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What is Handball?

Handball is more than the game you think it is. It is a face-paced team sport that is a top 3 sport in most European countries. The best way to describe it is, water polo on land, and once you see your first game, you'll never forget it!

Playing the Game

Handball is a team sport in which two teams of seven players each (six outfield players and a goalkeeper) pass a ball using their hands with the objective of throwing it into the goal of the other team. The team with the most goals after two periods of 30 minutes wins the match.

Handball Jump
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The Court

Handball is played on a rectangular court that is 40 meters long and 20 meters wide, with a goal in the center of each end. The goal area is a semicircular line six meters from the goal; only the goalkeeper can stand inside this area.

The Ball

A handball ball is a slightly tacky, stitched ball made of leather or synthetic material designed for grip and precise handling.


The balls come in three different sizes:

  • Size 3 for men

  • Size 2 for women and male youth 12-16

  • Size 1 for younger players 8-12


The Players

Handball players are a diverse group, each bringing unique physical attributes suited to their specific position; while agile wings might be leaner and quicker, pivots often have a more robust build to hold their ground, and goalkeepers vary in size but typically possess a broad wingspan and quick reflexes.

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