Beach handball
Beach handball Euro 2019 Preliminary Round Women ESP-GRE 058.jpg
Highest governing bodyInternational Handball Federation
Team members4 per side
Country or regionWorldwide
World Games2001
Men dive during a goal attempt in a beach handball game.
Men dive during a goal attempt in a beach handball game.

Beach handball is a team sport where two teams pass and bounce or roll a ball, trying to throw it in the goal of the opposing team. The game is similar to standard handball, but it is played on sand instead of on a solid floor. Because the ball loses most of its bounce on sand, there is little to no dribbling, and players instead perform more passing as the rules of travelling still apply.

Matches are played as best two-out-of-three sets. If teams are tied at the end of a regular set then the teams play for a golden goal. If the teams are tied at the end of 2 sets then the teams will participate in a tie breaker. The tie break involves a goalie throwing the ball to their own player while that player attempts to score one-on-one with the opposing goalie. During regular play, if the goalkeeper scores a goal this counts as two points, compared to a normal goal scored by an outfield player which counts as 1 point. Creative or spectacular goals, such as 360 degree jumps and alley-oops, are awarded with two points, as well as in-flights and 6 meter throws.

The first European Championships was played in the year 2000.

As of September 2014, Brazil is ranked the number 1 country in the world, and is the winner of the world championship in both men's and women's divisions at the 2014 Beach Handball World Championships.[1]


In 2021, the Norwegian women's team were fined €1500 for being improperly dressed after the women wore bike-shorts instead of bikini bottoms at a European championship match in Bulgaria.[2] Critics derided the fine and the underlying rule. Although the Norwegian Handball Federation announced they would pay the fines, pop singer Pink offered to pay for them.[3] In November 2021, the International Handball Federation changed their dress rules to closely match the shorts that the Norwegian team were fined for wearing.[4]



See also


  1. ^ "Beach Handball Carnival on the beach of Recife". 2014-07-27.
  2. ^ "Norway's beach handball team fined for wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms". SBS News. 2021-07-21.
  3. ^ Daniel Rosney; Manish Pandey (2021-07-27). "Beach handball: 'It's shocking to have to pay to not play in our pants'". BBC News.
  4. ^ "Beach handball relents on rule women must wear bikinis". RTÉ.ie. 2 November 2021.