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.
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.
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.
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.
Rules of the Game (Wheelchair Handball Six-a-Side)
The IHF Rules of the Game for Wheelchair Handball Six-a-Side basically follow the IHF Rules of the Game for Indoor Handball. No special rules shall apply despite having mixed teams. However, due to the different capabilities of players, the amendments listed shall be implemented and will be used for the upcoming IHF Wheelchair Handball events.
Rules of the Game (Wheelchair Handball Four-a-Side)
The IHF Rules of the Game for Wheelchair Handball Four-a-Side basically follow the IHF Rules of the Game for Wheelchair Handball Six-a-Side, nevertheless with strong influence of beach handball especially concerning the number of players and counting the goals (points). A reduced number of players provides for better individual use of space, increases the dynamics of the game, gives better preconditions for possible separate men’s and women’s competitions, and creates distinctly better possibilities to recruit players and reduce economic costs.