If you walk down the sidewalks of Copacabana and Ipanema – or any other beach in Rio de Janeiro, really – you will see that almost every sand court is occupied by avid players. Cariocas use these sand courts to play either beach volleyball or footvolley, a sport invented in Rio de Janeiro that combines aspects of beach volleyball and football. If you have a net and a ball of your own, you can just look for an empty court, call your friends and play your favorite sport for free while drinking coconut water and refreshing yourself in the cold waters of the ocean.
Cariocas love to exercise
People in Rio de Janeiro are very active and fit – you can see lots of people exercising at the beach early in the morning or late in the afternoon (before and after work hours). With many beautiful beaches so close to home, it’s no surprise that beach volleyball is one of the favorite sports in Rio. Everyone here seems to love playing sports at the beach – beach paddleball (frescobol in Portuguese) and beach volleyball are definitely among the most popular sports.
So, what’s footvolley?
Footvolley is a mix of beach volleyball and football. It’s a sport invented by Octavio de Moraes in Copacabana Beach during the ‘60s. The game is played with 2 players on each side of the court. They essentially follow the rules of beach volleyball, but you cannot use your hands, you should only touch the ball with your feet, chest and head. The ball used for this is also a volleyball. Many former football players are now devoted footvolley players, including Romário, Edmundo and Júnior. After gaining so much popularity in Brazil, footvolley is now a much known sport in the entire world, having its own world championship and other major events around the globe.
Beach Volleyball in Ipanema
Caminhos Language Centre takes its students and friends to play beach volleyball every Monday at Ipanema Beach. We usually meet at the school at 5pm, but during Brazilian Saving Time (October-February), we change the time to 6pm due to the beach being too crowded until later. We have our own net and ball and everyone is welcome to join our game. We always have lots of Brazilian friends coming to play with us and you can practice your Portuguese while having fun.
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