The handball court
The basic dimensions of the handball court
Before you start out playing handball, here's a few handball basics, including the dimensions of the court and the ball used.
- The handball court — measures 40m x 20m (131.25ft x 65.62ft).
- The handball goal — 2m (6.56ft) tall and 3m (9.84ft) wide.
- 6m line — the dividing line between goalkeepers and the rest of the players.
- 7m line — where penalty shots are taken following fouls on players with a clear shooting chance on goal.
- 9m line — an arcing dotted line extending from the goal. It marks where an attacking team resumes play after being fouled inside the line. Also known as the ‘free-throw line’.
- Halfway line — where the game is started from at the beginning of the game and after half-time, and also for restarting after a goal is scored.
- Substitution line — where players must leave the court when a substitution is made.
- Goal area in handball — the area in which the goalkeeper operates. Players can jump in this area so long as they release the ball before they land.
- 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.