Footvolley (Portuguese: Futevôlei, IPA: [futʃⁱˈvolej] in Brazil, Futevólei IPA: [ˌfutɨˈvɔlɐj] in Portugal) is a sport which combines aspects of beach volleyball and association football.[1]

Footvolley was created by Octavio de Moraes in 1965 in Brazil.[2] Footvolley combines field rules that are based on those of beach volleyball with ball-touch rules taken from association football. Essentially footvolley is beach volleyball except players are not allowed to use their hands and a football replaces the volleyball.[3]

Futevolei Ipanema during the Volkswagen 2014 Brazil Tour


Footvolley was created by Octavio de Moraes in 1965[2] in Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana Beach. The game of footvolley was first called 'pevoley', literally meaning "footvolley", but that name was discarded in favor of"futevôlei". Footvolley started in Rio de Janeiro, according to one player because football was banned on the beach, but volleyball courts were open.[4] The sport had spread to Recife, Salvador, Brasília, Goiânia, Santos and Florianópolis by the 1970s.

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Footvolley in Rio de Janeiro.

Teams of footvolley had five a side at first. Due to the skill level of the footvolley athletes (nearly all were professional football players), the ball would rarely drop. The players began lowering the number of players on each side, eventually settling on 2 versus 2, which is still in use today.[5]

In recent years, professional football players have taken up footvolley in both promotional events and celebrity matches. Some notable Brazilian footballers who have played (or still play) footvolley are: Romário, Edmundo, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho Gaúcho, Júnior, and Edinho (1982 & 1986 National Team).[6]

The first International Footvolley event to occur outside of Brazil was in 2003 by the United States Footvolley Association on Miami Beach at the 2003 Fitness Festival. This event led to international players and teams in pursuit of federation status. A tournament was held during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, as a demonstration sport.

The Footvolleyball

An indoor footvolleyball looks like a basketball, but at only 360g, it is smaller in diameter, bouncier, and heavier than a volleyball.


Footvolley combines field rules that are based on those of beach volleyball with ball-touch rules taken from association football. Essentially footvolley is beach volleyball except players are not allowed to use their hands and a football replaces the volleyball.[3]

International rules

Points are awarded if the ball hits the ground in the opponents court, if the opponents commit a fault, or if they fail to return the ball over the net. Scoring is done using the rally point system (new volleyball rules). Match scoring is usually up to the event organizer's discretion. Generally speaking matches are one set to 18 points; or best of three sets to 15 points (with third set to 11 points). The court is 29.5 feet x 59 ft (old beach volleyball). The height of the net varies based on the competition. The Official International Rule for the net height set is 2.2 meters or 7 feet 2 inches for the men's competition. For the women's competition, the height of the net should be set at 2 meters or 6 feet 6 inches.

International growth

Footvolley World Cup - Mundial de Futevolei - PU1JFC
Footvolley World Cup - Mundial de Futevôlei

Since the sport's inception in Brazil, footvolley has spread and gained popularity internationally, including the Americas, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, and Oceania.

Major events have been held at many beach cities in countries around the world, including Spain, Portugal, Greece, United Arab Emirates, France, the Netherlands, Aruba, Thailand,[7] South Africa,[8] Paraguay, etc. as well as its own native Brazil.


Paraguay was the first world champion of footvolley. The Paraguayan Jesús is considered the best player in the World Championship.


Brasília (the capital of Brazil) has produced players like Gabriel, Xeleleu, Jansen de Oliveira, Ramiro, Betola, Edinho, Hugão and Luisinho who are till today in activity and besides their admired carriers, they also taught other popular young players, including Belo, Marcelinho, Mário, Café, Diego and Lana (in female and unisex footvolley).

