A fast and sometimes furious sport Handball is one of the quickest team sports around. With its roots in Germany and Scandinavia in the 19th Century, handball made its Olympic debut in the 1936 Olympic Games.
In addition to a goalkeeper, traditional team composition includes a couple of wingers, a centre-left and centre-right and two centres.
Handball players must be able to run in short bursts, and be capable of quickly changing directions in order to wrongfoot opponents.
There are up to 18 million handball players in Europe alone.
England Handball (England Handball Association) is the national governing body for Handball and Beach Handball in England. The association is responsible for the administration, promotion and development of the sport in England.