Danish Women's Handball League

The Danish Women's Handball League (Danish: Damehåndboldligaen) is the top professional league for Danish women's handball clubs. It is administered by the Danish Handball Federation, and the winners are recognized as Danish champions. The league is officially called HTH Ligaen for sponsorship reasons. It has previously been known as HTH GO Ligaen, Primo Tours Ligaen, Boxer Dameligaen, TOMS Ligaen and GuldBageren Ligaen. The current title holder is Team Esbjerg. The European Handball Federation (EHF) ranks the Danish league 4th in the coefficients of leagues based on performances in European competitions over the past seasons.

Danish Women's Handball League
Current season, competition or edition:
Number of teams14
Relegation to1. Division
Domestic cup(s)Santander Cup
International cup(s)Champions League
Challenge Cup
Current championsTeam Esbjerg
(2nd title) (2018-19)
Most championshipsViborg HK
(14 titles)
TV partnersTV 2, TV 2 Sport

Competition format

The Danish Women's Handball League shares the season style with the men's league. It consists of 12 teams, each playing 22 regular season games. The six teams with most points at the end of the regular season advance to the play-offs. They are divided into two groups of three, based on their placement. Group A is formed by 1, 3 and 6 while Group B has 2, 4 and 5. Four matches are played in each group, in home and away form. Teams ending first and second at the regular season start with one bonus point. The two group winners advance to the championship finals, while the runners-up will play for the bronze medal. Both the finals and the bronze matches are played as a "best of three" series.

The lowest placed team of the regular season is directly relegated to the second-best division, and replaced by the winner of this. The teams finishing 7 to 11 will together with number 2 to 4 from 1st division be divided into two groups of four teams. Group A is formed by: Number 7 from the league (2 bonus points), number 10 from the league (1 bonus point) and number 2 and 4 from the 1st division. On the other hand, Group B has: Number 8 from the league (2 bonus points), number 9 from the league (1 bonus point), number 11 from the league and number 3 from the 1st division.

The group winners and the runners-up will qualify for the league in the next season. The teams placed third in each group will meet each other in up to three games to play for the last spot in the league. The loser of this matches and number four in each group will play the 1st division the following season.

Previous format

Before the 2008/09 season, the four best teams of the regular season would advance to the playoffs, semi-finals and finals. Both the semi-finals and the finals were played as a "best of 3" series of matches.


Current teams (2019-20)

The fourteen teams of the 2019/20 season are:

Team Finishing pos.
in last season
First season of
current spell in
top division
Top division
EH Aalborg12th2018-190
Aarhus United6th2017-180
Ajax København12th2017-180
Herning-Ikast Håndbold1991-925
København Håndbold4th2013-141
Nykøbing F. Håndbold5th2013-141
Odense Håndbold2009-100
Randers HK10th2000-011
Skanderborg Håndbold13th2018-190
Silkeborg-Voel KFUM9th2013-140
Team Esbjerg2007-082
TTH Holstebro8th2008-090
Viborg HK7th1988-8910
Horsens HK1st in (1st division) 2019-200


The complete list of champions since 1936:

