Norway women's national handball team

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Coach Thorir Hergeirsson
Assistant coach Mia Hermansson Högdahl
Captain Stine Bredal Oftedal
Most caps Karoline Dyhre Breivang (305)
Most goals Kjersti Grini (1003)
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Summer Olympics
Appearances 7 (First in 1988)
Best result 1st (2008, 2012)
World Championship
Appearances 19 (First in 1971)
Best result 1st (1999, 2011, 2015)
European Championship
Appearances 12 (First in 1994)
Best result 1st (1998, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2016)
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Norway women's national handball team
Medal record
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Team
Gold medal – first place 2012 London Team
Silver medal – second place 1988 Seoul Team
Silver medal – second place 1992 Barcelona Team
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Sydney Team
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Team
World Championship
Gold medal – first place 1999 Denmark/Norway
Gold medal – first place 2011 Brazil
Gold medal – first place 2015 Denmark
Silver medal – second place 1997 Germany
Silver medal – second place 2001 Italy
Silver medal – second place 2007 France
Bronze medal – third place 1986 Netherlands
Bronze medal – third place 1993 Norway
Bronze medal – third place 2009 China
European Championship
Gold medal – first place 1998 Netherlands
Gold medal – first place 2004 Hungary
Gold medal – first place 2006 Sweden
Gold medal – first place 2008 Macedonia
Gold medal – first place 2010 Norway/Denmark
Gold medal – first place 2014 Croatia/Hungary
Gold medal – first place 2016 Sweden
Silver medal – second place 1996 Denmark
Silver medal – second place 2002 Denmark
Silver medal – second place 2012 Serbia
Bronze medal – third place 1994 Germany

The Norway women's national handball team is the national team of Norway. It is governed by the Norwegian Handball Federation and takes part in international handball competitions. As of 2017, Norway has been in 20 finals and is regarded as the finest women's national handball team ever.

Norway women's national handball team is the only team in handball history, on the women's and men's side, to have won the European Championship in Handball four times in a row. (They have won a total of 7 gold medals, an all-time record) and they are the current defending European Champions, and defending World Champions. In 2011, they became the third team in the World and only the second Woman's team behind Denmark to have held all three titles simultaneously. (The World Championship, the Olympic Championship & The Euro Championship) [1] In 2015, by winning the World Championship held in Denmark, Norway became the first Women's Handball team to hold all international titles twice, having won the 2015 World Championship, the 2014 European Championship and the 2012 Olympic Championship.

History[edit]

Norway has been among the world elite in women's handball since the break-through at the 1986 World Championship where the team won a bronze medal. Since then, Norway has won six European Championships, and two World Championships. Norway has also participated in four final matches of the Summer Olympics, and won gold in Beijing 2008 [2] and London 2012. Norway is the most successful team in the European Championships, having won six golds, three silvers, and one bronze in just eleven tournaments. The only time Norway finished outside of the top three was at the 2000 European Championship.

Early years (1946–1983)[edit]

The very first match of the Norwegian women's national handball team, against Sweden in 1946, was met with great public interest. The game ended 2–5 in favour of Sweden.[3] During the fifties and sixties women's handball had a relatively low profile in Norway. The national team regularly participated at the Scandinavian Championships, and they qualified for the World Championships in 1971, 1973, 1975 and 1982, placing 7th and 8th.

Jacobsen period (1984–1993)[edit]

Sven-Tore Jacobsen coached the national team for ten years, from 1984 to 1993.[4] The team qualified for the 1986 World Championships, where they sensationally won the bronze medal, and they achieved Olympic silver medals in both 1988[5] and 1992.[6] The press coverage and popularity of female handball in Norway increased significantly during this period.

Breivik period (1994–2009)[edit]

Former player Marit Breivik coached the team for fifteen years, from 1994 to 2009. She led the team to six gold medals in international championships. Their achievements included gold medals at the 1999 World Championships, four gold medals at the European Championships between 1998 and 2008, and gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Their usual tactics included a strong 6–0 defense and frequent fast breaks on offense.

2008[edit]

After the defeat against Russia at the 2007 World Championship, Norway faced two important challenges in 2008: Olympic Games in August and European Championship in December. The team eventually succeeded in winning their first Olympic gold medal, and they also won the European Championship.

