2027 World Men's Handball Championship

The 2027 IHF World Men's Handball Championship, will be the 30th event hosted by the International Handball Federation. It will take place in Germany in January 2027.[1]

2027 World Men's Handball Championship
Tournament details
Host country Germany
Teams32 (from 5 confederations)

Bidding process

Five nations expressed interest in hosting the tournament. The awarding of the events took place at the next IHF Council meeting in Cairo, Egypt on 28 February 2020.[2][3] Germany was chosen as the host. This will be the sixth time Germany will host this tournament.


The World Championship host will be directly qualified, along with the reigning world champions. Following a decision on increasing the number of participating teams, the number of compulsory places awarded to each Continental Confederation is divided as follows: four places each for Asia and Europe, and six places for Africa. Starting in 2021 Pan America was split into two zones: the North America and Caribbean Zone having one compulsory place, and the South and Central America Zone having four compulsory places. One additional place is available for Oceania, but only when that region's national team ranks fifth or higher at the Asian Championship. If no Oceania team places among the top five at the Asian Championship, the IHF will award an additional wild card. In addition, there will be several performance places for the Continental Confederations, which are based on the teams ranked 1–12 in the preceding World Championship. According to the new qualification system and taking into consideration the results of the 2025 Men's World Championship, 32 places are distributed as follows:

  • Host nation: 1
  • Reigning world champion: 1
  • Africa: 6
  • Asia: 4
  • Europe: 13
  • Pan America: 5
    • North America and Caribbean: 1
    • South and Central America: 4
  • Oceania/additional wild card: 1
  • Wild card: 1
Competition Dates Host Vacancies Qualified
Host nations 28 February 2020 Cairo 1  Germany
2025 World Championship TBD  Croatia
2026 European Men's Handball Championship TBD TBD 4
2026 African Men's Handball Championship TBD TBD 6
2026 Asian Men's Handball Championship TBD TBD 4
2026 South and Central American Men's Handball Championship TBD TBD 4
2026 Nor.Ca. Men's Handball Championship TBD TBD 1
European qualification TBD Various 9
Wild card 18 October 2018 Doha 1[1]+1[2]  United States

^ 1. To bear in mind the 2028 Summer Olympics, the IHF Council awarded the United States with wild cards for the 2025 and 2027 World Championships.[4][5]

^ 2. If countries from Oceania (Australia or New Zealand) participating in the Asian Championships finish within the top 5, they will qualify for the World Championships. If they finish placed sixth or lower, the place would have been transferred to the wild card spot.

Qualified teams

CountryQualified asQualified onPrevious appearances1
 GermanyHost28 February 202026 (1938, 1954, 1958, 1961, 1964, 1967, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 19902, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021)
 United StatesWild card18 October 20187 (1964, 1970, 1974, 1993, 1995, 2001, 2025)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host country for that year.
2 From both German teams only East Germany was qualified in 1990.


Mercedes Benz Arena Berlin

ÖVB Dome Bremen

Lanxess Arena Cologne

Barclaycard Arena Hamburg

TUI Arena Hanover

SAP Arena Mannheim

Olympiahalle Münich

Porsche Arena Stuttgart


  1. "IHF Council awards events up to 2027". ihf.info. 28 February 2020.
  2. "World Championships 2025 and 2027". ihf.info. 25 September 2019.
  3. "German Handball Federation will host World Cup again in 2027". time24.news. 4 January 2020.
  4. "Strategic plan | USA" (PDF). IHF.
  5. "Council Meeting No. 3" (PDF). Doha, Qatar: IHF. 18 October 2018. pp. 8–9.