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22nd July 2022

New league structure for England Handball clubs unveiled

English handball clubs are to compete in a brand-new league structure after a raft of changes were announced - including both men’s and women’s Premier Leagues being split into north and south divisions.  

England Handball has announced the new senior league structures following consultation with clubs, and the changes are set to take immediate effect for the 2022-23 season.  

The new structures have been created to provide the best possible system for clubs across the country - and support the long-term development of the game in England.  

In addition to the creation of Premier North and Premier South for both men and women, the changes will also mean a ‘Final 4’ event hosted at a central venue featuring the top four teams from each league. 

Senior League registrations for the 2022-23 season have already opened - and close on August 4. To register, click here.

The changes follow extensive meetings held by the England Handball Association, with the decision aimed at finding a balance between representing the membership’s views and acting in the best interests of the development of the sport.  

Stacey Andrews, National Partnerships Manager at England Handball, said: “These changes reflect the feedback, views and opinions of our clubs, which were gathered during an extensive consultation process. 

“We know these decisions were not unanimous, but we believe they are essential to safeguard the future of handball in this country and aid its development.   

“This was a key decision for the governing body of the sport and has been done with the growth of the game at heart. 

“This is an exciting time for handball in England. We’re coming off the back of a great first season back since the pandemic and our biggest every National Finals weekend, so now we can look forward to September and the start of the new season.”  

This is what the changes will mean in full: 

Men's

  • The Premier Handball League will be split into North and South with the removal of the National League, resulting in Premier North and Premier South.
  • Below these will sit regional leagues split in the best way possible according to geographical location and the level of clubs taken into consideration
  • The season will conclude with the Final 4 hosted at central venues. 

Women's 

  • The Premier Handball League will be split into North and South, resulting in the Premier North and Premier South.
  • Below these will sit regional leagues split in the best way possible according to geographical location and the level of clubs taken into consideration
  • The season will conclude with the Final 4 at central venues  

A full overview of the new structures can be viewed here

Team placements are based on finishing positions for the 2021-22 season.

There are some individual league intricacies which will be decided by the teams once entries close, via a vote.  

Feedback from clubs, received during meetings, video calls, email and electronically, was varied, but all decisions have been carefully made with the views of all members in mind. 

The responses were as follows: 

Men's:

Positive - 7 - (3 PHL teams)

Neutral - 3 - (1 PHL teams)

Negative - 4 - (3 PHL teams) 

Women's:

Positive - 6 - (3 PHL Teams)

Neutral - 4 

Negative - 4 - (2 PHL teams)  

There will not be any further changes to the overall structure - but any questions can be directed to the England Handball team. Please email info@englandhandball.com.

Senior League registrations for the 2022-23 season have already opened - and close on August 4. To register, click here.

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