Teqball

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Teqball
Highest governing bodyFITEQ
First played2014
Characteristics
ContactNo
Team membersSingles/doubles
TypeInside/outside
EquipmentFootball, teqball table
Presence
Olympicno

Teqball is a ball sport that is played on a curved table, combining elements of football and table tennis. Back and forth, the players hit a football with any part of the body except arms and hands. Teqball can be played between two players as a singles game, or between four players as a doubles game. The game is represented at an international level by the International Federation of Teqball (FITEQ). A number of world-class footballers have been attracted by the game, and after being added to the programmes for the 2021 Asian Beach Games and the African Beach Games, the sport is now aiming for Olympic inclusion.[1][2][3]

History[edit]

Teqball was invented in 2012 in Hungary by three football enthusiasts: former professional player Gábor Borsányi [hu]; Hungarian businessman György Gattyán; and computer scientist Viktor Huszár.[4][5]

Teqball table[edit]

The curved Teq table is unique to teqball. It measures 3 metres (9.8 ft) in length and is 1.7 m (5 ft 7 in) wide with the highest point at 0.76 m (2 ft 6 in) in the middle of the playing surface where the net is installed separating the surface into two parts. The two outer edges of the width are 0.565 m (1 ft 10.2 in) above the ground.[6]

The table is also used for the sports Teqis [hu], Teqpong [hu], Teqvoly [hu] and Qatch [hu], which are based on tennis, ping pong, volleyball and handball respectively. These sports are not governed by the International Federation of Teqball.

Rules[edit]

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. [7]

Intellectual property[edit]

Unlike equipment in traditional sports, the design of the teqball table is patented,[8][9] so only Teqball International or others with a license from Teqball Holding SARL may legally manufacture tables. The name "teqball" itself is trademarked,[10] giving the trademark holder control over who may advertise teqball events or otherwise use the name in public. The teqball inventors view these legal restrictions as essential to their efforts to grow the sport.[11]

Competitions[edit]

Teqball World Championships[edit]

The Teqball World Championships is an annual competition organised by FITEQ.

The Teqball World Championships has both Singles and Doubles competitions with men and women participating together. The first Teqball World Championships was held in Budapest, Hungary in 2017 with more than 20 participating nations. The 2018 version of the event was held from 12–13 October in Reims, France with a total of 90 players participating.[12]

The 2019 Teqball World Championships took place from 6–8 December in Budapest.[13] Around 160 athletes representing 58 countries competed across singles, doubles and mixed doubles events.[14]

Asian Beach Games[edit]

As a sport that is officially recognised by the Olympic Council of Asia, teqball was added to the programme for the Sanya 2020 Asian Beach Games, which was postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19.[15]

African Beach Games[edit]

Teqball was included in the first African Beach Games in Sal, Cape Verde on 14–23 July 2019.[16] Cameroon won the title by beating Nigeria in the final.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aloia, Andrew (9 October 2018). "Fiteq World Cup: England call up football freestyler who did not know teqball existed". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  2. ^ "WATCH: Neymar and fellow Brazil stars play Teqball". Sky Sports. 8 October 2017. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Teqball". Teqball. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  4. ^ Stuhl, Angelise Stuhl (25 May 2015). "Teqball Is A New Tabletop Sport That Allows Soccer Players To Perfect Their Skills". SportTechie. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Teqball: The Hungarian, Football-Ping Pong Hybrid Sweeping the World Cup". Hungary Today. 15 June 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Teqball Table | Signs and Features | Free Sport Parks Map". Free Sport Parks. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  7. ^ "Teqball | Rules". Teqball | Rules. Retrieved 2020-09-21.
  8. ^ "Multi-purpose sports apparatus".
  9. ^ "Teqball table".
  10. ^ "TEQBALL Trademark of TEQBALL HOLDING S.A.R.L. Serial Number: 79162171 :: Trademarkia Trademarks". trademark.trademarkia.com.
  11. ^ "With Teqball the world is curved". www.wipo.int.
  12. ^ "Fédération Internationale de Teqball - Teqball World Cup 2018 - Events". fiteq.tournamentsoftware.com. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  13. ^ Upsolution. "FITEQ - Coming soon!". FITEQ - Fédération Internationale de Teqball. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  14. ^ "Ronaldinho set to star at third edition of Teqball World Championships". www.insidethegames.biz. December 5, 2019. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  15. ^ "Teqball co-founder Huszar looks forward to the sport's debut at the Sanya Asian Beach Games - Xinhua | English.news.cn". www.xinhuanet.com.
  16. ^ "Teqball joins 2019 SAL African Beach Games". Teqball.com. Retrieved 2019-08-27.
  17. ^ "Cameroon win first ever African Beach Teqball Cup title". macesport.com. Retrieved 2019-08-27.

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