How Does Scoring Work In Handball?

How Does Scoring Work In Handball

Handball is a fun, rapid-shooting sport played around the world. Scoring is straightforward, but there are a few rules you should know. Keep reading to find out all about scoring in handball.

How Do You Score in Handball?

To score in handball, the attacking team throws the ball into the opposing team’s goal. To be considered a goal, the entire ball needs to cross the goal line between the goalposts. Additionally, the shooting team must not have committed any fouls while scoring, such as standing inside the crease. If both conditions are met, the goal counts and the shooting team is awarded one point.

Shooting the Ball

Once a player is ready to shoot the ball, they attempt to throw the ball past the opposing team’s goalie into the goal. When shooting the ball, players must throw the ball from outside the semi-circular area surrounding the goal, known as the crease. To score a goal, the shooter must successfully throw the ball into the net. If the player’s feet are inside the crease when the ball is shot, the goal will not count. However, if the player jumps off the ground with their feet starting outside the crease, shoots the ball midair, and lands inside the crease, the goal counts.

How Many Points Is a Goal Worth in Handball?

In handball, a goal is worth one point. This is the same system found in other sports, such as soccer, lacrosse, and hockey. Penalty throws are treated in the same manner and are also worth one point each. In handball, scoring occurs when players throw the ball into the opposing team’s goal. When the game ends, the team with more points wins.

Penalty Throws

Handball Penalty Throws

Another way to score a goal is through a penalty throw. A penalty throw is awarded when a defender fouls an offensive player in the act of shooting. When shooting a penalty shot, the player must stand behind the designated foul line located seven meters from the goal. If the player successfully scores a goal from the penalty shot, their team is awarded one point.

Overtime And Shootouts

If the score is tied at the end of regulation time, the game goes into overtime. Overtime begins with a five-minute period where both teams attempt to score a goal. The first team to score a goal wins the game. If the score is still tied up at the end of that period, another five-minute period takes place.

After the two overtime periods, if neither team is successful in scoring, the game transitions into a shootout to determine the winner. In the shootout, five players from each team attempt to score on the goalie. If the game is tied after five shots from each team, the teams continue to alternate shooting until one team obtains an advantage in an equal amount of throws and wins the game.


What is the goal crease in handball?

The goal crease is a semicircular line six meters from the goal on a handball court. The crease serves as a “safe zone” for the goalie because they are the only players allowed within that area. When shooting the ball, a player's feet must be outside the crease when they release the ball. The goal will not count if their feet are inside the crease when the ball is released.

What does the goal referee do in handball?

In handball, the goal referee determines whether a goal is awarded to the shooting team. For the referee to award a goal, the ball must pass between the two goalposts, and the entire ball must make it over the goal line. If it is decided that both these conditions have been met and no violations occurred on the shot, the referee will signal a goal.

Is handball a high or low-scoring game?

Generally speaking, handball is a moderately high-scoring game. This is in large part due to the rapid pace of play. On average, anywhere from 40-70 goals can be scored in a handball game at the highest level. This means that each team individually will score well upwards of 20 goals on average.