The Petanque India Association is the only governing body in India recognised by the Asian Boules Sport Confédération and the Internationale de Pétanque & Jeu Provençal. The Olympic Council of Asia, the International Olympic Committee, and several other international sports organizations recognize the sport of petanque.


Origin of Petanque

In the early twentieth century, France developed Petanque which is sometimes called boules, bowls, or wailing. Though boules and bowling are used interchangeably to refer to a similar game. The aim of petanque is to throw a metal ball at a small target ball known as a jack and get it close to the target.

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About the Game Petanque

About the Game Petanque

The playing field consists of a rectangular field that is between 15 meters and 4 meters wide.

There is usually loose gravel on the surface. A 50-centimeter diameter circular ring throws the boules.

Singles, doubles, and triples can all be played in Petanque. During singles, doubles, and triples matches, three boules are used per player, while two boules are used for triples.


Game Rules

As the game begins, the target ball is thrown, followed by both teams’ boules. When all of the boules have been thrown by both teams, the round comes to an end. As each boule is closer to the goal than the opponent’s closest boule, the team with the closest ball wins the round. A match is played in rounds, with each round lasting until one team scores 13 points first, which could take several rounds for the match to end.

The number of boules and the size of the teams:

The game can be played with two teams of one, two, or three players each. When two players work together, there are three boules each. When three players work together, there are two boules each player has.

Boules and cochonnet sizes:

Boules should have a diameter of 7 to 8 cm, be manufactured of steel, and weigh at least a kilogram around 650g to 800g. Players should be able to identify their boules by labeling them. It should have a diameter of about three centimeters and be made of wood.

Choosing a throwing location:

To choose which team will play first, toss a coin. For this team to toss their boules, any player may create a circle on the ground. The circle should be around 0.5 meters in diameter and at least 1 meter away from any obstacles (wall, tree, edge of playing area, etc).

When do the games take place:

The players on the team that isn't "holding" keep throwing until they get a boule near enough to the cochonnet, and so on. Players from the same team don't have to toss the balls back and forth, but they always have to toss theirs.

Keeping track of the points:

When neither team has any more boules, the game comes to a halt and the points are tallied. The winning team receives one point for each boule closer to the cochonnet than its opponent. There can only be one team scoring points in each round.

Move on to the next round:

The cochonnet is thrown from a fresh circle made around the cochonnet's last place by a player from the winning team. The first to score 13 points wins (or whatever total you decide).


Become a Certified Coach at Petanque India Association. Petanque is a sport that demands good technique and skill. It’s not simply about playing the game, but building your skills to win the game. This can be achieved by practicing under the guidance of an expert coach. 

The PIA petanque team believes that training is necessary for any player who wants to achieve success in this sport. Not only does the coaching help them to improve their game, but it also helps them to develop as a person. Pétanque Inde Association not only of formations for sport but also of coaches and players.

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        Frequently Asked

        The game can be played on hard dirt or gravel. It can be played practically anywhere with a 12 × 3 metre level court surface.

        Bocce ball is a bowling game in which the boule is bowled. Petanque, on the other hand, is more of a tossing game in which the boule is thrown. Bocce ball players, like bowlers, take a few steps before tossing the ball. Petanque players, on the other hand, remain motionless without lifting a foot and throw within a defined space.

        Pétanque is culturally connected with France, however the International Federation of Pétanque and Provençal Game believes that the sport is most popular in Asia, with roughly 10-12 million participants in 160 countries.

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