Irish Olympic Handball Association

IOHA Fast Facts

Over 15 million people in 160 countries take part in the game of Olympic Handball. The Irish Olympic Handball Association (“IOHA”) acts as the NGB for the sport of Olympic handball for the whole island of Ireland.

Established in 1975, the IOHA is recognised by the Irish Sports Council, Olympic Council of Ireland, the European Handball Federation and the International Handball Federation as the sole governing body for the sport of Olympic handball in Ireland

IOHA LogoMission Statement: 

To develop Olympic handball as a visible and vibrant national team sport played at all levels


Strategic Positioning 

The IOHA is undergoing a period of transition from a fully amateur organisation to one that is more professionally led. 

Ireland is currently ranked in the third tier of European nations. In order to grow the profile of handball in Ireland and Ireland in handball, the IOHA will strategically position itself as a key player in European and Global handball arena by regularly hosting seminars, tournaments and executive meetings. Ireland is considered a politically neutral and handball capable nation within the EHF and IHF and is a great location.


The IOHA has set out a number of goals that it aims to achieve in the coming years:

  • Provide excellent support for our members and recognise the efforts of volunteers at all levels
  • Integrated marketing for the promotion of handball in Ireland
  • Increase and diversification of revenue streams
  • Increase the number and quality of coaches and referees
  • Increase the number of players at all levels (Primary, Secondary, Tertiary, Club)
  • Increase the number and geographical spread of handball teams
  • Grow the women’s game
  • Improve the number and quality of events domestically and internationally
  • Improve national team performance in a professional manner


Handball, Team Handball, Olympic Handball

Handball , also known as Team handball, Olympic handball or European handball is a team sport in which two teams of seven players each (six outfield players and a goalkeeper) pass a ball to throw it into the goal of the other team. The team with the most goals after two periods of 30 minutes wins. Read More