Footvolley is a new exiting sport played according to the same rules as beach volleyball but using football skills. The game is gaining recognition worldwide and today is among the world’s fastest growing sports. The game attracts international football stars and nowadays it has been used in pro football training practice. Former football legend and current Brazilian congressman Romario is lobbying to present footvolley as a demonstration sport in the 2016 Olympic in Brazil.
The original concept of the sport was invented to be enjoyed by everyone, everywhere, and accessible for all. The game has attracted many international football’s stars especially in Brazil – from where the game has been launched in 1965.
Teams of footvolley had five a side initially. Due to the skill level of the then footvolley athletes, the ball would rarely drop. Thus, the players began lowering the number of players on each side, eventually settling on 2 versus 2, which is still in use today.
The first state associations and federations of footvolley were created in the 1990s. The Brazilian Confederation of Footvolley (CBFv) was created in 1998. They organised the first official footvolley national championships. The International Federation of Footvolley (FIFv) was founded in 2002. In the following year, the first World Cup was disputed in Greece with the participation of 18 duos from 14 countries.
Women began to gain ground in 2006, when the CBFv officialised the first Championship in the female category. The female teams are getting more involved, developing a more technical game, which is as impressive as the men’s.
The first World Circuit of Footvolley took place in 2007. In 2011 UAE hosted the Footvolley World Cup with the participation of 27 countries. The event was the first official cup under the International Federation of Volleyball.
Footvolley is a spectacular game with enormous technical skills, fun to play and requires a lot of stamina. It can be watched for hours without ever ceasing to amaze you.
Traditionally, the game is played by teams of two players (2×2), requiring great physical condition. However it can be played by teams of four but using the net height lower, making the match more dynamic and exciting to watch. The format has been developed taking the entertainment into account, focusing on the spectators and TV broadcast. The Footvolley 4×4 represents the change of paradigm and aims to help professionalize the sport.
World Cup Footvolley 4X4Footvolley is practised in an organised way in various countries, including: Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Thailand, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, The Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, Austria and others. The International Footvolley Federation and the European Footvolley Federation are the regulating entities at international level.
In recent years, professional football players have taken up footvolley in both promotional events and celebrity matches. The ongoing popularity of the game may lead to its inclusion in the Olympic Games. Efforts are being gathered in this direction by the International Federation.
Each rally starts with the Service of one of the teams. The server can place the sand mount anywhere in the free zone since it is behind the baseline. The ball is usually placed on top of a small pile of sand, so that the foot only hits the ball during the execution of the service.
There are various techniques to perform the service, varying in the area of the foot used to hit the ball, power and the trajectory applied to it. The direction and intensity of the wind and which opponent is going to receive are the main factors when choosing the type of service.
The first touch after the service has usually its goal to put the other team mate in a position that allows him to prepare the attack efficiently. It is also allowed to play the ball directly to the opponent’s court after the first touch. This usually takes place in case of distress or for tactical reasons.
The chest is the most efficient way to receive the ball on, as there is larger surface available to control the ball.
The player can attack the ball in any height. The way the player attacks the ball is usually consequence on how the ball is prepared by the team mate. The goal is to create the biggest amount of difficulty for the opponent. Some ways of scoring points attacking the ball are:
Drop shot ball, attacks close to the net;
Deep ball, attacks near the baseline;
Cross balls, attacks the ball diagonally;
Parallel ball, attacks the ball parallel to the line;
Fast balls, attack the ball aggressively;
Shark attack, jumping upside‑down and smashing the ball above the net with the flat of the foot. This is considered the most spectacular attack in footvolley.
Bicycle kick and volley attack; when one foot goes above the head when striking the ball and the other foot is off the ground
After the opponent attacks the ball the goal is not to let the ball touch ones court. Taking the correct position and anticipating the attack are essential tools for a good defence. A good communication between the team mates and agility to move on the sand are extremely important to defend and preparing for counter attacking.
Footvolley is a sport practiced by two teams of two or four players each, argued in court of levelled sand divided by a net. It is not allowed to use the hand, the arm or the forearm during play. Any other part of the body can be used as a touch.
The objective of the game is to play the ball over the net to the opponent’s court, without ever touching the ground.
The ball is placed in game by the service that is executed by one player correctly located behind the base line. The server can build a little mount of sand, placing the ball on it, and then kicking it over the net.
Each team is allowed a maximum of 3 touches or a minimum of 1 touch before sending the ball to the other side. No player can touch the ball consecutively at any time or situation of the game.
A game of footvolley can be played in various ways:
Best of 3 sets. The team that reaches 2 sets first is the winner. Each set is played until a minimum of 15 points by a difference of two points.
Set until 21 points. The team wins a set when scoring 21 points with a minimum difference of two points wins the match , in the punctuation system of the rally, where a point is scored every time a team wins a rally.
Set until 15 points. The Set arguing. The team wins the set and the game when recording 15 points with a minimum of two points of difference on the opponents scoreboard. In the occurrence of a tie in the 16th point, the team that marks the 17th point wins the set and the game, with a only a point of difference.
The playing field is rectangular shaped measuring 18 meters long by 9 meters wide surrounded by a free zone of at least 3 metres, with a space free from any kind of obstacle until a minimum height of 8 metres of the ground.
The playing field is made up of levelled sand, free of rocks, shells or any material that might pose an injury threat to the athletes.
The service area is situated behind the baseline and between the side lines, extending until the end of the free zone.
The net is 9.5 meters in length by 1 meter in width and is situated in the middle of the playing field.
The tape indicating the lateral court lines and the end lines must be 5-8 centimetres in width, made of double canvas, sewed up along the whole length of the net. If cords are used instead, they must be 20-30 millimetres in width.
The antennas will be flexible rods measuring 1.8 meters in height and 10 millimetres in diameter. These are positioned perpendicularly in the external part of each lateral strip, parallel to the rod, supported by the inferior edge of the net. These must be exposed 80 cm above the superior edge of the net and painted, preferably, in red and white every 10 cm from one end to the other.
The antennas are considered part of the net and they literally delimit the crossing space.
Height of the Net
The official height of the net in international 2×2 events is 2.20 meters for the men and 2 meters for the ladies. In the modality 4×4, the height will be the 2 metres
The height is always measured from the centre of the playing court.
Please click here to see the official Footvolley Rulebook issued by the International Federation of Footvolley (FIFv).