Younger Age Category

Germany, France win most prestigious titles in busy summer of YAC events

Six younger age category events were played under the auspices of the European Handball Federation in the summer of 2017:

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.

Media coverage extended

For the first time, the Women’s EHF EUROs and the Women’s EHF Championships were streamed on ehfTV.com, bringing the matches to the European Handball Federation’s own OTT platform and to tens of 1,000s’ of fans worldwide.

Furthermore, the European Handball Federation extended its mobile reporting programme to younger age category events for the first time.

Three Slovenian young journalists were recruited for the Women’s 19 EHF EURO which was played in Celje, bringing fans all the latest from the championship on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat and continuing the progression of young handball talent on and off the court.

Results overview
Men’s 17 European Open
Gold

Sweden

Silver

Austria

Bronze

Iceland

European Youth Olympic Festival – women
Gold

Germany

Silver

Slovenia

Bronze

Croatia

European Youth Olympic Festival – men
Gold

Hungary

Silver

Romania

Bronze

Denmark

Women’s 19 EHF EURO
Gold

France

Silver

Russia

Bronze

Denmark

Women’s 17 EHF EURO
Gold

Germany

Silver

Norway

Bronze

Hungary

Women’s 17 EHF Championship – FYR Macedonia
Gold

Slovenia

Silver

Poland

Bronze

Bulgaria

Women’s 17 EHF Championship – Lithuania
Gold

Portugal

Silver

Lithuania

Bronze

Turkey