- Handball is a fast-paced game involving
two teams of seven players who pass,
throw, catch and dribble a small ball with
their hands while trying to score goals.
- The team with the most goals wins the
game. A game consists of two 30-minute
halves with a 10-minute half-time break.
• Handball is one of the most popular sports
in Europe (after soccer and basketball)
and is one of the fastest growing sports in
Northern Asia and Africa.
• In the Americas it is becoming organized
with national and continental
championships and in Oceania it is on the
cusp of taking off..
• Starting Play :
All players begin the game in their own
half. The team winning the toss starts
the game with a pass from the center
line. After the start of play, court players
are allowed anywhere on the court
except for either goal area
• Moving the ball :
A player is allowed to run three steps with
the ball before it must be bounced, passed
or shot. If bounced, a further three steps
are allowed but the ball must then be
passed or a shot taken at the goal. If a
player with the ball is stationary and not
dribbling, a three-second rule applies
instead of three steps.
• Dribbling : Dribbling is permitted.
However, as soon as the ball is held with
one or both hands, it must be passed after
three steps or three seconds.
• Playing the ball : Players can throw,
punch or hit the ball in any direction
using hands, arms, head, back thigh
or knee. Contact with the ball below
the knee is not permitted
(goalkeepers are the exception).
Passes back to the goalkeeper inside
the goal area are also not allowed
• Substitutes : Substitutes are made at any
time and without play being stopped.
There is no limit to the number that can be
• Contact : is limited to the torso only. Arms
or legs may not be used to obstruct an
opponent. Holding, pushing, hitting,
running or jumping into an opponent are
• The Goal Area : Except for the
goalkeeper, the goal area can not be
entered by any other player.
Goalkeepers can leave this area
without possession of the ball.
Offensive players are permitted to
jump in the air over the goal's area as
long as the ball is released prior to
1. Six (6) court players and one
goalkeeper are on the court for each team.
2. A player may dribble the ball
(although it is discouraged) and is allowed
3 steps before and after the dribble. Only
one dribble is allowed per possession.
3. A player may hold the ball for 3
seconds before passing, shooting, or
dribbling. After 3 seconds it is a violation.
• 4. Players must only use their
hands to pass or shoot the ball. The
goalkeeper may use any part of
his/her body to block a shot.
5. Goal Area – this area is reserved
for the goalkeeper. No other player
(offense or defense) may enter this
6. A player that is fouled inside the
offensive zone will be awarded a
penalty shot from the 7-meter line. A
player that is fouled outside the
offensive zone will be awarded a free
throw from the point of the foul. The
defense cannot guard the fouled
•Left and right
•Left and right
More important HANDBALL
• WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (IHF,
international handball federation). Last
winner 2011 Francia (4 trophys)
• EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP (EHF,
European handball federation). Last
winner 2012 Denmark
• OLIMPIC GAMES. Last winner 2008.
• ASOBAL (Spain league) Last winner FC
• Champion League (European league).
Last winner FC Barcelona (8 trophys)
LEGENDS OF THE GAME
Rolando Urios Cecilio Alonso
Andrei Lavrov Veselin Vucjovik Olafur Stefansson
THE STARS OF TODAY
Nikola Karabatic Ivano Balic Arpad Sterbik
Luc Abalo Siarhei Rutenka Juanín García