Roller soccer

A Rollersoccer match in progress
Rollersoccer or Roller Foot
Highest governing body Rollersoccer International Federation
First played Late 19th century
Registered players 200
Contact Yes
Team members 5 per side
Type Team sport, ball sport, roller sport
Equipment Football (or soccer ball), roller skates, pads
Venue Roller rink, 5 a side football court, Outside sports court
Country or region UK, U.S. France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Brazil, Australia, Russia, Belarus, Slovenia
Olympic No
Paralympic No

Roller soccer, roller foot or roller football is a version of association football played on roller skates.


The sport was created in the Midlands district of the United Kingdom[1] in 1882 and the first documented match was a game between local rivals Derby and Burton on 30 January of that year. Video footage first appeared at Forest Gate Roller Rink in 1934 in London, United Kingdom, where two teams of female players were filmed for an item on Pathe News. Over a decade later Billboard reported in 1949 that it had been revived in Detroit, having disappeared for more than thirty years.[2] The game re-emerged for inlines in San Francisco in 1995, when a group of friends on inline skates began playing soccer with a pine cone. They soon switched to using a football.[3] By 1998, it was described as "well established in some areas".[4]

The first Rollersoccer World Cup was held in London in 2003 and again in 2004 whereafter the tournament was rotated around the world with European and National events also emerging.

The country with most active players and the highest number of teams is France with Marseille currently the holders of the most world titles The sport is also played in Australia,[5] Belarus, Belgium,[6] Brazil, England, Germany, India, Russia, Scotland and Senegal.

World championships


  1. "The Derby Daily Telegraph". 31 January 1882.
  2. "Roller soccer at Imlay City", Billboard, 26 February 1949
  3. "Skating sports roll on", The Vindicator, 9 June 2001, section E, p.1
  4. Liz Miller, Get Rolling: The Beginner's Guide to In-Line Skating, p.31
  5. Eleri Harris, "Clanberra: The Roller-Socceroos", 666 ABC Canberra, 20 December 2011
  6. "Grâce à des jeunes, le roller soccer est une affaire qui roule en Belgique", RTBF, 19 April 2010 (French)

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