In the double there are two teams, both composed of two players. Third player is on the bench as a possible substitute for either of his/her team-mates.
France attacks in match for 3rd place in Juniors World Championships 2012
The teams are allowed up to three touches – but not two consecutive ones by the same player – before passing the ball onto the other side. In UNIF events, the maximum number of bounces is one for men and two for women and juniors. In other competitions, the Laws of Futnet allow up to three bounces (according to the decision of the national association). Children, beginners and older players usually use three bounces. The bounces can never be consecutive, there must always be a touch by a player between each bounce.
The court dimensions are the same as in single, i.e. 9 m x 12.8 m (in the past and in some countries still now they are the same as for triple). The service can be carried out by either of the players of the team which has previously scored a point towards any part of the opponent's service zone.
In general, both players should be equally good at all futnet skills. The ideal is the combination of a right-footed and left-footed player, this way they do not have to change sides in some offensive situations.
Before final in double at Men's World Championships 2012
The first pass after receiving the service should head towards the net where the other player can either attack directly (quick attack) or set it up to his team-mate for a gradual attack. On top level, blocking is used quite often to defuse or reduce the efficiency of the opponent's attack.
Like in all futnet categories and disciplines, the touch of the net by any part of the body is not allowed and if it occurs, it means a point for the other team. In a set, both teams have the right to one 30-second time-out and max. two substitutions.
What is required of the players in the double is the strength, speed, technical skill and a high level of complementariness. Both players have to master all types of moves and passes because if one of them revealed a certain weakness, for example, less confidence receiving the service, the rival team would immediately use it to their advantage.
Women fighting for the world title in double in Brno, Czech Republic
In general, to score a point in the double is easier than in the triple, therefore the defence play has to be very tactical and often it is necessary to take a risk and move up to the net to try to block the opponent's attack.
The double is a spectacular discipline and a fiery fight in a bid to try and “break“ the other team or make them commit that fateful mistake. It is the best example of speed, power and individual skill combined and working within a team.