Category Archives: Professional Handball Board (PHB)

Date: 2017.04.06 | Category: Other Sports, Professional Handball Board (PHB) | Response: 0

The UEFA Congress in Helsinki took basic decisions regarding the role of the clubs in the football pyramide. As of now the European Club Association (ECA), the partner organization of FORUM CLUB HANDBALL (FCH) in Football, will have two seats in the UEFA Executive Committee.

In Handball the clubs do not have a direct representation in the EHF Executive Committee, but they are represented via the chairmanship in the Professional Handball Board (PHB). FCH President Xavier O’Callaghan represents the interests of the top European Handball clubs.

UEFA President Ceferin identified a calendar problem in football which he would like to solve by involving FIFA. The ConFedCup and the Club World Championship are not indispensable.

Although the clubs were integrated into the UEFA system, Ceferin stated that the clubs are not the only ones, who care about football. UEFA must be the instance, to look after fair balance inside the football family. UEFA needs to earn money to deliver it to federations and clubs.  

Date: 2013.03.09 | Category: Forum Club Handball, IHF, Professional Handball Board (PHB) | Response: 0

During its 8th ordinary meeting the Professional Handball Board (PHB) of the European Handball Federation (EHF) dealt with IHF matters. As discussed earlier in this blog, the IHF tried to force European Top Clubs to sign a declaration which obliges the clubs to communicate with IHF via the National Federations only. IHF underlined in various letters that compensation will be paid out only on receipt of this declaration. This letters stated repeatedly that an according decision had been taken by the IHF council. The big majority of European Top Clubs refused to sign this declaration.

According to the minutes of the last IHF Council meeting, an according decision had never been taken. The according sentence in the minutes was deleted.

The club representatives in the PHB demanded a clear statement of the PHB on the issue. All PHB members, the player representatives, the league representatives, the club representatives, the National Federations representatives and the EHF representatives strongly supported the club position and signed a letter to IHF President Hassan Moustafa, demanding ‘the immediate payment to the clubs of the compensation money due to them for release of the players to the 2013 men’s World Championship. The payment … is to be affected … by 1 April 2013 at the latest.

Date: 2012.12.19 | Category: Professional Handball Board (PHB) | Response: 0

The European Handball Players Union (EHPU) made a statement on the participation of Handball in the upcoming European Games in Baku 2015. The key sentence: ‘Player unions do not want handball to be part of the European Games without a clear reduction in the number of International competitions.’ This statement corrensponds to the earlier statement of FCH.

Date: 2012.12.14 | Category: EHF, Forum Club Handball, Professional Handball Board (PHB) | Response: 0

The European Olympic Committee (EOC) decided to establish European Games (EG) – similar to existing Asian Games or PanAmerican Games. About 13 Olympic and 2 Non Olympic Sports are supposed to participate. Handball and Beach Handball are potential candidates for the first edition which will take place in Baku 2015.

The European Handball Federation (EHF) informed the stakeholders during the last PHB meetings about the ongoing contacts with EOC. Former EHF President Tor Lian was member of a working group.

The board of Forum Club Handball (FCH) consulted on the issue during a conference call today. FCH strictly refuses to increase the number of big competitions from currently 5 (2 World Championships (WCH), 2 European Championships (ECH) and 1 Olympic Games) to 6 competitions. The invention of the EG must lead to a reduction with a maximum number of 4 competitions (1 ECH, 1 WCH, 1 EG and 1 OG) in 4 years. ‘We need to agree a plan with EHF and IHF, how to reduce the total number of competitions’, demanded FCH President Tomaz Jersic ‘Without written consent on a global reduction we can not support Handball in European Games. Additional revenues, generated by the EG, must be in invested in the promotion of our sport. According decisions have to be taken jointly by EHF and Clubs.’

Date: 2012.12.13 | Category: EHF, Professional Handball Board (PHB) | Response: 0

The 41st General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) decided in Rome on Saturday, 8 December 2012, that the first European Games will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan in June 2015.

Former EHF President Tor Lian was member of a working group, producing a feasibility study for the European Games. The Professional Handball Board (PHB) was informed about the ongoing negotiations.

EHF President Jean Brihault gave a remarkable on the issue (you find the full version on the www.eurohandball.com):

eurohandball.com: What role has the EHF played in the development of the European Games?

Jean Brihault: The EOC has said from the start that it wanted handball to be part of the project, and following a meeting with the leadership of the project in Lausanne, the EHF Secretary General, Michael Wiederer, and I made it clear that the EHF is interested in this new project.

We have also put forward the idea that we include not only indoor handball but also beach handball in the Games. I am pleased to say that this has been positively received by the EOC.

At this stage, based on the agreement of the EHF Executive and the Professional Handball Board (made up of representatives of the national federations, professional leagues, clubs and players) we have signed a letter of intent to say handball is interested in continuing to work with the EOC towards the inclusion of the sport in the Games.

The future inclusion of handball in the Games is as yet by no means certain. We have underlined the fact that that certain criteria and standards need to be met if the sport is to join the programme of the Games.


eurohandball.com: What does the European Games mean for the international calendar in the future?

Jean Brihault: Naturally the international calendar is an important consideration, and it is clear – and the message from our various stakeholders is also clear – that a European Games cannot add to the workload of players in the future.

Assuming a first event is a success, we will have to look at how the European Games will fit into handball’s calendar of events.

eurohandball.com: What does the European Games mean for European handball?
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We are still in negotiation with the EOC, but I can imagine the event in 2015 being played initially with eight men’s and eight women’s teams in indoor handball and eight men’s and eight women’s teams in beach handball. From the start both the men’s and women’s competitions event must be organised on an equal footing.

