Footvolley is a combination sport that combines aspects of volleyball and football (soccer). It was invented in 1965 in Rio de Janeiro by Octavio de Moraes and has since become popular worldwide.
The rules and goals of Footvolley are similar to those of volleyball; players must ground the ball on the opponents side of the net. A size 5 soccer ball is used and the net height is slightly lower than in beach volleyball.
Serving involves kicking the ball from behind the end line, and the ball can be spun on the serve in windy conditions. Footvolley is an exciting sport that requires athleticism and is rapidly gaining traction globally.
Rules and Goals
Footvolley is a variation of volleyball that shares the same rules and goals. The goal in footvolley is to ground the ball on the opponents’ side of the net. Like volleyball, footvolley uses rally point scoring, where each play is worth a point.
There are specific rules in footvolley that players must follow. Each team has three hits to get the ball over the net, and a player cannot hit the ball twice in a row. The ball can be played off the net, and if the ball touches the boundary lines, it is considered in.
There are some differences between footvolley and beach volleyball. The net height in footvolley is lower, with men playing on a 7-foot net (2.15 meters) and women playing on a 6’6′ net (2 meters).
Games in footvolley are usually single sets played to 18 points, with a 2-point lead required to win. The use of hands and arms is not allowed in footvolley, but head and chest touches are common. A simultaneous touch by two players counts as two hits.
In footvolley, a Size 5 Soccer ball is used, weighing between 440-460 grams. The sport is particularly popular in Brazil and has spread across the world, with dozens of countries participating in the Footvolley World Cup.
History and Popularity
In 1965, the game of Footvolley was invented in Rio by Octavio de Moraes, initially having five players per team before transitioning to the two-on-two format. It quickly spread throughout Brazil and has since been played in dozens of countries around the world. Footvolley is now played in every continent, and even has its own World Cup.
The sport combines elements of football (soccer) and volleyball and requires athleticism and skill. It is best appreciated when watched in action. Footvolley has its own set of rules and equipment, including a size 5 soccer ball, weighing between 440-460 grams, and a slightly lower net height than beach volleyball.
The most common game format is a single set played to 18 points, win by two. The next most common format is best-of-three sets, each played to 15 points, win by two. Serving involves kicking the ball from behind the end line, and the ball can be placed on a small mound of sand for serving.
- The ball used is a size 5 soccer ball, weighing between 440-460 grams.
- The net height in footvolley is slightly lower than in beach volleyball.
- The most common game format is a single set played to 18 points, win by two.
- Serving involves kicking the ball from behind the end line.
Equipment and Attributes
Equipment used in the sport of footvolley includes a size 5 soccer ball, weighing between 440-460 grams, and a net of slightly lower height than beach volleyball. The ball must not touch the antennae, net, or any other object outside of the antenna pins. The use of head and chest is a common strategy in footvolley, as hands and arms cannot be used. The table below summarizes the differences between footvolley and beach volleyball in terms of net height, ball size and weight, and playing style.
|Net Height: 2.15m/2m
|Net Height: 2.43m/2.24m
|Ball Size/Weight: 5/440-460g
|Ball Size/Weight: 6/260-280g
|Playing Style: No Hands
|Playing Style: Hands/Arms