“Footvolley to me means fun, fatigue and friendship!”
“Footvolley is to use my whole body, from head to toes, as to create miracles in the sand. It is a great mix of individual skills but utilizing the power of teamwork.”
WHAT IS FOOTVOLLEY?
Footvolley is played with a specific footvolley ball, lighter than a football and heavier than a volleyball. You mostly play the ball with your head, chest, shoulders, thighs and feet, but can use any body part besides your hands and arms. You play barefoot 2 against 2 with a maximum of 3 touches, before the ball has to pass over the net of 2.20 meters in a sand court of 8 x 16 meters.
WHY SHOULD YOU PLAY FOOTVOLLEY?
There are so many great reasons for playing footvolley, ask anyone who plays and you’ll get the best answer! In short it is a beautiful sport to watch, fun game to play and contributes to a healthy lifestile!
Today many traditional football players stop playing the game at a young age. Many have already tried to play footvolley on the beach with friends and family, not knowing that it actually is an established sport with international and national competitions. It is an ideal sport that you can start playing either when you’ve stopped playing for your local club or on the side. It’s often not as time-consuming and you don’t have to organize a large group of people (footvolley only requires four people to start a competitive game). Even for players with pre-existing injuries or that have passed their football prime-time, footvolley is well suited for overall physical activity.
Today in Sweden, the game is in its infancy and is mostly being played in the three largest cities. However, in Gothenburg, the game also has access to the world’s largest in-house beach volleyball arena and similar establishments are available around the country. In a climate that varies as much as Sweden, the game can be played all year round due to these facilities.
“Playing footvolley is a dream coming true, simply a dream sport!”
“Footvolley is like the fun first 10 minutes of a football practice where you just play, but instead it goes on and on!”
The game starts with a service from the ground behind the service line. The ball is placed on a sand pile and served by foot. While serving the ball it is allowed to touch the edge of the net. The receiving team is allowed to return the ball immediately but 3 contacts (reception – setup – attack) are preferable. The same player cannot touch the ball two times in a row, that means no juggling. You can use all body parts except your hands and arms. During the game it’s not allowed to touch the net with your body or the point goes to the opponent.
You can score a point when the ball touches the ground on the opponents side within or on the lines. You also score a point when the opponent is unable to play the ball over to your side in maximum three touches. Every attack should pass in between the antennas on top of the net. If the ball touches the antenna, the point goes to the opponent.
You count points every serve. This means that a team can score a point in every rally whether or not they are serving. The first player keeps serving until a point is lost. When this team regains the service the second player has to serve.
In general a team that first wins 2 sets wins the game. One set is won when a team reaches 18 points. When the score is 17-17 they keep playing until the difference is 2 points. To improve the spectacle there are no killer points. In case of a tie (both teams have won 1 set) a third decisive set of 15 points must be played. When the score is 14-14 they keep playing until the difference is 2 points.
Teams change sides every 6 points (in a set of 18) or every 5 points (in a set of 15). This to avoid benefiting from the wind or the (sun)light. Before the game the referee will hold a draw to decide which team starts serving.