Footvolley (Portuguese: Futevôlei, IPA: [futʃⁱˈvolej] in Brazil, Futevólei IPA: [ˌfutᶤˈvɔlɐj] in Portugal) is a sport which combines aspects of beach volleyball and association football (also known as soccer in some English-speaking countries).
Footvolley was created in Brazil, by Octavio de Moraes, in 1965 in Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana Beach as a means for football players to be able to touch the ball without violating the formal football ban at the time. Players would bring a football; but opt for the volleyball courts when the police would come ask for their ball. The game of footvolley - first called 'pevoley', literally meaning "footvolley", that was discarded for "futevôlei". Footvolley started in Rio de Janeiro; however cities like Recife, Salvador, Brasília, Goiânia, Santos and Florianópolis have players who have been playing footvolley since the 1970s.
Teams of footvolley had five a side initially. Due to the skill level of the then footvolley athletes (nearly all were professional football players); the ball would rarely drop. Thus, the players began lowering the number of players on each side, eventually settling on 2 versus 2, which is still in use today.
In recent years, professional football players have taken up footvolley in both promotional events and celebrity matches. Some notable Brazilian footballers who have played (or still play) footvolley are: Romário, Edmundo, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho Gaúcho, Júnior, and Edinho (1982 & 1986 National Team).
Footvolley combines field rules that are based on those of beach volleyball with ball-touch rules taken from Association football. Essentially footvolley is beach volleyball except players are not allowed to use their hands and a football replaces the volleyball.
International Rules 
Points are awarded if the ball hits the ground in the opponents' court, if the opponents commit a fault, or if they fail to return the ball over the net. Scoring is done using the rally point system (new volleyball rules). Match scoring is usually up to the event organizer's discretion. Generally speaking matches are one set to 18 points; or best of three sets to 15 points (with third set to 11 points). The court is 29.5 feet x 59 ft (old beach volleyball). The height of the net varies based on the competition. The Official International Rule for the net height set is 2.2 meters or 7 feet 2 inches for the men's competition. For the women's competition, the height of the net should be set at 2 meters or 6 feet 6 inches.
Pro Footvolley Tour Rules 
The rules in the United States professional tour (Pro Footvolley Tour) are designed to make the matches faster and more aggressive. Some of the notable differences are: lower net height (2.05 Meters); no 'net' foul; 2-pointers are awarded up to 3-times maximum per set for all shots scored with the foot when one foot goes above the head when striking the ball and the other foot is off the ground (bikes, matrix kicks, etc.); and smaller court size 57 feet by 28.5 feet.
International growth 
Since the sport's inception in Brazil, footvolley has spread and gained popularity internationally, including Europe, the United States, and Asia. The very first international footvolley event held outside of Brazil was sponsored by the United States Footvolley Association in March 2003. This relatively small event is what kick-started the international growth of the sport.
Major events have been held at many beach cities in countries around the world, including Spain, Portugal, Greece, United Arab Emirates, France, the Netherlands, Aruba, Thailand, South Africa, Paraguay, etc. as well its native Brazil.
United States of America 
In the United States there is a professional league. The 'Pro Footvolley Tour' holds events primarily in the Spring and Summer months in Florida, Virginia (Virginia Beach), and California. The professional tour is regulated by the United States Footvolley Association (the National Governing Body) which is also responsible for international athlete selection and the sport's development domestically.
In 2011, Sergio Menezes & Igor Martins won the first two events. Then in Virginia Beach (2011), AJ & Nelson 'Canela' Santa Cruz took the title away from Adrian Boente/Fernando Plentz. Next came the 2011 Seaside Heights Open presented by Bud Light Lime which was won by upstarts Karl Meneghisso & Luke Roque. The same duo faced Menezes/Salvador in Santa Barbara (CA) two weeks later and finished the year with two titles.
The 2012 Bud Light Lime Pro Footvolley Tour season has begun. Meneghisso & Roque have remained on top winning the first two events.
In the history of footvolley, Brasília (the capital of Brazil) has the highest number of high quality players nowadays. This city has played a big role on bringing the best players in the sport's history. Since the 1990s there have been great players like Gabriel, Xeleleu, Jansen de Oliveira, Ramiro, Betola, Edinho, Hugão and Luisinho who are till today in activity and besides their admired carriers, they also taught and raised on the field children that are today deemed to be the biggest names of players in the history of footvolley: Belo, Marcelinho, Mário, Café, Diego, Lana (in female and unisex footvolley) and others.
Those won almost all of the worldwide footvolley championships around the globe at this date.
United Kingdom 
In 2007 the 2 events held were the Muller Rice Open in Croyde, and the Lamisil Once Footvolley Open in Brighton. Dirceu & Luigui were champions at both events, maintaining their unbeaten record and David & Gary, the England Footvolley Team No. 1 pair won the Shield Competition.
Footvolley was first played in Israel in 2003 when a few beach boys named Yossi Golan, Amir Zohar, Oshri Cohen, Shalom Michaelshvili and more, learnt the exciting game from two Brazilian soccer players who played for Israeli teams. It was in 2007 that Corona in Israel got involved in footvolley, establishing the first footvolley ordinary league already in 2008. It was also the organizers of the league that invented the Hebrew name pronounced "Footsievolley" (Hebrew: פוצ'יוולי) to be used exclusively for the game played in their league and other events.
Corona FootVolley League, so far the one and only ordinary footvolley league in the world, is played since 2008 every summer starting in May/June until the final four in September/October with 14 teams and 13 league rounds in the Premium league and 12 teams playing 10 rounds in the Masters league.
In 2009 Corona FootVolley European Tour was established inviting teams from Europe to play in Israel. In 2011 Corona FootVolley European Tour was upgraded to Corona FootVolley World Tour inviting teams from all over the world to play.
Corona FootVolley Winter Cup, a one day tournament, is also played in Israel every February since 2010.
Footvolley Australia (FVA) started when a group of friends decided to bring the sport played at Brazilian beaches to the Sydney Northern Beaches. In the summer of 2008 they pitched in to buy the net and poles and began playing footvolley over the weekends at Long Reef beach. As volleyball nets had begun populating the sands of world famous Manly beach, the group also made sure to play there.
Learning the fact that footvolley began gaining popularity in different states, including world famous beaches in New South Wales, and the number of players interested in footvolley increased Footvolley Australia (FVA) decided to create the official National Sports Organisation for the sport in Australia.
Footvolley Australia is a not for profit national sports organisation founded to establish, guide and promote the development of footvolley in Australia with the support of local businesses and relevant government entities. FVA is working together with players, fellow clubs and associations in NSW and other states to make a strong organisation of the sport nationally. FVA aims to represent Australian Footvolley in international competitions and tournaments with the cooperation of fellow international associations, clubs and federations.
Footvolley Australia is pleased to be welcomed by international associations and federations and learn the fact that there are many players who are as enthusiastic as our team in promoting the growth of the game with a great deal of effort and commitment.
Footvolley Australia expects the sport to gain ground across Australia and become an active participant internationally to bring the sport to Olympic level.
World Champioship 
|Winner||Score||Runner-up||Third Place||Score||Fourth Place|
|2 (25-25) - 0 (20-20)||
|25 - 14||
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