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Handball Facts

Team sport in which players pass a ball to throw it into the goal of the other team

  • Team Handball has two teams of 7 players each.
  • Each match has two periods of 30 minutes each.
  • Typically, teams score more than 30 goals each.
  • The mens game was part of Olympic Games since 1936.
  • Women's team handball was added at the 1976 Summer Olympics
  • The rules of the modern handball are originally drafted in 1906 by the Danish gym teacher, lieutenant and Olympic medalist Holger Nielsen.
  • First international match was played between Germany and Belgium for men in 1925 and between Germany and Austria for women in 1930.
  • The International Amateur Handball Federation was formed in 1928.
  • The International Handball Federation was formed in 1946.
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