Handball is a team sport that is played with a ball . The match is between two teams of seven players ( six field players and a goalkeeper ) over two halves of 30 minutes. The game is to score as many goals in the opposing team's goal . Team that has scored more goals wins the match .
It is a relatively young sport , appearing in Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. 's Origins are much further and we find in some folk games practiced in the Middle Ages and dynamic games used in schools in central and northern Europe in the early nineteenth century . In all versions of the game of handball first appeared in schools as teaching material , the result of the creative imagination of eminent teachers of physical education . Father of modern handball is considered physical education teacher german Carl ( Karl ) Schelenz who introduced the rules and used a field of the same size with the football . At that time a team had 11 players .