Beyond 2020

In July, the European Handball Federation published its ‘EHF Bid Code’, a detailed document outlining the bidding process for the EHF EURO events in 2022 and 2024.

For the first time, the ‘Bid Code’ was accompanied by a shorter, publicly available, ‘bid brochure’ and an official bidding website, ‘Beyond 2020’, adding transparency to the bidding process and giving current and future stakeholders, partners, sponsors, the media as well as fans an insight into one of Europe’s biggest indoor sport events.

The digital and print publications set out the EHF’s vision for the EHF EURO events in 2022 and 2024 and offer bidding nations an insight into the standards and expectations of organising a major international sports event.

From 2020 the EHF EURO events will develop still further as the men’s final tournament expands from a 16-team event to be played by 24 teams.

In 2020 the men’s event will also be organised across three nations (Sweden, Austria and Norway) with the final matches to be the first to be played in a football arena, the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm.

Launch Beyond 2020 Website
Beyond 2020 Bidding Brochure
Seven bids from across Europe

From Spain in Europe’s west to Hungary and Slovakia in the east; from Denmark in Europe’s north to FYR Macedonia in the continent’s south-east: the bidding process for the EHF EUROs in 2022 & 2024 has attracted EHF Member Federations from across the continent.

In total, 11 different nations have submitted an application, with several of them joining forces to host the championship. These are:

Men’s EHF EURO 2022

Belgium, Spain and France
Denmark and Switzerland
Hungary and Slovakia

Men’s EHF EURO 2024

Denmark and Switzerland
Hungary and Slovakia

Women’s EHF EURO 2022

Slovenia, FYR Macedonia and Montenegro

There is currently no bid for the Women’s EHF EURO in 2024, and the EHF Executive Committee will determine the next steps in this case.

Belgium, Spain and France

Belgium, Spain and France have submitted one application for EHF EURO 2022.

In their application they stated: “In this bid, we want to share the excitement to live a unique event which combines tradition, passion, success, experience, excitement for the new and unexpected, the great chance to take good care of our fans and marketing partners. All of the above while praising the great values of our sport, of our players and our technical staff.”

Hungary and Slovakia

Hungary and Slovakia have applied for both 2022 and 2024.

They promise a ‘captivating’ championship: “We wish to engage and connect people through their passion for handball. We aim to provide a wide range of events at exciting locations with ample opportunity to celebrate together. A Handball EURO so captivating that you do not just want to watch it on TV. A festival of handball you want to attend to feel the groove and share the live experience.”

Denmark and Switzerland

The two nations are also in the running for both men’s events.

The Danish-Swiss vision is as follows: “For European handball, Denmark + Switzerland will showcase a new hosting model, opening up new opportunities for smaller nations. Nowhere else will European handball have a bigger opportunity to expand and inspire than with this perfect partnership. With Denmark + Switzerland, the Men’s EHF EURO 2022 or 2024 will ignite a new era, driving new and sustainable hosting aspirations for all European Handball nations big and, especially, small.”


Germany opened their 2024 bid with 'Welcome to a country that loves handball”. The DHB’s President Andreas Michelmann writes in his foreword: “Germany is a country with huge expertise when it comes to hosting international mega events. We kindly invite the European handball family to join us as guests during the EHF EURO 2024. Enjoy big entertainment and big stadiums and help us to take the handball sport to a new level of engagement!”

Slovenia, FYR Macedonia and Montenegro

For the three nations bidding for the Women’s EHF EURO 2022, Slovenia, FYR Macedonia and Montenegro, the following strategy is in focus:

The vision […] is to bring the biggest women’s handball event in Europe closer to what biggest men’s events represent. Enhancing the brand and the image of the women’s handball and improving all its products is a long-term mission and it never ends, but a professionally made strategic plan provides a useful focus and gathers talent and resources that energize and move the organisation toward its mission goals.”

Next steps

Following the applications, the next steps are as follows:

Following a first evaluation, the EHF Executive Committee will approve the applications at its meeting on 15 December 2017

Site inspections will take place in early 2018

In March 2018, the bids for the EHF EUROs in 2022 and 2024 will be confirmed by the EHF Executive Committee.

The awarding of the EHF EUROs 2022 and 2024 will take place at the EHF Congress in Glasgow on 18/19 June 2018.

Playing dates for EHF EUROs in 2022 and 2024

The dates for the Men’s and Women’s European Championships in 2022 and 2024 have already been confirmed.

Men’s EHF EURO 2022: 14 to 30 January
Women’s EHF EURO 2022: 4 to 20 November
Men’s EHF EURO 2024: 12 to 28 January
Women’s EHF EURO 2024: 29 November to 15 December