The Handball Court

Take a look at our fast overview on the principles and measurements of a handball court, for both women and men.

Brush up on the fundamentals, such as the dimensions of the court and the ball, before you begin playing handball.


  • The handball court — steps 40m x 20m (131.25feet x 65.62feet).
  • The handball goal — 2m (6.56feet) tall and 3m (9.84feet) wide.
  • Lineup — the remaining players and the line between goalkeepers.
  • Line — where penalty shots are taken after fouls on players with a shooting opportunity on goal.
  • Line — A dotted line. In which an attacking team resumes play it marks. Known as the ‘free-throw line’.
  • Halfway line — in which the game is started from in the start of the game and following half-time, and for restarting after a goal is scored.
  • Substitution line — when a substitution is made, where players need to leave the courtroom.
  • Place in handball — the region in. Players can jump in this area as long as the ball is released by them before they land.



The handball

  • For the men’s game: the ball is 58 to 60cm (22.83 to 23.62in) in circumference and is 425 to 475g (15 to 16.75oz) in weight.
  • For the women’s game: the ball is 54 to 56cm (21.25 to 22.05in) in circumference and is 325 to 375g (11.46 to 13.23oz) in weight.


It’s incredibly common from the likes of Spain, France and Croatia, all which have professional female and male teams. Despite its history, the game of the Ufa men was not implemented before the 1936 Berlin games into the Olympics. The game of the women took despite their ability level being released in 1976 in Montreal.


Today, the game is now played in over 150 countries, including variants.


How to get involved in playing handball

Interested? Handball develops athletic abilities, promotes teamwork, and increases fitness and basic well-being. Although not a significant game, many gyms or leisure clubs will almost certainly have courses or handball events for all to become involved in. The fast paced game is an excellent way.

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