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French Handball Federation

Fédération Française de Handball - FFHB

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Flag of the FFHB, two versions - Images by Tomislav Šipel, 15 September 2021

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Presentation of the FFHB

The first Fédération Française de Handball (FFHB; website) emerged in Metz in 1935 with the release of the first "Rules of hand-ball game". A second FFHB was created in 1937 to register the first French national team at the Students World Games. The third FFHB was established in 1941 by four sport teachers, Doradoux, Cormontagne, Ricard and Heyraud. The FFHB was fully legalized in 1952. Membership increased from 4,000 (men) in 1941 to 9,565 men and 1,000 women in 1950, 20,714 men and 2,300 women in 1960, 100,539 men and 48,550 women in 1980, 173,528 men and 100,265 women in 2000, and 294,749 men and 170,205 women in 2020. The number of clubs increased from 200 in 1941 to 2,357 in 2020.

The masculine national team won the World Championship 1995 (23-19 to Croatia in the final), 2001 (28-25 to Sweden), 2009 (24-19 to Croatia), 2011 (37-35 to Denmark), 2015 (25-22 to Qatar), 2017 (33-26 to Norway); the Olympic Games 2008 (28-23 to Iceland), 2012 (22-21 to Sweden), and 2020 (25-23 to Denmark).
The feminine national team won the World Championship 2003 (32-29 to Hungary) and the Olympic Games 2020 (30-25 to the Russian Olympic Committee).

Ivan Sache, 16 September 2021

Flag of the FFHB

The flag of the FFHB is blue (photovideo) with the federation's logo, which was designed in 2016 by the Leroy Tremblot agency.

The logo is based on three symbols: a rooster, a handball player, and the tricolor colors. The new visual identity of French handball is more modern and popular, conveying values of pride, performance and conquest. Emphasis is put on patriotic feelings.
The typography using capital letters highlights the federal and institutional dimension, leaving the two "a" in small letters in coherence with a more friendly and accessible dimension.
The selected logo was the most ambitious among four proposals submitted by the agency; its main virtue is the presence of the rooster, a symbol mostly famous in sport. The rooster generates hope, envy and thirst of victory personified by the French masculine team, the spearhead of collective sports.
[SportBuzzBusiness, 25 April 2016]

Tomislav Šipel & Ivan Sache, 16 September 2021