Australian Handball Federation

Australian Handball Federation
Sport Handball
Jurisdiction Australia
Abbreviation AHF
Founded 1985 (1985)
Affiliation IHF
Affiliation date 1988
Regional affiliation OCHF
Affiliation date 1992
Headquarters Sydney Olympic Park, New South Wales
President Alex Gavrilovic
Other key staff Bronwyn Thompson (Secretary General)
Official website

The Australian Handball Federation (AHF) is the governing body for the 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

ACTAustralian Capital TerritoryAustralian Capital Territory Handball Association
NSWNew South WalesNew South Wales Handball Association
NTNorthern TerritoryNorthern Territory Handball Association
QLDQueenslandQueensland Handball Association
SASouth AustraliaHandball SA
TASTasmaniaTasmanian Handball League
VICVictoria (Australia)Handball Federation of Victoria
WAWestern AustraliaHandball Western Australian

National Teams

Australian teams world rankings[2]
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

National Championships

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


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

External links

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