Is Team Handball An Olympic Sport? Here’s What You Need To Know

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What is Team Handball?

Team handball is a fast-paced and exciting team sport that has been around for centuries. The game involves two teams of seven players each throwing and catching a ball in order to score points by shooting it into the opponent’s goal. It’s an Olympic sport, recognized by the International Olympic Committee since 1972 and sometimes referred to as simply “handball” or “Olympic handball”. With its combination of speed, passing, skill, tactics and physicality, it is one of the most popular sports in Europe and other parts of the world.

History & Origins

Team handball was first documented in medieval France during the 12th century AD when it was used as a form of entertainment between rival villages. Since then, various forms have evolved across Europe including field handball (a forerunner to modern day team handball) which originated in Denmark and Germany during the 19th century before being standardized on an international level some years later. Today there are over 150 countries playing competitively at every level from youth through to professional leagues such as those found in Scandinavia or Central/Eastern European nations such as Hungary or Croatia, where it enjoys immense popularity amongst fans from all walks of life.

Rules & Regulations

The rules for team handball are similar to those found with many other sports – two teams compete against each other on either side of a court which measures 40m x 20m divided into two halves with goals situated at either end measuring 3m wide x 2m high; games last 60 minutes split into 30 minute halves; players must use their hands only when playing with no contact permitted; goals can be scored by throwing even bouncing passes directly into opponents’ goal posts; fouls will result in time penalties; extra time may be added if scores remain tied after regulation play etc…


Team Handball has enjoyed huge success since its introduction onto the global sporting stage back in 1972 when it was officially adopted for inclusion within future Olympics Games competitions – both men’s and women’s events taking place regularly ever since then! It remains hugely popular across much of Europe but also continues to make advances worldwide making this truly an international game enjoyed by millions upon millions people from all corners of this planet!