Beach handball is a team sport where two teams pass and bounce or roll a ball, trying to throw it in the goal of the opposing team. The game is similar to standard handball, but it is played on sand instead of on a solid floor.
Matches are played as best two-out-of-three sets. If teams are tied at the end of a regular set then the teams play for a golden goal. If the teams are tied at the end of 2 sets then the teams will participate in a tie breaker. The tie break involves a goalie throwing the ball to their own player while that player attempts to score one-on-one with the opposing goalie. During regular play, if the goalkeeper scores a goal this counts as two points, compared to a normal goal scored by an outfield player which counts as 1 point. Creative or spectacular goals, such as 360 degree jumps and alley-oops, are awarded with two points, as well as in-flights and 6 meter throws.
The official rules of Beach Handball were internationally codified in 2002. The first European Championships was played in the year 2000.
As of September 2014[update], Brazil is ranked the number 1 country in the world, and is the winner of the world championship in both men's and women's divisions at the 2014 Beach Handball World Championships.
- Beach Handball World Championships
- Beach handball at the World Games
- Beach handball at the World Beach Games
- IHF Youth Beach Handball World Championship
- Asian Beach Handball Championship
- European Beach Handball Championship
- Oceania Beach Handball Championship
- Pan American Beach Handball Championship
- "Beach Handball Carnival on the beach of Recife". ihf.info. 2014-07-27.