Many of us like Table Tennis, football & even volleyball. What if I say there is a game which is a blend of all three above mentioned sports? Sound exciting right? Its more exciting to play and the game is called Teqball. A similar table like TT but a curved one, similar ball used in football and three touch passes just like volleyball. But, the twist is, the players can’t use their hands or arms.
The game has caught attention after world-class footballers like Rolandhino, Maradona, Marcelo, Messi and other top footballers have posted videos online playing TEQBALL. The game was invented in 2012 in Hungary by three football enthusiasts, former professional player Gábor Borsányi, Hungarian businessman György Zoltán Gattyán and computer scientist Viktor Dénes Huszár. FITEQ is the official governing body and also conducts the annual Teqball World Championships. It is played in both singles & doubles in the men’s & women’s category and has its own set of rules.
Main rules of Teqball
- Teqball can be played with balls used in football, with size five being official and recommended.
- Teqball can be played by two players (singles game) or by four players (doubles game).
- A teqball match consists of best-of-three sets.
- Each set is played until a player/team reaches 12 points.
- Every player/team has two attempts to complete a successful service.
- The players/teams change service after each four points.
- It is forbidden to touch the ball with the same body part twice consecutively.
- It is forbidden to return the ball with the same body part twice consecutively.
- Every player/team is allowed to return the ball with a maximum of 3 touches by any body part, except for the hands and arms.
- In doubles, a team has a maximum of 3 touches, however, the teammates must pass the ball at least once to each other.
- While playing, neither the table nor the opponent can be touched.
- In case of an edgeball, the rally shall be repeated.
The sport is gaining a lot of attention & is also aiming for Olympic inclusion in 2024. The sport was recognized by the Olympic Council of Asia and was added to the programme for the Sanya 2020 Asian Beach Games, which was postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19. Teqball was also played in the African Beach Games in 2019.