FOOTBALLTENNIS

Footballtennis is a ball game played all over the world in many variations on basic, medium and professional levels. Its greatest advantages are easy mastering of game basics, simplicity of non-contact rules convenient for men and women of all ages, attractivity for both players and spectators and minimal demands for court and equipment.

Thanks to it footballtennis is considered to be the game for the new millenium.

 

 

FOOTBALLTENNIS RULES

Footballtennis rules has been created by International Footballtennis Association with intentions to unify many variations of this game and to enable all participants to choose the appropriate level for their satisfying play.

 

  1. 0. Categories:

0.1 Under number of players (i.e. disciplines)

Singles

Doubles

Triplets

0.2 Under gender

Men

Women

Mixed doubles

0.3 Under age

Adults [age 19 and more]

Juniors [age between 16 and 18]

Youngsters [age between 13 and 15]

Children [age up to 12]

0.4 Under skill level

Basic

Medium

Professional

I. Part of the rules common to all categories and disciplines

1. Playing court and playing area

1.1 Dimensions of the playing court

a) for singles: basic (8.23 or 9.00) x 12.80 m

medium 8.23 x 12.80 m

professional 8.23 x 12.80 m

b) for doubles: basic (8.23 or 9.00)x 18.00 m

medium 8.23 x 18.00 m

professional 8.23 x 12.80 m

c) for triples: basic (8.23 or 9.00)x 18.00 m

medium 8.23 x 18.00 m

professional 8.23 x 18.00 m

1.2 The playing court is split into two halves by a net.

1.3 Base and side lines are part of the playing court. The lines are 5+ 1 cm thick. The accuracy of the dimension given is + 5 cm.

1.4 The playing area which shall be available during the play has borders at least 3 m from the side lines and 3.5 m from the base lines of the playing court. A permissible deviation of the playing area from horizontal level is 1:100. Maximum unevenness of 2 cm without a sharp transition is permissible. The minimum height of free space above the playing area is 8 meters.

2. Net

2.1 Definition: only that part that is hung up over the playing court between the side lines. The length of the net may be defined by two round poles of metal or plastic which support the net on the lines. The poles are part of the net.

2.2 The net is tensioned at both ends so that its top part extends 110 cm over the playing court surface all the way across the playing court. The maximum permissible height deviation of the net is + 2 cm. The distance between the lowermost edge of the net and the playing court surface is not more than 20 cm. Should the net subside during the play (a supporting pole will fall or a tensioning cable will break) under the height limit permitted, the referee rules a new ball.

3. Ball

3.1 Official IFTA-ball parameters:

construction: glued, 32 panels, colour: black and white, material: synthetic (natural) leather, weight: 396-453 g,

circumference: 680-710 mm, height of rebound:660-720 mm, inflation: 60-65 kPa. The height of rebound is measured on the Kistler plate by having the ball fall from a height of one (1) metre with the valve facing up.

4. Start of play

4.1 The team (player) who wins the toss has the option to choose either the side or the service.

4.2 In case of drawn sets before the third set it is the option of that team (player) to choose the side or the service who - after adding up obtained points - possesses higher number of winning points. Only in case of equal number of winning points the toss is carried out again.

4.3 If not stated otherwise by the Technical Commission of IFTA the time breaks are:

Between sets - one minute

Between matches - five minutes

The match is scratched if the team(s) is(are) not present in time at the playing court.

5. Service

5.1 A service is executed by hitting the ball by any part of the body except for arm and hand from the zone behind the base-line, outside the playing court. A service may be executed only from the space behind the base line, between the side lines, by any player serving the ball into the opponent’s whole service zone.

5.2 The way of serving: hitting the ball by any allowed part of the body on the volley, after only one ball rebound, drop-kick or right from the ground. Neither the ball nor the foot shall touch the playing court (including the lines) when a service is being executed. The ball shall be released from serviceman´s hand(s) or lay on the ground for servicing.

5.3 The service shall be carried out within 5 seconds from the moment the referee gives the order to start the play.

5.4 The ball shall cross the net and should be pointed at the opponent’s service zone.

5.5 The service is valid even if the ball touches the net and then lands on the opponent’s service zone or touches the opponent(s).

    1. The service is always carried out by the team (player) who scores a point.
    2. The players of the opponent’s team are allowed to touch the ball before it has touched their own half of the playing court.

6. Ball in play

6.1 The maximum number of ball drops on the ground:

singles: basic 2

medium 1

professional 1

doubles: basic 3

medium 2

professional 1

triplets: basic 3

medium 2

professional 1

During the play, the player does not have to let the ball drop down onto the ground. There must be one player´s touch of the ball between two ball drops on the ground.

    1. The maximum number of ball touches by the player:

singles: 2

doubles: 3

triplets: 3

The player may touch the ball with any part of his/her body except for his/her arm and his/her hand. With the exception of singles, the player is not allowed to touch the ball twice in succession. The minimum number of touches of the ball by player before the ball crosses the net is one.

