Oină (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈoj.nə]) is a Romanian traditional sport, similar in many ways to baseball and lapta.

Highest governing bodyRomanian Oină Federation
First played1370 (first documented)
1899 (modern rules)
ContactYes, players are hit with the ball, but no body contact
Team members11 per side
EquipmentOină ball
VenueOină pitch


The name "oină" was originally "hoina",[1] and is derived from the Cuman word oyn "game" (a cognate of Turkish oyun).[2] The oldest mentions come from the 14th century.[3]

The oldest direct mention comes from diet manual from 1782 by medic Istvan Natyus, who talks about health benefits of oina.[4]

Oină was first mentioned during the rule of Vlaicu Vodă in 1364, when it spread all across Wallachia. In 1899, Spiru Haret, the minister of education decided that oină was to be played in schools in physical education classes. He organized the first annual oină competitions.

The Romanian Oină Federation ("Federaţia Română de Oină") was founded in 1932, and was reactivated at the beginning of the 1950s, after a brief period when it was dissolved.

Today, there are two oină federations: one in Bucharest, Romania and another one in Chişinău, Moldova.


Oina Field Animation
Oină pitch animation

The pitch is a rectangle, 70m long by 32m wide divided into:

  • the in game ("în joc") area, which is 60x32m
  • the batting zone ("zona de bătaie") - 5m long - delimited from the in game area by the batting line
  • the back zone ("zona de fund") - a 5m long safe zone during a run - delimited from the in game area by the back line

The attacking side player that has commenced a run will have to cross the following four lines in order:

  • the start line (the left side of the batting line)
  • the arrival line (the left side of the back line)
  • the return line (the right side of the back line)
  • the escape line (the right side of the batting line)

The in game area is further split into the advance and return triangles and squares. At the intersection of the lines inside the game area and the pitch limits or other lines within the game area, there are circles which determine the positions of the midfielders ("mijlocaşi") and side players ("mărginaşi"). The 1m and 3m semicircles are used for batting and serving. A waiting line is drawn for attacking players to wait their turn to bat.


There are two teams of 11 players, one attacking side or "at bat" ("la bătaie") and one defending side or "at catch" ("la prindere"). The roles switch at half time.

The defending players are placed in the following positions:

  • 3 midfielders ("mijlocaşi")
  • 3 advance side players ("mărginaşi de ducere")
  • 3 return side players ("mărginaşi de întoarcere")
  • 1 back player ("fundaş") that is free to move within the back zone
  • 1 forward player ("fruntaş") that is free to move within the batting zone

The attacking players change roles as the game progresses. The roles are chronologically ordered this way:

  • waiting one's turn
  • serving the ball
  • batting
  • waiting to enter the game (make a run)
  • running the advance corridor
  • staying in the back zone
  • running the return corridor

Each team has a captain ("căpitan" or "baci""). The midfielder 2 is usually used as captain because he can throw the ball at an attacking player in any in game position. For this reason, the midfielder 2 is also known as a baci.

Each team has a maximum of 5 substitutes available.

Scope of the game

The teams have very different roles depending on whether they are at bat or at catch. At bat players are tasked to open a play and run the lanes until they cross the escape line. At catch players are tasked to hit the players running the lanes with the ball. There can be a maximum of 2 players running each lane at the same time. A player can be hit in both lanes once.


The team at bat is selected by a ritual where the players have to grab the bat, thrown by the referee, and the last one to be able to place at least 4 fingers on the bat wins. The game begins with the team at bat, with one of the players throwing the ball while another player of the same team has to hit it with a wooden bat ("bâtă") and send it as far as he can towards the adversary field. After that, if the ball is caught by the adversaries, the player can run (if he wishes, or if he is forced to run by the referee) the advance and return corridors/lanes ("culoarele de ducere şi întoarcere"), without being hit by the defenders. If he stops the ball with his palm, it is not considered a hit. The player is not allowed to catch the ball, and he must release it immediately. If the player doing a run is hit he goes out of field and into the back zone, or he finishes his tasks, depending on which lane he is running.

