The second fastest indoor sport after ice hockey. An Olympic sport played in over 150 countries worldwide. The second most popular game in Europe and the most popular women’s team game in Europe. Played professionally in Europe, players are encouraged to be athletic, flamboyant and inventive, and above all, work as a team.
Handball is a team sport in which two teams of seven players each (six players and a goalkeeper) pass and bounce a ball to throw it into the goal of the opposing team. The team with the most goals after two periods of 30 minutes wins.
The game is quite fast and includes body contact as the defenders try to stop the attackers from approaching the goal. Contact is only allowed when the defensive player is completely in front of the offensive player, i.e. between the offensive player and the goal, this is referred to as a player sandwich. Any contact from the side or especially from behind is considered dangerous and is usually met with penalties. When a defender successfully stops an attacking player, the play is stopped and restarted by the attacking team from the spot of the infraction or on the nine meter line. Goals are scored quite frequently in handball; usually both teams score at least 20 goals each, and it is not uncommon to have a match end 33-31.
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Some video clips showing how handball is played....