6.3 If played correctly by the player, the ball shall touch the ground in the playing court only.

6.4 The service is repeated (”new ball”), if a foreign object touches the ball or the playing court.

6.5 None of the players is allowed to touch the net (even after the ball has been finished).

6.6 The ball is played correctly, only if it crosses the net to land into the opponent’s playing court.

6.7 If two opposing players touch the ball over the net at the same time (”dead ball”) and the ball drops out of the playing court, the service is repeated.

6.8 If two opposing players touch the ball over the net at the same time (”dead ball”), the play continues provided that the ball touches the ground within the playing court. In such a case, however, the ball may be also played by the player who played the dead ball.

6.9 The player may play the ball over the opponent’s part of the playing court, if standing or taking off and then landing in his/her own playing court.

6.10 The player may play the ball in his/her own half of the playing area only.

6.11 The player may unintentionally touch the opponent’s leg (its part under the knee) by his/her leg (its part under the knee) after he/she has played the ball.

7. Scoring a point, winning a set and the match

7.1 The team (player) wins a point if the opponent commits a fault, each such a fault being one point.

7.2 All the disciplines (singles, doubles and triplets) are played up to two (2) winning set. A set is won by the team (player) who first scores 11 points with a minimum lead of two (2) points (11:9). Otherwise the play is continued until the lead of two points is achieved (12:10, 13:11, etc.).

8. Time-out and player substitution

8.1 Substitution of player(s) is allowed only during an interruption of play.

8.2 Each team is entitled to substitute the player(s) twice per set.

8.3 Each team (doubles, triplets) is entitled to one 30-second time-out per set, after the coach (player) has requested that from the referee. Each player (singl) is entitled to two 30-seconds time-outs per set after the coach (player) has requested that from the referee.

8.4 The referee is entitled at any time in the course of the set to declare ”referee’s time out” to remove obstacles of any nature.

8.5 During the time-out the player(s) must be present in the own half of playing area.

9. Faults resulting in loss of point

9.1 The ball touches the court twice in sequence without being touched by any player.

9.2 The ball bounces off the court or crosses the net to the opponent’s court without having been touched by any player.

9.3 Any player touches the net by any part of his/her body. The service is repeated if the net is touched by both opponents simultaneously.

9.4 The player has made one of the following faults when the ball is being served:

a) he/she touches either the base line or a side line extended backwards with the ball or his/her foot when a service is being executed,

b) the ball being served and flying to the opponent’s court is touched by a co-player,

c) the ball lands outside the service zone on the opponent’s court.

9.5 A player touches the ball with his/her hand or arm.

9.6 The ball played by a player flies to the opponent´s court outside the net.

9.7 The ball played by a player lands outside the opponent’s court.

9.8 The ball is played by a player to the opponent’s court and the player does not stand or takes off and does not land within his/her own court.

9.9 When played in a hall: if the ball touches a part of the hall or its equipment (ceiling, walls, rings, etc.), it is a fault made by the player who touched the ball last.

9.10 A player holds or pushes his/her opponent with his/her hand(s).

9.11 A player plays the ball twice in sequence (applies to doubles and triplets).

9.12 A player plays the ball while touching the opponent’s half of playing area.

9.13 The opponent’s player touches the ball before it is touched by a player in whose playing court the ball has touched the court surface (a loss of point in favour of the opponent).

9.14 A player touches an opponent player (with the exception of 6.11) by his/her leg that is put out over the net.

10. Misconduct and sanctions

10.1 If a player exceeded the limit of 5 seconds for serving:

- first delay : warning

- second delay: loss of point.

10.2 Unsportsmanlike conduct (protests, claims, deliberate playing the ball to hit the referee, kicking the ball away, delaying the play, holding and pushing the opponent, abusive language, improper gesturing, etc. by players, coaches, team leaders):

- for the first time : warning

- for the second time: loss of point.

10.3 Depending on how rude the misconduct is (Rule 10.2), a player is sanctioned by yellow or red car, the third warning results in expulsion. After receiving the red card the player must immediately leave the playing area.

10.4 An expelled player may be substituted by another player (doubles, triplets). With singles, the opponent wins the match 2:0 (11:0, 11:0) by default or all the matches in the group are cancelled. When the player is injured in such a way that he/she can not continue to play and his/her team has no more substitution to utilize, the set is scratched in favour of the opponent team.

10.5 If the referee is insulted by player(s) or member(s) of the official delegation the match is scratched in favour of the opponent team.

11. Player’s equipment and protests

11.1 Players of one team shall use uniform playing suits; if not they are not allowed to play by the referee.

11.2 When the play is interrupted, the team captain or coach has the right to raise hand to deliver their protest(s) to the referee and ask a question about the interpretation of the rules. The referee’s decision is final.

11.3 Protests, if any, are dealt with in compliance with the competition schedule, when the match is over. A final decision is up to IFTA’s court of arbitration.

