The FTA Tour is the worldwide association of Tennis Football where the best players of this game compete in doubles to be number one in the world.
The circuit contains different categories, from Junior Tournament to Big Five, which take place throughout five continents which award ranking points and prizes to competitors.
The FTA Tour will publish a general classification after each tournament. The FTA Tour Ranking is the objective method based on particular merits in order to determine access to tournaments as well as to nominate favorites in each one of them.
The FTA Tour, is individually based, that is, it hands out points in each tournament to both team players.
Distribution points in the FTA Tour Ranking
Games will last one set, with the same rules as tennis, that is, the team that achieves first 6 games won with a two game difference over the opposing team wins the game. In case the score is 6 games even, then a tie break of 10 points will apply.
Normal Game: In a normal game, scores are given in the following manner, and always the score is given first to the team that is serving:
If both teams score three points each, the score will be shouted as “deuce”. After “deuce”, the golden point will be disputed, where the team who achieves this point wins the game.
“Tie Break” Game : During Tie Break, the points will be shouted “zero”, “1”, “2”, “3”, etc. The first team who reaches Ten points wins the “game” and the “set”, as long as there is a two point margin with the opponent. If necessary, the Tie-Break will continue until this difference is reached.
The player who starts serving will be one who scored the first point in the Tie Break game. The two following points will be served by the player of the opponent team whose turn it is to serve. After this, each team will serve alternatively two consecutive points until the end of the Tie-Break. The serving rotation within each team will continue in the same order mantained during the set. The changes of sides during a tie break game will be done every 6 points until the tie break game ends.
The team whose turn it is to serve first in the tie break will be the receiver in the first game of the next set.
All tournaments are played with the same championship system, which in turn maintain the same rules of Tennis, with direct elimination in each phase. The only change that each tournament has is the quantity of participants in each one of these.
The court is formed by a rectangular surface of 6.95 meters long and 3.70 meters wide, which will be divided in the middle by a suspended net held by two posts. This net will be totally suspended so as to fully fill the space between the two posts. Its height in the middle will be of 1.10 mts. And the height in the posts will be no higher than 1.20 mts.
The lines that limit the boundaries of the court are called baselines and the lines that limit the court sides are called lateral lines.
All the court lines will be between 5cm and 10cm wide. All the court lines will be of one color only and must clearly contrast with the surface. All the court measurements will be measured from the exterior part of the lines.
Permanent fixed accessories of the court are : obstacles or banners placed in the back or the sides of the court, spectators, chairs and tribunes, all other fixed objects around and over the court, as well as the umpire, line judges, ball boys and staff as long as they are in their assigned places.
There are different types of surfaces permitted for the development of FTA, the two principal ones being :
Teams are formed by two players.
For all championship games, the traditional Tennis regulations will apply.
Doubles will place themselves on opposite sides of the net. The server is the player who plays the ball first. The receiver is the player who is ready to return the ball played by the server.
The choice of sides and the right to be a server or receiver in the first game will be decided by toss before the game begins. The team who wins the toss can choose :
The teams will change sides at the end of the first, third and following odd games of each set. During tie break, the teams will change sides every 6 points.
The game must be continuous from the moment the first game begins (when serving the first game) until it is over. Taking into consideration the following :
The ball is in game from the moment the player serves, and remains in the game until the point is established.
If a ball touches a line, it is considered to be within the boundaries establised for that line.
If the ball in game touches a fixed permanent accessory after having fallen within the boundaries of the court, the team that threw that ball is awarded the point. If the ball in game touches a fixed permanent accessory before bouncing on the ground, the player who threw that ball losses the point.
The team whose turn it is to serve in the first game of the set, will decide which of the two players will do so in that game. In the same manner, before the second game begins, their opponents will decide which of the two players will begin serving in that game. The teammate of the player who served in the first game, will begin serving in the third game and the teammate of the player who served in the second game will do so in the fourth game This rotation will remain until the end of the set. And will continue in the same manner in case there should be a tie break.
Each server can only serve once. In case he comits any of the faults stipulated in these regulations, the double looses the point.
When serving, the server will place himself behind the baseline of the court and within the imaginary extentions of the lateral lines. The ball must bounce once on the floor before the server hits it, and must respect the margins previously mentioned.
After the serving team has executed serve, any player of the opponent team can hit it.
During service, the server cannot :
The service will be considered faulty and thus result in the lost of the point if :
There will be only warnings and the game lost resulting from unsportsmanlike behaviours.
It is forbidden :
WALK OVER GROUNDS
The participant doubles must be uniformed in the following manner :
Not Permitted Articles :
*The referee/supervisor can allow or not any kind of article not stipulated in the previous paragraph and consequently forbid the participation of a team or a player.
The presentation time for accreditation in the field court shall be the following:
The state of presentation in the field court shall be the following :
The oficial FTA Tour ball will be Football Number 5.
The balls used in each game will be pumped for the first time at the beginning of each day. The umpire will check and approve the condition of the balls before beginning each game.
There will be three balls per game. All balls may be used during the development of the game.
The Referee/Supervisor is the final authority in each tournament with regard to legal matters and his decisión in terms of FTA Tour Rules and the Tennis International Federation Rules will be definite.
The umpire is the final authority in the court with regard to all facts of the game and his decisión will be definite.
In those matches where line judges and net judges are assigned, they are responsable for naming all faults (even foot faults) with regard to the lines or the net. The umpire has the right to correct the decision of a line or net judge if he is sure that a clear error has been commited. The umpire is responsable of naming any line or net fault (even foot faults) when line or net judges have not been assigned.
The umpire can detain or delay any game, at any point, if he considers it necessary or appropiate. When a game is suspended due to lack of visibility or rain, it must be done at the end of a game. When a game is suspended, the score and the position of the players in the court will not be altered in any way when the game is reinstated.
NOT CONTEMPLATED SITUATIONS
Any norm not contemplated in this regulation will be backed by the International Federation of Tennis Regulations.
The umpire or the referee/supervisor of the FTA Tour will be in charge of resolving any controversy, with total and absolute autonomy, when faced with a litigious situation which is not covered under any of these regulations.
All FTA Tour participant referees must be credited by the FTA.
The referees must be dressed according to the Referee Dress Code ( oficial FTA cotton shirt or short or long sleeved shirt). They are allowed to wear hats or traditional jockeys, and eye or sun glasses.