ISTAF (International Sepak Takraw Federation)
Excerpts from rules and regulations pertaining to kicking
  • 4.1. The Sepaktakraw ball shall be spherical in shape, made of synthetic fibre of one woven layer.
  • 4.2. Sepaktakraw ball without synthetic rubber covering must consist of the following characteristics;
    • 4.2.1. Have 12 holes.
    • 4.2.2. Have 20 intersections.
    • 4.2.3. Has a circumference measuring not less from 0.41m to 0.43m for men and from 0.42m to 0.44m for women.
    • 4.2.4. Has a weight that range from 170 gm to 180 gm for men and from 150 gm to 160 gm for women.
  • 4.3 The Sepaktakraw ball can be in plain single colour, multi-colour, and luminous colours, but not in any colour that will impair the performance of the players.
  • 4.4 The Sepaktakraw ball can also be constructed of synthetic rubber or soft durable material for covering the ball, for the purpose of softening the impact of the ball on the player’s body. The type of material and method used for constructing the ball, or for covering the ball with rubber or soft durable covering must be approved by ISTAF before it can be used for any competition.
  • 4.5 All world, international, regional competitions sanctioned by ISTAF, including but not limited to, the Olympic Games, World Games, Commonwealth Games, Asian Game and SEA Games, must be played with ISTAF approved Sepaktakraw balls.


  • 5.1. A match is played by two Regu's, each consisting of two players
  • 5.2. One of the two players of the serving regu shall be at the back, positioned behind the baseline for the service kick for which he also acts as the thrower from any position along and behind the baseline, and he is called a Tekong.
  • 5.3. The other non-serving player also known as "Alternate Tekong" of the serving regu as well as the players of the receiving regu shall be positioned within their respective courts.


  • 6.4. A player’s attire consists of Jersey/T-shirts, shorts, socks and sport shoes with rubber soles without heels.


  • 10.1 The side that must serve first shall start the first set. The side that wins the first set will start and serve in the second set.”
  • 10.2 The throw [kick] must be executed as soon as the Referee calls the score.  If the Tekong, who is also the thrower, throws the ball before the referee calls the score, it must be re-thrown and a warning given to the regu. A repetition of this act will be considered as ‘Fault’
  • 10.3 During the service, as soon as the Tekong kicks the ball, all the players are allowed to move about freely in their respective courts.
  • 10.4 The service is valid if the ball passes over the net, whether it touches the net or not, and inside the boundary of the two net tapes and boundary lines of the opponent’s court.
  • 10.5 Players of the serving regu will alternate as Tekong each time it has won a point from the previous serve until the receiving team manages to gain a point.


  • 11.1 The Serving Side During Service
    • 11.1.4 The Tekong does not kick the ball on the service throw.
    • 11.1.8 A player uses his hand or hands, or any other parts of his arm or arms to facilitate the execution of a kick even if the hand or arm does not directly touches the ball, but it touches other objects or surfaces instead when doing so.
  • 11.3 For Both Sides During The Game
    • 11.3.9 Any player who uses the aid of any external object as a form of support to facilitate the execution of a kick.