When exacly Fistball was “created” it’s unknown. What is known, however, is that its roots can be traced back to south Europe, maybe Italy. The first known written refference was made by the roman emperor Gordian III and dates back 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 rebirth. Although it was seen as not so much as a competitive game, but as a hobbie for the nobles and lords. In 1786, Johann Wolfgang Goethe mencioned Fistball games amongst four noblemen from Verona and from Venice in his journal “A Trip to Italy”. In 1870, Fistball was introduced to Germany, led by Georg Weber. And now, Fistball is part of the World Games since London, 1985.
Fistball is a team sport similar to voleyball, the difference being the grass field, which measures 50×20 meters, with five players in each side, much larger than a voleyball court. The field is divided by a cable or net which measures from 3 to 7 centimeters wide, 2 meters tall (adult male) or 1,90 meters for adult female. All plays are made with a closed fist and defense with the forearm.
The Women’s World Championship created in 1994 by the International Fistball Association, in its seventh edition will be hosted for the second time in the city of Curitiba, which holds great tradition in Fistball. Ever since its creation, Germany has won the championship four times (1994, 1998, 2006 and 2014) followed by Brazil (2010) and Switzerland (2002).
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