Season Gold Silver Bronze
1935–1936 K.I.
1936–1937 K.K.G.
1937–1938 K.I.
1938–1939 R.H. 33
1939–1940 K.K.G.
1940–1941 K.K.G.
1941–1942 AGF
1942–1943 K.I.
1943–1944 K.I.
1944–1945 Didn't take place
1945–1946 K.K.G.
1946–1947 K.I.
1947–1948 K.I.
1948–1949 AGF
1949–1950 K.I.
1950–1951 H.G.
1951–1952 V.R.I.
1952–1953 H.G.
1953–1954 K.I.
1954–1955 USG
1955–1956 FIF
1956–1957 H.G.
1957–1958 H.G.
1958–1959 FIF
1959–1960 H.G.
1960–1961 Svendborg HK
1961–1962 FIF
1962–1963 Helsingør IF
1963–1964 H.G.
1964–1965 H.G.
1965–1966 FIF H.G. IK Skovbakken
1966–1967 FIF H.G. IK Skovbakken
1967–1968 H.G. FIF K.I.
1968–1969 H.G. FIF K.I.
1969–1970 H.G. FIF Glostrup IC
1970–1971 FIF H.G. Glostrup IC
1971–1972 FIF Glostrup IC Hørsholm-Usserød IK
1972–1973 FIF Funder GF Næstved IF
1973–1974 FIF H.G. Glostrup IC
1974–1975 H.G. FIF Helsingør IF
1975–1976 FIF AIA-Tranbjerg H.G.
1976–1977 H.G. FIF Svendborg HK
1977–1978 FIF AIA-Tranbjerg Svendborg HK
1978–1979 Svendborg HK FIF AIA-Tranbjerg
1979–1980 FIF Helsingør IF Greve IF
1980–1981 FIF IF Stjernen Svendborg HK
1981–1982 AIA-Tranbjerg Svendborg HK FIF
1982–1983 Helsingør IF Holstebro KFUM FIF
1983–1984 Helsingør IF AIA-Tranbjerg Rødovre HK
1984–1985 FIF Helsingør IF IF Stjernen
1985–1986 IF Stjernen Rødovre HK GOG
1986–1987 Rødovre HK Lyngså BK NNfH Lemvig
1987–1988 Lyngså BK Rødovre HK GOG
1988–1989 FIF AIA-Tranbjerg GOG
1989–1990 GOG FIF Lyngså BK
1990–1991 GOG Viborg HK FIF
1991–1992 GOG Viborg HK FIF
1992–1993 GOG Viborg HK FIF
1993–1994 Viborg HK GOG Ikast FS
1994–1995 Viborg HK GOG Ikast FS
1995–1996 Viborg HK GOG Ikast FS
1996–1997 Viborg HK Frederikshavn fI GOG
1997–1998 Ikast FS Viborg HK FIF
1998–1999 Viborg HK Ikast FS Frederikshavn fI
1999–2000 Viborg HK FIF Ikast-Bording EH
2000–2001 Viborg HK GOG Ikast-Bording EH
2001–2002 Viborg HK Ikast-Bording EH Randers HK
2002–2003 Slagelse FH Ikast-Bording EH GOG
2003–2004 Viborg HK Slagelse FH Ikast-Bording EH
2004–2005 Slagelse DT Aalborg DH Viborg HK
2005–2006 Viborg HK Slagelse DT Aalborg DH
2006–2007 Slagelse DT Viborg HK Aalborg DH
2007–2008 Viborg HK Ikast-Bording EH FCK Håndbold
2008–2009 Viborg HK Aalborg DH FCK Håndbold
2009–2010 Viborg HK Randers HK KIF Vejen
2010–2011 FC Midtjylland Håndbold Randers HK Viborg HK
2011–2012 Randers HK Viborg HK FC Midtjylland Håndbold
2012-2013 FC Midtjylland Håndbold Team Tvis Holstebro Viborg HK
2013-2014 Viborg HK FC Midtjylland Håndbold Randers HK
2014–2015 FC Midtjylland Håndbold Team Esbjerg Team Tvis Holstebro
2015–2016 Team Esbjerg FC Midtjylland Håndbold Team Tvis Holstebro
2016–2017 Nykøbing Falster Håndboldklub København Håndbold FC Midtjylland Håndbold
2017–2018 København Håndbold Odense Håndbold Viborg HK
2018–2019 Team Esbjerg Herning-Ikast Håndbold Odense Håndbold

Medal table

After 45 seasons, the all-time medal table for the women's championship is as follows:[1]

Team Gold Silver Bronze
Viborg HK1464
FIF København1286
HG København541
Herning-Ikast Håndbold467
Slagelse DT320
Helsingør IF221
Team Esbjerg210
IF AIA-Tranbjerg141
Randers HK122
Rødovre HK121
Svendborg HK113
IF Stjernen111
Lyngså BK111
København Håndbold110
Nykøbing Falster Håndboldklub100
Aalborg DH022
Glostrup IC013
Team Tvis Holstebro012
IK Skovbakken012
Frederikshavn f.I.011
Odense Håndbold011
Funder GF010
Holstebro KFUM010 K.I. København002
FCK Håndbold002
Hørsholm-Usserød IK001
Næstved IF001
Greve IF001
NNfH Lemvig001
KIF Vejen001

Top scorers

The following list shows the top scorers from recent seasons:[2]


EHF coefficients

The following data indicates Danish coefficient rankings between European handball leagues.

Broadcasting rights

In European competitions

Champions LeagueEHF CupChallenge CupCup Winners' Cup
Cwinning year(s)RUSFCwinning year(s)RUSFCwinning year(s)RUSFCwinning year(s)RUSF
Viborg HK32006, 2009, 20102131994, 1999, 2004000001201410
Slagelse FH32004, 2005, 2007001200300000000
HG København1196512000000000
FC Midtjylland (Ikast)00222002, 201112119981122004, 201501
Team Tvis Holstebro00022013, 2015100001201600
Randers HK0001201001010000
FC København0000000001200901
Frederiksberg IF010000000001
Helsingør IF010000000000
KIF Vejen000001000010
Aalborg DH001000000000
Team Esbjerg000010000000
GK Svendborg000000000001
Rødovre HK000000000001
Kolding IF000000000001
TOTAL7 title569 title341 title215 title27

See also


  1. "Medaljefordeling gennem tiden (Damer)" (in Danish). Danish Handball Federation. Retrieved 2010-08-16.
  2. "Topscorere siden 1965 - Damer" (in Danish). Danish Handball Federation. 09-07-2008. Archived from the original on February 19, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-15. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. "2019/20 season ranking" (PDF). European Handball Federation. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
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