The full set of regulations can be found here [1] and here [2].


In game

At catch players score 2 points for each player hit with a ball, unless the ball touches the palm or the back of the palm.

At bat players score by batting beyond certain lines, like so:

  • the ball crosses the 65m line in the air and doesn't go out of bounds (doesn't cross the lateral lines), whether or not the defense touches the ball in the air - 2 points
  • the ball falls in the back zone - 2 points
  • the ball is touched in the air by the defense, and goes out of bounds in the air from within the back zone - 2 points
  • the ball goes out of bounds in the air from within the back zone without being touched by the defense - 1 point
  • the ball crosses the 60m line (the back line) in the air and is caught by the defense - 1 point
  • the ball crosses the threequarters line in the air and falls in the threequarters area - 1 point
  • the ball goes out of bounds in the air from within the threequarters area - 1 point
  • the ball is diverted out of bounds in the air from within the threequartees area by the defense - 1 point
  • the ball falls on the threequarters area of the back line - 1 point
  • the ball is diverted from within the threequarters area in front of the threequarters line by the defense and is not subsequently caught in the air - 1 point


Winning brings the team 3 points, a draw brings in 2 points, and the losing team will score 1 point. Quitting or elimination of the team will result in no points being awarded and a 0-9 loss. Running out of substitutes due to injuries will result in a 0-6 loss and 1 point being awarded, while if the same situation is due to the elimination of a player, the result will be a 0-9 loss and no points being awarded.


A spherical ball made of leather, filled with horse, pig, or bovine hair is used in oină. The ball is around 8 cm in diameter and 140 grams in senior games and around 7 cm in diameter and 100 grams in U-18 games.

Comparison with baseball

  • Similar weight of the ball: around 140 grams for both
  • Longer and slimmer bat for oină
  • A game takes only 30 minutes for oină
  • Oină teams have 11 players; Baseball teams have 9 players
  • In oină, the defense can score by hitting the attacking players that are in game (running the lanes)

Competitions in Romania

All competitions are organized by the governing body, the Romanian Oină Federation ("Federaţia Română de Oină" - FRO).

The main competitions are:

  • The National Championship
  • The Romanian Cup
  • The Romanian Supercup
  • The National Junior Championship

Other competitions in 2010[5] are:

  • "Dragu" Cup
  • "Gherăieşti" Cup
  • "Antena Satelor" National Championship (junior)
  • Federation Cup
  • Border Police Cup
  • "Monteoru" Cup
  • "Cleopatra" Cup (beach oină)
  • "Zarandului" Cup
  • "Tătaru" Cup
  • Village Cup
  • "Antena Satelor" Cup
  • various other junior and indoor oină competitions

A number of international events are organized:

  • "Cronos" Cup (junior)
  • International Festival of Sports Related to Oină
  • Oină-Lapta Tournament

Internationalizing Oină

Oină and variants of the sport are also played in neighboring countries where there has been or still is a Romanian ethnic or cultural presence. As part of its program to bring oină to the spotlight again, the FRO has begun the process of creating an international federation.[6] A minimum of 3 national federations need to exist in order to form an international federation, and 2 exist already (the Romanian and Moldovan federations). The FRO has begun talks of founding oină clubs and federations in neighboring Bulgaria and Serbia,[7] and in Sweden.[8] Demonstration matches are to be held in Serbia.

