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Since I joined Wikipedia, I have wondered why there is no WikiProject Handball. If anyone would be interested in starting such a project, please comment on Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Sports. Mentoz86 (talk) 12:40, 25 January 2012 (UTC)
There is little information on where the sport is popular, where professional leagues are based etc, as there is for many other sport's articles. Would it be a good idea to include this as many English speaking people will be coming across the sport for the first time during the Olympics? 1 August 2012 — Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 09:30, 1 August 2012 (UTC)
There must be information on this. (And if I'm not mistaken, there WAS when I read this article a couple of months or years ago.) Here in Germany and many other continental European countries, handball is the second most popular team sport, whereas in most English-speaking countries it's not popular at all. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 00:24, 27 April 2013 (UTC)
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The result of the move request was: move. -- tariqabjotu 17:44, 11 August 2013 (UTC)
– I suggest that this article should be renamed to "handball". This sport is the by far most popular sport named "handball", and per Wikipedia policy the most common name should be used. Kebabipita (talk) 19:30, 3 August 2013 (UTC)
Oppose I would say that the foul in soccer is more common and "popular" than any sport called "handball" -- 22.214.171.124 (talk) 05:07, 4 August 2013 (UTC)
Support per detailed statistics given (from the RM 2012) at Talk:Handball#Statistics. Disclaimer: I was the proposer for that RM. I feel that the "no consensus" outcome of that RM was the result of arguments similar to the one given by 126.96.36.199: "don't know what it is, but I know what is handball in soccer"; ignorance is not a compelling argument. Fresh statistics say that Team Handball has 128000 views in last 90 days, next competitor has 14500, while handball (soccer) has mere 373. Those are just not comparable in encyclopedic value and international importance. No such user (talk) 09:58, 6 August 2013 (UTC)
I'll repeat my suggestion from the earlier discussion: There's an obvious graph similarity between "Handball" and "Team handball" incoming trafffic, and conversely a different pattern of traffic for American and Gaelic handball. The argument that the term "handball" is too generic to point to any one primary topic has merit, but that doesn't mean we can't experiment a bit - Redirect "Handball" to the presumed primary topic, and then revisit the issue after a month or so by comparing the number of clicks on the hatnote to the overall traffic - IOW analyzing the specific statistic that can void the presumption of primary topic. --Joy [shallot] (talk) 10:42, 6 August 2013 (UTC)
Weak support but only because people looking for "Handball" seem to invariably end up at Team handball anyway. There are a lot of variants of handball, and to say that any one has primacy might be going a little too far, but let's see how this goes. – PeeJay 10:52, 6 August 2013 (UTC)
I believe the Olympic sport "handball", which we call "team handball" is the primary topic of "handball, and that is supported by the statistics for page-views, so I'd support moving the disambiguation-page to Handball (disambiguation). I don't know if "team handball" is called that for dab-reasons, or if the sport is actually called that in English sources; I'd support both moving "Team handball" to "Handball" or redirecting "Handball" to "Team handball", but I don't know which option is the best. Mentoz86 (talk) 10:59, 6 August 2013 (UTC)
Let me explain a little bit. If we move the disambiguation page away and redirect the term to this article, then we'll see the number of people who search for "Handball" at http://stats.grok.se/en/latest/Handball and we'll see the number of people who arrive at team handball but then click on the hatnote at http://stats.grok.se/en/latest/Handball_(disambiguation) If these two numbers end up being similar, that will mean that the redirect has pointed too many people to the wrong place, and we'll revert - there's no primary topic. If the number of people who went to the disambiguation page comes up comparatively small, then we'll be able to say that team handball is indeed the primary topic. --Joy [shallot] (talk) 12:37, 6 August 2013 (UTC)
I agree with that. Count my opinion below as supporting this alternative first and for now. 10:52, 9 August 2013 (UTC)Shanes (talk)
Comment - I was bumped by Joy, for which thanks, I'd seen this RM but not felt able to comment, as agreed with 188.8.131.52 that the soccer use is at least as meaningful in UK. The park game in America, but I have no idea re how strong the olympic sport is worldwide, it probably is primary outside UK and US. I can't see the harm in Joy's suggestion. In fact it might be good for titling as a whole to try it as an experiment. In ictu oculi (talk) 11:16, 6 August 2013 (UTC)
Support. Of all these different types of Handball the Olympic sport, Team Handball, is by far the most popular and well known sport world wide. But it is maybe not so in larger parts of the English speaking world. And this being the English wikipedia one could make the case that the readers here would be much less inclined to read about it than readers of, say, a German, French or Spanish encyclopedia. One could think. But we have reader statistics for this now, as No such user points out. And Team Handball is by far the most read about kind of Handball there is. Right here on the English Wikipedia. When readers type in "Handball" in the search field, almost all of them want to see the article about the Olympic sport. So: give the readers what they want right away and make the move from Team Handball to Handball as proposed. Shanes (talk) 12:48, 6 August 2013 (UTC)
Support as per logic above by Joy. --HighKing (talk) 18:34, 10 August 2013 (UTC)
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The article seems to be self-contradictory regarding rights of the goalkeeper. Section #Summary says that Goalkeepers are allowed outside the goal area, but are not allowed to possess the ball across the goal area boundary (underlining mine). However, section #Goalkeeper says that The goalkeepers may participate in the normal play of their teammates. They may be substituted by a regular field player if their team elects to use this scheme in order to outnumber the defending players. An anon has recently added something to that effect, : " The goalkeeper can freely move outside when his team is playing offense.".
As far as I know, the IP is right, and goalkeeper can freely participate in offense. However, that means that #Summary section is wrong (or I misunderstood it, but then it needs clarification). No such user (talk) 08:42, 29 January 2014 (UTC)
The summary has what seems to be an old statement, or at least a clear onde. The GK can atack like other player (even if not replaced by a field mate), but there are some restrictions: They cannot cross the goal area boundary line (both ways) with the ball in the hands, and cannot pick a ball that is on the floor outside the goal are, if the GK is inside. Players cannot pass the ball to the GK if he is inside the goal area.Scblaster (talk) 21:22, 29 January 2014 (UTC)