More than a sport

Footvolley is a sport from Brazil which combines football and beachvolleyball.  It was invented and first played at the Copacapana in Rio de Janeiro and spread all over the globe.  

After its invention, in the 1970s, the sport began to spread slowly: first in Rio, then in many other cities in Brazil. Footvolley then went back to an extraordinary development, the tournaments in Brazil were sponsored by large companies and in 1984 the first competition was broadcast on television.

At the same time the sport became known in Europe: the Portuguese Julião Neto returned home after a long stay in Brazil and spread the sport among the youth. As a result, many footballers start playing footvolley, and the sport spread throughout Europe. Gradually, national associations were established in most European countries.

In Austria it made it’s first steps in the early 2000’s. More and more it became a trend sport in the city of Graz and a community of passionate player’s emerged. Later the first international tournaments took place in Graz and player’s from all over the world came to play.

In 2016, 12 national associations will be merged to link the European Footvolley League (EFVL) in the coming years. The EFVL is the European football governing body (similar to UEFA in football), which also hosts the annual European Football Championship. The first european footvolley championship took place in 2016 in the German Schwäbisch Gmünd, France crowned in the final against Portugal the European champion.

Footvolley by Plezuro

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The rules:

Footvolley is usually played in teams of two players each. The dimensions of the playing field are 16 × 8 meters, played barefoot on sand. The special footvolley ball is the Mikasa FT-5 and the net height is 220 cm.

Above the outlines antennas are fixed in the net, between which the ball has to cross the net (if the ball touches the antenna or if it passes outside, it is considered “out”). The players must not touch the net with any part of the body, otherwise the point goes to the opponent.

The point is opened with the service carried out with the foot of a sand hill (maximum 1 meter) behind the baseline. When the ball touches the net during service, the point continues normally. A player serves until the opposing team scores a point and thereby receives the right to service. After another point win the service changes within the team.

Each team has a maximum of 3 ball contacts, then the ball must cross the net. A player may never touch the ball twice in a row. All body parts except the arms and hands are allowed. During the ball change, the ball may touch both the edge of the net and the net, the point will not be interrupted. A point is scored when the ball falls to the ground in the opponent’s field, the lines belong to the field. If the ball is touched more than three times per team, the ball is played out or into the net, the opponent receives the point.

A match / set goes up to 18 points. Every point counts (rally point counting). At 17:17 the 2-point difference rule is used.

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