United Kingdom

In April 1997, the England Team accompanied football legends John Barnes and Niall Quinn to a tournament in Pattaya, Thailand organized by the Thai Footvolley Federation.[9]

In 2007 the two events held were the Muller Rice cake Open in Croyde, and the Lamisil Once Footvolley Open in Brighton. Dirceu and Luigi were champions at both events, maintaining their unbeaten record and David and Gary, the England Footvolley Team No. 1 pair won the Shield Competition.[10]


Footvolley was first played in Israel in 2003 when a few beach boys from Gordon Beach, Tel Aviv learned about the exciting game from two Brazilian soccer players who played for Israeli teams. It was in 2007 that Corona in Israel got involved in footvolley, establishing the first footvolley ordinary league already in 2008.

Corona FootVolley League, so far the only ordinary footvolley league in the world, is played since 2008 every summer starting in May/June until the final four in September/October with 12 teams and 11 league rounds in the Premier league and 12 teams playing 11 rounds in the Masters league.

In 2009 Corona FootVolley European Tour was established by inviting teams from Europe to play in Israel. In 2011 Corona FootVolley European Tour was upgraded to Corona FootVolley World Tour inviting teams from all over the world to play.

Corona FootVolley Winter Cup, a two-day tournament, is also played in Israel every February since 2010.


The first Footvolley Italia Tour was in 2008 when a group of friends from Ravenna organized the event. Normally the tour is in the months of June, July and August and the tournaments that compose the tour are 4-5 a year. In Italy are used the international rules:court 9mx9m and the net 2,20m.


Footvolley Australia (FVA) is the first peak body responsible for footvolley in Australia. FVA was founded in 2007 in the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. The organisation was formed to establish, guide and promote footvolley in Australia. The FVA are working on the development of the practice of footvolley by organising Footvolley Experience sessions for newcomers to the sport; footvolley education and coaching across Australia; the National Footvolley Tour; and participation in international competitions. Footvolley Australia is working with relevant international associations, especially in the Asia and Oceania regions, to promote the growth of the game.

United States

In the United States, footvolley began in South Florida. Local promoters organized the 2002 Impulse Energy drink South Beach Footvolley Tournament which was won by Adrian Boente. In 2005, the United States Footvolley Association was created in Miami Beach. Every year since 2005 a National Championship has been held. The first National Championship was held December 11, 2005. The winning side was Franco Cappuotti (Hollywood, FL) and Claudio Rodriguez (Orlando, FL). Runners-up were Adriano Boente and Alberto 'Betto' Lima. In December 2006, the second National Championship took place which was won by Brenno Souza (Miami, FL) with Paulo Ricardo (Deerfield Beach, FL). The 3rd National Championships, occurred in September 2007, on Hollywood Beach. This time Adriano Boente (Deerfield Beach, FL) and Junior Pereira (Boca Raton, FL) were crowned National Champions. The 4th US Footvolley National Championships occurred in August 2008, once again, on Miami Beach with Miguel Habib and Eduardo Fiuza beating Adrian Boente and Junior Pereira in the final. The 2009 National Championships were held on Miami Beach in December. The winners were Adrian Boente and Felipe Tolomelli (Deerfield Beach, FL) who beat Renato Teixeira (Coconut Creek, FL) and Ricardo Cardoso (Boca Raton, FL). In 2010, the National Champions were Sergio Menezes (Miami Beach, FL) and Igor Martins (Doral, FL) who beat Lucas Roque (Deerfield Beach, FL) and Karl Meneghisso (Riviera Beach, FL). For the 2011 and 2012 National Championships, points taken from the Pro Footvolley Tour circuit were used to determine the winners. In both, 2011 and 2012, Lucas Roque and Karl Meneghisso were considered National Champions for finishing the Tour with the highest point totals. In 2013, the National Championship was determined from the Hollywood Beach Open. The winners were Fernando Plentz (Miami, FL) and Adriano Boente (Deerfield Beach, FL). The 2014 US Footvolley National Championships were held in December, on Miami Beach. The winners for 2014 were Sergio Menezes and Wellington Oliveira winning on Miami Beach, FL. The 2015 US Footvolley National Championships were held October 2015, on Miami Beach. The winners were Oscar Calvancanti (Miami, FL) with Carlos Valadares (Boca Raton, FL). In 2016, the US Footvolley National Championships were held in December, on Miami Beach, with the winning side of Antonio DiMasio (Miami Beach, FL) and Alberto Lima (Miami, FL) beating Sergio Menezes (Miami Beach, FL) and Oscar Calvacante (Miami Beach, FL). The 2017 US Footvolley National Championships were held December 3, 2017. Sergio Menezes and Leonardo Lasmar (Miami, FL) beat Bruno Baiao (Surfside, FL) and Candido de Souza (Kendell, FL). The 2018 US Footvolley National Championships will be held September 9th, 2018 on Pompano Beach, FL.