Olympic Games 2008, Beijing[edit]
Karoline Dyhre Breivang during the match against Romania on 17 August

Norway had qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics by winning the 2006 European Championship.[7] The preparation for Beijing started months before the competition started, but the final squad wasn't decided until the last weeks. Several players who had trained with the team up to this point were left out or kept as reserves, most notably Isabel Blanco and Terese Pedersen. There were no debuts in the group selected by Marit Breivik, but veteran Tonje Larsen made her comeback to the team after five years of struggle with injury. Gro Hammerseng maintained her usual role of team captain, with Else-Marthe Sørlie Lybekk and Gøril Snorroeggen completing the "captains team" as vice-captains.

The competition for the Norwegian team started on 9 August against the host, China.[8] They defeated the Chinese 30–26 and then went on to win comfortably against Angola (31–17), Kazakhstan (35–19) and France (34–24). The closest result of the Preliminary Round was the last match, on 17 August, against Romania (24–23).[9] During the warm up of this match Katja Nyberg suffered a knee injury that prevented her from playing the quarter final against Sweden.[10] Norway defeated the Swedish team 31–24, advancing to the semifinals comfortably.[11][12]

The semifinal match was played on 21 August.[13] Former Olympic and World Champions South Korea turned out to be the toughest opponent of the tournament.[14] After 58 minutes of play Norway was leading 28–25. In less than two minutes the Koreans managed to score three goals in a row, reaching the tie score of 28–28 with only two seconds left. Katrine Lunde Haraldsen quickly started the last attack of the game with a pass to Karoline Dyhre Breivang, who was already at the middle of the field. Breivang passed the ball on to Hammerseng who scored at the 60 minutes mark. The goal was validated by the referees but the Norwegians refrained from celebrating until the IHF delegate finally confirmed the decision.

The final match was played on 23 August.[15] It was a replay of the 2007 World Championship, Norway vs Russia. The Norwegian victory was secured early on. They were already leading by 10 goals after 14 minutes played and Trefilov's team never managed to lower that margin below a five-goal difference.[16] The match ended 34–27 for Norway. Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth was top scorer with nine goals out of ten shots.[17]

The Norwegian team received their first Olympic gold medal after the final match. Two Norwegian players were selected into the tournament's All-Star Team: Katrine Lunde Haraldsen as goalkeeper and Else-Marthe Soerlie-Lybekk as pivot.[18] Lunde Haraldsen was also overall top goalkeeper with a 42% save rate while Kari Aalvik Grimsbø ranked first (together with Korean Oh Yongran) at 7-metres shots with a 40% rate.[19] Regarding team statistics, Lybekk finished the tournament as Norway's top scorer with 31 goals and a 72% scoring rate, two points ahead of Riegelhuth who scored the same number of goals but with a 70% success rate.[20]

European Championship 2008, Macedonia[edit]

After the Olympic Games, Breivik encountered new challenges caused by the fact that several key players were not available for the 2008 European Championship: Lybekk retired from the national team, Snorroeggen was recovering from a shoulder injury and both Hammerseng and Nyberg decided to rest their bodies and concentrate on their club.[21]

Thus a new squad was formed. Three players made their debut: Heidi Løke (pivot) and Tine Rustad Kristiansen (centre back) from Larvik, and Camilla Herrem (left wing) from Byåsen. With the three members of the Olympic "captains team" out, Kristine Lunde was appointed new captain with Marit Malm Frafjord and Karoline Dyhre Breivang as vice-captains.[22]

Norway was a natural favorite to win the European title,[23] and that position was reassured by winning both the GF World Cup '08 and Møbelringen Cup 2008 unbeaten.[24][25] Their apparent invincibility helped cause a bigger surprise when they failed to win their first match of the tournament on 3 December.[26] The Norwegians could only tie 21–21 against Spain,[27] the same team which left them out of the 2004 Summer Olympics in 2003.[28] Following that first disappointment, they managed to advance through the Preliminary Round and Main Round without a loss.

The semi-final match was played on 13 December against Russia. It was an easy win for Norway and even goalkeeper Haraldsen was able to score once.[29] On 14 December, Spain was waiting at the final match. After an even first half the score was 13–12 for the defending champions. During the second half Norway increased the lead to a final score of 34–21.[30]

Euro 2008 was the third European Championship gold in a row for Norway, and the fourth title in the history of the team. Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth was top scorer of the tournament with 51 goals and four Norwegian players were included in the All-Star Team: Riegelhuth as right wing, Katrine Lunde Haraldsen as goalkeeper, Tonje Larsen as left back and Kristine Lunde as center back. Lunde was also named MVP.[31]

Recent years (2009–)[edit]

In 2009 Thorir Hergeirsson took over as coach, and the first season resulted in a bronze medal at the 2009 World Championships. A year later, in 2010, the team won its 5th European Championship title and in 2011 its second World Championship. In August 2012, the team defended its Beijing Olympic gold by beating Montenegro 26–23 in the final at the Olympic Games in London.[32] In the European Championship the same year, the two teams met again. This time Montenegro beat Norway, who won silver.

