Court dimensions - handballA growing sport in the UK which requires a court that is difficult to fit into standard UK sports halls. Preferred size courts should be provided wherever possible as playing on undersized courts presents difficulties. A preferred size handball court will not fit into a standard 4, 6 or 8-court sports hall. A minimum size court up to county standard will fit in an 8-court hall or larger.

We have included some useful drawings for download at the foot of this page:

  • Drawing CM-08 – shows the standard markings for a handball court

Layout and run-off guidance for a handball court:

Community Club Premier International
Minimum height over court (mm)
7000 7000 7000 7000
Length (mm) (min-preferred)(1)
33000-40000(2) 36000-40000 36000-40000 40000
Width (mm) (min-preferred)(1)
18000-20000 18000-20000 18000-20000 20000
Out of bounds surround - min (mm)
0-1000 1000 1000 1000
Extra one side for official and team areas N/A 1000 1000 1000
(1) Preferred court sizes should be provided whenever possible as playing on undersized courts presents difficulties. Reduced sizes will fit in standard 4, 5 6 or 8 court halls while preferred sizes will fit in standard halls with 9 courts and above.
(2) The hall walls can be used as the court limit where space is limited and mini handball courts (20 x 13m) can be suitable at community level of play. In both cases, safety run-offs are beneficial but not a requirement provided boundaries are impact resistant, smooth and with finishes to prevent dusting / flaking. There must be no protrusions and doors should be avoided or be flush and open outwards.
Categories: Court markings and court dimensions


CM-08 - Handball court line marking drawing
Court marking drawing for a handball court