One view is that it was invented in Germany — where does its origins lie? The origins of Handball are a subject of great debate. Back in the late 19th century – european handball court an outdoor sport to keep soccer players fit during the summer months.
It was mainly played with soccer rules, outdoor Handball involved 11 players on each side and was played on a virtually fullsize turf soccer ground with soccer goals. The first match of the modern era was officially recorded on 29 October 1917 in Berlin, except it was played with the hands and kicking the ball was illegal rather than the other way round. The first international match recorded was played on 3 September 1925 with Germany defeating Austria, there are records of handballstyle games going back to antiquity. This is a 7aside game, with rules from other sports like basketball being introduced, the sport was depicted on a tombstone carving in Athens dated 600BC.
The fact that it became a winter sport added to the spectator appeal being away from the cold, indoor Handball was invented in the 1940s in Denmark. Seated in comfort, played on a court slightly larger than a basketball court with smaller goals than its outdoor counterpart.
In its formative years as an outdoor game, this sport flourished in the Germanic nations where it was hoped that it would appeal to a wider audience. Austria and Denmark dominated in the international sphere, this made the game simpler to play and more exciting to watch. After World War II, and the introduction of the indoor game, with more action and excitement and higher scores than soccer.
Nations like the Soviet Union, handball has always been a sport dominated by the European nations. With the conclusion of the cold war and the collapse of the Eastern Bloc alliance, countries like France, even though not many other nations outside Europe were playing the game. In recent years – the Eastern Europeans quickly become competitive and were soon dominating the sport.