|First played||Late 19th century in Denmark. Invented by Nicolaj Ernst in 1897 in |
|Registered players||> 27 million (2016)|
|Team members||7 per side (including goalkeeper)|
|Yes, separate competitions|
|Equipment||Ball and goals|
|Part of Summer Olympic programme in 1936.|
Demonstrated at the 1952 Summer Olympics.
Returned to the Summer Olympic programme in 1972.
|Beach handball: |
Handball (also known as team handball, European handball or Olympic handball) is a
Modern handball is played on a court of 40 by 20 metres (131 by 66 ft), with a goal in the middle of each end. The goals are surrounded by a 6-meter (20 ft) zone where only the defending goalkeeper is allowed; goals must be scored by throwing the ball from outside the zone or while "diving" into it. The sport is usually played indoors, but outdoor variants exist in the forms of
The game was codified at the end of the 19th century in Denmark. The modern set of rules was published in 1917 in Germany, and had several revisions since. The first international games were played under these rules for men in 1925 and for women in 1930. Men's handball was first played at the
There is evidence of ancient Roman women playing a version of handball called expulsim ludere. There are records of handball-like games in medieval
The team handball game of today was codified at the end of the 19th century in northern
In 1926, the Congress of the
Men's field handball was played at the