IHF World Women's Championship

Short History

     The World Women's Championship is a women's international handball competition organised by IHF. The first edition was held in 1957 in Yugoslavia, involving nine teams from Europe. Over the years, the organization of the World Championships has changed. From start to 1993 it was organised in intervals from every two to five years, and in 1968 it was cancelled. Since 1995 the competition has been held biannually. The number of teams was expanded from nine to twelve in 1973. Then to sixteen in 1986, twenty in 1995, twenty four in 1997, and finally to thirty two in 2021.

Tournaments

Editions

Edition Year Host Date Nations Matches Venues Cities
1. 1957 Yugoslavia 13 - 20 July 1957 9 nations 21 matches 3 venues 2 cities
2. 1962 Romania 7 - 15 July 1962 9 nations 21 matches ? venues ? cities
3. 1965 West Germany 7 - 13 November 1965 8 nations 16 matches ? venues ? cities
4. 1971 Netherlands 11 - 19 December 1971 9 nations 21 matches ? venues ? cities
5. 1973 Yugoslavia 7 - 15 December 1973 12 nations 34 matches 4 venues 4 cities
6. 1975 Soviet Union 2 - 13 December 1975 12 nations 36 matches 3 venues 3 cities
7. 1978 Czechoslovakia 30 Nov - 10 Dec 1978 12 nations 33 matches 4 venues 4 cities
8. 1982 Hungary 2 - 12 December 1982 12 nations 42 matches 8 venues 8 cities
9. 1986 Netherlands 4 - 14 December 1986 16 nations 54 matches 19 venues 19 cities
10. 1990 South Korea 24 Nov - 4 Dec 1990 16 nations 54 matches ? venues ? cities
11. 1993 Norway 24 Nov - 5 Dec 1993 16 nations 54 matches 6 venues 6 cities
12. 1995 Austria / Hungary 5 - 17 December 1995 20 nations 72 matches 7 venues 7 cities
13. 1997 Germany 30 Nov - 14 Dec 1997 24 nations 80 matches 7 venues 7 cities
14. 1999 Norway / Denmark 29 Nov - 12 Dec 1999 24 nations 80 matches 8 venues 8 cities
15. 2001 Italy 4 - 16 December 2001 24 nations 80 matches 4 venues 4 cities
16. 2003 Croatia 2 - 14 December 2003 24 nations 83 matches 6 venues 6 cities
17. 2005 Russia 5 - 18 December 2005 24 nations 84 matches 3 venues 1 cities
18. 2007 France 2 - 16 December 2007 24 nations 92 matches 11 venues 11 cities
19. 2009 China 5 - 20 December 2009 24 nations 110 matches 6 venues 6 cities
20. 2011 Brazil 2 - 18 December 2011 24 nations 88 matches 4 venues 4 cities
21. 2013 Serbia 6 - 22 December 2013 24 nations 82 matches 5 venues 4 cities
22. 2015 Denmark 5 - 20 December 2015 24 nations 88 matches 4 venues 4 cities
23. 2017 Germany 1 - 17 December 2017 24 nations 84 matches 6 venues 6 cities
24. 2019 Japan 30 Nov - 15 Dec 2019 24 nations 96 matches 5 venues 3 cities
25. 2021 Spain 1 - 19 December 2021 32 nations ? matches 4 venues 4 cities

Final positions

Edition Year Host Champions Runners-up Third place
1. 1957 Yugoslavia CZECHOSLOVAKIA Hungary Yugoslavia
2. 1962 Romania ROMANIA Denmark Czechoslovakia
3. 1965 West Germany HUNGARY Yugoslavia West Germany
4. 1971 Netherlands EAST GERMANY Yugoslavia Hungary
5. 1973 Yugoslavia YUGOSLAVIA Romania Soviet Union
6. 1975 Soviet Union EAST GERMANY Soviet Union Hungary
7. 1978 Czechoslovakia EAST GERMANY Soviet Union Hungary
8. 1982 Hungary SOVIET UNION Hungary Yugoslavia
9. 1986 Netherlands SOVIET UNION Czechoslovakia Norway
10. 1990 South Korea SOVIET UNION Yugoslavia East Germany
11. 1993 Norway GERMANY Denmark Norway
12. 1995 Austria / Hungary SOUTH KOREA Hungary Denmark
13. 1997 Germany DENMARK Norway Germany
14. 1999 Norway / Denmark NORWAY France Austria
15. 2001 Italy RUSSIA Norway FR Yugoslavia
16. 2003 Croatia FRANCE Hungary South Korea
17. 2005 Russia RUSSIA Romania Hungary
18. 2007 France RUSSIA Norway Germany
19. 2009 China RUSSIA France Norway
20. 2011 Brazil NORWAY France Spain
21. 2013 Serbia BRAZIL Serbia Denmark
22. 2015 Denmark NORWAY Netherlands Romania
23. 2017 Germany FRANCE Norway Netherlands
24. 2019 Japan NETHERLANDS Spain Russia
25. 2021 Spain

