What is footvolley?

Footvolley is a sport which combines beach volleyball and football (see how it is played here). It is played 2 vs 2 on a beach volleyball court. You mostly play the ball with your feet, head, chest, shoulders and thighs, but you can use any body part besides your hands and arms. A maximum of 3 touches is allowed before the ball has to pass over the net. Like in volleyball, a player is not allowed to touch the ball two times in a row. Learn more about the rules of footvolley here.

History of footvolley

Footvolley was born on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the year of 1965. A group of friends who usually played the ball between each other in the air (which is called ’altinha’ in Brazil) were forced to stop playing  at the beach by the police because it broke an old local law. Playing beach volleyball was however allowed on the courts on the beaches so the guys decided to continue to play ’altinha’ using the beach volleyball courts, passing the ball over the net.


This new way of playing gained popularity and in a short time became a new sport called footvolley. The sport has recently gained great momentum and is spreading quickly in Brazil as well as in other countries such as Portugal, Spain and Israel.