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Team members 2 per side
Mixed gender male and female
Type Indoor
Equipment Jorkyball
Venue Jorkyball court
Olympic No
Paralympic No

Jorkyball is a new format of 2 vs 2 football.[1] It is played in a 10m x 5m cage on artificial turf with the possibility of using the walls to pass, dribble and score. As in football it is played only with the feet and use of hands is forbidden. The objective is to score goals into a net. As in squash and padel the sport is played in a four-walled court and all of them can be used including the net above, i.e. there is no outside.


3 on 2 Jorkyball was invented by the French Gilles Paniez in 1987. It started in a garage in Lyon, France. Jorkyball is now a registered trademark. Jorkyball was first played in front of a large audience at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy as an exhibition. Since then, the number of Jorkyball players has been increasing.

Jorkyball is currently played in 11 countries and expanding: France, Italy, Portugal, Canada, Hungary, Poland, Belgium, Switzerland, Japan, Mexico, and Israel.


A Jorkyball game is played in sets of 7 goals each. The first team to reach 2 sets wins. Each team is made up of 1 striker and 1 defender. The striker is not allowed to play in the kickoff areas. At the end of each set, defender and striker change role. The defender is not allowed to play in the opponent's side of the court.

Game elements[edit]

The pitch of 2x2 Jorkyball is a parallelepiped. Dimensions are:

  • Length: 9,80 m
  • Width: 4,80 m
  • Height: 2,70 m
  • Goal size: 110 x 110 cm

3bble is the exclusive distributor of the courts homologated by the Jorkyball International Federation.

The ball is in hand-sewn felt. It weighs 200 grams. It is roughly the size of a handball.


  1. ^ Vincenzo Cito (January 20, 2001). "con nove uomini in meno". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 

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