Yes, there is “striking” similarity between volleyball and fistball: the object of both games is to place the ball in the opponents’ half of the field in such a way that it cannot get returned. The crucial difference in fistball: the ball is struck with either fist or arm – never with open hands – and it is allowed tobounce after each contact.
Today’s game has five players per side jettisoning the ball over the ribbon – at speeds much beyond the 100 km/h – and making spectacular dives to avoid that it bounces more than three times in their half.
History of Fistball
When exactly the game of fistball was “invented”, is not known. What is certain, however, is that the roots lie in the southern part of Europe, perhaps in Italy.
The earliest known written mention of the game is by Roman Emperor Gordian III and dates to the year 240. Rules for an Italian version of fistball were recorded by Antonius Scaiono in 1555.
In the 16th century the game experienced a renaissance. However, it was seen less as a game of competitive nature and more as a pastime for nobles and gentry.
In 1786, Johann Wolfgang Goethe mentioned fistball games between ‘four noblemen from Verona and four Venetians’ in his diary “An Italian Journey”.
In 1870 fistball was introduced to Germany, led by Georg Weber.
Fistball stands for sporting excellence, always highlighting the focus on the Athletes around the globe.
Fistball is the perfect Sport for All and all abilities and suitable for athletes of all kinds of abilities.
Since 1985 in London fistball is part of the World Games sports programme.
International Fistball Association (IFA)
The International Fistball Association was founded in 1960 and is the international sports federation responsible for fistball sport.
IFA is a federation of member associations which represent fistball and their athletes in more than 56 countries with over 60.000 players from all continents showing strong representation in Europe but also including increasing numbers of membership in Africa, America and Asia.
IFA sets worldwide rules and regulations for the sport of fistball and its conduct.
IFA administers the relations to the world of sports, is dedicated to the fight against Doping and promotes gender equality.
IFA is an international federation and member of AIMS, SportAccord and the International World Games Association.
The IFA Executive Committee is composed by President Karl Weiss (AUT), Secretary General Jörn Verleger (GER), Vice President Carlos Hexel (BRA), Treasurer Franz Peter Iten (SUI), Chair of the Sports Commission Winfried Kronsteiner (AUT).