Dimensions of a handball court

The stadium

The field of play is a rectangle 40 meters long by 20 meters wide, which has two goal areas.

A safety passage must be provided around the field of play, at least 1 meter wide behind the touch lines and two meters behind the goal line and the outside goal line.

All land lines are part of the area they bound. The goal lines should be 8cm wide between the goal posts, while the other lines should be 5cm wide.

Lines between two adjacent areas of the floor can be painted in different colors between these two areas.

In front of each goal is what is called the goal area. This is defined by the line of the goal area, which is 6 meters and which is delimited as follows:

A line 3 meters long is drawn directly in front of the goal: this line is parallel to the goal line and is at a distance of 6 meters from it (measured from the outer side of the goal line to forward part of the goal area line).

Two quarter circles, each with a radius of 6 meters (measured from the inside corner of the goal posts), connect the 3 meter long line and the outside goal line.

The free kick line (9 meters) is a broken line. It is drawn at a distance of 3 meters outside the goal area line. Both the segments of the line and the spaces left between them will measure 15 cm.

The 7 meter line will be 1 m long and will be painted directly in front of the goal. It will be parallel to the goal line and located at a distance of 7m from it (measured from the rear part of this line, to the outside of the 7m line).

The restricted goal line (the 4 meter line) will be 15 cm long and will be drawn directly in front of the goal. It will be parallel to the goal line and will be at a distance of 4 meters from it (measured from the rear part of this line, to the outside of the 4 meter line), which means that the widths of these two lines are included in this measurement.

The center line will connect the midpoints of the two lines of touch and will divide the pitch into two equal and symmetrical parts, thanks to this midfield line.

The change line (a segment of the sideline), for each team, runs from the center line to a point 4.5 meters away. This end point of the substitution line is bounded by a line which is parallel to the center line, extending 15 cm inside the touchline and 15 cm outside it.

The goal

The goal is located in the center of each outside goal line. Goals must be firmly attached to the ground or back wall. The interior measurements are 3 m long and 2 m high.

The structures of the goal must be rectangular, which means that the internal diagonals must measure 360.5 cm (maximum 361 cm and minimum. 360 cm), the difference in the same goal being a maximum of 0.5 cm.

The back side of the post must be on the line of the back corner of the goal line (and the outside goal line), which means that the front part of the posts will be located 3 cm in front of the outside goal line .

The posts and the horizontal crossbar which joins them must be made of a uniform material (for example wood, light metal or synthetic material) and have a square section of 8 cm, with rounded edges (whose radius d rounded must be 4+1 mm).

On the 3 sides visible from the field of play, the posts and the crossbar must be painted with stripes of two colors, clearly contrasting with each other and with the background. Both goals and the pitch must be the same color.

The color bands of the goals measure, at the corner between the posts and the bar, 28cm, in each direction of the same color.

All other color bands must be 20 cm long. The goals must be fitted with nets which must be attached in such a way that, if a ball is thrown into the goal, it cannot rebound immediately or cross the goal.

If necessary, an additional net can be placed behind the goal line. The distance between the goal line and the extra net should be approximately 70cm, with a minimum of 60cm.

The depth of the goal net must be, in the upper part, 0.9 m behind the goal line and, in the lower part, 1.1 m; both measurements having a tolerance of +0.1 m. The size of the gaps in the net should not exceed 10 x 10 cm.

The net must be attached to the posts and the crossbar at least every 20 cm. It is allowed to join the goal net and the additional net in such a way that no ball can pass between the two nets.

Behind the goal, in the center of its outer line, at a distance of approximately 1.5 m, there should be a vertical net with a length of 9 to 14 m and a height of 5 m from the ground.