About Handball

Handball (or “Team Handball”) is a fast-paced game involving two teams of seven players who pass, throw, catch and dribble a small ball with their hands while trying to score goals. The team with the most goals wins the game. A game consists of two 30-minute halves with a 10-minute half-time break.

Even the ancient Greeks…

The sport of handball as it is played today certainly has a chequered history. The very fact that man has always been more adept at using his hands than his feet lends credibility to the claim made by famous sports historians that he started playing handball much earlier than, say, football.

Ancient forms of handball

The games that were precursors of handball can only said to be distantly related to it in terms of their structure and rules of play. Nonetheless, the games of “Urania” played by the Ancient Greeks (and described by Homer in the Odyssey) and “Harpaston” played by the Romans (and described by the Roman doctor Claudius Galenus in 130 to 200 A.D.) as well as in the “Fangballspiel” (or ‘catch ball game’) featured in the songs of the German lyrical poet Walther von der Vogelweide (1170-1230) all contained certain features that can be described as ancient forms of handball.

Modern handball

Modern handball was first played towards the end of the 19th century. For instance, one such game was played in the Danish town of Nyborg in 1897. The real impulses emanated from Denmark, Germany and Sweden. The founding fathers of field handball were probably German physical education experts who gained recognition for field handball as a separate sport at the turn of the century, based on the games of “Raffball” (’snatch ball’) and “Königsbergerball” (Konrad Koch 1846-1911). In Sweden it was G. Wallström who introduced his country to a certain sport named “handball” in 1910.

About the Seoul Expats

The Seoul Expats Handball Club was set-up in 2009 and aims at regrouping the players amongst the expat community in Seoul. To contact us, simply send an email to Chris or give him a call (in English or French).


About Handball in Korea

The Handball in Korea website has now been merged with the Seoul Expats Handball Club website so if you have any question regarding the sport of Handball in this country, do not hesitate to contact us.