Results[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Since their first appearance in 1988, Norway has participated in seven Olympic Games. They received their first gold medal twenty years after the debut, in Beijing 2008.[2]

Year Position Pld W D L GS GA +/-
Canada 1976 Did not qualify
Soviet Union 1980 Did not qualify
United States 1984 Did not qualify
South Korea 1988 2nd[5] 4 3 1 1 115 91 +24
Spain 1992 2nd[6] 5 3 0 2 99 110 -11
United States 1996 4th[33] 5 2 0 3 116 109 +7
Australia 2000 3rd[34] 7 6 0 1 174 137 +37
Greece 2004 Did not qualify
China 2008 1st[2] 8 8 0 0 248 185 +63
United Kingdom 2012 1st 8 5 1 2 196 187 +9
Brazil 2016 3rd 8 6 0 2 247 205 +42
Total 7/11 45 33 2 21 1195 1024 +171

World Championship[edit]

Norway received their first World Championship medal in 1986, when they defeated three-time champions East Germany 23–19 in the third place play-off, marking also their first ever win over East Germany. They achieved a bronze medal in 1993, and a silver medal in 1997. In 1999 Norway won their first gold medal after a final match against France that needed two overtimes to break the tie.[35]

Year Position Pld W D L PF PA +/-
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1957 Not qualified
Romania 1962 Not qualified
West Germany 1965 Not qualified
Netherlands 1971 7th 4 1 1 2 33 41 -8
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1973 8th 5 1 0 4 42 57 -15
Soviet Union 1975 8th 5 2 0 3 61 66 -5
Czechoslovakia 1978 Not qualified
Hungary 1982 7th 7 4 1 2 139 117 +22
Netherlands 1986 3rd 7 5 1 1 174 127 +47
South Korea 1990 6th 7 4 0 3 135 135 0
Norway 1993 3rd 7 6 0 1 144 126 +18
AustriaHungary 1995 4th 8 5 0 3 205 151 +54
Germany 1997 2nd 9 7 0 2 251 188 +63
NorwayDenmark 1999 1st 9 8 0 1 240 170 +70
Italy 2001 2nd 9 8 0 1 292 203 +89
Croatia 2003 6th 9 6 1 2 297 241 +56
Russia 2005 9th 8 3 1 4 232 205 +27
France 2007 2nd 10 8 0 2 314 246 +68
China 2009 3rd 10 8 0 2 303 227 +76
Brazil 2011 1st 9 8 0 1 278 201 +77
Serbia 2013 5th 7 6 0 1 198 139 +59
Denmark 2015 1st 9 8 0 1 269 209 +60
Germany 2017 Qualified
Total 19/23 139 98 5 36 3607 2849 +758

European Championship[edit]

As of 2015, Norway has participated in every European Championship that has taken place. They are the most successful team in the Championships, having won seven golds, three silvers, and one bronze out of eleven tournaments. The only time Norway finished outside of the top three was at the 2000 Championship in Romania.

Year Position Pld W D L GS GA +/-
Germany 1994 3rd 7 4 0 3 134 130 +4
Denmark 1996 2nd 7 4 2 1 179 151 +26
Netherlands 1998 1st 7 7 0 0 189 132 +57
Romania 2000 6th 6 2 2 2 151 149 +2
Denmark 2002 2nd 8 6 1 1 203 169 +34
Hungary 2004 1st 8 8 0 0 259 191 +68
Sweden 2006 1st 8 8 0 0 258 179 +79
Republic of Macedonia 2008 1st 8 7 1 0 248 169 +79
DenmarkNorway 2010 1st 8 7 0 1 239 146 +93
Serbia 2012 2nd 8 6 0 2 219 194 +25
HungaryCroatia 2014 1st 8 7 0 1 225 192 +33
Sweden 2016 1st 8 8 0 0 211 170 +41
France 2018 TBD
Total 12/12 91 74 6 11 2515 1972 +543

Other tournaments[edit]

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The squad chosen for training camp at Algarve and two international matches against France in June 2017.[40]

Matches, goals and clubs are correct, as of 21 May 2017, and updated for the upcoming season (1 June 2017).

