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  • A team is composed exclusively of two players.
  • A team scores a point by successfully dropping the ball on the opponent’s court.
  • Footvolley uses the Rally Scoring System, in which a point is scored on every single rally. It doesn’t matter which team serves the ball; points can be scored by either the serving or the receiving team.
  • Serve order must be maintained throughout the set. When the receiving team has gained the right to serve, the serve-rotation is applicable between players.
  • Each team is entitled to a minimum of one hit and a maximum of three hits for returning the ball over the net. A player may not hit the ball two times consecutively.
  • Two players may touch the ball at the same time, but it is counted as two (2) hits.
  • The ball is in play from the moment of the hit of the serve.
  • The ball is out of play once it touches the surface of the playing courts.
  • The ball is “in” when it touches the surface of the playing court including the boundary lines. The ball is “out” when the ball falls on the ground completely outside the boundary lines (without touching them or without moving the lines), touches the antenna, ropes, poles or the net outside the crossing space (between antennas).

 

  • The ball may touch any part of the body, except arms and hands.
  • While crossing the net, the ball may touch it (serve included).
  • A ball driven into the net may be recovered within the limits of the three team hits.
  • If a player touches the net during the action of playing a ball, it is considered a fault.
  • A player may enter the opponent’s space, court side and/or free zone, if this does not interfere with the opponent’s play.
  • In general, all matches will be one set to 18 points. A set is won by the team which first scores 18 points with a minimum lead of two points. In the case of a 17-17 tie, play is continued until a two-point lead is achieved (22-20; 19-21; etc.) with unlimited points.
  • In the case of the 3 sets-match, the deciding 3rd set is played to 15 points. If tied 14×14, the first team to reach 2 points difference wins the match.
  • Teams must switch court side every combination of 6 points when a set is played to 18 points or 5 points for a set played to 15 points.

 

Facilities and Equipment

 

  • The official playing court is a rectangle measuring 18m x 9m.
  • The surface must be composed of leveled sand, as flat and uniform as possible, free of rocks, shells, and anything else which can represent risks of danger or injuries to the players.
  • The lines on the court should be in a color which contrasts with the color of the sand.
  • The net is 9.5m long and 1m wide when extend across the poles.
  • Two colored bands 5 – 10cm wide and 1m long, are fastened vertically to the net and placed above each side line. They are considered part of the net.
  • An antenna is a flexible rod, 1.80m long to define the crossing space.
  • Placed vertically over the middle of the court there is a net that is set at 2.20m height for men and 2.00m for women.
  • Players must play barefoot, with socks or ankle support/brace.

 

 

Player Conduct

 

  • At the end of the game teams must display sportsmanship by greeting the opponent.
  • Participants must behave respectfully towards opponents, teammates, and spectators.
  • The participants should avoid actions that results in delay of the match.