Handball as a term encompasses various different sports such as; Team Handball, an Olympic Sport where two teams throw the ball into the opponent's goal American Handball, a sport similar to Racquetball but using hands instead of rackets Beach Handball, Team Handball played on the beach Foursquare, played on four squares, and Gaelic Handball, similar to squash where players hit the ball with a hand instead of a racket.
The most commonly recognised and played is Team Handball, in which two teams of seven players each pass a ball and try to throw it into the goal of the other team. The team with the most goals after 60 minutes wins.
Team Handball is played indoors but variants do exist such as field and beach Handball. The game is quite fast and does involve body contact, but this is only allowed when the defender is between the offensive player and the goal. Any contact from behind or from the side is considered dangerous and often met with penalties.
Goals are scored quite frequently and it is not uncommon for both sides to score at least 20 goals each in one game!