Footvolley | Brazil

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Area Where Played



The largely spread version of the game’s origins states that it was invented by Brazilian men, who used to stay at Copacabana’s beach for the whole day.
In the 60s, during the civil-military dictatorship, police forbad soccer matches at certain times. The men found a solution by marking on the sand a court from both sides of the goalpost, similar to a volleyball court. Without the net, the goalpost was used to divide the court. The players can touch the ball with their heads and feet, but the ball cannot touch the ground.
The game was largely adopted by professional soccer players and some people started to play it at Ipanema’s beach, where more rules were defined.
After that, the game has spread all over the country and some institutions were created to rule the sport.

Detailed Description

This game is easily found on beaches of the Southeast region of the country, but it can also be found in other regions.
Extremely connected with the beach culture, this sport became known due to the participation of many famous soccer athletes.
The game developed rules slowly. In the beginning, the teams had six players each, like volleyball, and then it became doubles. Female participation in the game also began later, and today we even have mixed doubles. The ball that the players used to play was volleyball, but the volleyball players did not like their volleyballs being kicked, so the footvolley players started to use balls more similar to soccer balls.
Nowadays, the sport has federations organizing it in the national and international scopes. The nets at the beaches are mainly used to play footvolley and Rio de Janeiro is still the central city of the practice.


The court is 18m long and 9m large, divided by a net of 2m high for women and 2.20m for men.

The match is a two out of three sets, and each set is won when one double achieve 18 points.

The punctuation logic is similar to that of volleyball. The doubles cannot let the ball touch their court and only have three alternate touches to pass it to the opponent’s court. The players can touch the ball with any parts of their body, except their arms and hands.

The serve is made with the foot and the servers can use a sand heap to ground the ball.

The doubles can be male, female, or mixed, and all the doubles use the same water-proof rubber covered ball, with a circumference of 68-70 cm.