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(For the different sport of the same name played with two, three or four players, see American handball.)

Handball game

Highest governing bodyIHF
First played2 December 1917; 106 years ago (1917-12-02) in Berlin, Germany. [1]
Registered players> 27 million (2016)[2]
Team members7 per side (including goalkeeper)
Mixed sexseparate competitions
TypeTeam sport, ball sport
EquipmentBall and goals
VenueIndoor court
Country or regionWorldwide but most popular in Europe
OlympicPart of Summer Olympic programme in 1936.
Demonstrated at the 1952 Summer Olympics.
Returned to the Summer Olympic programme in 1972.

Handball (also known as team handball, field handball or Olympic handball) is a team sport similar to football (soccer). Two teams of 7 players each (six players and a goalkeeper) pass and bounce a ball using the hands, trying to throw it into the goal of the other team. Games are an hour of playing time, divided into 30-minute halves, with 15 minutes break at halftime. The size of the court is a little bigger than a basketball court, 40 meters by 20 meters, which is the same court as indoor soccer. It has a six-meter line which no one but the goalie is allowed to have possession of the ball and touching the ground. If this happens, a foul is called and the player committing the foul gets ejected, (sitting out of the game for two minutes, five minutes, or the rest of the game). There are seven players total on a handball team, six players and a goalie. Most historians agree that handball predates soccer, (football) but that is not for certain

Compare: Football and Handball
Football Handball
Players 11 players and 3 substitutes There are 14 players (7 players on the court and 7 substitutes)
Time 90 minutes regular time, 15 minutes break and time which referee will add 60 minutes regular time and 15 minutes break at halftime . The first part has 30 minutes and the second part has 30 minutes too

References[change | change source]

  1. Pazen, Björn (31 October 2017). "Handball in Germany celebrates 100th anniversary". European Handball Federation. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  2. "8 Things You Didn't Know About Handball". Olympics. IOC. 10 June 2016. Archived from the original on 19 July 2018. Retrieved 19 July 2018.

Books to read[change | change source]

  • "Team handball." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2012
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