHF World Women's Handball Championship
Club IHF Super Globe
Members 204 National Federations


Asia – Asian Handball Federation (AHF)
Championship Asian Women's Handball ChampionshipAsian Men's Handball Championship
Club Women


Africa – African Handball Confederation (CAHB)
Championship African Men's Handball ChampionshipAfrican Women's Handball Championship
Club Women


Americas – Pan-American Team Handball Federation (PATHF)
Championship Pan American Men's Handball ChampionshipPan American Women's Handball Championship
Club Women


Oceania – Oceania Continent Handball Federation (OCHF)
Championship Oceania Handball Nations Cup - Pacific Handball Cup - Oceania Beach Handball Championship
Club Women


Europe – European Handball Federation (EHF)
Championship European Women's Handball ChampionshipEuropean Men's Handball Championship
Club Women

IHF Presidents[edit]

S. No. Name Country Term
1. Mr. Gösta Björk  Sweden 1946-1950
2. Mr. Hans Baumann   Switzerland 1950-1971
3. Mr. Paul Högberg  Sweden 1971-1984
4. Mr. Erwin Lanc  Austria 1984-2000
5. Dr. Hassan Moustafa  Egypt 2000 - Till Date

IHF Secretary Generals[edit]

S. No. Name Country Term
1. Mr. Carl Filip Borgh  Sweden 1946 - 1950
2. Mr. Albert Wagner   Switzerland 1950 - 1972
3. Mr. Max Rinkenburger  Germany 1972 - 1988
4. Mr. Raymond Hahn  France 1988 - 2004
5. Mr. Peter Mühlematter   Switzerland 2004 - 2009
6. Mr. Joel Delplanque  France 2009 - 2011
No elections were held since 2011

IHF Executive Committee[edit]

Designation Name Country
President Dr. Hassan Moustafa  Egypt
1st Vice President Mr. Miguel Roca Mas  Spain
Executive Members Mr. Joel Delplanque  France
Mr. Frantisek Taborsky  Czech Republic

IHF Council[edit]

Designation Name Country
President Dr. Hassan Moustafa  Egypt
1st Vice President Mr. Miguel Roca Mas  Spain
Vice Presidents Mr. Bader Al-Theyab  Kuwait
Mr. Mario Moccia  Argentina
Mr. Michael Wiederer  Austria
Dr. Mansourou Aremou  Benin
Treasurer Mr. Sandi Sola  Croatia
Executive Members Mr. Joel Delplanque  France
Mr. Frantisek Taborsky  Czech Republic
Chairman of IHF Playing Rules and Referees Commission Mr. Manfred Prause  Germany
Chairman of IHF Commission for Development Mr. Rafael Sepulveda  Puerto Rico
Chairman of IHF Medical Commission Dr. François Gnamian  Ivory Coast
Representative Asia Mr. Yoshihide Watanabe  Japan
Representative Africa Mr. Charles Omboumahou  Republic of the Congo
Representative Europe Mr. Predrag Bošković  Montenegro
Representative Pan-America Mr. Mario Garcia de la Torre  Mexico
Representative Oceania Mr. Ricardo Blas  Guam

IHF Commissions[edit]

Commission Chairman Country
IHF Commission of Organizing and Competitions Mr. Per Bertelsen  Denmark
IHF Playing Rules and Referees Commission Mr. Manfred Prause  Germany
IHF Commission of Coaching and Methods Mr. Dietrich Späte  Germany
IHF Medical Commission Dr. François Gnamian  Ivory Coast
IHF Commission for Development Mr. Rafael Sepulveda  Puerto Rico
IHF Arbitration Commission Mr. Velimir Marjanović  Serbia
IHF Arbitration Tribunal Mr. Zoran Radojičić  Montenegro
IHF Ethic Commission Mr. Göran Petersson  Sweden

IHF Honorary Members[edit]

Designation Name Country
Honorary President Mr. Erwin Lanc  Austria
Honorary Secretary General Mr. Raymond Hahn  France
Honorary Members Mr. Christer Ahl  United States
Mr. Oivind Bolstad  Norway
Mr. Tadeusz Bregula  Poland
Mr. Hermann Brunner  Costa Rica
Mr. Alberto de San Roman y de la Fuente  Spain
Mr. Jean-Michel Germain  France
Mr. Rudi Glock  Germany
Mr. Janis Grinbergas  Lithuania
Mr. Karl Güntzel   Switzerland
Mr. Jörgen Holmqvist  Sweden
Dr. Jiri Jeschke  Czech Republic
Mr. Chong-Ha Kim  South Korea
Dr. Gijs Langevoort  Netherlands
Dr. Jaroslav Mraz  Czech Republic
Mr. Peter Mühlematter   Switzerland
Ms. Carin Nilsson Green  Sweden
Dr. Nabil Salem  Egypt
Mr. Kjartan K. Steinbach  Iceland
Mr. Ulrich Strombach  Germany
Mr. Heinz Suter   Switzerland
Mr. Otto Schwarz   Switzerland
Dr. Walter Schwedhelm  Canada
Mr. J. Henrik K. Vænerberg  Finland
Mr. Christophe Yapo Achy  Ivory Coast

