European Handball Rules

European Handball is a high paced sport and can be explained as a mix between soccer, netball and basketball and can be played indoors or outdoors, on sand, grass or timbered floor.

The European Handball court is the size of two basketball courts (40 meters long by 20 meters wide). At either end of the field is a goal similar to that in football (soccer). The object is to get the handball (smallish soccer ball) into the oppositions goal more often than they can get it into yours.

The ball is transported accross the court by passing in the style of netball. Players can take 3 steps and hold the ball for 3 seconds. Dribbling is allowed, however the ball must be patted with the palm, similar to basketball, therefore passing is usually the quicker option.

An average match equivilates to 2 periods of 30 minutes and a 10 minute half-time. Substitutions can be made throughout and each side gets one Time-Out per period similar to that in basketball.

Handball Court