2016 Olympic Qualifiers

In 2016, the United States Footvolley Association, held Olympic qualifiers which consisted of local and then a final national tournament. The initial tournaments were held in South Florida (Sunny Isles Beach, FL) and in Southern California (Huntington Beach, CA). US Footvolley covered the costs for the winning teams to travel to Seaside, Oregon for the final tournament to determine the nation's #1 American team. Sergio Menezes and Lucas Roque (the South Florida winners) faced Akad Kader and Alex Freire (both of Los Angeles, CA) in the final in Seaside, OR. Menezes and Roque won the match and were given the chance to represent the United States at the 2016 Rio Footvolley Exhibition Tournament. On the women's side, Melony Poviones and Leah Morales produced the most points from a round-robin tournament to become the women's representatives for the event.

2016 Rio Tournament

At the 2016 RIO World Footvolley Tournament, Menezes/Roque lost to Germany in the Quarter-Finals in a tight match. On the women's side, Team USA Poviones/Morales beat Italy in the Quarter-finals. The women lost to Holland in the Semi-finals. The team placed 4th after losing to Brazil in the Consolation Match.

Pro Footvolley Tour

The Pro Footvolley Tour is America's professional touring series, established in March 2008. The Tour began regionally and expanded nationally in 2011. In 2011 and 2012, the Tour was sponsored by Bud Light Lime. In 2013, Pro Footvolley Tour switched sponsorship to Coors Light. Events have been held in Santa Barbara; Virginia Beach, VA; Seaside Heights, NJ; Pompano Beach, FL; Hollywood Beach, FL; Miami Beach, FL; Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL; Daytona Beach, FL; and Panama City, FL. The Tour is the world's number one distributor of professional footvolley content to major broadcast networks around the World. The Tour has aired over 300 hours of professional footvolley since 2013. The Tour counts ESPN, BeinSports, Spectrum Sports, Root Sports, AT&T Sports, WAPA Deportes, and Eleven Sports as broadcast partners.

South Korea

The game is featured in 2018 Idol Star Athletics Bowling Archery Rhythmic Gymnastics Foot Volleyball Championships during Chuseok, the rules are 4 on 4, from a team of six, the third set is still at 15 points. The rules allow one bounce, unless if it touches the boundary lines or the net.


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The games were held on the same year of the 17th Asian Games. It was the seventh time for Thailand to host an Asia level multi-sports event, after Bangkok held four Asian Games (1966, 1970, 1978 and 1998), one Asian Indoor Games (2005) and one Asian Martial Arts Games (2009). However, it was the first time that the event would not be held in Bangkok.

Brazilians in the United Kingdom

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Footbag net

Footbag net is a sport in which players kick a footbag over a five-foot-high net. Players may use only the feet. Any contact knee or above is a foul. The game is played individually and as doubles.

Footbag net combines elements of tennis, badminton, and volleyball. Specifically, the court dimensions and layout are similar to those of doubles badminton; the scoring is sideout scoring (you must be serving to score); and serves must be diagonal, as in tennis. Footbag net games can be played to eleven or fifteen points, although the winners must win by at least two points.

