Find out about a popular sport in Germany

A 'handball' ballA ‘handball’ ball

Did you know …?

  • Handball was first played in Germany at the end of the 19th century. That’s over 100 years ago!
  • Germany has won three Handball World Championships.
  • The UK Handball team have only played in the Olympics once, in 2012.

How the game works


It is a team sport and it works like this:

There are two teams. Each team has six outfield players and one goalkeeper.

The players pass and bounce a ball and try to throw it into the goal of the opposing team. The team with the most goals after two ‘halves’ of 30 minutes wins.

Handball is fun to watch and play, because it’s fast and the teams score lots of goals.

Kids love to play it, and it is taught in many German schools.

Handball world cup – 2021


The 2021 world cup was held in Egypt.

Unfortunately though, Germany didn’t win the world cup in 2021 –  the winners were Denmark.

Words Ahoy! · Wörter Ahoi!

Deutsch English
die Hand hand
der Ball ball
das Spiel game / match
die Mannschaft team
der Spieler player
das Tor goal
gewinnen to win