Head coach: Thorir Hergeirsson

No. Pos. Name Date of birth (age) Height App. Goals Club
1 GK Tonje Haug Lerstad (1996-10-09) 9 October 1996 (age 20) 1.76 m 0 0 Norway Byåsen HE
2 LB Mari Molid (1990-08-08) 8 August 1990 (age 26) 1.78 m 103 57 Denmark Randers HK
3 CB Emilie Hegh Arntzen (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 23) 1.83 m 56 69 Norway Vipers Kristiansand
4 LB Veronica Kristiansen (1990-07-10) 10 July 1990 (age 26) 1.75 m 95 293 Denmark FC Midtylland
5 LB Jeanett Kristiansen (1992-12-24) 24 December 1992 (age 24) 1.78 m 0 0 Norway Vipers Kristiansand
7 RB Stine Skogrand (1993-03-03) 3 March 1993 (age 24) 1.73 m 49 75 Denmark Silkeborg/Voel KFUM
8 P Vilde Ingstad (1994-12-18) 18 December 1994 (age 22) 1.78 m 37 32 Denmark Team Esbjerg
9 RB Nora Mørk (1991-04-05) 5 April 1991 (age 26) 1.69 m 98 465 Hungary Győri Audi ETO KC
10 CB Stine Bredal Oftedal (1991-09-25) 25 September 1991 (age 25) 1.68 m 137 301 Hungary Győri Audi ETO KC
11 RW Malin Aune (1995-03-04) 4 March 1995 (age 22) 1.65 m 22 15 Norway Vipers Kristiansand
12 GK Silje Solberg (1990-06-16) 16 June 1990 (age 26) 1.78 m 105 0 France Issy-Paris Hand
13 P Kari Brattset (1991-02-15) 15 February 1991 (age 26) 1.83 m 9 17 Norway Vipers Kristiansand
15 LB Tonje Løseth (1991-01-01) 1 January 1991 (age 26) 1.83 m 6 2 Denmark FC Midtylland
16 GK Katrine Lunde (1980-03-30) 30 March 1980 (age 37) 1.80 m 261 3 Norway Vipers Kristiansand
17 LB Helene Gigstad Fauske (1997-01-31) 31 January 1997 (age 20) 1.76 m 0 0 Denmark FC Midtylland
18 CB Anniken Obaidli (1995-06-22) 22 June 1995 (age 21) 1.68 m 5 2 Norway Molde HK
22 RB Hanna Bredal Oftedal (1994-07-04) 4 July 1994 (age 22) 1.75 m 0 0 France Issy-Paris Hand
23 LW Camilla Herrem (1986-10-08) 8 October 1986 (age 30) 1.66 m 209 560 Norway Sola HK
25 LW Thea Mørk (1991-04-05) 5 April 1991 (age 26) 1.68 m 5 9 Norway Larvik HK
27 RW Marit Røsberg Jacobsen (1994-02-25) 25 February 1994 (age 23) 1.69 m 7 11 Norway Byåsen HE

The squad chosen for training at Sandefjord 26.-28 May 2017.[41]

Matches, goals and clubs are correct, as of 21 May 2017, and updated for the upcoming season (1 June 2017).

No. Pos. Name Date of birth (age) Height App. Goals Club
1 GK Andrea Austmo Pedersen (1994-04-19) 19 April 1994 (age 23) 1.76 m 0 0 Norway Byåsen HE
2 GK Marie Tømmerbakke (1993-01-10) 10 January 1993 (age 24) 1.68 m 0 0 Denmark København Håndbold
3 P Martine Wolff (1996-06-20) 20 June 1996 (age 20) 1.75 m 0 0 Norway Larvik HK
4 LW Kristin Venn (1994-03-05) 5 March 1994 (age 23) 1.68 m 0 0 Norway Byåsen HE
5 LB Ingvild Bakkerud (1995-07-09) 9 July 1995 (age 21) 1.87 m 0 0 Norway Skrim Kongsberg
6 CB Anniken Obaidli (1995-06-22) 22 June 1995 (age 21) 1.68 m 5 2 Norway Molde HK
7 CB Emilie Christensen (1993-04-13) 13 April 1993 (age 24) 1.76 m 0 0 Norway Larvik HK
8 RW Line Bjørnsen (1992-07-03) 3 July 1992 (age 24) 1.77 m 0 0 Denmark København Håndbold
9 RW Malin Aune (1994-03-04) 4 March 1994 (age 23) 1.65 m 22 15 Norway Vipers Kristiansand
10 RB Maria Hjertner (1996-07-03) 3 July 1996 (age 20) 1.78 m 0 0 Norway Larvik HK
11 RB Anna Bjørke Kallestad (1996-05-23) 23 May 1996 (age 21) 1.79 m 0 0 Norway Sola HK
12 LB Malene Aambakk (1993-05-13) 13 May 1993 (age 24) 1.84 m 0 0 Norway Storhamar IL
13 LB Martine Moen (1992-10-30) 30 October 1992 (age 24) 1.69 m 0 0 Norway Fredrikstad BK

