Handball is a fast team sport with the objective of scoring the most goals into the opposing team’s goal to win the match. Each Handball game takes place with 2 teams made up of 7 players each that pass the ball with their hands. A match of Handball has 2 periods of 30 minutes each.

Handball is usually played indoors, but variations of the sport can be played outside. Body contact is allowed to the defending players to keep other from scoring a goal. Handball players do no require protective equipment, but they are allowed to wear protective bands, pads, and mouth guards.

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Handball Goal
Elevation illustrations of a Handball Goal with a goalie

A Handball Goal is kept at both ends of a Handball Court and are required to play Handball. The frame of a typical Handball Goal is made from aluminum. A Handball Goal center has a net that is securely fastened so that a Handball Ball does not to pass through the goal. The Handball Goal is surrounded by a line inside and only the goal keeper is allowed inside the space. Goalkeepers cannot leave the goal area with the ball in their hands, but are allowed to go outside the goal area to save a ball.

Handball Goals have a regulated inside width of 9.84’ (3 m), inner height of 6.56’ (2 m), and depth of 3.28’ (1 m). The weight of a Handball Goal is typically 210 lb (95 kg).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of a Handball Goal measured with length, width and depth
A Handball Goal is kept at both ends of a Handball Court and are required to play Handball. The frame of a typical Handball Goal is made from aluminum. A Handball Goal center has a net that is securely fastened so that a Handball Ball does not to pass through the goal.

Handball Goals have a regulated inside width of 9.84’ (3 m), inner height of 6.56’ (2 m), and depth of 3.28’ (1 m). The weight of a Handball Goal is typically 210 lb (95 kg).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of a Handball Goal measured with length, width and depth
Handball Goal
Height:
6.56’ | 2 m (Inside)
Width:
9.84’ | 3 m (Inside)
Length:
Depth:
3.28’ | 1 m
Weight:
210 lb | 95 kg (Typical)
Area:

Crossbar Width: 3.15” | 8 cm

Net Mesh: .12”-.2” | 3-5 mm

Mesh Squares: 1.97”-3.94” | 5-10 cm

Color: Alternating contrasting pattern
Materials: Galvanized steel, aluminum, wood; polypropylene mesh net

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Handball Goal front elevation, side, top, back, front (goalie)

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Handball - Size 3
Size comparison diagram of the Handball Size III compared to other similar sports balls

Handball Balls (00, 0, 1, 2, 3) are used in the Handball sport similar to the way a volleyball is used. Handball Balls are typically constructed from black rubber and are designed to be easily carried. Handball Balls range in grip size and weight in accordance to age and gender.

Handball Balls size 00 and 0 are ideal for children younger than 8 years and size 1 for children over 8 years. Handball Balls size 2 are typically used by women, boys over 12 years and girls older than 14 years. Handball Balls size 3 is the largest available and are typically used by males over 16 years. Handball Balls vary in color.

Size 3 Handballs have a diameter of 7.3”-7.5” (185-191 mm) and circumference of 23”-24” (58-60 cm). The mass of a Size 3 Handball is between 15-17 oz (425-475 g) with a pressure between Pressure: 5.8-8.7 psi (40-60 kPa).

Dimensioned elevation drawing of a Handball Size III measured with diameter and circumference
Handball Balls (00, 0, 1, 2, 3) are used in the Handball sport similar to the way a volleyball is used. Handball Balls are typically constructed from black rubber and are designed to be easily carried. Handball Balls range in grip size and weight in accordance to age and gender.

Size 3 Handballs have a diameter of 7.3”-7.5” (185-191 mm) and circumference of 23”-24” (58-60 cm). The mass of a Size 3 Handball is between 15-17 oz (425-475 g) with a pressure between Pressure: 5.8-8.7 psi (40-60 kPa).

Dimensioned elevation drawing of a Handball Size III measured with diameter and circumference
Handball - Size 3
Height:
7.3”-7.5” | 185-191 mm (Diameter)
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Weight:
15-17 oz | 425-475 g
Area:

Circumference: 23”-24” | 58-60 cm
Pressure: 5.8-8.7 psi | 40-60 kPa

Materials: Leather or synthetic materials

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Handball (Size III) Elevations (various)

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Handball Court
Drawing of a Handball Court compared to other similar sports courts

The Handball Court consists of a Handball Goal on each side, a series of distance markings, a halfway line, a Free Throw line, and a goal area. A Handball Court can have 1, 3, or 4 walls depending on the venue. Three walled Handball Courts provide one side for an audience to experience the game. A Handball Court with 3 walls is not standardized and are less common. A Handball Court with one wall increases the amount spectators that can view the game and are less expensive to construct than 3 or 4 wall Handball Courts.

Handball Courts have an overall length of 131.23’ (40 m), width of 65.62’ (20 m), and have a total area of a 8611 ft² (800 m²). The goals of a Handball Court are 9.84’ x 6.56’ (3 x 2 m). Handball Courts have a centered Goal Keeper Line at 4.37’ (4 m) from the goal, followed by a penalty mark at 22.97’ (7 m). The Goal Area, or D-Zone, is placed at a radius of 19.69’ (6 m) from the corner of the goal, with the larger Free Throw Line beyond at a radius of 29.53’ (9 m). The recommended minimum clearance of 8.2’ (2.5 m) should be maintained around the Handball Court.

Dimensioned plan drawing of a Handball Court measured with length and width of the various court lines
The Handball Court consists of a Handball Goal on each side, a series of distance markings, a halfway line, a Free Throw line, and a goal area. A Handball Court can have 1, 3, or 4 walls depending on the venue. Three walled Handball Courts provide one side for an audience to experience the game.

Handball Courts have an overall length of 131.23’ (40 m), width of 65.62’ (20 m), and have a total area of a 8611 ft² (800 m²). The goals of a Handball Court are 9.84’ x 6.56’ (3 x 2 m). Handball Courts have a centered Goal Keeper Line at 4.37’ (4 m) from the goal, followed by a penalty mark at 22.97’ (7 m). The Goal Area, or D-Zone, is placed at a radius of 19.69’ (6 m) from the corner of the goal, with the larger Free Throw Line beyond at a radius of 29.53’ (9 m). The recommended minimum clearance of 8.2’ (2.5 m) should be maintained around the Handball Court.

Dimensioned plan drawing of a Handball Court measured with length and width of the various court lines
Handball Court
Height:
Width:
65.62’ | 20 m
Length:
131.23’ | 40 m
Depth:
Weight:
Area:
8611 ft² | 800 m²

Goal Size: 9.84’ x 6.56’ | 3 x 2 m
Goal Keeper Line: 4.37’ | 4 m
Penalty Mark: 22.97’ | 7 m
Goal Area (D-Zone): 19.69’ | 6 m (Radius from Goal Corner)
Free Throw Line: 29.53’ | 9 m (Radius from Goal Corner)
Substitution Lines: 14.76’ | 4.5 m (From Center)
Line Width: 2”-3” | 5-8 cm
Clearance: 8.2’ | 2.5 m
Overall Area (Clearance): 12109 ft² | 1125 m²
Surface Materials: Wood, rubber, or vinyl

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Handball Court plan, side elevations

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