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8 insanely popular sports that are rarely played in the U.S.

By: Josh Lew on July 2, 2014, 10:35 a.m.
Team handball

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Team handball

Best described as a cross between basketball and soccer, team handball (also called European handball or Olympic handball) is very popular in Europe. It has its roots in France, Germany and Scandinavia, with the modern version of the game developed in Germany and Denmark. Men's handball has been an Olympic sport since 1972, and women's handball was added four years later.

During play, each team puts six field players and a goalie on the 130-by-66 foot court. Points are scored by throwing the ball into the net from outside the goalie area, which is bounded by an arc similar to basketball’s 3-point line. Players can advance the ball by dribbling or passing.