Handball is a team sport in which two teams of seven players each pass a ball using their The first written set of team handball rules was published in by the Danish gym teacher, lieutenant and Olympic medalist Holger Nielsen from . Team officials, substitutes, and suspended players must wait within this area. Team Handball Basic Rules. The Basics. The Playing Court: The court measures 20 meters (65' 7") by 40 meters (' 3"). The court is larger than a basketball. Floor Regulations · Handball - Changes to the Rules of the Game Overview · Handball - Current editorial changes and additions to IHF Rules of the Game.