Handball, the second most popular team sport in Europe after football, is an exciting, fast paced, high scoring game. As an Olympic sport, Handball is set to draw huge crowds this summer in London. This is your guide to the basics of the game so you can keep up with the action!
- A Handball match is won by the team that scores most times over two 30 minute halves, by throwing the ball past the keeper into the opposition’s goal.
- Teams consists of 6 court players and 1 goalkeeper with 7 substitutes. Any number of substitutions can be made at any time during the match.
- There is no ‘shot clock’ in Handball. Referees can warn a team if they don’t make an attempt to score within a reasonable time. They then have 5 seconds to launch an attack.
- Free throws are awarded where a foul occurs or from the 9m line if foul occurs in this zone. Penalties punish more serious foul play and are taken from the 7 metre mark.
- If the ball leaves the end of the court possession goes to the defending keeper. If touched by a defending player first, then a corner is awarded to the attacking team.
- The goalkeeper may act as a court player, but is the only player allowed inside the 6 metre goal area. The goalkeeper may use his feet to defend the goal inside this area, the only player permitted to do so.
You can download a printable PDF copy of the British Handball Basic game guide below.
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British Handball Fold-Out Game Guide
Downloadable PDF copy of the British Handball fold out Handball basics guide for you to print at home. NOT LICENSED FOR COMMERCIAL REPRODUCTION.
Rules of the Game
These Rules of the Game came into effect on July 1, 2010. The Rules Text, the Comments, the IHF Hand Signals, the Clarifications to the Rules of the Game, and the Substitution Area Regulations are all components of the overall Rules. This does not apply to the Guidelines for Playing Courts and Goals, which are simply included in the rule book for the convenience of the users of that text.
If you are interested in learning to play Handball or joining a team, you can find information about clubs near you via the England Handball Association (England) or the Scottish Handball Association (Scotland).
Both national organisations also run significant development programmes to assist those looking to start clubs or play Handball within an educational environment.
The Halliwell Jones Stadium
Tel: 01925 246482/3
National Sports Centre Inverclyde
Tel: +44 (0)1475 687820
British Handball sell a wide range of professional grade playing equipment from leading manufacturers at reasonable prices. If you are looking to buy balls, goals, kit, resin grip and more visit the British Handball Shop today.
We also have a range of replica kits and fan merchandise available to purchase, helping raise funds to support our British Handball Team Athletes.