German Handball Federation

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German Handball Federation (DHB)
Logo of the German Handball Federation
founding October 1, 1949
Place of foundation Mülheim an der Ruhr
IHF membership 1950
EHF accession 1991
President Andreas Michelmann
National teams Men
National Team
National Team
Clubs (approx.) 4,199
Members (approx.) 748.889
Teams (approx.) 22,192 (as of 2015/16)
Seat Willi-Daume-Haus
Strobelallee 56
44139 Dortmund
The Willi-Daume-Haus in Dortmund is the seat of the DHB

The German Handball Federation ( DHB ) is an amalgamation of German handball regional and state associations. With around 749,000 members in around 4,200 clubs with around 22,000 teams, the handball association is the world's largest handball umbrella organization. It was founded on October 1, 1949 in Mülheim an der Ruhr . The DHB is a registered, non-profit association based in Dortmund . Its full members are two regional associations, 22 state associations and the men's and women's league associations.

The DHB and the German Handball League (HBL) oversee the national handball leagues and those involved (players, officials, referees, etc.). The line-up and supervision of the various national teams of all ages occupy a special place in the activities. In the DHB, concepts and interpretations (such as rules or instructions from the International Handball Federation (IHF)) are bindingly regulated for all German associations. The marketing company Handball Marketing Gesellschaft (HMG), founded in 1991 , takes care of a professional presentation of the Handball brand and is the exclusive owner of the marketing rights for all DHB products, such as national teams, referees of the 1st and 2nd Bundesliga, DHB-owned events etc.


On October 1, 1949, 46 delegates met in the town hall in Mülheim an der Ruhr and founded the DHB. Willi Daume was elected first president. As chairman of the German Working Committee for Handball, Daume laid the foundations for the umbrella organization. The Northeast German Handball Association was dissolved on June 30, 2011. The Southwest German Handball Association was dissolved on December 31, 2011.


National competitions

The following national competitions are held under the umbrella of the DHB:

German championship

The German championship is the most important national title in both men's and women's handball. The German men's handball champion has been played since 1949. The first title holder was the Hamburg Police Sports Association , the record champion is THW Kiel . The German champions have been played for women since 1951. The first title holder was KWU Weimar , the record champions are HC Leipzig .


All Bundesliga teams from the previous season and other clubs that qualify through regional cup competitions compete against each other in the knockout system . There are three main rounds for men and two for women. The teams in the 1st Bundesliga start in the third round for men and in the second round for women. This was followed by further playout in eighth and quarter finals as well as a final weekend in final four mode.

The men's DHB Cup has been played since 1975. The first title holder was TSV Grün-Weiß Dankersen , the record holder is THW Kiel .

The women's DHB Cup has been played since 1975. The first title holder was TSV GutsMuths Berlin , the record holder is TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen .

International competitions

The German men's national handball team on January 4, 2018
The German women's national handball team on December 1, 2006

Both the women's and men's national handball teams have been world champions since they were founded.

Success at handball world championships

Men's World Championship :

World Championship for Women :

Success at European handball championships

European Men's Championship :

European Women's Championship :

Successes at the Olympic Games

Olympic Games :

Successes of the juniors

  • Juniors:
    • U-21 world champion 2009, 2011
    • U-20 European Champion 2004, 2006, 2014
  • Juniors:
    • U-20 world champion 2008

Achievements of the female and male youth

  • Male youth
    • U-18 European Champion 2008, 2012

Success in beach handball

  • Men (exists 2000–2007 & since 2015)
    • 2004 Vice European Champion
  • Women (exists 2000–2007 & since 2015)
    • 2000 Vice European Champion
    • 2004 EM bronze
    • 2006 European Champion, Vice World Champion
    • 2007 Vice European Champion
  • male youth (exists since 2016)
    • 2017 EC Bronze U17
    • 2018 European Champion U18
  • female Youth (exists since 2015)
    • 2015 EC bronze U19
    • 2017 EC Bronze U17
    • 2018 EC Bronze U18

