IHF awards 2025 Men’s World Championships to Croatia, Denmark and Norway

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The International Handball Federation (IHF) Council has awarded the hosting rights to the 2025 Men’s Handball World Championships to Croatia, Denmark and Norway.

Croatia will also take over the hosting of this year’s IHF Women’s Youth (U18) World Championships following a joint decision with the Chinese handball Association not to host the event in China owing to the coronavirus outbreak.

The hosting rights were awarded at a meeting of the IHF Council in Cairo, Egypt, where it was also decided to award the 2025 Women’s IHF World Championships to Germany and the Netherlands.

Tjark de Lange, president of the Netherlands Handball Federation, said: “We are very proud that we will host the 2025 [Women’s] IHF World Championship together with the German Handball Federation,” he said. “This will allow us to present handball across the Netherlands for three weeks in December 2025 which fits perfectly into our strategy.”

Delegates also voted on the hosts for the IHF’s men’s and women’s youth and junior events up until 2027, although the federation said it continued to search for a host for the 2024 IHF Women’s Youth (U18) World Championships.

The full list of hosts for the IHF’s upcoming senior, junior and youth events is as follows:

  • 2021 IHF Men’s and Women’s U17 Beach Handball World Championships: Portugal
  • 2022 IHF Women’s Junior (U20) World Championship: Slovenia
    2022 IHF Women’s Youth (U18) World Championship: Georgia
  • 2023 IHF Men’s Junior (U21) World Championship: Germany
    2023 IHF Men’s Youth (U19) World Championship: Croatia
  • 2024 IHF Women’s Junior (U20) World Championship: North Macedonia
  • 2025 IHF Men’s Junior (U21) World Championship: Poland
    2025 IHF Men’s Youth (U19) World Championship: Slovenia
    2025 IHF Men’s World Championship: Croatia, Denmark, Norway
    2025 IHF Women’s World Championship: Germany, Netherlands
  • 2027 IHF Men’s World Championship: Germany
    2027 IHF Women’s World Championship: Hungary