How Does Scoring Work In Handball?

How Does Scoring Work In Handball

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.

A regulation handball game lasts for 60 minutes. The game is broken up into two 30-minute halves with a 15-minute break in between. Each handball team is made up of seven players on the court at a time, including a goalie and six outfielders. Throughout the game, outfielders advance the ball down the court and attempt to shoot at the opposing goalie. Outfielders must play the ball with their body above the knee.

When a player is stationary, they have three seconds to take action. A player has the choice to shoot, pass, dribble, or take three steps with the ball. After dribbling and picking up the ball, a player may not dribble again, or else they will be called for a “double dribble” and lose possession of the ball. Additionally, if a player takes more than three steps without dribbling, they will be called for “walking” and lose possession.

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.” In order 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. Each successful goal is worth one point for the shooting team.

Penalty Throws

Handball Penalty Throws

Another way to score a goal is through a penalty throw. A penalty throw is most commonly 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 off the shot, their team is awarded one point.

Overtime And Shootouts

If the score is tied up 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 athletes 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.


How do you score in handball?

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

How many points is a goal worth in handball?

In handball, a goal is worth one point. This is the same system found in sports like soccer, lacrosse, and hockey. Penalty throws are treated the same and are also worth one point each.

What is the goal crease in handball?

The goal crease is a semi-circular line six meters out 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 of the crease when they release the ball. If their feet are inside of the crease when the ball is released, the goal will not count.

What does the goal referee do in handball?

The goal referee in handball determines whether a goal is awarded to the shooting team or not. In order for the referee to award a goal, the ball must pass between the two goal posts, 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.