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Footvolley is an exciting sport which pits two teams (2 players per side) on a sand volleyball court where the object is to ground the ball on the opposing teams' side not using more than three touches per side and not using your hands.
Created in Brazil, during the 1960s, it become a trend setting beach sport riding the Brazilian influence wave of fashion, models, and bikini's in the early 2000s. Footvolley has become big in Europe during the summer months and, in the US, has a good population of players in Florida, California, Virginia, and Hawaii.
Dutch National soccer stars take part in an annual footvolley match in Aruba which is shown on national TV. Brazilian soccer stars routinely play in charitable events in Rio and Sao Paulo beaches as well.
The United States does have a Footvolley National Team which trains in Miami Beach year round. The squad is composed of former college soccer players who have adopted the game due to large Brazilian population in South Florida which plays as well.
The women's team is mostly based in the Virginia Beach area, where an annual event has grown the player base significantly.
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