Premier Handball League

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Premier Handball League
Current season, competition or edition:
2016–17 season
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Number of teams8
Relegation toChampionship North, Championship South
Level on pyramidLevel 1
Domestic cup(s)EHA National Cup
International cup(s)EHF Cup
EHF Challenge Cup
Current championsWarrington Wolves
Most championshipsLondon GD Handball Club (10 titles)

The Premier Handball League is the highest level of club handball in England. It is organised by the England Handball Association.


The Premier Handball League was formerly known as the Super 8, and was re-branded for the 2017/18 season[1]

Year Champion Runner-up Relegated
1975 Birkenhead
1976 Birkenhead
1977 Birkenhead Kirkby
1978 Kirkby Select Brentwood '72
1979 Brentwood '72 Kirkby Select
1980 Brentwood '72 Kirkby Select
1981 Brentwood '72 Liverpool
1982 Brentwood '72 Liverpool
1983 Brentwood '72 Liverpool
1984 ?
1985 ?
1986 Kirkby Select
1987 ?
1988 ?
1989 Manchester United
from 1990 to 1999 : unknown
2000 Great Dane (London) Ruislip Eagles
2001 Great Dane (London) Ruislip Eagles
2003 Liverpool Ruislip Eagles
2005 Great Dane (London) Heathrow
2006 Oxford University University of Manchester
2007 University of Manchester Great Dane HC London
2008 Great Dane (London) University of Manchester
2009 Great Dane (London) Olympia HC
2010 London GD Olympia HC
2011 London GD Ruislip Eagles
2012 Salford Ruislip Eagles
2013 London GD Salford Liverpool
2014 London GD Salford Deva
2015 Warrington Wolves London GD Coventry
2016 London GD Olympia HC Manchester
2017 Warrington Wolves NEM Hawks Coventry
2018 London GD Olympia HC Liverpool

Data sources: 1975-1976 Wirral Handball Club Clubs and Honours;[2] 1977-1982 Midlands Handball Association (1982) Handball Directory. page 12.;[3] 1983 British Handball Association Word is ... No.5 page 3;[4] 2006 Oxford University Handball Club Entries for Great Dane & 2009


The league consists of 8 teams which play each other twice in a season, once at each club's home venue. 3 points are awarded for each win, 2 points for a draw, and 1 point for a loss. Should the situation occur that two or more clubs finish with the same number of points, their final positions shall be determined by (and in the following order):[5] a. goal difference; b. taking into account the results of the headtohead Super 8 matches between the clubs concerned; c. goals scored; d. further matches played at a neutral venue.

The team finishing bottom of the Men's Premier Handball League (8th Place) will be relegated directly to their nearest Championship League (North or South). Following the final matches of the Championship, a series of playoff matches will take place to determine the club which will be promoted to the following season's Super 8.[5] The top 2 clubs from each Championship league will play 2 semifinals as follows:

  • North 1 v South 2
  • South 1 v North 2.

The winners of the above semifinals will then play one match to determine the promotion spot.

European competition[edit]

The Premier Handball League contributes teams to European Handball Federation club competitions. The England Handball Association is awarded places in European competition based on its EHF coefficient rank. Currently the Premier Handball League provides 1 team to the EHF Cup and 3 teams to the EHF Challenge Cup[6]

Current season[edit]

Premier Handball League is located in England
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Locations of 2016/17 Super 8 Teams

Teams for the 2016/17 season:

Former Winners[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Association, England Handball. "Champions Wolves face promoted Liverpool in Premier Handball League op - England Handball Association".
  2. ^ "Clubs and Honours". Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  3. ^ "MA+Directory++p12.jpg (image)". Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  4. ^ Hadd, Russell (9 March 2009). "British Handball History: British Cup and League Tables 1983". Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Rules and Regulations" (PDF). England Handball Association. August 2016.
  6. ^ "European Cup 2016/2017" (PDF). European Handball Federation. 6 March 2015.
  7. ^ Association, England Handball. "Mens' Super-8: Champions Wolves win, Hawks finish second - England Handball Association".