Handball – Arnold Sports Festival Australia
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre


Handball is a team sport in which two teams of seven players each (six oncourt players and a goalkeeper) pass a ball using their hands with the aim of throwing it into the goal of the other team. A standard match consists of two periods of 30 minutes, and the team that scores more goals wins.
Modern handball is played on a court of 40 by 20 metres (131 by 66 ft), with a goal at each end. The goals are surrounded by a 6-meter (20 ft) zone where only the defending goalkeeper is allowed; goals must be scored by throwing the ball from outside the zone or while “jumping” into it. The sport is usually played indoors, but an outdoor variant exists called beach handball. The game is fast and high-scoring: professional teams now typically score between 20 and 35 goals each. Body contact is permitted, the defenders trying to stop the attackers from approaching the goal.
As a summary, this is a sport that Australians would love because it is fast paced, it requires agility and strength, and most of all, it is spectacular!