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Also referred to as 'Team handball' this Olympic team sport is a fairly popular one. It consists of two teams of seven players each (six outfield players and one goalie) who pass a ball with their hands and attempt to throw it into the goal of the other team. If it sounds suspiciously like football played with hands to you, then you're right! The rules are fairly similar, even if there are a few dissimilarities here and there.
So here's how it works. A standard match consists of two 30-minute periods and the team who scores the most goals by the end of it wins. Easy enough, right? Well, it's a seriously tiring sport, not to mention a physically tough one.
The game is extremely fast-paced and even includes body contact as defenders attempt to stop attackers from approaching the goal. But there are several strict rules regarding this aspect of the game, the violation of which often leads to penalties. The good news is that unlike basketball, where players are only allowed five fouls in a game, handball players are allowed an unlimited number of faults. This is because the more disruptive defenders are of the attacking team's rhythm, the better their defense is considered.
It's relatively easier to score goals in this sport. Handball matches see both sides scoring unto 20 goals and even exceeding the 30 mark now and again. But this wasn't always the case. Earlier reports of handball matches saw lower scores, more akin to that of an ice hockey game; but as offensive play improved so did the goal tally.
As far as origins go, there are many reports of handball-like games dating as far back as medeival France, but the modern-day format of the game came into play by the end of the 19th century in Northern Europe, primarily Denmark, Germany and Sweden. The first international games were played in 1925 for men and 1930 for women.
Olympic Team Handball came about in 1972 for men and in 1976 for women. Ever since, it has been given its due importance as a sport of true merit and one which has continued to receive rave reviews.
In case you're interested in catching the Olympic Handball tournament, you can get your hands on its schedule here.
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