Past squads[edit]

1971 World Championship (7th place)

Liv Bjørk, Siri Keul, Sissel Buchholdt, Bjørg Andersen, Eldbjørg Willassen, Karen Fladset, Astri Knudsen Bech, Sigrid Halvorsen, Astrid Skei Høsøien, Unni Anisdahl, Inger-Johanne Tveter, Lille Storberg, Anne Hilmersen, Berit Moen Johansen.

1973 World Championship (8th place)

Liv Bjørk, Siri Keul, Sissel Buchholdt, Bjørg Andersen, Karen Fladset, Kari Aagaard, Astri Knudsen Bech, Sigrid Halvorsen, Unni Anisdahl, Inger-Johanne Tveter, Grethe Tønnesen, Hjørdis Høsøien, Wenche Wensberg, Svanhild Sponberg.

1975 World Championship (8th place)

Liv Bjørk, Siri Keul, Sissel Buchholdt, Marit Breivik, Bjørg Andersen, Kari Aagaard, Astri Knudsen Bech, Unni Anisdahl, Anne Aanestad Winter, Turid Sannes, Hjørdis Høsøien, Wenche Wensberg, Randi Elisabeth Dyrdal, Lisabeth H. Muhrer.

Coach: Frode Kyvåg

1982 World Championship (7th place)

Liv Bjørk, Linn Siri Jensen, Turid Smedsgård, Heidi Sundal, Hanne Hegh, Sissel Buchholdt, Britt Johansen, Kristin Midthun, Marit Breivik, Ingunn Thomassen Berg, Kristin Glosimot Kjeldsberg, Wenche Halvorsen Stensrud, Åse Nygård Pedersen, Ingunn Rise Kirkeby, Susanne Hannestad.

Coach: Karen Fladset

1986 World Championship (Third place)

Kristin Midthun, Heidi Sundal, Trine Haltvik, Ingrid Steen, Åse Birkrem, Cathrine Svendsen, Hanne Hegh (captain), Hanne Hogness, Anne Migliosi, Kristin Eide, Karin Pettersen, Karin Singstad, Unni Birkrem, Linn-Siri Jensen, Kjerstin Andersen.

Coach: Sven-Tore Jacobsen

1988 Summer Olympics (Second place)[5]

Annette Skotvoll, Berit Digre, Cathrine Svendsen, Hanne Hegh (captain), Hanne Hogness, Heidi Sundal, Karin Singstad, Ingrid Steen, Karin Pettersen, Kjerstin Andersen, Kristin Midthun, Susann Goksør, Marte Eliasson, Trine Haltvik, Vibeke Johnsen.

Coach: Sven-Tore Jacobsen

1990 World Championship (6th place)

Kjerstin Andersen, Annette Skotvoll, Reidun Gunnarson, Susann Goksør Kjersti Grini, Trine Haltvik, Hanne Hegh (captain), Hanne Hogness, Marte Eliasson, Kristin Cecilie Karlsen, Cathrine Svendsen, Tonje Sagstuen, Karin Pettersen, Tone Anne Alvestad Seland

Coach: Sven-Tore Jacobsen

1992 Summer Olympics (Second place)[6]

Annette Skotvoll, Cathrine Svendsen, Hanne Hogness (captain), Hege Frøseth, Heidi Sundal, Heidi Tjugum, Henriette Henriksen, Ingrid Steen, Karin Pettersen, Kristine Duvholt, Mona Dahle, Siri Eftedal, Susann Goksør, Tonje Sagstuen.

Coach: Sven-Tore Jacobsen

1993 World Championship (Third Place)

Cecilie Leganger, Anette Skottvoll, Hege Frøseth, Susann Goksør (captain), Siri Eftedal, Connie Mathisen, Mette Davidsen, Mona Dahle, Marte Eliasson, Kristine Duvholt, Karin Pettersen, Heidi Sundal, Hege Kristine Kvitsand, Tonje Sagstuen, Cathrine Svendsen.

