27 April to 4 May 2019

Sepak Takraw

Sepak Takraw is a spectacular sport that originated in South East Asia. Sepak meaning kick in Malay, and Takraw being the Thai word for the woven ball used to play. For those unfamiliar with the sport: picture a match of kick-volleyball played on a badminton court. Players can pass the ball over the net using anything except their hands and arms. This makes for a super athletic sport requiring immense flexibility and power, most points are won with stunning aerial manoeuvres as players jump sky high to kick the ball back towards their opponents.

The 2019 Arafura Games Sepak Takraw will feature Regu (3 a side) and Doubles (2 a side) events. In both disciplines of the sport there will be a Men’s event, and we’re excited to announce that in 2019 there will also be a Women’s event!

The event will be played as per the International Sepak Takraw Federation Law of the Game (2016), however since this is an invitational demonstration there may be some slight variations to the officiating of the game and some off court processes may be modified. For reference, the official laws of the game can be found linked below.


Sepak Takraw – Law of the Game Doubles

Rules at a glance for spectators
• No use of hands or arms to touch the ball
• Much like volleyball, the ball can be contacted/touched up to 3 times before it must cross the net
• One player can take all 3 touches
• Regardless of which team wins the points, the serve alternates side every 3 points
• Matches are played as best of 3 sets with each set played to 21 points
To assist your planning, each match lasts on average around 45 minutes.

Image: From back to front – Alex Newman, Daniel Ellen-Barwell, Saw AhBee and DeLusy Peh prepare for the 2019 Arafura Games.