Handball outside player

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The playing positions of the outside players
Jan Filip , a right winger
Stefan Schröder (right winger) completes a counter-attack
Dominik Klein (left winger) completes a counter-attack
Florian Kehrmann , (right winger) when throwing a goal from the right winger
Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson , when throwing a goal from the left winger
Alexander Petersson , a right winger after entering the circle when throwing a goal

An outside player is a playing position or a player in handball . In Austria the name for this is winger , in Switzerland the winger is only called wing. In a handball game, each team has two outside players on the field: one left winger and one right winger. The outside players take the left (left winger) or right (right winger) playing position when attacking, viewed by their own goalkeeper . They are mostly jumpy and fast players.

Duties of the outside players

Unlike in soccer , for example , in handball the outside players are also responsible for scoring goals. Depending on the player, the game situation and the opposing cover, the outside players can either be on the outside, near the corner, or in the area of ​​the intersection of the 9-meter line with the outer line. However, like all other players, the outside player may only leave the field of play in the transition area during the game.

A typical attack variant of an outside player is running in . The player moves from the outside position, mostly behind the opponent's cover and thus surprisingly for the opponent, on the circle to a circular position. There he can then be played by one of the backcourt players .

In the majority game, i.e. the defending team has one or more field players less on the playing surface due to a time penalty, the outside player is in many cases the one who completes the attack. His teammates exert pressure on the cover through fast ball play and "pushing movements" until it can no longer follow the superiority game by "pushing" the cover bandage towards the ball-carrying side. The then mostly free winger - it can be either the left or the right winger - then very often comes free to throw.

One of the most important tasks of the winger is countering the speed. The outside players can move away from their outside positions at an early stage, usually as soon as the opponent approaches the throw (when the ball is on the other side). Therefore, in the upper divisions, you will find almost exclusively strong sprinting and jumping players on the left and right wingers.

While highly specialized players are used in the outer positions in competitive handball, the weaker players are mostly to be found in the outer positions, especially in the youth field. In order to prevent a premature determination of game positions and to offer all players the same chances as possible, the youth area of ​​the German Handball Federation from minis to C-youth must play with an open cover.

In cover, the outside players usually play in the same outside positions. With a 5: 1 coverage, however, they often also play the “preferred”. An exception to this is Torsten Jansen , for example , who usually takes the half position in cover, while his colleague Pascal Hens , who is less well covered , then moves to the outer position - in the attack on the back of the field.

Differences between left winger and right winger

The left wing position is occupied by the right-hander. The situation is different for the right wing position. It is the left-handed position. Left-handers on the right wing have a clear advantage over any right-hander due to the fact that the ball is guided with their left hand, which enables a much more favorable angle to the goal in this position. The angular relationships are of course the same in both outer positions, but there are considerably more right-handers than left-handers - especially among women. In almost all top teams, the right wing position is occupied by a left-hander.


The hit rates of outside players are, similar to those of the circle, significantly higher than those of backcourt players. The apparent free door area is relatively small due to the angular position to the goal, but this is more than compensated for by the significantly shorter distance to the goal (6 m compared to approx. 9 m). Players with strong jumping skills can significantly increase or decrease the effective goal area and the distance to the goal using a jump shot . You don't jump in the direction of the goal, but in the direction of the seven-meter line to increase the angle to the goal.

Well-known outside players

Left winger

Right winger