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Licence regulation:

  • A player can hold one licence only – A player can take his/her licence anywhere in the world

    • If a player arrives in Australia with an overseas valid licence, his/her new club simply needs to endorse the licence adding the club stamp or President/Secretary signature

    • Once the expiry date on licence is reached the club will then need to issue the player with a PFA licence

  • Each Federation can set up policies allowing overseas players to enter certain competitions.

    • In Australia the holder of an overseas licence can play in all PFA international events and Open tournaments

    • But cannot play in state or club championships unless policies have been set by the relevant state league

      • Up to each state league to set up their own rules for holders of an overseas licence





After the 2018 Carnival of Petanque tournament (held for the second year at Caulfield Petanque Club), the PFA Board decided to review the format and performance of the event with the view to improving it in future years. The PFA established a Championships Review Subcommittee which met in May. An initial Discussion Paper was distributed to members and other interested parties which outlined the thinking of the PFA Board. Two rounds of consultation occurred. This feedback has been considered and the PFA proposes to run future National Championships (The Easter Carnival of Petanque) according to the guidelines available here.

Soon PFA will be calling for expressions of interest from Leagues or Clubs to run the Carnival for the years 2020 to 2022.






The recent October PFA Newsletter “Know the rules” has raised a few questions from members and some umpires!!


Rules regarding the throw of the jack have been modified to speed up the game, so please allow players to play do not encroach in their allocated minute to play their boule.

You can always challenge the validity of the jack before playing your first boule.


Throw of the jack

October rule of the month:

Once the jack is thrown the player has 1 minute to play his/her boule.

Opponents cannot pace the piste to check the validity of the jack they can only contest the validity of the jack before playing their first boule.


Q: Whilst we find your ' know your rules' section informative, your October rule raises a question   " How can the jack be marked, if someone has not walked up to it?  "

  • The player who threw the jack or one of his/her team mate can walk up the piste and mark the jack within the minute allocated to play their boule.

  • Opponents should have one of their team member at the head and mark the jack quickly without interfering with the player about to play their boule.

One has to keep in mind that whilst it is not your turn to play the player (s) must stand in the correct position as per Art 17 of the rules.

“The opponents must remain beyond the jack or behind the player and, in both cases, to the side with regard to the direction of play and at a distance of at least 2 metres the one from the other”.


Hello Andre, reading the recent newsletter made me think about some scenarios. Some questions about the throw of the jack that have been asked of me -


Q: Jack is thrown and marked, the first boule thrown then moves the jack. Opposition still measures and finds that the jack is now 5.95m and in fact the mark was at 5.9m. What happens next?

  • Jack is not valid and the opponent must place it by hand at a valid distance, the first boule played is replayed by the team who threw the jack first. Marking of the jack is important as the validity of the jack is measured at the mark made in case the jack is moved forward.

Q: Jack is thrown and marked, the first boule thrown then moves the jack. Opposition still measures and finds that the jack is now 6.1m and in fact the mark was at 5.9m. What happens next?

  • The mark being at 5.90m the jack is not valid and must be placed at valid distance by opponent. When jack is marked it is always measured from the circle to the mark,

Q: Jack is thrown and NOT marked, the first boule thrown then moves the jack. Opposition still measures and finds that the jack is now 5.95m.What happens next?

  • Jack is not valid as it hasn’t reach the minimum distance of 6 m

Q: Jack is thrown and not marked, the first boule thrown moves the jack, the opponent measures the distance and finds that the jack is now at 6.01 m.

  • As the jack wasn’t marked you need to measure the new position of the jack and at 6.01m the jack is valid.

State director of umpiring we need to keep on putting message across and explain the rules.




Please read carefully and insure that all your umpires understand fully, you
will need to run a workshop with all your umpires.
These are not new rules only confirmation and clarification of existing

Each State umpire director should inform their league committees Secretary.
National director of coaching and all coaches to understand and read
carefully documents and insure that players representing Australia in coming
events are made fully aware of rules.


Please click here for PFA Timed Games Rules and click here for PFA Umpire Commission letter.




Some members have queried regarding the FIPJP recommendation on the sale of alcohol during a competition, which appeared on the PFA newsletter under the “Rules” heading. This item should have appeared separately under the heading” News from the FIPJP” or something similar, as it does not refer to the rules of the sport.

We wish to clarify the PFA position on the matter, it is a recommendation from the FIPJP which the PFA Board acknowledges and is similar to the policy PFA has applied in its recent events.

  • Trans-Tasman series in Adelaide early this year

  • Easter carnival Melbourne

The PFA local rule is clear


No alcohol can be brought onto the piste or consumed during a game.

Umpires must apply the rules as set up by PFA but in no case are they to be involved in the general running of the club.

We are sure all of us will agree that the recommendation is plain good sense if we want to display a good image of our Sport as requested by the FIPJP, along with smoking, excessive alcohol consumption is more of a turn off for some, particularly families with younger players and doesn’t help clubs trying to increase their membership.

Let’s not argue further about this recommendation, most clubs have a Responsible Service of Alcohol policy and their committee members will address the situation in a manner that suits the needs of their club.


PFA Board




As Petanque Federation Australia is a recognised National Sporting Organisation, PFA has an obligation to abound by the attached Anti doping policy.

All coaches, umpires and committee members under this policy have the responsibility to guide and counsel members.

It is likely that one of the major events I.e. Trans Tasman or Australian Championships could be the subject of “testing of players and officials alike” by ASADA.

 Implication for anyone failing a test is quite stringent

  • 1st offence up to 2 years + further sanction by Petanque Federation Australia

Players willing to represent Australia at International level must be well aware of policy and obligations.

PFA Selection panel must keep this in mind whilst considering players for Selection.

Please click here for the Anti Doping Policy.






The PFA recently endorsed a new category of Licence - Casual. This is designed to assist clubs with encouraging new or ocassional players to play in PFA endorsed tournaments.

1. Petanque Federation Australia will make available to member clubs a facility where
the club may hold up to 6 licenses for issue to casual players who attend their club.
This facility is provided for the use of new players, overseas visitors and sponsors
who wish to participate in a tournament. This facility is not provided for regular
unlicensed players as means to play in a sanctioned tournament. This facility is not
available for players to participate in State Championships or PFA National and
International open events.
2. An individual will be eligible to use this facility 3 times in a license year only. This
applies to any club or tournament or event. The club may as they deem appropriate
receive a payment from the player for the use of this facility.
3. The licenses are not transferable and may not be sold loaned or borrowed by or to
another club. The license may only be used at the club for which it is issued.
Therefore the player can only play in the club providing the special license for that
4. The license is for the use of one player on one day at one tournament or event. On
completion of the tournament or event the license is to be returned to the club.
An individual may use this facility a maximum of 3 times only.
5. The License binds the casual player to the FIPJP rules of Petanque and the
Petanque Federation Australia Policies and Regulations. The player using this
facility is therefore responsible and liable for any penalties imposed by the club,
league or PFA that the player has incurred whilst using this facility.
6. The licenses may be purchased by a member club at the beginning of the license
year at a cost of $30.00 per license a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 6 may be
purchased in a license year by a member club.
7. Petanque Federation Australia will commence this facility on the 1st of July 2016.
The Licenses will be available for purchase for the following license year up to the
31st of August 2016. In subsequent years the Licenses will only be available for
purchase by member clubs from July 1st to August 31st of that licenses year. The
license will not be available for purchase at any other time.
8. Inappropriate use of this facility will result in withdrawal of the facility at the member
Clubs cost. And any other penalty as the board see fit.



Please click here for a confirmation of basic rules and regulations to all Petanque players in Australia.

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