Footvolley, or Futevolei, is a sand beach sport that combines field rules based on beach volleyball with ball-touch rules taken from football. In essence footvolley is beach volleyball except players are not allowed to use their hands and a custom ball specific to footvolley replaces the volleyball. The ball resembles a soccer ball.
Known and recognized by some to be created by a Brazilian folk named Octavio de Moraes, also know as “Tata” back in 1965 in Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach. The game originated due to a banning on football on the beach at that time, however, volleyball courts were open. So, in order to find a way around the prohibition rules on football on the beach, Tata decided to play on the volleyball court with net and boundaries. From that moment on, the game has gained a lot of popularity and spread across the globe and has become a sensation.
The game is now played by mens doubles, womens doubles, mixed doubles and exhibition games are also played in trios and quartet formats.