The nation rankings for the 2013/14 season have been released by the European Handball Federation.
The rankings, based on club performances by nation in all EHF European Cup competitions in the past three seasons (2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12), determine the number of places available for each nation in the EHF European Cup competitions.
Changes in the VELUX EHF Champions League
In the VELUX EHF Champions League the new ranking means changes for a number of nations in the number of places allocated.
Thanks to the performance of Danish club teams over the past three seasons, Denmark has climbed up the rankings and now has two places in the men’s competition.
Hungary has moved down the rankings and, in the 2013/14 season, will only be allocated one place in the VELUX EHF Champions League.
There are also changes for the Netherlands and Luxembourg, two nations which now receive a place in the men’s competition.
As a result of a lower ranking, Montenegro and Iceland will no longer have places in Europe’s premier club handball competition.
Changes in the women’s rankings
In the women’s rankings there are two notable changes.
Belarus has moved up in the rankings and will now receive a place in the Women’s EHF Champions League and Slovakia has moved down in the rankings and no longer receives a place.