|International Handball Federation|
|Preceding organisations||International Amateur Athletic Federation |
(1926 – 1928)
International Amateur Handball Federation
(1928 – 1946)
|Year of formation||July 12, 1946|
|Membership size||209 members|
|President||Dr. Hassan Moustafa|
|General director||Amal Khalifa|
|Official language(s)||English, French and German|
|Main organ||IHF Congress |
|Operating income|| CHF 7.24 million or US$ 7.84 million (in 2022) |
CHF 2.10 million or US$ 2.28 million (in 2023)
The International Handball Federation (IHF) is the administrative and controlling body for handball and beach 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 the IHF World Women's Handball Championship, which commenced in 1957.
IHF was founded in 1946 to oversee international competitions. Headquartered in Basel, its membership now comprises 209 national federations. Each member country must each also be a member of one of the six regional confederations: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and Caribbean, Oceania, and South and Central America. Dr. Hassan Moustafa from Egypt has been President of the IHF since 26 November 2000.
The IHF was founded on 11 July 1946, in Copenhagen (Denmark) by representatives of eight national federations. The founding members were 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 six national teams. In 1957, the first IHF World Women's Handball Championship was held in SFR Yugoslavia with the participation of nine national teams. Handball was included in the Olympic Games for the first time under the auspices of IHF in Munich 1972 (men's tournament) and Montreal 1976 (women's tournament).
IHF is headquartered in Basel, and is a 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.
The IHF is composed of six continental federations which organize continental championships held every other second year: African Handball Confederation, Asian Handball Federation, European Handball Federation, North America and the Caribbean Handball Confederation, Oceania Continent Handball Federation, and South and Central America Handball Confederation. In addition to continental competitions between national teams, the federations arrange international tournaments between club teams.
Until 2017, there were five continental confederations. On 14 January 2018, the IHF Council divided the Pan-American Confederation into the North America and the Caribbean Handball Confederation and the South and Central America Handball Confederation. The authority to divide a continental confederation was assigned to the IHF Congress, but the 36th IHF Congress in 2017 authorized the IHF Council to divide the Pan-American Team Handball Federation.
|1.||Gösta Björk||Sweden||11 July 1946 – 9 September 1950|
|2.||Hans Baumann†||Switzerland||9 September 1950 – 9 February 1971|
|Interim||Paul Högberg||Sweden||9 February 1971 – 23 August 1972|
|3.||Paul Högberg||Sweden||23 August 1972 – 25 July 1984|
|4.||Erwin Lanc||Austria||25 July 1984 – 26 November 2000|
|5.||Hassan Moustafa||Egypt||26 November 2000 – present|
† Hans Baumann died in office on 9 February 1971 due to illness.
The following is the IHF Executive Committee for the term 2021 — 2025.
|1st Vice-president||Joël Delplanque|
|Executive members||Narcisa Lecușanu|
|Managing director||Amal Khalifa|
Main article: IHF Council
The IHF Council is the IHF's main decision-making body between meetings of the IHF Congress. It is currently serving a 2021—2025 term.
|IHF Commission of Organising and Competitions||Per Bertelsen|
|IHF Playing Rules and Referees Commission||Per Morten Sødal|
|IHF Commission of Coaching and Methods||Dietrich Späte|
|IHF Medical Commission||TBD|
|IHF Commission for Development||Tomislav Grahovac|
|IHF Athletes' Commission||Karolina Kudłacz-Gloc|
|IHF Arbitration Commission||Lovro Badzim|
|IHF Arbitration Tribunal||Zoran Radojičić|
|IHF Ethics Commission||Hussein Moustafa Fathy|
|Competition||Men's Champion||Women's Champion|
|World Cup||Denmark (2021) (2)||Norway (2021) (4)|
|Handball Olympic Tournament||France (2020) (3)||France (2020) (1)|
|Emerging Nations Championship||Georgia (2019) (1)||—|
|Junior World Championship||France (2019) (2)||Norway (2022) (2)|
|Youth World Championship||Egypt (2019) (1)||South Korea (2022) (1)|
|Handball Youth Olympic Tournament||Slovenia (2014) (1)||South Korea (2014) (1)|
|IHF Inter-Continental Trophy||Kosovo (2019) (1)||Bulgaria (2017) (2)|
|Club World Cup||FC Barcelona (2019) (5*)||1º de Agosto (2019) (1*)|
|Beach Handball World Championship||Croatia (2022) (3)||Germany (2022) (1)|
|Youth Beach Handball World Championship||Croatia (2022) (1*)||Spain (2022) (1*)|
|Senior Men's||Egypt (2022) (8)||Qatar (2022) (5)||Sweden (2022) (5*)||Australia (2014) (8*)||Argentina (2018) (7)|
|Senior Women's||Angola (2021) (14*)||South Korea (2021) (15*)||Norway (2020) (8*)||Australia (2016) (7*)||Brazil (2017) (10*)|
|Men's Continental Games||Angola (2019) (1)||Qatar (2018) (2)||—||Australia (2006) (2*)||Argentina (2019) (2)|
|Women's Continental Games||Angola (2019) (7*)||South Korea (2018) (7*)||—||New Caledonia (2007) (1*)||Brazil (2019) (6*)|
|Junior Men's||Egypt (2022) (13*)||Japan (2022) (1)||Spain (2022) (3)||Australia (2018) (4*)||Brazil (2017) (6*)|
|Junior Women's||Angola (2022) (10*)||India (2022) (1)||Hungary (2021) (2)||New Caledonia (2019) (1)||Brazil (2018) (9*)|
|Youth Boys||Egypt (2022) (7*)||South Korea (2022) (3*)||Spain (2022) (2)||New Zealand (2018) (2*)||Argentina (2017) (8*)|
|Youth Girls||Egypt (2022) (4*)||Iran (2022) (1)||Hungary (2021) (2)||New Caledonia (2019) (2*)||Brazil (2018) (12*)|
|Boys' Continental Youth Games||—||Qatar (2013) (1*)||Germany (2022)||—||—|
|Girls' Continental Youth Games||—||South Korea (2013) (1*)||Hungary (2022)||—||—|
|Men's Club||Al-Zamalek SC (2019) (12*)||Al-Kuwait SC (2022) (1)||Barcelona (2021–22) (11*)||University of Queensland HC (2021) (1)||H. Taubaté (2018) (5*)|
|Women's Club||1º de Agosto (2019) (6)||Kaysar Club (2019) (2*)||Vipers Kristiansand (2021–22) (2)||University of Technology Sydney (2021) (1)||EC Pinheiros (2017) (1*)|
|Men's Beach Handball||—||Iran (2022) (1)||Denmark (2021) (2)||Australia (2019) (4*)||Brazil (2018) (7*)|
|Women's Beach Handball||—||Vietnam (2022) (1)||Germany (2021) (2*)||Australia (2019) (4*)||Brazil (2018) (4*)|
|Men's Youth Beach Handball||—||Iran (2022) (1*)||Sweden (2021)||Australia (2017) (1*)||Brazil (2017) (1*)|
|Women's Youth Beach Handball||—||Thailand (2022) (1*)||Hungary (2021)||American Samoa (2017) (1*)||Argentina (2017) (1*)|
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:
|Official sportswear||Hummel International|
|Official ball supplier||Molten Corporation|
|Official floor supplier||Gerflor|