Footbag net is governed by the International Footbag Players Association (IFPA). Competitions take place all over the world, but primarily in North America and Europe. The World Footbag Championships is an annual, week-long event held in a different city each year. The 2013 IFPA Championships will be held in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Recent championships were held in Warsaw (2012), Helsinki (2011), Oakland, California, USA (2010), Berlin (2009), and Prague(2008).

Footvolley at the 2014 Asian Beach Games

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Iran at the 2014 Asian Beach Games

Iran participated in the 2014 Asian Beach Games in Phuket, Thailand from 14 November to 23 November 2014.


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National Olympic Committee of Thailand

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Net sport

A net sport is a sport where a net is a standard part of the game, especially where the net separates the opponents. The basic goal in these sports is to hit the ball or bird over the net back to the opponent. Players score points whenever the opponent fails to return the ball or bird back over the net. The criteria on what is considered a valid return varies between each sport (such as the number of times the ball may be touched or bounced on a player's side before it must go back over the net).

Net sports usually include:

racquet sports such as tennis, badminton, pickleball and table tennis (but not squash or racquetball, where players must hit the ball towards a wall).

volleyball, footvolley, headis or sepak takraw, where players must hit the ball with body.Although basketball, hockey, water polo and other sports have netting around the goal area designed to more clearly indicate when goals are scored, they are not usually considered "net sports". Similarly, lacrosse sticks have a loose netting that is used to catch and fling the ball, but again lacrosse is not usually considered a "net sport".

The Los Angeles Daily Times reports: "Net sports are unique in that the equipment is light, portable and affordable, and partners and opponents are easy to find. The sports are easy to learn, and the social aspect of the game[s] appeals to those who find the health club to be an isolationist palace of mirrors."The three "favorite" net sports (tennis, badminton, and volleyball) usually involve arching of the back when serving or spiking/smashing the ball or bird.

Pro Footvolley Tour

The Pro Footvolley Tour is the preeminent touring series of professional footvolley in the Americas and the exclusive rights holder to Team USA.

Pro Tour

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Pro Bowlers Tour, an ABC broadcast of the Professional Bowlers Association from 1961 to 1997

ITTF Pro Tour, table tennis tournaments sanctioned by International Table Tennis Federation

PDC Pro Tour, darts tournaments sanctioned by the Professional Darts Corporation

Pro Athlé Tour, a series of the foremost annual outdoor track and field meetings in France

Pro Footvolley Tour, the preeminent touring series of professional footvolley in the Americas

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Considered a master of the confined space of the penalty area, his rapid speed over short distances (aided by his low centre of gravity) took him away from defenders, and he was renowned for his trademark toe-poke finish. With 55 goals in 70 appearances for Brazil, Romário is the fourth-highest goalscorer for his national team, behind Pelé, Ronaldo and Neymar. He is second on the all-time list of Brazilian league's top scorers with 154 goals. While finishing as a top goalscorer in many different competitions, he is one of very few strikers to surpass the mark of 1,000 goals, and is the second-most prolific goalscorer in the history of football.

Sarandi Sobral

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Sepak takraw

Sepak takraw or kick volleyball, is a sport native to Southeast Asia. Sepak takraw differs from the similar sport of footvolley in its use of a rattan ball and only allowing players to use their feet, knee, chest and head to touch the ball.

In Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, it is called sepak takraw. In Malaysia, it can be known as sepak raga as well. In Thailand, it is called as takraw only. In Laos, it is kataw (Lao: "twine" and "kick"). In the Philippines, besides the borrowed term "takraw", it is also called sepak takraw and also has a similar sport called “sipa” or “kick”. In Myanmar, it is known as chin lone, and is considered more of an art as there is often no opposing team, and the point is to keep the ball aloft gracefully and interestingly.

Similar games include footbag net, footvolley, football tennis, bossaball, jianzi, jokgu and sipa.


Sipa (lit. kick or to kick) is the Philippines' traditional native sport which predates Spanish rule. The game is related to Sepak Takraw. Similar games include Footbag net, Footvolley, Bossaball and Jianzi.