12. Miscellaneous

12.1 Other disputable issues are dealt with by the respective control authority of IFTA competitions.

 

 

II. Special characteristics: singles

 

1. Playing court and playing area

1.1 The two halves of the playing court (8.23 or 9.00) x 6.40 m are divided by a middle line into two halves of the same size called service zones (4.115 or 4.50) x 6.40 m.

 

5. Service

5.1 A service may be executed only from the space behind the base line, between the middle and side lines. A service shall be executed diagonally from the right or left, depending on the own number of points scored: from the right, if the number is even (0:0, 2:1, 4:6, etc.), from the left if the number is odd (1:0, 1:1, 1:2, 3:2, etc.). If lands the ball must land in the opponent’s service zone.

 

6. Ball in play

6.1 The player may touch the ball twice in sequence before the ball crosses the net.

 

8. Time-out and substitution

8.1 No substitution is allowed in singles matches.

 

 

III. Special characteristics: doubles

1. Playing court and playing area (applied only for professional category)

1.1 The two halves of the playing court 8.23 x 6.40 m are divided by a middle line into two halves of the same size called service zones 4.115 x 6.40 m.

5. Service (applied only for professional category)

    1. A service may be executed only from the space behind the base line, between the middle and side lines. A service shall be executed diagonally from the right or left, depending on the own number of points scored: from the right, if the number is even (0:0, 2:1, 4:6, etc.), from the left if the number is odd (1:0, 1:1, 1:2, 3:2, etc.). If lands the ball must land in the opponent’s service zone.

8. Time-out and substitution

8.1 The team consists of maximally three players of whom two shall be always playing and one is their substitute. Substitution can be carried out twice in a set, both players in play may be substituted by the third one.

 

 

IV. Special characteristics: triplets

8. Time-out and substitution

8.1 The team consists of maximally five players of whom three shall be always playing and two are their substitutes. Substitution can be carried out twice in a set, one substitution may involve one or two players at the same time.

 

V. Special characteristics: children, youngsters and juniors

2. Net

2.2 The height of the net for children up to 12 is 100 cm.

3. Ball

3.2 A lighter ball can be used for Children’s cathegory.

12. Miscellaneous

12.2 Players are divided into age cathegories only according to the year of their birth no matter when during that year they were born.

 

VI. Special characteristics: mixed doubles (man+woman)

  1. Playing court and playing area

1.1 Dimensions of the playing court

a) for women: the whole court (8.23 or 9.00) x 18.00 m

b) for men: for attack only a service zone (8.23 or 9.00) x 6.40

for defense the whole half (8.23 or 9.00) x 9.00 m

6. Ball in play

6.11 The player - woman may unintentionally touch the leg of any opponent (its part under the knee) by her leg (its part under the knee) after she has played the ball. The player – man may unintentionally touch only the opponent-man’s leg (its part under the knee) by his leg (its part under the knee) after he has played the ball.

8. Time-out and substitution

8.1. No substitution is allowed in mixed doubles matches.

  1. Faults resulting in loss of point

    1. A player-man touches an opponent player-woman in any way.
    2. A player-man blocks an opponent player-woman.

9.17 The ball that has been played by a player-man touches an opponent player-woman whenever she blocks.

 

 

Enclosure to the Footballtennis Rules

13. Referees

13.1 Number of referees: The match (game) is arbitrated by two referees (1st referee, 2nd referee). Another number of referees can be stated by IFTA’s Technical Committee controlling the competition. The support by linesmen is welcome.

13.2 Rights of both referees: All members of the team (players, coach, team leader, etc.) in the playing area are obliged to keep the instructions of referees.

13.3 Duties of both referees

13.4 Complementary duties of the first referee

13.5 Complementary duties of the second referee

13.6 Standing point of referees: The referees should stand behind the pile (pole) on both sides of the net except the situation when the ball is moving to them or played next to them.

13.7 The referees have to use uniform suits.

13.8 Referee official signals

Game situation Signal/Action

New ball (playover)

Raise the thumbs of both hands (hands held close together)

Time-out

Place the palm of one hand over the other hand in a vertical position, forming the letter ”T”. Indicate the team requesting the time-out

Doubledrop

Point two fingers to the attacked area of playing court

Tripledrop

Point three fingers to the attacked area of playing court

Doubletouch

Raise forearm vertically with two fingers extended

Service footfault

Point to line with finger

Player(s) substitution

Make a circular motion of open hands around each other at shoulder height

Net touch

Touch the net and indicate the player committing the fault

”Hand play”

Extend one arm and tap its wrist with the other arm’s fingers

Keep playing!

Extend arms sideways

Ball outside the net (not going above the net)

Extend both arms above the head and wave

Ball in

Point to attacked area of court with open hand

Ball out

Raise the forearms in a vertical position with hands open, palms facing away from court

Ball out after contact with a player

Brush fingers of opposite hand once over palm of vertical hand

Interfering foreign object (person, animal, second ball,…)on playing court

Stop the play (whistle) and use the ”new ball” signal

Touch of the ball by blocking player

Raise the thumb of the right hand vertically and hold by the time the opponent player touches the ball