case27th IHF Women’s Handball World Championship 2025



A unique fan experience

The 27th IHF Women’s Handball World Championship 2025 will be held The Netherlands & Germany. Both Handball Federations kicked off preparations for the upcoming championship, sailing on the Maas River in Rotterdam on the 5th of April 2023.

The road to 2025

SportVibes & TIG Sports.

The Dutch Handball Federation collaborates with sports marketing agencies SportVibes and TIG Sports for the organization in the Netherlands. Both agencies have extensive experience in organizing major events and have previously collaborated on events like the Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort.

Hans-Willem Dicke, Managing Partner at SportVibes, and Niels Markensteijn, Managing Partner at TIG Sports, see the organization of this world championship as a tremendous opportunity to showcase both handball and innovative organizing methods:

“We aim to bring the Dutch approach to organizing, focusing on creativity and fan experience, to the global handball stage and set a new standard within the sport. The tournament should provide a unique experience for all stakeholders, from athletes to commercial partners and media, and from fans to stakeholders. With an orange sea of fans and plenty of atmosphere and spectacle at the Dutch matches.”

Week spectacle.
Host cities.

Rotterdam en

With the announcement of the playing cities Rotterdam and ’s-Hertogenbosch, the stage is set for the world championship.

Rotterdam’s sports councillor, Faouzi Achbar, expresses excitement about hosting the Handball World Championship: “Sports provide structure and focus in life, connect you with others, and keep you healthy. A vibrant sports culture creates a lively city. A top sports event like this generates attention for team sports and serves as a catalyst for handball.”

Marianne van der Sloot, councillor of the municipality of ’s-Hertogenbosch, adds: “In late 2025, the city will breathe handball for two weeks. To achieve this, we will engage with various involved parties from within and outside the city to create a meaningful event. We will explore various side events to maximize the societal impact.”

Rotterdam Ahoy will host the finals of the world championship, alongside the Maaspoort in ’s-Hertogenbosch, representing the Dutch playing cities. Earlier, the German Handball Federation announced the German playing cities Dortmund, Stuttgart, and Trier. The semi-finals and final will be held in Rotterdam.

A unique fan experience.

Both federation presidents look ahead to the event in 2025. Roel Goffin, president of NHV, remarks: “Following the outstanding results in recent years, it’s a natural step for the Netherlands to showcase handball with a World Championship on home soil. The most dynamic ball sport in the world will have a unique platform in this championship, offering all fans worldwide an unforgettable experience!”

Andreas Michelmann, president of the German Handball Federation, states: “Netherlands and Germany are neighboring countries with traditionally close ties in handball. This will be evident at the IHF Women’s World Championship in 2025, jointly organized by NHV and DHB. We aim to strengthen the bonds between both countries and create an excellent event for women’s sports in our handball decade.”