Hungary, Switzerland and Austria to co-host Women’s EHF Euro 2024

Estavana Polman of the Netherlands trying to shoot the ball against Camille Ayglon Saurina of France during the EHF Euro semi-final match between Netherlands and France (Photo by Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images)

The European Handball Federation (EHF) has awarded hosting rights for the 2024 edition of its Women’s EHF Euro event to Hungary, Switzerland and Austria.

The three countries were selected ahead of a proposal from Russia and a joint bid from the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia. The announcement comes following two rounds of voting to host the event.

The tournament, which will mark the first edition of the event to feature 24 teams, will take place from November 28 to December 15, 2024.

Hungary staged the Women’s Euro in 2004 before co-hosting alongside Croatia in 2014. Switzerland and Austria have not hosted the competition before.

Preliminary-round fixtures will be held in Basel, Innsbruck and Debrecen, with Budapest and Debrecen to stage matches in the main round. The finals will be played at a newly-constructed 20,000-seat venue in Budapest.

The announcement was made during the EHF’s Extraordinary Congress meeting in Stockholm, which also saw member federations give the green light to the first-ever European Handball Master Plan. The next steps in the plan’s process will begin at the EHF’s Secretaries General Conference in April.

The most recent edition of the Women’s EHF Euro took place in France in 2018. The 2020 event will be co-hosted by Denmark and Norway, while the 2022 edition will be held in Slovenia, FYR Macedonia and Montenegro.