Rules of the game


These Rules of the Game will take effect on 1 July 2016. The Rules Text, the Comments, the IHF Hand Signals, the Clarifications to the Rules of the Game, and the Substitution Area Regulations are all components of the overall rules. Please also note the integrated “Guidelines and Interpretations” that give additional guidance on the application of certain rules.

Beach handball

These Rules of the Game will take effect on 8 July 2014. For the sake of simplicity, this rule book generally uses the male form of words with respect to female and male players, officials, referees and other persons. However, the rules apply equally to both female and male participants, except Rule 3 (size of the ball). The Philosophy of Beach Handball is based on the principles of “Fair Play”. Every decision has to be taken in accordance with these principles

New guidelines and interpretations

This new version of the Guidelines and Interpretations valid as of 1 July 2019 has been prepared by the IHF PRC in collaboration with the IHF rules experts to clarify the correct decisions on certain situations.

Technical regulations

Quick and illustrated guides

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