In May seven EHF Master Coaches from six countries defended their academic master thesis online in front of an EHF and University Las Palmas academic panel.

Diego Soto Garcia (ESP), Vanja Kralj (SLO), Marco Antonio Mexia Arraya, Murat Bilge (TUR), Oskar Dawo (GER), Aleydin Fikretov Aliev (BUL) and Hugo Daniel Santos (POR) defended their work.

The event marked another milestone in the established partnership between the EHF and the Spanish university. Overall, 32 graduates have achieved their academic certification and degree over the past four years.

This year the thesis defence allowed the following EHF Master Coaches to enter the final stage of receiving a post-graduate master degree called Master of Science, EHF Master Coach.

The academic panel was composed of Professor Miguel Betancor, well-known basketball referee legend, academic director of the programme, Pedro Sequiera EHF Methods Commission Chairman and EHF Methods Commission member Carmen Manchado.

Responsibility for coordination of the project lies with Helmut Höritsch, the coordinator for the EHF Competence Academy & Network (CAN) and senior manager for education and development.




The EHF Transfers Department has enjoyed a busy 2021 as it continues to be a crucial point of reference in terms of legal framework to players, clubs and national federations.

The EHFamily e-transfers platform, which was launched in July 2020, has continued to show improvements of data correctness and accuracy. This has meant transfer procedures are settled and managed in real time which makes transfers and releasing players even more efficient.

Meanwhile the Professional Players Lists – an online tool – is able to give a generic overview of players, offering accurate and transparent information in real time facilitating the communication between the interested stakeholders.

An additional tool that was launched at the end of November 2021 was the Official Squad Lists – which enables EHF member federations to actively work on the information concerned by observing and respecting the foreseen deadlines and adjusting the correct informational flow.

The EHF’s own Players’ Database also received maintenance to help the 24/7 tool work efficiently as it continuously updates of players’ evidence and movement through transfers and changing of the status from and between amateur and professional.