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Finals at Worlds 2009 in Berlin (Germany). Patrick Schrickel / Florian Goetze vs PT Lovern / Emmanuel Bouchard.Photo by  Phil Schaefer.
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Finals at Worlds 2009 in Berlin (Germany). Patrick Schrickel / Florian Goetze vs PT Lovern / Emmanuel Bouchard.Photo by Phil Schaefer.

Footbag Net is a sport governed by the IFPA's International Footbag Committee in which players use their feet to kick a footbag over a

A footbag net court.
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A footbag net court.
5-foot-high net on a footbag net court. The rules of Footbag net are defined in the IFC's Rules of Footbag Sports, Article 3.

Footbag net combines the coordination of soccer, the court strategy of tennis, and the set-and-spike strategy of beach-volleyball , all while using only the feet. Players demonstrate remarkable agility by spiking the footbag over the net, using either the sole of the foot, a sweeping inside kick, or an outside push. Even more remarkable than the spikes are the "digs" players use to defend against the spikes. Players also block spikes in the air with amazing foot-to-foot battles over the net.

Worlds 2010 Oakland (USA) Air Battle Kenny Shults vs Alexis Deschenes Photo by Emmanuel Bouchard.
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Worlds 2010 Oakland (USA) Air Battle Kenny Shults vs Alexis Deschenes Photo by Emmanuel Bouchard.

Contents

Basic Rules and Information

The full rules of footbag net are available in the online version of the International Rules of Footbag Sports.

For a basic description of the rules, see: Footbag Net Rules.

IFPA Footbag Net Rankings

The current official IFPA net rankings.

Open Doubles Net

 Florian Goetze 7 times Open Doubles Net World Champion photo at Open de France 2005 by  Thomas Jouan.
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Florian Goetze 7 times Open Doubles Net World Champion photo at Open de France 2005 by Thomas Jouan.

Open Singles Net

 Tuomas Karki Open Singles Net World Champion 2010 and 2011 photo at Worlds 2010 by  Emmanuel Bouchard.
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Tuomas Karki Open Singles Net World Champion 2010 and 2011 photo at Worlds 2010 by Emmanuel Bouchard.

Mixed Doubles Net

 Marilyn Demuy Mixed Doubles Net World Champion 2013 photo at Bempel Cup 2012 by  Phil Schaefer.
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Marilyn Demuy Mixed Doubles Net World Champion 2013 photo at Bempel Cup 2012 by Phil Schaefer.

Women Doubles Net

Maude Landreville and Genevieve Bousquet Women's Doubles Net World Champions 2013 photo at Akisphere 2011 by  Andy Ronald.
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Maude Landreville and Genevieve Bousquet Women's Doubles Net World Champions 2013 photo at Akisphere 2011 by Andy Ronald.

Women Singles Net

 Genevieve Bousquet Women's Singles Net World Champion 2013 photo at Worlds 2010 by  Kenny Shults.
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Genevieve Bousquet Women's Singles Net World Champion 2013 photo at Worlds 2010 by Kenny Shults.

Open Doubles Net: 2012/2013 2011/2012 2010/2011 2009/2010 2008/2009 2007/2008

 Kenny Shults 10 times Open Doubles Net World Champion photo at Worlds 2004.
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Kenny Shults 10 times Open Doubles Net World Champion photo at Worlds 2004.

Open Singles Net: 2012/2013 2011/2012 2010/2011 2009/2010 2008/2009 2007/2008

 Emmanuel Bouchard 12 times Open Singles Net World Champion 1998-2009 photo at Green Cup 2005 by  Greg Durrett.
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Emmanuel Bouchard 12 times Open Singles Net World Champion 1998-2009 photo at Green Cup 2005 by Greg Durrett.

Mixed Doubles Net: 2012/2013 2011/2012 2010/2011 2009/2010 2008/2009 2007/2008

Women's Doubles Net: 2012/2013 2011/2012 2010/2011 2009/2010 2008/2009 2007/2008

 Jody Welch 15 times Women's Doubles Net World Champion, 9 times Mixed Doubles Net World Champion, 9 times Women's Singles Net World Champion for a total of 33 Footbag Net titles at Worlds photo at US Open 2011 by  Kenny Shults.
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Jody Welch 15 times Women's Doubles Net World Champion, 9 times Mixed Doubles Net World Champion, 9 times Women's Singles Net World Champion for a total of 33 Footbag Net titles at Worlds photo at US Open 2011 by Kenny Shults.

Women's Singles Net: 2012/2013 2011/2012 2010/2011 2009/2010 2008/2009 2007/2008

History

Footbag Net was invented in the mid 1970s. It was originally played over an 8-foot high net and players were allowed a maximum of five kicks per side. After only a few years, however, the rules of Footbag net were changed to encourage fast-paced rallying and crowd pleasing spiking maneuvers. For more net history, see The History of Footbag Net.

