Welcome to handball09.com. Here you will find information about handball, also known as team handball or European handball. Here you will find information about the game of handball and how it is played around the world.


Introduction to Handball

Handball is a name that can refer to a long row of different games but this website is as mentioned above dedicated to European handball. European handball is a game where two teams, each comprised of seven players (six outfield players and a goalkeeper), meet on a handball court. The goal of the game is to score by throwing the ball into to the goal of the other team.

The handball court is a rectangle divided into two halves. Each half has a goal at the end of it. In front of the goal there is a zone in which only the goalkeeper is allowed to step, but all outfield players are allowed to jump over it as long as they let go of the ball before they hit the ground. The zone stretches 6 meters from the goal and is marked by the 6 meter line. Outside the 6 meter line there is a 9 meter line. The 6 and 9 meter lines play important roles in the game as they form the basis for the formation of the teams.

The winning team is whatever team has scored the most goals after 2 x 30 minutes. Handball is quick game with a lot of action. It is not unusual for a game to feature 50-60 goals which means that there is often a goal every minute or every other minute. A very large amount of the offensives results in goals.

Handball used to be a very different game that what it is today. This is not due to changes in the rules since those have remained largely the same, but rather due to the players becoming better. It used to be a lot fewer goals in the game. Historically, hand ball used to feature about the same amount of goals as ice hockey, but with better and better players the amount of goals have increased to the point we are now and where it is common for both teams to score more than 30 goals in a game.

Physical contact and fouls

Physical contact is not allowed, except for the so called player sandwiches. This term refers to when a defensive player is completely in front of an offensive player. If a defensive player is behind the offensive player he/she is not allowed contact with the offensive players. Contact between players can cause both offensive and defensive fouls depending on whether an offensive or defensive player caused the contact. The reason that contact from the side or from the back is not allowed is that it is considered dangerous. There is no limit for the amount of fouls a player can commit in a game and they are a part of regular defensive tactics. Severe fouls can however cause penalty minutes.

Types of European Handball

Handball is usually played indoor but there are outdoors versions of the game too, such as field handball and beach handball, although neither of them is very common. Another type of handball played outside is Czech handball; it used to be a very popular game but is today considered quite obscure. It is important to remember that American handball has no connection what so ever with European handball except for the name and the fact that hands and a ball are involved.

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Betting on handball

Betting on handball is quite common and many bookmakers include odds for handball these days. It can be hard to identify good bets if your not into the game, but luckily there are a few good betting sites out there e.g. www.betpal.com and www.spelaspel.se, providing betting tips for handball.