See also


  1. ^ "personalitati". froina.ro. Archived from the original on 27 March 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  2. ^ oină Archived 2016-03-09 at the Wayback Machine, in Alexandru Ciorănescu, Dicționarul etimologic român, Universidad de la Laguna, Tenerife, 1958-1966.
  3. ^ "History of Baseball - WBSC". wbsc.org. Archived from the original on 2 March 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Mitul oinei: Inventia sportului national (I)". ziare.com. Archived from the original on 27 March 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-08. Retrieved 2010-05-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) 2010 calendar
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-20. Retrieved 2010-05-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Romania and the Republic of Moldova place the foundation of the International Oină Federation
  7. ^ http://froina.sportlocal.ro/blog/stiri.html#Oina%20ajunge
  8. ^ http://froina.sportlocal.ro/blog/stiri.html#Turneu%20international

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AS Progresul București

Asociația Sportivă Fotbal Club Progresul București, commonly known as AS FC Progresul București or simply Progresul București, is a professional Romanian football club based in Bucharest.

The team was founded in 1944 as B.N.R. București, being the team of the National Bank of Romania (B.N.R.). In 1947 B.N.R. has promoted to Divizia B, then after only seven years made its debut in the Divizia A, this time under the name of Progresul Finanțe Bănci București. The road of Progresul through Romanian football has been marked with ups and downs, in total spending no less than 32 seasons in the top flight, being ranked 15th in the Liga I All-Time Table. "The Bankers" were runners-up of the league for three times (1995–96, 1996–97, 2001–02), won the Romanian Cup in the 1959–60 season and was also the finalist of the competition on four other occasions (1957–58, 1996–97, 2002–03, 2005–06).

Life in the shadow of the big three teams of Bucharest and Romania, Steaua, Dinamo and Rapid was not easy for "the bleu and blues", but the lack of support by the communist regime ensured the sympathy of many supporters, a big part of them were actors, artists and people from the little bourgeoisie, the elite of Bucharest.

In April 2009 due to financial problems, Progresul was kicked out from the Cotroceni Stadium by its first owner, National Bank of Romania, which was no longer part of the club, but was still the owner of the stadium. In the same month, the club was excluded from the Liga II and declared bankrupt.

On 11 August 2009 AS FC Progresul București was founded and enrolled in the fourth tier of the Romanian football league system. The lack of funding and of an own stadium followed then by the loss of the brand of the old club for legal reasons, led to internal tensions and ultimately to the club split between three different entities. Even if the brand of the old club has been lost, AS FC Progresul București is considered the successor of the old club, the main reasons being that this was the first entity that ensured the continuity of football after the bankruptcy, being also originally supported by Progresul's fans.

In 2017 Progresul refused to enroll in the Liga IV after a conflict with the leadership of the Bucharest Football Association, now being active only through the women football team and some youth squads.


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Baseball evolved from older bat-and-ball games already being played in England by the mid-18th century. This game was brought by immigrants to North America, where the modern version developed. By the late 19th century, baseball was widely recognized as the national sport of the United States. Baseball is popular in North America and parts of Central and South America, the Caribbean, and East Asia, particularly in Japan and South Korea.

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The River Danube, Europe's second-longest river, rises in Germany's Black Forest and flows in a general southeast direction for 2,857 km (1,775 mi), coursing through ten countries before emptying into Romania's Danube Delta. The Carpathian Mountains, which cross Romania from the north to the southwest, include Moldoveanu Peak, at an altitude of 2,544 m (8,346 ft).Modern Romania was formed in 1859 through a personal union of the Danubian Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia. The new state, officially named Romania since 1866, gained independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1877. Following World War I, when Romania fought on the side of the Allied powers, Bukovina, Bessarabia, Transylvania as well as parts of Banat, Crișana, and Maramureș became part of the sovereign Kingdom of Romania. In June–August 1940, as a consequence of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact and Second Vienna Award, Romania was compelled to cede Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina to the Soviet Union, and Northern Transylvania to Hungary. In November 1940, Romania signed the Tripartite Pact and, consequently, in June 1941 entered World War II on the Axis side, fighting against the Soviet Union until August 1944, when it joined the Allies and recovered Northern Transylvania. Following the war, under the occupation of the Red Army's forces, Romania became a socialist republic and member of the Warsaw Pact. After the 1989 Revolution, Romania began a transition towards democracy and a market economy.

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Sport in Romania

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