The sport is played on a grass field (similar to an Association football field) between 90 and 110 metres (300 and 360 ft) long, 55 to 65 metres (180 to 213 ft) wide. The field has two parallel lines 35 metres (115 ft) from the goal line, which divides the field into 3 sections; each section can have up to 6 players of each team. The goal area is a semicircular line with a 13-metre (43 ft) radius, and the penalty mark at 14 metres (46 ft) from the goal. The goal is 7.32 metres (24 ft) wide and 2.44 metres (8 ft) high.
The game is played with the same ball as the indoor type by two teams of 11 players (plus 2 reserves) and two periods of 30 minutes each.
Indoor handball gradually grew in popularity to replace field handball and the last IHF World Men's Outdoor Handball Championship was played in 1966.