Handball Technical Regulation

* Please note that the regulations may be amended when a sport becomes part of the optional programme of the Universiade.



    The handball tournament shall be organised in accordance with the most recent technical regulations of the International Handball Federation (IHF). In any dispute the English text shall be regarded as authoritative.

    The programme and duration of competitions are fixed by the Executive Committee in agreement with the Organising Committee and the CTI. The competitions shall last eight (8) days and include:

    • - one (1) men’s tournament

    • - one (1) women’s tournament

    Each country is authorised to enter a maximum of twenty two (22) persons per tournament: a maximum of sixteen (16) competitors and a maximum of six (6) officials.

    At the first General Technical Meeting, the Head of Delegation or his/her representative shall confirm and sign the official list of competitors accredited by the CIC.


    The countries participating in the handball tournament shall pay a deposit of EUR 5,000 per team to guarantee registration (Art. 5.4.4).

    This deposit shall be paid to FISU at the latest five (5) months prior to the start of the Championship; failing this, the entries shall not be taken into consideration.

    Seeding procedure:

    The seeding procedure shall consider several factors (in no given order)

    • - FISU ranking of the two previous WUCs

    • - Continental distribution

    • - IHF ranking

    Seeding of the host country:

    • - If the host country appears in the FISU ranking as one of first four top teams, it shall be seeded in position 1 in Group A.

    • - If the host country appears in the FISU ranking after the fourth place, it shall be seeded in position 2 in Group A.

    • The place and time of the seeding and drawing procedure shall be decided in agreement between the OC and FISU.

    • The draw shall be done manually.


    17.3.1 Nomination and costs

    Referees shall be appointed jointly by IHF and the FISU Technical Delegate. The participating delegations shall bear their costs of travel, board and lodging in proportion to the number of teams registered (from two (2) days before the opening ceremony to one (1) day after the closing ceremony).

    Other costs are referenced in the FISU – IHF partnership agreement.

    The Organising Committee shall announce the exact sum shortly after the closing date for nominative entries (one (1) month before the beginning of the World University Championship).

17.3.2 Number of technical officials needed

A ratio of one pair of ITOs for two teams should be respected. In terms of NTOs, there should be for each playing hall:

  • - 1 floor manager

  • - 1 score keeper

  • - 1 time keeper

  • - 1 delegate

  • - 1 announcer