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“Kabaddi Rules” How To Play Kabaddi

.Kabaddi History: Kabaddi basically a Tamil word ‘kai-pidi’, which means holding hands. It is popular in South Asia and is the state game of the Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab and Telangana and is the national sport of Bangladesh. Kabaddi Rules.

Nowadays after IPL Pro Kabaddi is the 2nd best sport/event of the Indian nation. Pro Kabaddi which is also known as Vivo Pro Kabaddi.

When Kabaddi was started?
The game was introduced in the Indian Olympic Games at Calcutta in 1938. In 1950the All India Kabaddi Federation came into existence and compiled standard rules. The Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI) was founded in 1973. “Kabaddi Rules”.
What is the size of kabaddi court?

It is a sport played on a court, which is divided into two halves. The size of the court is about 13m x 10m.

(This is the court style used in Pro Kabaddi League, size may vary slightly for international or local matches).

  • Each side has 7 players when the game starts. There will be 5 substitutes for each side as well.

How long is a Kabaddi match?

The duration of the match shall be a minimum of 40 minutes divided equally into two halves of 20 minutes each along with 5 minutes interval between halves. The teams will change sides after the interval.

  • After halftime, the two teams switch sides of the court.
  • The team with the most points at the end of the game (after 40 minutes) wins!
  • The Lobby is the area of the court which is considered active only when contact has been made between the raider and a defender. Else, it is considered out of bounds for both raider and the defenders.
  • This player is called the raider and each player on the opposing team is called a defender.

“Kabaddi Rules”


What are the rules of kabaddi game?
Let’s get started…

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How is the game of Kabaddi played?

  • Players who get out are made to sit on the sitting block and they can go in only in the same order they came out.
  • Bonus Line is only active when there are 6 or more players on the court in the opposition team.
  • In order to make the raid valid, the raider must cross the baulk/check line with one foot with the other one in the air.
  • The Raider tries to tag members of the other team and run back to his side — each player he touches equals one point for his team if he makes it back safely.
  • A Raider shall continue to chant “KABADDI” as the approved cant. If he is not keeping the properly approved cant in the opponent’s court, he shall be declared out and the opponent will be awarded one point and the chance to raid.
  • In order to get a bonus point, the raider must cross the baulk/check linewith one foot with the other one in the air, when the defending team has 6 or 7 defenders.
  • The time of the raid is limited to 30 seconds. If the raider fails to reach his half within this stipulated time, he goes out and opposition team gets one point awarded.
  • No team can make three consecutive attempts as the empty raid. The third attempt will be called as Do or Die raid.
What is the meaning of do or die raid?
  • In Do or Die raid the Raider have to touch the opponent player. In another case, he can make a Bounce point without touching the opponent player.
  • The Defending Team’s goal is to keep the raider from tagging you and crossing back over the midline.
  • Note that a raider may not be grabbed or held by his clothes, hair, or any part of his body other than his limbs and torso. If referee finds that any of these is done, raider gets a technical point awarded.
  • If the Defending team successfully tackle the raider and prevent him from going back, it gives them 1 point.
  • Players are revived in the order they were eliminated — bringing back players out of order results in a point for the other team.

What’s more…

  • All Out — It is a point in the game when all the players of the team are sent off by the other team. At this point, the other team gets extra points (2 in Pro Kabaddi).
  • Super Raid: If the raider successfully gets 3 or more defenders out, it is called a super raid. (In case of bonus point + 2 defenders out is also called a super raid)
  • Super Tackle: If the defending team successfully tackles the raider, with 3 or fewer defenders in the side, it is called a super tackle and the defending team gets extra points (1 in Pro Kabaddi, hence the defending team gets 2 points instead of 1 point in a normal scenario for their efforts).

Find all the Pro Kabaddi League Rules explained here Pro Kabaddi

To sum up…

Kabaddi is now an international game. Following are the main International competitions of Kabaddi.

Kabaddi World Cup
Asian Games
Pro Kabaddi League
Super Kabaddi League
Women’s Kabaddi Challenge
Asian Kabaddi Championship
Kabaddi Masters

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