Sun, Sea and Soccer: Californian Footvolley Championships

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Sun, Sea and Soccer: Californian Footvolley Championships

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Whether it’s played on sand, the streets, or grass, football is a Brazilian way of life. From all ages and all walks of life, it’s unifying.

Footvolley was first played on the sands of Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach in 1965. Later, it helped legendary Brazilian players like Romario and Ronaldinho hone their skills as youngsters.  It has an interesting story of origin that truly shows how creative people can be in pursuit of what they want. In 1965 a football ban was enforced in Brazil by clubs over the summer in order to ensure that players didn’t get injured. What did they do instead? They took the beautiful game to the beach volleyball courts instead! Sneaky, sneaky..

The sport is a mixture between football and beach volleyball, where the players use the volleyball’s court and rules to play a similar game with one fundamental difference: no use of the hands or arms (instead the use of the feet, chest, head, and shoulders is used). With each side having a maximum of 3 touches on the ball, this creative sport ensures exciting action.

The objective is to play the ball over the net, to the opponent’s side without letting the ball touch the ground on your side of the court. The game is played with 2 players on each side and begins when a player serves the ball to their opponent. Service must take place from behind the baseline and the ball has to end up over the net, using only the player’s foot. The player is allowed to build a small hill and place the ball atop it to allow her to kick it more easily.

California Footvolley was established in January 2014 by Giordano Carretta and Fabio Foresi. The main goal of California Footvolley is to promote and raise awareness of this amazing new sport in the state of California, USA.

“California is the perfect spot to play footvolley because of the beaches and the amazing weather all year round.” Says Giordano Carretta. His goals, among raising awareness of this amazing sport is to start kids young and develop their quality from a young age to become professionals in the future competing in the Olympics.

The California Footvolley Professional circuit takes place in Huntington Beach by the pier twice a year usually on April and August. This past one was their 5th consecutive tournament. The tournament usually includes 12 teams of 2 players that showcase the high quality of the best players in the United States and some of the best in the world.

Footvolley will have an official demonstration competition approved by COB and Brazilian Olympic Committee in between the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and Rio 2016 Paraolympic Games. After a lot of hard work this will be a huge step for the sport that is trying to become an Olympic sport in the near future.

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