Coach: Sven-Tore Jacobsen

1994 European Championship (Third place)

Cecilie Leganger, Annette Skotvoll, Monica Løken, Tonje Larsen, Kjersti Grini, Tonje Sagstuen, Susann Goksør (Captain), Kristine Moldestad, Kristine Duvholt, Marte Eliasson, Kari Solem, Hege Kristine Kvitsand, Mona Dahle, Ingrid Steen, Siri Eftedal

Coach: Marit Breivik

1995 World Championship (4th place)

Heidi Tjugum, Cecilie Leganger, Annette Skotvoll, Susann Goksør (Captain), Mette Davidsen, Kjersti Grini, Ann Cathrin Eriksen, Mona Dahle, Tonje Sagstuen, Tonje Larsen, Hege Kristin Kvitsand, Cathrine Svendsen, Kristine Moldestad

Coach: Marit Breivik

1996 Summer Olympics (4th place)[33]

Ann Cathrin Eriksen, Annette Skotvoll, Hege Kvitsand, Heidi Tjugum, Hilde Østbø, Kari Solem, Kjersti Grini, Kristine Duvholt, Kristine Moldestad, Mette Davidsen, Mona Dahle, Sahra Hausmann, Susann Goksør (Captain), Tonje Larsen, Trine Haltvik.

Coach: Marit Breivik

1996 European Championship (Second place)

Heidi Tjugum, Jeanette Nilsen, Annette Skotvoll, Tonje Larsen, Kjersti Grini, Sarah Hausmann, Susann Goksør (Captain), Kari Solem, Monica Vik Hansen, Trine Haltvik, Kristine Moldestad, Mette Davidsen, Janne Tuven, Ellen Thomsen, Silje Bolseth.

Coach: Marit Breivik

1997 World Championship (Second place)

Heidi Tjugum, Jeanette Nilsen, Lise Kristiansen, Tonje Sagstuen, Susann Goksør Bjerkrheim (Captain), Trine Haltvik, Mette Davidsen, Sara Hausmann, Tonje Larsen, Janne Tuven, Anette Tveter, Kari Solem, Sarah Hausmann, Monica Vik Hansen, Ellen Thomsen.

Coach: Marit Breivik

1998 European Championship (Winner)[42]

Ann Cathrin Eriksen, Camilla Carstens, Cecilie Leganger, Elisabeth Hilmo, Elise Margrete Alsand, Else-Marthe Sørlie Lybekk, Heidi Tjugum, Janne Tuven, Jeanette Nilsen, Kjersti Grini (captain), Mette Davidsen, Mia Hundvin, Sahra Hausmann, Siv Heim Sæbøe, Tonje Larsen, Trine Haltvik.

Coach: Marit Breivik

1999 World Championship (Winner)[35]

Ann Cathrin Eriksen, Birgitte Sættem, Cecilie Leganger, Elisabeth Hilmo, Else-Marthe Sørlie, Heidi Tjugum, Jeanette Nilsen, Kjersti Grini, Kristine Duvholt, Marianne Rokne, Mette Davidsen, Mia Hundvin, Sahra Hausmann, Susann Goksør Bjerkrheim (captain), Tonje Larsen, Trine Haltvik.

Coach: Marit Breivik

2000 Summer Olympics (Third place)[34]

Ann Cathrin Eriksen, Birgitte Sættem, Cecilie Leganger, Elisabeth Hilmo, Else-Marthe Sørlie, Heidi Tjugum, Jeanette Nilsen, Kjersti Grini, Kristine Duvholt, Marianne Rokne, Mia Hundvin, Monica Sandve, Susann Goksør Bjerkrheim (captain), Tonje Larsen, Trine Haltvik.

Coach: Marit Breivik

2000 European Championship (6th place)[43]

Birgitte Sættem, Camilla Carstens, Camilla Thorsen, Cecilie Thorsteinsen, Elisabeth Hilmo, Else-Marthe Sørlie (captain), Gro Hammerseng, Hege Christin Vikebø, Hege Johansen, Jeanette Nilsen, Kristine Duvholt, Marianne Rokne, Mimi Kopperud Slevigen, Monica Sandve, Vigdis Hårsaker.

Coach: Marit Breivik

2001 World Championship (Second place)

Cecilie Leganger, Mimi Kopperud Sleivigen, Heidi Halvorsen, Kjersti Grini (Captain), Gro Hammerseng, Kristine Duvholt, Janne Tuven, Marianne Rokne, Else Marthe Sørlie, Elisabeth Hilmo, Monica Sandve, Vigdis Hårsaker, Kristine Lunde, Unni Nyhamar Hinkel, Hanne Halèn.

Coach: Marit Breivik

2002 European Championship (Second place)[44]

Anette Hovind Johansen, Birgitte Sættem, Elisabeth Hilmo, Else-Marthe Sørlie Lybekk (captain), Gro Hammerseng, Heidi Tjugum Mørk, Janne Tuven, Kari-Anne Henriksen, Katja Nyberg, Katrine Lunde, Lina Olsson Rosenberg, Mia Hundvin, Mimi Kopperud Slevigen, Monica Sandve, Tonje Larsen, Vigdis Hårsaker.

