European Handball History

European Handball dates back to 1897 when the first recorded rules of Team handball were created but has origins reaching as far back as antiquity: urania in ancient Greece, harpaston in ancient Rome, fangballspiel in medieval Germany as examples.

There are also records of handball-like games in medieval France, and among the Inuit in Greenland, in the Middle Ages, and in Ancient Africa, primarily Egypt. By the 19th century, there existed similar games of haandbold from Denmark, hazena in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, gandbol in Ukraine, torball in Germany, as well as versions in Ireland and Uruguay.

Handball History