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A lady fistballer attempts to fist the ball.

Fistball is a sport which is of European origin and is similar to volleyball in that you try to hit a ball over a net.

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History

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 1786, Johann Wolfgang Goethe who mentioned fistball games between 'four noblemen from Verona and four Venetians' in his diary An Italian Journey.

Overview

Fistball belongs to the group of games wherein a ball gets hit across a net from one half of the field of play to the other. As in tennis and volleyball, the aim is to place the ball in the opponents' half in such a way as to not allow them to reach it - even after a bounce. The ball is hit with fists or arms. After passing the net, the ball may be contacted up to three times by the five players on each team - with a bounce being permissible before each contact.

Details

Fistball is played outdoors as well as indoors. The men's outdoor game, which is featured in The World Games, is played on a field of 20 by 50 meters. The center line divides the field in two halves; 2 meters above the center line a 2 m wide net or tape is strung across the field. Service lines are marked at three meters from the center line in each of the halves. The ball is made of leather, has a maximum circumference of 68 cm, weighs up to 380 g, and is inflated to 0.75 bar. The matches are played to a system of 'best of three sets' , with a set won by the team accumulating 20 points.

Other than in The World Games, the international fistball elite unites in quadrennial 'International Fistball Association' World Championships for men and women.

The current fistball World Champion is Austria, Brazil won the 2009 Fistball World Games

Fistball was first introduced to the United States in 1911 by high school teacher Christopher Carlton who had experienced it first hand on a summer vacation to Italy.

Results

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Fistball World Championship - Men

Year Host Gold Silver Bronze
1968 Austria
Linz,
Austria
West Germany
West Germany
Austria
Austria
East Germany
East Germany
1972 West Germany
Schweinfurt,
West Germany
West Germany
West Germany
Brazil
Brazil
Austria
Austria
1976 Brazil
Novo Hamburgo,
Brazil
West Germany
West Germany
Brazil
Brazil
Austria
Austria
1979 Switzerland
St. Gallen,
Switzerland
West Germany
West Germany
Austria
Austria
Brazil
Brazil
1982 West Germany
Hannover,
West Germany
West Germany
West Germany
Brazil
Brazil
Switzerland
Switzerland
1986 Argentina
Buenos Aires,
Argentina
West Germany
West Germany
Austria
Austria
Brazil
Brazil
1990 Austria
Vöcklabruck,
Austria
West Germany
West Germany
Austria
Austria
Brazil
Brazil
1992 Chile
Llanquihue,
Chile
Germany
Germany
Austria
Austria
Brazil
Brazil
1995 Namibia
Windhoek,
Namibia
Germany
Germany
Switzerland
Switzerland
Austria
Austria
1999 Switzerland
Olten,
Switzerland
Brazil
Brazil
Germany
Germany
Austria
Austria
2003 Brazil
Porto Alegre,
Brazil
Brazil
Brazil
Germany
Germany
Austria
Austria
2007 Germany
Oldenburg,
Germany
Austria
Austria
Brazil
Brazil
Germany
Germany
2011 Austria
Wien,
Austria

Fistball World Championship - Women

Year Host Gold Silver Bronze
1994 Argentina
Buenos Aires,
Argentina
Germany
Germany
Austria
Austria
Brazil
Brazil
1998 Austria
Villach and Linz,
Austria
Germany
Germany
Switzerland
Switzerland
Brazil
Brazil
2002 Brazil
Curitiba,
Brazil
Switzerland
Switzerland
Brazil
Brazil
Germany
Germany
2006 Switzerland
Jona,
Switzerland
Germany
Germany
Brazil
Brazil
Austria
Austria
2010 TBA

World Games - Men

Year Host Gold Silver Bronze
1985 United Kingdom
London,
United Kingdom
West Germany
West Germany
Austria
Austria
Switzerland
Switzerland
1989 West Germany
Karlsruhe,
West Germany
West Germany
West Germany
Brazil
Brazil
Austria
Austria
1993 Netherlands
Hague,
Netherlands
Germany
Germany
Switzerland
Switzerland
Austria
Austria
1997 Finland
Lahti,
Finland
Germany
Germany
Austria
Austria
Brazil
Brazil
2001 Japan
Akita,
Japan
Austria
Austria
Brazil
Brazil
Germany
Germany
2005 Germany
Duisburg,
Germany
Austria
Austria
Brazil
Brazil
Germany
Germany
2009 Chinese Taipei
Kaohsiung,
Chinese Taipei
Brazil
Brazil
Switzerland
Switzerland
Austria
Austria
2013 Colombia
Cali,
Colombia

European Championships

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