Coach: Marit Breivik

2003 World Championship (6th place)

Heidi Tjugum, Cecilie Leganger, Katrine Lunde, Gro Hammerseng (Captain), Unni Nyhamar Hinkel, Elisabeth Hilmo, Vigdis Hårsaker, Berit Hynne, Anette Hovind Johansen, Tonje Larsen, Kristine Lunde, Else-Marthe Sørlie Lybekk, Katja Nyberg, Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth, Monica Sandve, Ragnhild Aamodt.

Coach: Marit Breivik

2004 European Championship (Winner)[45]

Camilla Thorsen, Elisabeth Hilmo, Else-Marthe Sørlie Lybekk, Gro Hammerseng (captain), Gøril Snorroeggen, Isabel Blanco, Kari Mette Johansen, Karoline Dyhre Breivang, Katja Nyberg, Katrine Lunde, Kjersti Beck, Kristine Lunde, Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth, Ragnhild Aamodt, Randi Gustad, Terese Pedersen, Vigdis Hårsaker.

Coach: Marit Breivik

2005 World Championship (9th place)[46]

Anette Hovind Johansen, Camilla Thorsen, Elisabeth Hilmo (captain), Isabel Blanco, Kari Mette Johansen, Karoline Dyhre Breivang, Katrine Lunde, Kjersti Beck, Kristine Lunde, Linn Jørum Sulland, Marianne Rokne, Ragnhild Aamodt, Randi Gustad, Terese Pedersen, Tonje Nøstvold.

Coach: Marit Breivik

2006 European Championship (Winner)[47]

Anette Hovind Johansen, Anne Kjersti Suvdal, Else-Marthe Sørlie Lybekk, Gro Hammerseng (captain), Gøril Snorroeggen, Kari Aalvik Grimsbø, Kari Mette Johansen, Karoline Dyhre Breivang, Katja Nyberg, Katrine Lunde, Kristine Lunde, Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth, Marianne Rokne, Marit Malm Frafjord, Ragnhild Aamodt, Terese Pedersen, Tonje Nøstvold.

Coach: Marit Breivik

2007 World Championship (Second place)[48]

Anette Hovind Johansen, Else-Marthe Sørlie Lybekk, Gro Hammerseng (captain), Gøril Snorroeggen, Kari Aalvik Grimsbø, Kari Mette Johansen, Karoline Dyhre Breivang, Katja Nyberg, Katrine Lunde Haraldsen, Linn Jørum Sulland, Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth, Marit Malm Frafjord, Ragnhild Aamodt, Terese Pedersen, Tonje Nøstvold, Vigdis Hårsaker.

Coach: Marit Breivik

2008 Summer Olympics (Winner)[2]

Else-Marthe Sørlie Lybekk, Gro Hammerseng (captain), Gøril Snorroeggen, Kari Aalvik Grimsbø, Kari Mette Johansen, Karoline Dyhre Breivang, Katja Nyberg, Katrine Lunde Haraldsen, Kristine Lunde, Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth, Marit Malm Frafjord, Ragnhild Aamodt, Tonje Larsen, Tonje Nøstvold.

Coach: Marit Breivik

2008 European Championship (Winner)[49]

Camilla Herrem, Heidi Løke, Isabel Blanco, Kari Aalvik Grimsbø, Kari Mette Johansen, Karoline Dyhre Breivang, Katrine Lunde Haraldsen, Kristine Lunde (captain), Linn Jørum Sulland, Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth, Marit Malm Frafjord, Ragnhild Aamodt, Terese Pedersen, Tine Rustad Kristiansen, Tonje Larsen, Tonje Nøstvold.

Coach: Marit Breivik

2009 World Championship (Third place)

Kari Aalvik Grimsbø, Renate Urne, Ida Alstad, Heidi Løke, Tonje Nøstvold, Karoline Dyhre Breivang, Katrine Lunde Haraldsen, Kristine Lunde-Borgersen (captain), Kari Mette Johansen, Terese Pedersen, Marit Malm Frafjord, Tonje Larsen, Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth, Tine Stange, Anja Edin, Camilla Herrem.

