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 team handball, but it is played on sand instead of in a sports hall; because the ball loses most of its bounce on sand, there is little to no dribbling, and players instead perform more passing as the rule of traveling still applies.
Matches are played in two or three sets, depending on when a team wins their second set of the game. If teams are tied at the end of a regular set then the teams will play for a golden goal. The teams will try to win a jump ball and the first goal wins the set. 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 his/her 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 inflights and 6 meter throws.
The official rules of Beach Handball were internationally made in 2002. 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.
The Asian Beach Handball Championship is the official competition for senior men's and women's national beach handball teams of Asia.Asian Youth Beach Handball Championship
The Asian Youth Beach Handball Championship is the official competition for youth men's and women's national Beach Handball teams of Asia, organised by Asian Handball Federation and takes place every two years. In addition to crowning the Asian champions, the tournament also serves as a qualifying tournament for the Beach Handball Youth World Championship.Australia national beach handball team
The Australia national beach handball team are the national team of Australia. It is governed by the Australian Handball Federation and takes part in international beach handball competitions.The Australian teams of both Women and Men were present to all world championships and world games since 2010. Both teams are currently preparing for the 2016 world championships in Budapest (Hungary) during July 2016.
The qualifier Oceania took place in Gold Coast at the end of February 2016. Both the Women and Men team have won the Oceania Qualifiers and won a spot in the 2016 World Cup.Australia women's national beach handball team
The Australia women's national beach handball team, also known as the Aussie Beach Gliders is the national team of Australia. It is governed by the Australian Handball Federation and takes part in international beach handball competitions.
The Women's Australian team is preparing for the World Games 2017 in Wroclaw (Poland) in July 2017..Beach Handball World Championships
The IHF Beach Handball World Championships is an international beach handball competition contested by the men's and women's national teams of the member federations/associations of International Handball Federation (IHF), the sport's global governing body.
The tournament was established in 2004, taking place every two years to allow continental tournaments to flourish without the burden of the World Championship qualifiers crowding the schedule every 12 months. The current tournament format lasts over approximately 6 days and involves 16 teams initially competing in four groups of four teams. The group winners and runners-up advance to a series of knock-out stages until the champion is crowned. The losing semi-finalists play each other in a play-off match to determine the third and fourth-placed teams.
The most recent edition was held in Kazan (Russia), and crowned Brazil as champions defeating defending champions Croatia by 2–0 in the final of men's category. Debutants Greece claimed title in women's category by defeating Norway in the final by 2–1.Beach handball at the World Games
Beach handball is part of the World Games as an invitational sport since the 2001 edition. It has become an official sport of the World Games program since 2013.European Beach Handball Championship
The European Beach Handball Championship is the official competition for senior national beach handball teams of Europe. It was first organized by the EHF in 2000. In addition to crowning the European champions, the tournament also serves as a qualifying tournament for the World Championships.European Handball Federation
The European Handball Federation (EHF) is the umbrella organisation for European handball. Founded on 17 November 1991, it is made of 50 member federations and two associated federations (England and Scotland), and is headquartered in Vienna, Austria. The current EHF President is Michael Wiederer, who was elected on 17 November 2016 and will serve until 2020. The federation celebrated its 20th anniversary on 17 November 2011 at a gala event under the slogan 'HeartBeat Handball'.Germany national beach handball team
The German national beach handball team is the national team of Germany. It is governed by the German Handball Association and takes part in international beach handball competitions.Handball at the Youth Olympic Games
Handball was inducted at the Youth Olympic Games at the inaugural edition in 2010 for both boys and girls.
For the 2018 edition in Buenos Aires, beach handball will replace handball.Hungary national beach handball team
The Hungary national beach handball team is the national team of Hungary. It is governed by the Hungarian Handball Federation and takes part in international beach handball competitions.International Handball Federation
The International Handball Federation (IHF) is the administrative and controlling body for handball and beach handball. IHF is responsible for the organisation of handball's major international tournaments, notably the IHF World Men's Handball Championship, which commenced in 1938, and the IHF World Women's Handball Championship, which commenced in 1957.
IHF was founded in 1946 to oversee international competitions. Headquartered in Basel, its membership now comprises 209 national federations. Each member country must each also be a member of one of the six regional confederations: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and Caribbean, Oceania, and South and Central America. Dr. Hassan Moustafa from Egypt has been President of the IHF since 2000.Major achievements in handball by nation
These are lists of achievements in major senior-level international indoor handball, beach handball and field handball tournaments according to first-place, second-place and third-place results obtained by teams representing different nations. The objective is not to create combined medal tables; the focus is on listing the best positions achieved by teams in major international tournaments, ranking the nations according to the most number of podiums accomplished by teams of these nations.Oceania Beach Handball Championship
The Oceania Beach Handball Championship is the official competition for senior national beach handball teams of Oceania region. It was first organized by the Oceania Continent Handball Federation in 2013. In addition to crowning the Oceania champions, the tournament also serves as a qualifying tournament for the World Championships.Pan-American Team Handball Federation
The Pan-American Team Handball Federation (PATHF) is the continental governing body for handball, beach handball, wheelchair handball and snow handball in Americas since 23 May 1977. PATHF includes Northern America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. PATHF's primary functions is to organize competitions for national teams and clubs, and to conduct Men's World Handball Championship and Women's World Handball Championship qualifying tournaments.
On 14 January 2018, during the IHF Council meeting, PATHF was suspended by International Handball Federation and was divided into two continental confederations namely the North America and the Caribbean Handball Confederation and the South and Central America Handball Confederation. The IHF Council decision was taken on the facts that there are no signs of development in the level of handball and beach handball in the North American, Central American and the Caribbean countries. There was some development in South American level but that was also not comparable to the other continents like Europe, Asia and Africa. No team from Americas had ever reached to the semifinal stage of the IHF World Men's Handball Championship and the IHF Men's Junior World Championship till date. The PATHF appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and it annulled IHF's decision.Pan American Beach Handball Championship
The Pan American Beach Handball Championship is the official competition for Men's and Women's national beach handball teams of America. In addition to crowning the Pan American champions, the tournament also serves as a qualifying tournament for the Beach Handball World Championships.Pan American Youth Beach Handball Championship
The Pan American Youth Beach Handball Championship is the official competition for Men's and Women's youth national beach handball teams of America. In addition to crowning the Pan American champions, the tournament also serves as a qualifying tournament for the IHF Youth Beach Handball World Championship.Russia women's national beach handball team
The Russia women's national beach handball team is the national team of Russia. It is governed by the Handball Union of Russia and takes part in international beach handball competitions.United States national beach handball team
The United States national beach handball team (USA Beach Handball) is the national team of the United States. It is governed by USA Team Handball and takes part in international beach handball competitions.
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