Date: 2012.11.26 | Category: EHF, Forum Club Handball, Professional Handball Board (PHB) | Response: 0

On 19th November 2012 the Professional Handball Board (PHB) discussed the latest developments in the VELUX EHF Championsleague (CL). The FORUM CLUB HANDBALL representatives demanded a joint approach of EHF, National Federations, Leagues and Clubs to work on the improvement of the product CL and the increase of the number of spectators in the arenas. TV ratings have to be improved. The EHF Executive Committee was requested to design individual solutions for the various markets.

Date: 2012.11.15 | Category: Forum Club Handball, Professional Handball Board (PHB) | Response: 0

The Professional Handball Board, composed out of two representatives from Players, Clubs, Leagues, National Federations and EHF, elected Joan Marin from BM Atletico Madrid until 2014 as chairman. The chairman of the PHB becomes automatically ordinary member of the EHF Executive Committee. The spanyard is currently also Vice-President of FCH. GB

Date: 2011.05.31 | Category: Professional Handball Board (PHB), Uncategorized | Response: 0

Before todays PHB meeting, the European Professional Handball Players Union (EPHU), represented by Marcus Romminger/GER, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the European Handball Federation (EHF). As a consequence the players as last interest group became ordinary member of PHB. Hardly welcome! GB

Date: 2011.03.15 | Category: Forum Club Handball, GCH, Professional Handball Board (PHB) | Response: 0

The 2nd meeting of the Professional Handball Board (PHB) took place on 9th March 2011 in Vienna. The Vice-President of Forum Club Handball (FCH) (and President of Group Club Handball (GCH)) Joan Marin from BM Renovalia Ciudad Real was elected as chairman of the PHB. The chairman of the PHB has automatically a seat in the Executive Committee of the European Handball Federation (EHF).

From the very beginning of the Club movement it was requested to have a representative in the government of European Handball. After 5 years of work this target has been achieved. Congratulations to all those who contributed to this development! GB

Date: 2011.03.10 | Category: EHF, Forum Club Handball, Professional Handball Board (PHB) | Response: 0

Wednesday 9 March 2011 – Professional Handball Board (Text:EHF)

The Professional Handball Board (PHB) is a common strategic platform for the key stakeholders within European men’s handball. It is made up of representatives of National Federations, Clubs, European Professional Leagues and Players, with two representatives from each stakeholder group making up the Board. The Chairman of the Professional Handball Board also has a seat on the EHF Executive Committee. 
Present at the second meeting of the PHB on Wednesday 9 March were Morten Stig Christensen / DEN and Philippe Bana / FRA representing the National Federations and the Nations Board, Gerd Butzeck / GER and Joan Marin / ESP representing the Clubs through Forum Club Handball and Reiner Witte / GER and Arne Josefsen / DEN representing the Professional Leagues through the European Professional Handball League Association, which held its inaugural meeting at the end of February 2011.

The final group to join the PHB were the Players, represented in an observer status by Marc-Olivier Albertini, a representative of the European Handball Players Union (EHPU). This followed a coordination meeting the day previously between the EHF and EHPU, in which the approval of the Union’s structure and statutes as well as the preparation of a Memorandum of Understanding were discussed.

Representing the EHF Executive Committee were EHF Vice President, Jean Brihault, and Jan Tuik. EHF President, Tor Lian, and EHF Secretary General, Michael Wiederer, were also present in the meeting.

Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman

The PHB elected a Chairman, Joan Marin / ESP representing the clubs through the Forum Club Handball. Joan Marin will now join the EHF Executive Committee for the coming period. Reiner Witte / GER representing the professional leagues through the European Professional Handball League Association was elected Vice-Chairman of the PHB.

EHF European Championships

The PHB also discussed proposals for changes to the schedule of future EHF European Championships. From the next Men’s EHF EURO in Serbia in 2012 it is proposed that the first two groups would throw off on Sunday, with the next two on Monday. Semi-finals would be played on Friday, Saturday would become a rest day and finals would be played on Sunday. This new match schedule will contribute to a better periodisation of match and rest days for the teams and players.

After clarification with the 2012 organisers, the Serbian Handball Federation, the approval of the optimised schedule will be put to the next meeting of the Executive Committee in Vienna on 8 / 9 April 2011.

In relation to the future of the EHF European Championships and the EURO product, there was an exchange of information about the development of a TV, media and marketing strategy in order to further optimise the product.

Insurance

The PHB discussed the idea of an overall insurance system for national team players and in particular compensation for the salaries of injured players from a fund. The various options will be evaluated in a workshop in order to create a proposal for the next PHB.

European club competitions

The issue of possible future systems for European Cup and EHF Champions League competitions was raised for the first time. It was agreed that this subject together with the question of playing dates and the overall calendar will be examined in detail through a major study by external specialists of the entire competition system and effects of any changes on the handball market.

Education of handball managers

There was unanimous agreement from those present to introduce an education/further education programme for managers in handball. A concept will be developed by a working group in March in order to present a concept to the EHF Executive Committee.

Additional discussions

The PHB further discussed the issues of communication between stakeholders, the information and decision making process within the EHF structure and also external communications to the handball and media world.

Last but not least the meeting was informed of the outcome of the previous Competitions Commission meeting and the proposals that would be presented to the EHF Executive Committee. There was common agreement that the meeting was conducted in a positive atmosphere.

TEXT: EHF