Development of International Handball

  • 1880’s Several Ireland vs America contests were held on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • 1924 Irish handball Council affiliated to the International Amateur Athletic Association. Court Handball Commission set up to legislate for handball in all countries.
  • 1928-32 England, Scotland and Ireland took part in the Tailteann Games.
  • 1929 Spanish players held an exhibition match in Dublin.
  • 1932 Irish players travelled to Liverpool for exhibition games.
  • 1951 Bob Kendler formed the United States Handball Association.
  • 1955 Three American players toured Ireland giving exhibition matches.
  • 1964 Five countries competed in First World Handball Championships in New York
  • 1967 Second World Handball Championships held in Toronto.
  • 1970 Third World Handball Championships held in Dublin.
  • 1974 International team took part in Irish Handball Council Jubilee games in all four provinces.
  • 1980 RTE TOP ACE competition was opened to international players and screened in the USA
  • 1981 First official Irish team competed in USHA Junior Championships.
  • 1982 The USHA reorganizes and moves to Tucson, AZ, under the leadership of Carl Porter.
  • 1984 Fourth World Handball Championships held in Dublin and Clare, Ireland.
  • 1985 First USHA Pro Stop is played outside the US for the first time, in Quebec, Canada.
  • 1986 Fifth World Handball Championships held in Canada.
  • 1988 Sixth World Handball Championships held in Australia.
  • 1988 International Millennium Tournament held in Dublin, Ireland.
  • 1991 Seventh World Handball Championships held in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
  • 1994 Eighth Waterford Crystal World Handball Championships held in Clare, Dublin, Kildare and Meath in Ireland.
  • 1995 First European One-Wall Handball Championships held in Wales.
  • 1996 Second European One-Wall Handball Championships held in Roscommon, Ireland.
  • 1997 Ninth Waterford Crystal World Handball Championships held in Winnipeg, Canada.
  • 1999 First European One-Wall Youth Championships held in Dungarvan, Ireland.
  • 2000 Tenth Waterford Crystal World Handball Championships held in Chicago, USA.
  • 2001 USHA Pro Stop is played in Juarez, Mexico.
  • 2002 Second European One-Wall Youth Championships held in Maubeuge, France.
  • 2003 Eleventh World Handball Championships held in Ireland.
  • 2006 Twelfth Waterford Crystal World Handball Championships held in Edmonton and Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada.