The Sport of Team Handball
Handball, which can also be called team handball and borden ball, is a type of contact sport in which two teams with seven players each (consisting of six outfield players and one goalkeeper), pass a ball and throw it into the goal of the opposing team.
The sport was developed in the 1800s in northern Europe. Both men and women can play handball. Handball is usually held indoors.
A match consists of two periods with 30 minutes each period. The standard court size is 20 meters by 20 meters, the court sidelines’ term is touchlines, and the goal lines are called endlines
Handball is a fast-paced sport, goals are score frequently. In handling the ball, the players must follow some rules. When receiving the ball, a player can either pass, keep possession or the player can shoot the ball. Only the defending goalkeeper can touch the floor of the goal area, no other players can touch. A ball cannot be passed back to the goalkeeper if the goalkeeper is still in the goal area.
Also called Team Handball, Olympic Handball, European team handball, and Borden ball.
- Beach Handball — a variation of handball played on sand instead of indoors. This sport is sometimes called Sandball.
- Field Handball — the original version of handball played outdoors on a larger field and with more players. It is also known as Outdoor Handball or Grass Handball.
- Czech Handball — a very similar game to Team Handball, played outdoors
- Unicycle Handball — competitors ride unicycles and a handball-sized ball, with the aim to throw it into a vertical hoop placed about 6 feet (1.8 m) above the ground.
- Tchoukball — an indoor team sport in which the players can score by throwing a ball onto a rebound frame at either end of the court and the ball landing back on the court without being caught.
- American (court) Handball and many variations - a very different sport involing hitting a ball against a wall with the hand.
- More about Handball
- Handball at the Olympics
- Handball Major Events
- Complete list of sports
- The Encyclopedia of Sports