Handball is an Olympic sport played on a 20 x 40m indoor court with goals at each end. The ball is passed between team mates at high speed and attacking players use fast counter attacks and clever moves to overcome the defence and create opportunities to score. Only the goalkeeper is allowed in the 6m semicircle surrounding the goal.
The final confrontation between shooter and goal keeper adds to the dramatic outcome of an attack. Handball is reputed to be the fastest team ball sport. There is a great deal of physical contact and end-to-end action involving high jumps, powerful throws and spectacular agility.
The official International Handball Federation (IHF) rules are available for download here: