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Rules of the Game

Rules of the Game (Indoor Handball)

These Rules of the Game are effective as of 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 Guidelines and Interpretations that provide additional guidance on the application of certain rules.

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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.

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Regulations on Protective Equipment & Accessories

These regulations provide additional explanations to the IHF Rules of the Game and include a comprehensive list of protective equipment and accessories that athletes are or are not allowed to use in official IHF indoor handball matches.

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Rules of the Game (Beach Handball)

These Rules of the Game are effective as of 8 July 2014. Please also note the appendices Referee Hand Signals, Clarifications to the Rules of the Game, Substitution Area Regulations, Athlete Uniform Regulations, and Sand Quality and Lighting Regulations.

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