IHF Tournaments[edit]

World Handball Championship
World Beach Handball Championship
World Club Handball Championship
Multi-Sport Events

Title holders[edit]

Nations (Handball)[edit]

Tournament Men Women Men's U-21 Women's U-20 Men's U-19 Women's U-18
World Championship  France (2017).(6*)  Norway (2015).(3)  France (2015).(1)  Denmark (2016).(2)  France (2015).(1)  Russia (2016).(2*)
Olympics  Denmark (2016).(1)  Russia (2016).(3) N/A
Emerging Nations  Faroe Islands (2015).(1*) N/A
Olympic Youth N/A  Slovenia (2014).(1)  South Korea (2014).(1)
IHF Inter-Continental Trophy N/A N/A  Faroe Islands  Guadeloupe N/A

Continental Title Holders[edit]

Commission Men Women Men's U-20 Women's U-19 Men's U-18 Women's U-17
Africa (CAHB)  Egypt (2016).(6)  Angola (2016).(12*)  Tunisia (2016).(4)  Angola (2015).(8*)  Tunisia (2016).(1)  Egypt (2015).(1)
America (PATHF)  Brazil (2016).(3)  Brazil (2015).(9*)  Brazil (2015).(5)  Brazil (2016).(8*)  Brazil (2016).(6)  Brazil (2014).(10*)
Asia (AHF)  Qatar (2014).(1)  South Korea (2015).(13*)  Qatar (2016).(5)  South Korea (2015).(14*)  Bahrain (2016).(1)  South Korea (2015).(6*)
Europe (EHF)  Germany (2016).(2)  Norway (2016).(7*)  Spain (2016).(2)  Denmark (2015).(4*)  France (2016).(2)  Denmark (2015).(3*)
Euro Olympic Youth N/A  France (2015).(2)  Russia (2015).(5*)
European Open Youth N/A  Iceland (2015).(1)  Sweden (2016).(1)
Oceania (OCHF)  Australia (2014).(8*)  Australia (2013).(6*)  French Polynesia (2014).(1)  New Zealand (2014).(1)  New Zealand (2011).(1) N/A
Pacific (OCHF)  Australia (2006).(2*)  New Caledonia (2007).(1) N/A
  • .(Titles) (*) Record

Nations (Beach Handball)[edit]

Beach handball Men Women
World Championship  Croatia (2016).(2*)  Spain (2016).(1*)
Pan-America (PATHF)  United States (2016).(1)  Uruguay (2016) .(2)
Asia (AHF) (M) (W)  Qatar (2015).(3*)  Thailand (2015).(2*)
Europe (EHF)  Croatia (2015).(4*)  Hungary (2015).(2)
Oceania (OCHF)  Australia (2016).(2*)  Australia (2016).(2*)
  • .(Titles) (*) Record


IHF Tournament Men Women
Handball Club World Cup Germany Füchse Berlin (2015) N/A
African Champions League (M) (W) Egypt Al Ahly (2016) Angola 1º de Agosto (2016)
Panamerican Clubs Championship Brazil Handebol Clube Taubaté (2016) N/A
Asian Club League Saudi Arabia Al-Noor (2016) N/A
EHF Champions League (M) (W) Poland Vive Targi Kielce (2016) Romania CSM București (2016)
Oceania Club Champions Cup (M) (W) Australia Sydney University Handball Club (2016) French Polynesia A.S Dragon (2010)

Combined medal table[edit]

This table shows all medals by country, in all International 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  Soviet Union 20 7 4 31
2  Russia 17 9 2 28
3  Denmark 16 14 10 40
4  France 11 7 6 24
5  Sweden 9 10 10 29
6  Yugoslavia 9 8 12 29
7  Germany 8 7 9 24
8  Romania 8 3 10 21
9  Norway 6 8 9 23
10  South Korea 5 10 7 22
11  East Germany 4 5 5 14
12  Croatia 4 5 3 12
13  Spain 2 6 6 14
14  Czechoslovakia 2 4 4 10
15  Egypt 2 1 1 4
16  Hungary 1 9 8 18
17  Serbia 1 2 0 3
18  Slovenia 1 1 3 5
19  Brazil 1 0 1 2
20  Iceland 0 2 2 4
21  Austria 0 2 1 3
22  Poland 0 1 5 6
23  Netherlands 0 1 1 2
 Montenegro 0 1 1 2
 Bulgaria 0 1 1 2
24  Ukraine 0 1 0 1
 Qatar 0 1 0 1
 Lithuania 0 1 0 1
25   Switzerland 0 0 1 1
 Tunisia 0 0 1 1
 Portugal 0 0 1 1
 China 0 0 1 1
  • data is accurate as of 6 February 2017

National Federation[edit]

IHF Awards[edit]

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

These awards are:



  1. ^ "Bylaws" (PDF). International Handball Federation. September 2007. p. 7. Retrieved 2 February 2009. 

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