Basic Kicks

Outside Kick Genevieve Bousquet US Open 2011 Photo by Kenny Shults.
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Outside Kick Genevieve Bousquet US Open 2011 Photo by Kenny Shults.

The most common surfaces of the shoe used for kicking in Footbag net are the inside and outside surfaces. The sole of the shoe is also frequently used, however, only when performing a standing or flying spiking maneuver. Due to the large amount of court a player is responsible for covering, it is extremely important to have a good foundation of kicks with both the left and right legs. Outside kicks are generally thought to be the most important kick in net, as they are used to receive serves and to set oneself or one's teammate. Toe kicks are most frequently used when the footbag is falling in front of one's body. Inside kicks are frequently used to receive serve, to bump or set a teammate, or to direct a kick across the net. Inside kicks are also the predominant kick used for serving, however, many players also use toe kicks. Out side kick serves are uncommon but can be effective.

Serve by Karim Daouk Worlds 2012 Warsaw (Poland) Photo by Maciej Jedrzejewski.
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Serve by Karim Daouk Worlds 2012 Warsaw (Poland) Photo by Maciej Jedrzejewski.

Spikes

Bitch Slap Jaakko Inkinen Euros 2008 Montpellier (France) Photo by Henrik Martikainen.
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Bitch Slap Jaakko Inkinen Euros 2008 Montpellier (France) Photo by Henrik Martikainen.

A spike is defined as kicking the footbag over the net with a downward trajectory. Spikes can be performed while standing (i.e., one foot remains on the ground while kicking) or while jumping or "flying" (i.e., both feet are in the air while kicking). While they are more difficult to learn, flying spikes are more advantagous to learn because they allow for a greater margin of footbag clearance over the 5-foot-high net.

  • Sole Push
  • Sweep
  • Scuff
  • Mouse Trap
  • Bring Down
  • Toe Reverse
  • Sun Back
  • Front Back
  • Toe Spike
  • Roll Sweep
  • Roll Spike

Equipment

Shoes -

Nike Air Max 90
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Nike Air Max 90
  • The Nike Air Max 90 are currently the most commonly used shoes by footbag net players, because World Champion Florian Goetze play with these shoes.

Pros: - easily available almost everywhere in the world. - inside and outside surfaces do not need to be modified. Cons: - pretty expensive. - casual shoes and not sport shoes.

New Balance 1123
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New Balance 1123
  • The New Balance 1123 are quite popular among footbag net players.

Pros: - real sport shoes. - inside and outside surfaces do not need to be modified. Cons: - running shoes made for forward not lateral movements.

Brooks Addiction Walker
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Brooks Addiction Walker
  • The Brooks Addiction Walker are quite popular among footbag net players, especially in the footbag net mecca Montreal.

Pros: - real sport shoes. - inside and outside surfaces do not need to be modified. Cons: - walking shoes made for forward not lateral movements. - insides can easily be modified to become even flatter.

Asics Gel Rocket
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Asics Gel Rocket
  • The Asics Gel Rocket are newly quite popular among Finnish footbag net players.

Pros: - real sport shoes. - indoors badminton shoes made for lateral movements. Cons: - inside and outside surfaces need to be modified. - only minor modifications needed.

Yonex SHT-307 CL
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Yonex SHT-307 CL
  • The Yonex shoes are the *new* thing in the footbag net scene.

Pros: - real sport shoes. - multi surfaces tennis shoes made for lateral movements. Cons: - inside and outside surfaces need to be modified. - major modifications needed.

Nets -

Buying a Net Set

You can buy any badminton net and use it for footbag, however, this is not recommended because of the different way footbag is played (namely, with your body in the air). When you "crash the net", you want to be assured that it will react appropriately -- i.e., you won't get hurt and the net will fall down without breaking.

So the best bet, and our number one recommendation for net players, is to use the: Footbagnet.com net set who is very similar to the "Jimmy c". as of today (30/01/08) it is the only serious net set available.


Making a Net Set

If you are low on cash (as many footbag players are), you can somewhat easily construct your own net set with materials costing less than $40 (U.S. currency). For a list of materials needed and instructions for creating your own net set, visit Making a net set.


Footbag Net Terminology

On the net court, you're likely to hear some words and phrases that you're unfamiliar with. While most of these terms are used in all net-playing countries, a few terms vary by region. Click here for a glossary of Footbag net terminology.


Footbag Net Training

There are several good ways to learn about Footbag Net through this website:


Footbag Net Clubs

More importantly, to get serious training on footbag net (or any foobag sport), check out the footbag clubs near you and consider getting help from more established players in your area (if available).

Footbag Net Competition

Footbag tournaments occur year-round, though net is not offered at every event.

Players and experienced organizers alike may want to offer net competition at a footbag event, or host their own tournament. For more information on running a footbag net tournament, see here.

Yo Kelley executes a flying shtataff!  Photo by Martin Cote.
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Yo Kelley executes a flying shtataff! Photo by Martin Cote.
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