Footvolley was created by Octavio de Moraes in 1965 in Brazil. This game involves rules of beach volleyball. A football is used as volleyball and players are not allowed to use their hands to touch the ball.
At first it was called as 'pevoley', which literally meant "footvolley" only. Recife, Salvador, Brasilia, Gioania, Santos and Florianopolis are the cities which have players who are playing this game since 1970s. When the game is played the footvolley athletes began by lowering the numbers of players on each side, eventually settling on 2 vs. 2. On each side 5 players are on each team. Paraguay was the first world champion of footvolley. The Paraguayan Jesús is considered the best player in the World Championship. In different countries this game was played or started at different time. As Brazil is the country that has started this game and produced players too. In United Kingdom’s this game was started in 2006, which was held in Pattaya, Thailand. Israel started the game 2007, though the first game of footvolley was played in Israel in 2003. In Italy it was played in 2008 and in Australia 2007. As Australia is main country to promote this sport internationally, especially in Asia and Oceania regions.
By: Srishti Sharma