According to information of Handball-World.com, International Handball Federation has a plan to test three rule reforms. Exactly 11 countries will take a part in series of test during season 2020/2021.
Three rules are “four passes in passive play instead of six”, “two minutes suspension for hitting ball in goalkeepers’ head instead of direct red card in the moment”, and “throw off which won’t be on the line, but inside center circle”.
The diameter of the center circle has not yet been determined – three different sizes (between 3.5 and 4.5 meters) are being tested. The player who takes the throw-off has three seconds after the whistle to take the throw-off. During this time he is not allowed to bounce or jump, but he has an unlimited number of steps within the circle.
The opponents must stay outside the throw-off circle and are only allowed to intercept the ball when it has completely crossed the line of the circle – comparable to the rules for throwing off. After the first complete pass, the defenders are allowed to enter the center circle.
If IHF Congress approves the changes, the rule changes could come into force at the start of the 2022/23 season.