The rules of footvolley – 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. However the rules of footvolley sets are flexible and dependent of the tournament holder. Therefore sets can also be played til 15 with the third set to 12 points all depending on the tournament.
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.
Teams may consists of male, female or mix depending on the category of tournament or league. It’s not unusual seeing mixed teams play against non-mixed teams. As you can read above, the rules of footvolley are flexible in many ways. How would you prefer to play? Read more about who we, Stockholm Footvolley Club, are here.