2017/18 Season information



  • All registrations are processed through the England Handball Azolve registration system
  • All payments are made online through this England Handball Azolve system
  • If your team does not have an Azolve registration log in, please contact Angela.Deakin@englandhandball.com


Team registration opens - Monday 26 June 2017   

Team registration closes - Friday 29 July 2017 for: 

  • Premier Handball league
  • National Handball League North and South
  • Regional Handball Leagues
  • Under-19 National youth championship
  • Under-16 League

Team registration closes - Friday 29 September 2017 for:

  • University Championship

Team registration closes - Friday 1 December 2017 for: 

  • Under-14 league 

NB: By team registration we mean registration of the team for the league, and not players. Re player registration information please see below.

Registration fees

  • Adult Leagues: £280
  • Under-19 Leagues: £180
  • Under-16 Leagues: £100
  • Under-14 Leagues:  £60


Player registrations will need to be completed two weeks before a team’s first match. Failure to upload player details on the Azolve system, will mean we cannot guarantee all teams will be have their players approved for their fixture.  

International Transfer Certificates

It will be a requirement for all foreign national players, regardless of age, previous playing experience, or league, to have International Transfer Certificates as of the 2017/18 season.  

British Nationals returning from abroad to play in England will also require an ITC.  

This decision has not been taken lightly. It has been implemented due to continued pressure from the EHF and IHF who will instigate penalties/sanctions against England Handball if these regulations are not enforced.  

To view the appropriate articles from the IHF please click here

International Transfers - Guidance notes from England Handball. 

“International Transfer” and “International Clearance” are the same thing.

There are three categories of player who require an international transfer: 

  • Contract players
  • Non-contract (i.e. amateur) players who have played in the 24 months before the date on which a transfer is requested
  • Players who have not played in the 24 months before the date on which a transfer is requested

All clubs that have players in need of a valid ITC, must obtain one and register the player with England Handball before their first match in the England Handball league.

This applies to all overseas players regardless of:

  • When they last played or their age
  • Whether they only played for a university
  • If they ever played in another country

This rule also applies to :

  • Any player who has, after being born in another country, become a British Citizen and is not in possession of an ITC
  • British Citizens who played in any country other than the UK

Different fees apply to contracted and non-contracted players, the fees listed are guidance and depend on final EHF approval. 


A transfer fee for a contracted player of €1,500 to the EHF plus Home Federation is payable if the transfer takes place:

  • During his/her contract
  • At any time until 12 months after his/her contract has expired.


A transfer fee for a non-contracted player is of €138 to the EHF and Home Federation is payable if the transfer takes place:

  • Any time up until 24 months after he/she played his/her last match with the releasing club

No fee

If the transfer take place 24 months after the player last played, then the fee can be waived. 


Students competing solely in university competition, will not require an ITC. If a student wishes to compete in registered England Handball club competition then they will require an ITC.  In some cases students are able to transfer for no charge.

In order to transfer for free, a non-contracted student players needs to provide their ITR as well as:

  • A letter from both their home and exchange universities (if participating in an exchange programme)
  • A letter from their English university (if coming to England for the whole duration of their studies) confirming their student status.
  • A photocopy of his or her student ID(s).

At the end of their studies, such players can transfer back to the original country without paying a fee, as long as they were non-contracted players in England. A new ITC will be required when transferring back to the original country.

Note in some cases the student may be subject to a transfer fee regardless of information provided. This is at the discretion of the realising federation.

ITC process

Clubs requiring ITCs for their players must complete and submit an International Transfer Request form to the England Handball office.  England Handball can provide the appropriate forms where required.

  • Contact - (angela.deakin@englandhandball.com) for the appropriate information.
  • Complete ITR form and return to angela.deakin@englandhandball.com  
  • England Handball sends the ITR to the relevant National Federation. Do not contact the other federation. This will lead to a fine being imposed by the EHF.
  • The other National Federation must confirm the transfer and any appropriate information/fee/documents and send the relevant paperwork back to England Handball. A window of 15 days is allowed for the transfer
  • If there is a fee it must be paid to the EHF and respective Federation. Payment details will be provided.  
  • Once received, the completed ITC is forwarded to the club from the England Handball. In the case of no response from the realising National Federation the EHF or IHF will be contacted as appropriate to overrule and release the player. An ITC is still required.

If a player requires an ITC you they not be able to play without one.


England Handball will run the following competitions: 

  • Premier Handball League: (Previously Super 8)
  • National Handball League North/South: (Previously Championships)
  • Regional Handball Leagues: (Previously Regional Development league)
  • University Championships
  • Under-19 - National Youth Championship (Year born 1999, previously under-18 league)
  • Under-16 club competition (School year 10 and 11)
  • Under-14 club competition (School year 8 and 9) 


The England Handball Commercial Group met with the Competitions and Events Director and Manager, and a club representative to discuss the rebranding of the top league and the renaming of the pyramid leagues. The name changes have been signed off by the Competitions and Events Group and the Board. Further details on the top league rebranding and renaming of leagues will be provided in due course.


Despite a change in name to the under-19 league, the age criteria is exactly the same as the previous under-18 league. The name change is to provide clarity on the actual age of the league and players. ·        

  • Teams will play a minimum of six rounds of matches. Progression through to the national finals will guarantee another round of matches. The two teams that are in the final will play a further match.
  • The qualifying rounds will be organised on a regional basis (where team entry allows). Following the qualifying rounds teams will progress into a main round according to their finishing position in qualifying. Top-placed finishers will play top-placed finishers from other leagues. Lower-placed finishers will play equally-placed teams from other leagues. This will ensure teams play matches at a relevant level.
  • Teams competing in the highest main round will move into play offs to determine the National Youth Championship finalists. Those in the lower leagues will compete in tiered leagues.
  • There will be no under-19 cup competition. This decision has been made following a review of the competition. The focus will be on the championship and providing relevant matches for all teams.


  • Regional Qualifying
  • Regional Qualifying
  • Main Round (South/North)
  • Main Round (South/North)
  • Main Round (South/North)
  • Main Round (South/North)
  • Play offs
  • National Final   


  • Previously the under-15 club competition was run by year of birth and the under-16 county competitions by school year. In 2017/18 the under-16 competition will be primarily a club competition based on school year. The emphasis will be on participation and growing the grass roots of the game.
  • The competition is open to County teams where they wish to enter, in recognition of the growth in new areas and lack of appropriate club teams.
  • Over the season there will be a minimum of four rounds for all teams and maximum of six. The national final will be held alongside the under-19 National finals and Senior National Cup finals.

A brief outline of the structure is below.

  • Qualifying
  • Qualifying
  • Qualifying
  • Qualifying  
  • South and North Finals
  • National Final   


England Handball will launch an under-14 club competition in 2017/18. Registration will be in November/December 2017. The competition will take place from January 2018. Four rounds will be arranged from January 2018 on a regional basis, with the focus on participation and grass roots development.

To view Youth Age-group Rules and Regulations please click here


England Handball always welcomes teams to organise their own individual tournaments or matches.


To view the England Handball Association calendar please click here