IHF Announces Rule Changes Effective July 1st 2016

The International Handball Federation (IHF) this week announced rule changes to the game of handball which will come into effect on July 1st 2016.

The rule changes, in short, are the following ones

1. Goalkeeper as a player: The goalkeeper may be used as a seventh field player.

2. Injured player: An injured player should leave the playing court after receiving medical care on the court and can only re-enter after the third attack of his team is complete.

3. Passive play: After showing the forewarning signal the team forewarned has a total of 6 passes to shoot on goal.

4. Last minute: In Rules 8:5, 8:6, 8:10c and 8:10d, the wording “last minute of a game” should be replaced by “last 30 seconds of a game”.

5. Blue card: The referees have a blue card in addition to the yellow and red ones to provide more clarity regarding the disqualification of a player. If this card is shown, a written report will accompany the score sheet and the Disciplinary Commission will be responsible for further actions.

The first major event that these new rules will be visible will be the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

For full details of the rule changes click here