Coach: Thorir Hergeirsson

2010 European Championship (Winner)

Kari Aalvik Grimsbø, Mari Molid, Nora Mørk, Ida Alstad, Heidi Løke, Tonje Nøstvold, Karoline Dyhre Breivang, Gro Hammerseng (captain), Kari Mette Johansen, Marit Malm Frafjord, Tonje Larsen, Katrine Lunde Haraldsen, Linn Jørum Sulland, Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth, Stine Bredal Oftedal, Tine Stange, Camilla Herrem.

Coach: Thorir Hergeirsson

2011 World Championship (Winner)

Kari Aalvik Grimsbø, Mari Molid, Stine Bredal Oftedal, Ida Alstad, Heidi Løke, Tonje Nøstvold, Karoline Dyhre Breivang, Kristine Lunde-Borgersen, Kari Mette Johansen, Marit Malm Frafjord (captain), Gøril Snorroeggen, Katrine Lunde Haraldsen, Linn Jørum Sulland, Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth Koren, Amanda Kurtović, Camilla Herrem.

Coach: Thorir Hergeirsson

2012 Summer Olympics (Winner)

Kari Aalvik Grimsbø, Ida Alstad, Heidi Løke, Tonje Nøstvold, Karoline Dyhre Breivang, Kristine Lunde-Borgersen, Kari Mette Johansen, Marit Malm Frafjord (captain), Gøril Snorroeggen, Katrine Lunde Haraldsen, Linn Jørum Sulland, Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth Koren, Amanda Kurtović, Camilla Herrem.

Coach: Thorir Hergeirsson

2012 European Championship (Second place)

Karoline Næss, Stine Bredal Oftedal, Ida Alstad, Heidi Løke, Karoline Dyhre Breivang, Kristine Lunde-Borgersen, Anja Edin, Silje Solberg, Marit Malm Frafjord (captain), Ida Bjørndalen, Katrine Lunde Haraldsen, Linn Jørum Sulland, Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth Koren, Linn Gossé, Maja Jakobsen, Camilla Herrem.

Coach: Thorir Hergeirsson

2013 World Championship (5th place)

Mari Molid, Stine Bredal Oftedal, Ida Alstad, Heidi Løke, Tonje Nøstvold, Karoline Dyhre Breivang (captain), Isabel Blanco, Anja Hammerseng-Edin, Silje Solberg, Linn Jørum Sulland, Katrine Lunde, Veronica Kristiansen, Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth Koren, Nora Mørk, Camilla Herrem, Sanna Solberg.

Coach: Thorir Hergeirsson

2014 European Championship (Winner)

Kari Aalvik Grimsbø, Betina Riegelhuth, Emilie Hegh Arntzen, Veronica Kristiansen, Ida Alstad, Heidi Løke, Karoline Dyhre Breivang, Nora Mørk, Stine Bredal Oftedal (captain), Silje Solberg, Ida Bjørndalen Karlsson, Emily Stang Sando, Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth Koren, Maja Jakobsen, Camilla Herrem, Sanna Solberg, Pernille Wibe.

Coach: Thorir Hergeirsson

2015 World Championship (Winner)

Kari Aalvik Grimsbø, Mari Molid, Veronica Kristiansen, Ida Alstad, Heidi Løke, Stine Skogrand, Vilde Ingstad, Nora Mørk, Stine Bredal Oftedal (captain), Silje Solberg, Linn Jørum Sulland, Pernille Wibe, Betina Riegelhuth, Amanda Kurtović, Camilla Herrem, Sanna Solberg, Marta Tomac.

Coach: Thorir Hergeirsson

2016 Summer Olympics (Third place)

Kari Aalvik Grimsbø, Mari Molid, Emilie Hegh Arntzen, Veronica Kristiansen, Ida Alstad, Heidi Løke, Nora Mørk, Stine Bredal Oftedal (captain), Marit Malm Frafjord, Katrine Lunde, Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth Koren, Amanda Kurtović, Camilla Herrem, Sanna Solberg.

Coach: Thorir Hergeirsson

2016 European Championship (Winner)

Kari Aalvik Grimsbø, Emilie Hegh Arntzen, Veronica Kristiansen, Stine Skogrand, Vilde Ingstad, Nora Mørk, Stine Bredal Oftedal (captain), Malin Aune, Silje Solberg, Marit Malm Frafjord, Silje Waade, Kjerstin Boge Solås, Amanda Kurtović, Camilla Herrem, Sanna Solberg, Marta Tomac.

Coach: Thorir Hergeirsson

Coaches[edit]

Captains[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Several Norwegian players have seen their individual performance recognized at international tournaments, either as Most Valuable Player, top scorer or as a member of the All-Star Team.

MVP
All-Star Team
Top scorers

Individual all-time records[edit]

  Still active players are highlighted

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