Since the sport’s inception in Brazil, footvolley has spread and gained popularity internationally, including South America, USA, Europe, Asia and Australia. The very first international footvolley event held outside of Brazil was in March 2003. The event is what kick-started the international growth of the sport.
Major events have been held in countries around the world, including Spain, Portugal, Greece, France, Holland, Aruba, Thailand, South Africa, Brazil, Paraguay and Israel.
The 2011 Footvolley World Cup event held in Dubai, UAE, was the first official event organised under the coordination of the International Federation of Volleyball. The UAE World Cup had the participation of a total of 32 teams from 27 countries which were, along with UAE and Brazil: Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Chile, USA, Canada, Spain, Germany, Austria, Italy, England, Czech Republic, Russia, Belgium, Estonia, France, Croatia, Portugal, Netherlands, Switzerland, Ukraine, Costa Rica, Singapore and Thailand.
The Brazilian Confederation of Footvolley (CBFv) named Romario ambassador of footvolley. The football legend and currently congressman has made it his goal to make the sport an Olympic event in the 2020 Games.
Footvolley already has an international federation and is played in many countries but it has to match with strict criteria. To win the International Olympic Committee approval the sport must be practiced on a minimum of four continents with no fewer than 75 countries. First step is footvolley to be one of the official demonstration sports for the 2016 Brazil Olympic Games.
2012 Footvolley 4×4 World Cup in Brazil was broadcast live. Footvolley 4×4 represents the change of paradigm and aims to help professionalize the sport. Unlike the traditional footvolley, the 4×4 style has four players in each team and the net height is lower, which makes the match more dynamic.
Grass Footvolley used in football training session
Footvolley has become very popular among professional football clubs as part of their ‘First Touch’ training sessions. What has long been recognized as an essential training tool for football players is now being used by the world’s greatest footballers. Portugal, Mexico, Brazil, Australia are among many other teams using footvolley in their training sessions to give players a fun drill which practices first touch technique and spacing.
First touch is extremely important in football. It’s the difference between giving a ball with pace into the perfect open space for a team mate to run in on, it’s a chested pass which confuses a defender, and it’s the perfect header off a corner which gives the team the winning goal.