The Men’s 17 European Open in Sweden, the handball competition at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Györ, the Women’s 19 EHF EURO in Slovenia, the Women’s 17 EHF EURO in Slovakia as well as the corresponding EHF Championships in FYR Macedonia and Lithuania.
From a competition point of view, it was the first year that EHF Championships were played for younger age category women’s events. The system which was agreed by the EHF Congress in 2014 and replaces the respective qualification tournaments, was rolled out at the under-17 events in 2017 and will be fully in place for the YAC women’s competitions by 2019.
Courtesy of their results, Slovenia and Portugal, winners of the W17 EHF Championships in Lithuania and FYR Macedonia, gained a spot for their federation in the Women’s 17 and the Women’s 19 EHF EURO in 2019. Czech Republic and Serbia, placed 15th and 16th at the Women’s 17 EHF EURO 2017, will be relegated to the EHF Championships for the competitions in two years’ time.
In 2018, there will be six YAC men’s competitions in place: the Men’s 18 EHF EURO in Croatia and the corresponding EHF Championships in Austria and Georgia as well as the Men’s 20 EHF EURO in Slovenia and the corresponding championships in Montenegro and FYR Macedonia.