Results

Edition Year Host Final 3. place play-off Semi-finals
1. 1957 Yugoslavia Czechoslovakia - Hungary 7-1 Yugoslavia - West Germany 9-6 Second round 2 group stage
1. go to final, 2. go to 3P match
2. 1962 Romania Romania - Denmark 8-5 Czechoslovakia - Yugoslavia 6-5 Second round 2 group stage
1. go to final, 2. go to 3P match
3. 1965 West Germany Hungary - Yugoslavia 5-3 West Germany - Czechoslovakia 11-10 Round 2 group stage
1. go to final, 2. go to 3P match
4. 1971 Netherlands East Germany - Yugoslavia 11-8 Hungary - Romania 12-11 Second round 2 group stage
1. go to final, 2. go to 3P match
5. 1973 Yugoslavia Yugoslavia - Romania 16-11 Soviet Union - Norway 20-12 Second round 2 group stage
1. go to final, 2. go to 3P match
6. 1975 Soviet Union 1. East Germany, 2. Soviet Union 3. Hungary, 4. Romania
5. Yugoslavia, 6. Czechoslovakia
Final round-robin group
7. 1978 Czechoslovakia 1. East Germany, 2. Soviet Union 3. Hungary, 4. Czechoslovakia
5. Yugoslavia, 6. Poland
Final round-robin group
8. 1982 Hungary 1. Soviet Union, 2. Hungary 3. Yugoslavia, 4. East Germany
5. Czechoslovakia, 6. South Korea
Final round-robin group
9. 1986 Netherlands Soviet Union - Czechoslovakia 30-22 Norway - East Germany 23-19 Second round 2 group stage
1. go to final, 2. go to 3P match
10. 1990 South Korea Soviet Union - Yugoslavia 24-22 East Germany - West Germany 25-19 Second round 2 group stage
1. go to final, 2. go to 3P match
11. 1993 Norway Germany - Denmark 22-21 (ET) Norway - Romania 20-19 Second round 2 group stage
1. go to final, 2. go to 3P match
12. 1995 Austria / Hungary South Korea - Hungary 25-20 Denmark - Norway 25-24 South Korea - Denmark 33-31
Hungary - Norway 22-21
13. 1997 Germany Denmark - Norway 33-20 Germany - Russia 27-25 Denmark - Russia 32-22
Norway - Germany 25-23
14. 1999 Norway / Denmark Norway - France 25-24 (ET) Austria - Romania 31-28 (ET) Norway - Austria 30-18
France - Romania 18-17
15. 2001 Italy Russia - Norway 30-25 FR Yugoslavia - Denmark 42-40 (ET) Russia - Denmark 26-20
Norway - FR Yugoslavia 34-33 (ET)
16. 2003 Croatia France - Hungary 32-29 (ET) South Korea - Ukraine 31-29 France - Ukraine 28-26
Hungary - South Korea 40-38
17. 2005 Russia Russia - Romania 28-23 Hungary - Denmark 27-24 Russia - Denmark 31-24
Romania - Hungary 26-24
18. 2007 France Russia - Norway 29-24 Germany - Romania 36-35 (ET) Russia - Romania 30-20
Norway - Germany 33-30
19. 2009 China Russia - France 25-22 Norway - Spain 31-26 Russia - Norway 28-20
France - Spain 27-23
20. 2011 Brazil Norway - France 32-24 Spain - Denmark 24-18 Norway - Spain 30-22
France - Denmark 28-23
21. 2013 Serbia Brazil - Serbia 22-20 Denmark - Poland 30-26 Brazil - Denmark 27-21
Serbia - Poland 24-18
22. 2015 Denmark Norway - Netherlands 31-23 Romania - Poland 31-22 Norway - Romania 35-33 (ET)
Netherlands - Poland 30-25
23. 2017 Germany France - Norway 23-21 Netherlands - Sweden 24-21 France - Sweden 24-22
Norway - Netherlands 32-23
24. 2019 Japan Netherlands - Spain 30-29 Russia - Norway 33-28 Netherlands - Russia 33-32
Spain - Norway 28-22
25. 2021 Spain

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