Street Handball Rules
(Click the flag to see the rules in your language.)
How to play street handball
(It’s only the english rules there are updated rules)
The game that can be played by everyone across sexes, ages, and in line with fair-play rules.
– Play fair with no physical contact.
– No dribbling. Max. 3 steps.
– Played against 2 goals*. With two goal areas.
– You cannot make an attempt on goal until your teammates have touched the ball.
– Throw-off from the goal.
– Anyone can be goalkeeper, goalkeeper takes part in the attack.
(See the video click the play button.)
– After an attack, the team must return home and touch the line of the goal area before they can defend.
– Non-aggressive defence is recommended.
– Let the game “flow”, avoid too many stops, e.g. in case of slightly overstepping lines, 4 steps, etc.
– A 7-meter (penalty) throw is awarded in case of physical contact with an opponent, or a push, etc.
After the match, shake hands with the opponent and say, “Thank you for a good match”.
– Any handballs may be used, especially soft, foam balls and street handballs.
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– Rules / arbitrations are settled through dialogue among the players or through a Match Instructor**.
– The scoring system***: For very young children we recommend not to count the goals/points scored. The most important thing is to have fun.
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“Keep it simple” – Few rules – Play to have fun.
– Play and have Fun (Mix girls and boys)
– Perhaps with music / DJ ;D
The above rules are only for inspiration; it is up to you to determine how to play Street Handball in your neighbourhood.
Have a great time, enjoy the team spirit, and observe fair play.
*A pitch / court with 2 goals provides more fun and it will even challenge your shape and benefit your body. In case of many players and many matches to absolve, you may choose to begin playing with 1 goal; if, however, you place 2 goals opposite each other, you may soon switch to the ‘real’ game – providing more fun for everybody.
**The Match Instructor: (May be a coach/parent or any third person) Together with the team coaches, it is the task of the Match Instructor to ensure the good experience, and that all participants feel ownership of the game. The Instructor should remove the players’ attention from the result and instead focus on the good handball experience, presence in the match, the flow of the match, and avoid too many interruptions of the match. So, the Instructor is not the referee; his task is to guide the players on the rules and make the players focus on what they did well, etc.
***The scoring system: Quote from a street-handball event in Denmark, “We were counting goals up to around 3 and it seemed that the Instructor and later the players forgot to keep track of the score, but the match continued, and the kids enjoyed it and had fun. Finally, prizes were awarded by way of a draw.”
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10 meters wide x 20 meters long.
– 2 goal areas at opposite ends, preferable dotted lines forming a crescent or a straight line.
(4 meters from goal line to line in front of goal and 3 meters from the post to the side line.)
– Mini goal, 2.4 meters wide x 1.6 meters long.