Futnet Disciplines


Single

In the single, the basic rules are the same for all categories (men, women and juniors). There is one player on each side and both are allowed up to two touches and only one bounce before passing the ball onto the other side. The court's dimensions are 9 x 12.8 m. Due to its physical and technical demands, single is not usually played by children.

Silver medallist István Pozderka (HUN) - silver at World Cup 2012


The service is carried out diagonally from the right or the left depending on the score of the player serving: with even numbers from the right, with odd ones from the left. The player who has won a point, has the service. The players have a possibility to receive the service after the ball has bounced in their area or without a previous bounce. However, to receive a service without a previous bounce is more difficult and therefore
not that common.


Karel Hron (CZ), bronze at World Cup 2012



Most usual way of receiving a service is after the bounce with the chest (only men) or the foot (using a  halfvolley right after the bounce). When receiving, the player usually stands near the baseline or behind it and tries to pass the ball towards the net so as to have a good position for the attack. If the player cannot receive well, that means, he/she is not able to pass the ball towards the net, he/she is forced to attack from a distance which is more physically demanding in the long run and reduces the accuracy and efficiency of the attack.

In general, a service in futnet in not an advantage, but in single it is different since a good service, often a smashed one, gives the player a chance to force his/her opponent out of the position and make the set-up for the attack much more difficult. A powerful and well-placed service can even lead to an ace. This way futnet single is quite similar to sports like tennis where serving is an advantage.


Blocking in single is quite rare, used only if the opponent, having received the ball on the volley, has set up for the attack close to the net and waits for the bounce to attack or if it is possible to reach his pass by a block.

One of rare examples of blocking in single. Final match of Women's World Cup 2012 between Boglárka Lepsényi (HUN) and Lucie Vokáčová (CZ)


The single is physically very demanding and both players have the right to two 30 second time-outs in each set. A great technical skill is important, but even more important is the speed, stamina, peripheral vision and the ability to use the open spaces not covered by the opponent. And last but not least, a strong mentality that does not give up or crack up under pressure. 

Compared to the traditional doubles and triples, the single is a relatively new futnet discipline, it has only been played for about 30 years. However, it draws admiration for the fighting spirit of the players, powerful attacks and smashed service and a formidable defence, with incredible saves often turned into a winning point. 

Number 10 on the jersey, but number 1 in the world - Milan Ižol (SVK),
world champion in single

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