Motoball (also known as motorcycle polo) is a motorsport similar to association football, with the main differences being that all players (except goalkeepers) are riding motorcycles, and the ball is much bigger. Motorcycle polo first began as an officially organized sport in the mid-1930s.[1] In France, there are organized motoball competitions, and the sport was included in the inaugural Goodwill Games.

Rules and regulations

Motoball is played in a 5v5 format. There are four players on motorcycles, and one on their feet as the goalkeeper. The matches are split up into four 20-minute periods. There is only one spot on the field the motorcycles are not allowed to go, which is the semicircle in front of the goal. The game is played with a ball nearly 40 centimetres (16 in) in diameter. The playing field is 100 metres (110 yd) long, and at the start each team is waiting at the back line[2] Shin guards and helmets are used for protection against collisions initiated by the riders.[3] The riders use special prepared GasGas two-stroke 250 cc motorcycles for the game. At the sides of the bike, special frames are mounted, so riders can pinch the ball between their bike and their leg. Motul is supporting the Mettalurg team in terms of lubricants for the bikes, busses and the vans.[4] Referees are in place to control the game and make sure penalties are called.

Commission of French Motoball

Pascale Reschko Jacquot has been president of the French Motoball Commission since 2012. In the latest FIM Europe Management Council, which was held in Fiumicino, Italy, she was appointed as president of the FIM Europe Motoball Commission. It was the first time in FIM Europe history that a woman was elected president of a European Commission.[5] The commission of French Motoball is in charge of setting rule changes and hiring referees to officiate the games.

References

  1. ^ "Daring Riders Thrill Crowds With Polo On Motor Cycles" July 1935 Popular Science Monthly
  2. ^ "MEET MOTO-BALL: THE CRAZIEST MOTORSPORT YOU'LL SEE THIS WEEK! | PowerSport". powersport.motul.com (in Russian). Retrieved 2021-11-22.
  3. ^ "About Motorcycle Polo or Motoball". www.topendsports.com. Retrieved 2021-11-22.
  4. ^ "MEET MOTO-BALL: THE CRAZIEST MOTORSPORT YOU'LL SEE THIS WEEK! | PowerSport". powersport.motul.com (in Russian). Retrieved 2021-11-22.
  5. ^ "European Motoball: the future is electric". Fim Europe. 2015-12-30. Retrieved 2021-11-22.