Footvolley is a blend of beach volleyball and football. More simply to put, it is playing beach volleyball but with your feet. Players are not allowed to touch the ball through the hands. They can use their feet, thighs, chest, shoulders or head. The objective is to prevent the ball from touching the ground.
The sport that was born in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro in the 60s is now gaining more and more fans around the world. Now, what was a simple hobby became a professional sport with its star players participating in leagues in different countries. Logically, Brazilians dominate the global circuit, but practitioners of other countries begin to emerge. The first international footvolley event in the United States (Footvolley World Cup 2003) was held in March in South Beach, while performing the Miami Beach Fitness Festival. Today it’s quite famous but to some specific countries people don’t even know about this sport.
The rules are the same, except for the network, which is 6.7 feet high, lower than the volleyball.
Let’s know the basic rules:
- A maximum of 3 touches are allowed on each side before the ball must be sent over to the opponent’s side.
- No player is allowed to touch the ball consecutively at any point in the game.
- A ball may be played off the net during a volley and on serve.
- A legal hit is one that contacts the ball without allowing the ball to visibly come to a rest.
- If 2 or more players contact the ball simultaneously, it is considered one touch.
- The player has 5 seconds from the referee’s whistle to serve the ball.