Footvolley is a sport played between two doubles teams, in which a ball is hit over a net with any body part with the exception of the arms and hands. The objective is to play the ball in such way that the opponent is not able to return.
The sport is traditionally played on a sand court measuring 16 x 8m (52.4 x 26.2 ft.), evenly divided by a net raised at 2.15m (7.05 ft.) high for men and 2.05m (6.72 ft.) for women. Alternative playing formats are accessible for youth development and newcomers, grass footvolley being the most popular.
The game originated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1965 following a ban on beach soccer that motivated locals to migrate their skills onto beach volleyball courts. It was played locally for a few decades before witnessing a tremendous growth across the country.
Since its early days, Footvolley has attracted renown Football celebrities, who have helped increasing the visibility of the sport. Zico, Maradona, Romario, Ronaldinho and Vieri have all revealed their passion for the sport and inspired many to become a part of the Footvolley community.
Footvolley is now played in over forty (40) nations across the globe, with participants in every continent. Each nation is focused on developing the sport, introducing it to new fans through training camps, exhibitions and year-round competitions.
New training groups and competitions appear every year, confirming the increasing desire from fans and participants to experience the sport and put their skills to the test. Footvolley is on an upward trend to become one of the most exciting lifestyle sports to date.
Footvolley is a simple, dynamic and engaging activity for sport fans looking for a new challenge. It allows athletes to improve their physical, technical and psychological capabilities, while promoting core sport values. While playing Footvolley you get fit, social and competitive!
The sport is frequently used as a technical development tool by football and beach soccer athletes, as it increases confidence in ball control, pass and strike precision. In addition to skills, Footvolley demands analytical thinking, sharp reflex, core strength, and motor coordination, fundamental attributes to shape a complete athlete.
World Footvolley was established to serve as a reference in the development and promotion of Footvolley. Currently collaborating with 40+ National Programs, athletes and officials, our mission is to unite a global community moved by the desire to elevate the sports profile.
We are committed to showcasing Footvolley as one of the most entertaining sports and enable fans to fully immerse in our culture and lifestyle through continuous live and digital experiences, anytime and anywhere.