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You already know that futebol is the national sport, and how popular beach soccer is.. But you need a large field, and it is hard to find one when the beach is crowded. Most beach soccer matches happen on weekdays, or at night, after work. An exciting variation that is more suitable for regular beach hours is foot-volleyball.
Foot volleyball, or futevolei, is played on a beach volleyball court, and you score the points as in a volleyball match. The only difference is that you are not allowed to touch the ball with your hands. You have to count on your head, chest, feet, legs, and creativity. You will be amazed at the skill of locals.
To serve you make a little mound of sand, place the ball on it, and kick it. The opponents may pass the ball three times. Compared to foot-volley, beach soccer is a piece of cake. Even professional soccer players like Romario, Gaucho and Raimundo have fun with beach soccer. If you're lucky you may run into one of them!
When the volleyball court is taken, players form a circle to practice, usually near the sea where it's fresher. They keep passing the ball around, without ever hitting the sand. Boys and girls often play together, and the only rule is no hands allowed.
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