How to play AirSoccer!
The rules of the game are actually pretty simple, but the players have room to create their own rules as they play but the official rules are as follows:
1 - AirSoccer matches are played in a best of three sets.
2 - Each set is played until a player/team reaches 18 points, and 15 points on the last set; or 25 minutes (if it reaches 25 minutes and the game is still tied there will be a 5 minutes tie break). After every 6 points played (ex. 3-3 or 2-4), teams must switch serve sides on the table.
3 - Every player/team has two attempts to complete a successful serve. The ball must hit or trespass the white line on the other side of the table. If the ball hits the net or lands before the white line, that is a foul serve and the player has a second chance. However, if the ball hits the net and land on the white line or after it, the player must get the ball back and repeat the serve without losing one of his tries. If the ball hits the edge of the table and it changes its trajectory, it is considered a foul serve. The players can’t step on or over the serve line on the floor that is placed 1 meter far from the table. The player can only serve if one of their feet remain on the ground.
4 - The double/player that starts serving on the first set, will begin receiving on the second set.
5 - The players are not permitted to go to the opponent’s side of the table/arena in order to attack the ball. The only situation that a player can go to the opponent’s side of the table is to return the ball back to his side so his partner can send the ball to the opponent’s side of the table.
6 - Every player/team is allowed to return the ball with a maximum of three touches and minimum of one using any part of their body, except their hands and arms. Only when receiving the serve both players must touch the ball before attacking to the opponent’s side.
7 - A player can only touch the ball two consecutive times if he/she passes the ball to their partner before sending back to the opponent’s side, without exceeding the three touches. Therefore, the two touches can only be used for defensive purpose.
8 - While playing, neither the table nor the opponent can be touched. The only situation where a player can touch the table is with their hands for safety purposes.
9 - In order for an edge ball to count as a point, the ball has to go over the table. If the ball hits the edge of the table coming from outside of the table, it is a foul ball.
10 - If the ball hits the net of the table and returns to the players attacking, they may still send the ball to the opponent’s side of the ball hasn’t touched the ground or the table and if the double didn’t use their 3 touches yet.