Footgolf! What's that all about?

Footgolf! What's that all about?

In the world of sports, there's always room for innovation and creativity. One such example that has been growing in popularity in recent years is Footgolf. Combining the precision and skill of golf with the energy and flair of football, Footgolf offers a unique and exciting experience for players and spectators alike. Whether you're a seasoned golfer or a football enthusiast, Footgolf presents an enticing blend of both worlds.

What is Footgolf?

Footgolf, as the name suggests, is a fusion of two beloved sports: football and golf. The game follows the same principles as golf, with players aiming to complete a course in the fewest number of kicks possible. Instead of using golf clubs and balls, however, players use their feet to kick a football into oversized cups. The aim is to get the ball into the hole in the fewest kicks, just like in traditional golf.

Footgolf has gained enough popularity to now support professional Footgolf players who compete at a high level in international tournaments and championships, and to warrant the establishment of professional organisations and governing bodies that oversee and organise competitive Footgolf events.

The Federation for International Footgolf (FIFG) is the international governing body for Footgolf. It's responsible for setting the rules, standards, and regulations for the sport, as well as organising and sanctioning international tournaments. The FIFG has worked to develop a structure for professional Footgolf competitions and has established a World Cup and other prestigious tournaments that attract top players from around the world.

Professional Footgolfers train rigorously to develop their skills in both the football and golf aspects of the game. They focus on perfecting their kicking techniques, learning to read the course effectively, and honing their strategic thinking to achieve the lowest scores possible. These players often have backgrounds in football, golf, or both, and they bring their unique blend of skills to the sport.

Just like in traditional sports, professional Footgolfers have sponsorships, participate in regional and international tournaments, and can earn prize money based on their performance. The competitive landscape for Footgolf continues to evolve, and as the sport gains more recognition and participants, the professional scene is expected to grow as well.

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How is Footgolf Played?

Footgolf courses are designed similarly to traditional golf courses, with each hole featuring a designated starting point and a cup. The cup, much larger than a regular golf hole, is typically 21 inches in diameter. Players take turns, just like in golf, and aim to complete each hole in the least number of kicks possible.

The size of the football used in Footgolf is important for maintaining the balance between skill and fun. The footballs used are regulation size 5, just like those used in adult football matches, although kids are allowed to use smaller footballs.

Rules of Footgolf

While Footgolf borrows heavily from both football and golf, it has its own set of rules to ensure a fair and engaging experience:

  1. Starting Point: Players kick off from a designated starting point for each hole, similar to a tee off area in golf.

  2. Kicking Order: The player with the best score on the previous hole goes first on the next hole.

  3. Obstacles: Footgolf courses often include natural and man-made obstacles such as sand bunkers, water hazards, and trees, adding an element of strategy and challenge.

  4. Etiquette: Just like in golf, players are expected to follow proper etiquette, such as maintaining a good pace of play and respecting other players on the course.

  5. Scoring: The player who completes the course in the fewest number of kicks wins. Scores are recorded similarly to golf, with each hole contributing to the overall score.

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Paul Lloyd in action at the Footgolf Matchplay Trophy Final at Casterton in Carnforth

Why Footgolf?

Footgolf has gained popularity for several reasons:

  1. Accessibility: Footgolf is accessible to players of all ages and skill levels. You don't need to be a professional soccer player or a seasoned golfer to enjoy the game.

  2. Social Activity: It's a fantastic social activity that can be enjoyed with friends, family, or as part of team-building events.

  3. Physical Activity: Footgolf combines the physical aspects of soccer with the strategic thinking required in golf, making it an excellent workout for both the body and the mind.

  4. Unique Experience: The blend of football and golf creates a unique and exciting gameplay experience that sets Footgolf apart from other sports.

Footgolf offers a refreshing twist on two great sports, creating an experience that's fun, engaging, and accessible to all. Whether you're an avid golfer, a football lover, or simply looking for a new and exciting outdoor activity, Footgolf provides a perfect opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds.

There are Footgolf courses popping up all over the country, and most are just pay and play, so get your friends or football teammates together and go and have some Footgolf fun. It's great for a team bonding activity.

And if you find you're actually good at it, you might end up playing at a Footgolf World Cup in the not too distant future!


Have you played Footgolf before? And if you have, where did you play?

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