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In the Basque region of Southeast France and Northeast Spain handball is played with bare hands on any sized court, but generally on four main types of courts; ‘fronton place libre’ an open-air court with a single wall, the ‘fronton’ and are the focal point of Basque villages, ‘fronton avec mur a gauche’ a covered open-air court with three-walls, the ‘trinquet’, an indoor court with four-walls, and large ali alai fronton.
The Handball Court consists of a Handball Goal on each side, a series of distance markings, a halfway line, a Free Throw line, and a goal area. A Handball Court can have 1, 3, or 4 walls depending on the venue. Three walled Handball Courts provide one side for an audience to experience the game.
The overall size of the court is 40 meters (44 yards) long by 20 meters (22 yards) wide. This is much bigger than a standard basketball court. The longer outer boundaries of the court are called sidelines or touchlines. The shorter boundaries are referred to as Goal Lines or End Lines.
Modern handball is played on a court of 40 by 20 metres (131 by 66 ft), with a goal in the middle of 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 "diving" into it.
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Handball player positions and playing area Playing area A competitive handball match is played on a large rectangular court that is 40 m long by 20 m wide, with a goal in the centre of each end.
The Irish game of handball was originally played on a hard clay floor, with one wall of stone at the front of the court, against which the ball was struck. The ball, the four-wall court, and the system of scoring were developed during the 18th century, when the game was a popular pastime in many parts of Ireland.
HANDBALL • The objective is to throw a ball into the opposing team’s goal to score • The team with more goals at the end of the game is declared as the winner • Seven players per side (6 court players and one goalkeeper)