Organization and structure


Regional associations

Only one of the former five regional associations is a member of the DHB:

  1. West German Handball Association (WHV)

Regional associations

The following 22 regional associations are members of the DHB:

  1. Bremen Handball Association (BHV)
  2. Handball Association Lower Saxony (HVN)
  3. Handball Association Saxony-Anhalt (HVSA)
  4. Handball Association Berlin (HVB)
  5. Handball Association Brandenburg (HVB)
  6. Hamburg Handball Association (HHV)
  7. Handball Association Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (HVMV)
  8. Handball Association Schleswig-Holstein ( HVSH )
  9. Badischer Handball-Verband (BHV)
  10. Bavarian Handball Association (BHV)
  11. Handball Association Saxony (HVS)
  12. South Baden Handball Association (SHV)
  13. Handball Association Württemberg (HVW)
  14. Hessian Handball Association (HHV)
  15. Palatinate Handball Association (PfHV)
  16. Handball Association Rheinhessen (HVR)
  17. Handball Association Saar (HVS)
  18. Thuringian Handball Association (THV)
  19. Handball Association Rhineland (HVR)
  20. Handball Association Middle Rhine (HVM)
  21. Handball Association Niederrhein (HVN)
  22. Handball Association Westphalia (HV Westphalia)

League associations of men and women

The following league associations for men and women are members of the DHB:

  1. Handball Bundesliga (men)
  2. Handball Bundesliga (women)

Honorary members

People who have made a special contribution to handball or the DHB can be appointed honorary members at the request of the Extended Presidium. You have a seat in the handball Bundestag.


Social commitment: handball helps

The social commitment in handball is clear from the fact that member associations and individuals in the German Handball Federation have been supporting the German Cancer Aid against the common disease of cancer for years . Thanks to charity events and donations from numerous handball clubs from all federal states, the “HANDBALL HILFT” project became the “biggest charity campaign that has ever taken place in handball”. With this slogan, according to the initiators, social engagement stands “for the whole of handball and is part of it”.

As "Handball Hilft - Ambassadors", top athletes support the German Cancer Aid Foundation in a targeted manner in spreading the important issues and information on prevention, avoidance and help. The current circle of ambassadors includes a. Steffen Fäth , Tobias Reichmann , Dario Quenstedt , Renate Wolf , Andreas Thiel , Daniel Stephan and Michael Roth .

Beach handball against cancer

Since summer 2019, the social commitment of the DHB has also focused specifically on primary prevention against skin cancer . The German Cancer Aid Foundation and the DHB have chosen the beach handball sector for an educational cooperation on the health risks of excessive UV radiation, as announced by Axel Kromer, the DHB's Sports Director. In the beachball trend sport, “correct sun protection is a must”, emphasized Krebshilfe CEO Gerd Nettekoven . The UV radiation from the sun could increase the risk of skin cancer and weaken the immune system. The new cooperation partners want to provide up-to-date information on cancer prevention in the positive environment of this popular sport.

World record attempt on September 12, 2020

The DHB supports an action by all German handball associations. According to this, all teams nationwide have the opportunity to attempt a world record. Which team manages the most passes in 60 minutes? to participate. The three teams that have played the most passes in 60 minutes according to the given rules (video recording is mandatory) are sent to Guinness World Records in London , where the record attempts are checked.

See also

Web links

Commons : Deutscher Handballbund  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c German Handball Federation - The Handball company introduces itself
  2. IHF: European Handball Federation (EHF) >> List of Federations
  3. DHB internal milestones ( Memento from March 13, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  4. a b Inventory survey 2019 (PDF) German Olympic Sports Confederation, accessed on December 13, 2019 .
  5. a b c d statutes of the DHB from October 28, 2017 (PDF; 345 kB)
  6. , accessed on October 28, 2018
  8. Cooperation between German Cancer Aid and the German Handball Federation , accessed on July 6, 2019
  9. WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT OF ALL HANDBALL CLUBS. August 13, 2020, accessed on August 13, 2020 .