The game is both played by two teams, indoors or outdoors, on a court that is about the size of a tennis court. The teams consist of one, two or four players in each side. The aim of the game is to kick a soft ball made out of rattan fragments, back and forth over a net in the middle of the court. The sport requires speed, agility and ball control.

Sport in Brazil

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Sports in Póvoa de Varzim

Póvoa de Varzim in Portugal has developed a number of sporting venues and has hosted several national, European and world championships in different sports. 38% of the population practise sport, a high rate when compared to the national average.

The most popular sport in Póvoa de Varzim is association football. The City Park's Stadium and synthetic fields for football practice and athletics are the main stage for Póvoa de Varzim's People's championship where its football clubs compete: Aguçadoura, Amorim, Argivai, Averomar, Balasar, Barreiros, Beiriz, Belém, Estela, Juve Norte, Laundos, Leões da Lapa, Mariadeira, Matriz, Navais, Rates, Regufe, Terroso, and Unidos ao Varzim. Varzim SC is the professional football club of the city which plays in its own stadium near the beach; as of 2007, it played in the Liga de Honra (2nd level), but several times has reached the Portuguese Liga.

Swimming is the second most practised sport. The International Meeting of Póvoa de Varzim, in long course pool, is part of the European winter calendar. The meeting occurs in the city pool complex belonging to Varzim Lazer, a municipal company that also runs other sports venues found north of the city: the tennis academy, the bullring, and the municipal pavilion. The other complex is property of Clube Desportivo da Póvoa, a club that is notorious, in the city, because it competes in several sports: rink hockey, volleyball, basketball, auto racing, and athletics. Other small clubs for other sports exist: Clube de Andebol da Póvoa de Varzim in Handball, Póvoa Futsal Club in Futsal and Póvoa de Varzim and Vila do Conde united clubs exists for Baseball and American Football, Villas Vikings and Villas Titans, respectively. Beach volley and Footvolley are more popular sports, and it was in Póvoa that footvolley was, for the first time, practiced in Portugal.

The Grande Prémio de São Pedro (Saint Peter Grand Prix), which occurs in the city's streets during the summer, is part of the national calendar of the Portuguese Athletics Federation. In 2007, the Grande Prémio da Marginal (Shoreline Grand Prix), an annual event between Póvoa de Varzim and Vila do Conde, aiming for the funding of the National Association of Paramiloidosis, was established in a bid to increase ties between both cities, as these share a common urban area. The Cego do Maio Half Marathon aims at the promotion of the city and the sport activity among the population. In Cycling it hosts the Clássica da Primavera (Spring Classic) in April. The X BTT Cross Country Monte da Cividade and the newly created Grande Maratona Cidade da Póvoa de Varzim are the mountain bike activities occurring in the municipality.

The marina, near the seaport, offers sea activities developed by the local yacht club - the Clube Naval Povoense. Costa Verde Trophy, linking Póvoa and Viana do Castelo, is one of the regattas organized by the club and Rally Portugal yacht racing is a sailing and sightseeing event along the west Iberian coast. Near São Félix Hill, the São Pedro de Rates shooting camp is considered one of the best in Portugal and in Europe, prestigious among nationals. There is also a links golf course and a greyhound racing track in Estela.

Due to its geography and suitable urban areas, board culture is omnipresent in Póvoa de Varzim. Bodyboarders and surfers meet at Salgueira Beach. In Lota, a recreation area for several audiences, is especially popular amongst the skater and biker communities, and is considered the most charismatic skater area in the country.

USA Footvolley

USA Footvolley is the national governing body for Footvolley in the United States. It is in charge of selecting the United States Footvolley team and any other teams which officially represent the United States, as well as the overall organization and operation of the sport within the country, in accordance with the Amateur Sports Act. The national headquarters is located in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida.

Vinícius Ferreira de Souza

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