Rules of Kabaddi

Rules of Kabaddi

The game of Kabaddi shall be governed and played under the following rules:
1) Ground
Ground shall be level and soft/Mat surface
2) Play Field Measurements
a) Men and Junior Boys               13 X 10 Meters (as shown in the diagram).
MEN                                       Below 80 Kg Weight
JUNIOR                                 Boys: Age 20 years & below (last day of the year) and below 65 Kg weight
b) Women and Junior Girls          12 X 8 Meters (as shown in the diagram).
WOMEN                                Below 70 Kg Weight
JUNIOR GIRLS                    Age 20 years & below (last day of the year) and below 60 Kg Weight.
c) Sub-Junior Boys and Girls      11 X 8 Meters (as shown in the diagram).
SUB-JUNIOR BOYS           Age 16 years & below (last day of the year) and below             50 Kg weight.
SUB-JUNIOR GIRLS          Age 16 years & below (last day of the year) and below              50 Kg weight.
3) Play Field The play field means that portion of the ground, which measures 13 meter by 8 meter (ABCD) for Men & Junior Boys and 12 meters by 6 meter for Women, Junior Girls and 11meter by 6 meter in case of Sub-Junior Boys & Sub-Junior Girls before struggle.
4) Sitting Block The sitting block shall be at a distance of 2 meter from the end lines. It shall be a rectangle of 1 meter by 8 meter in case of Men & Junior Boys and 1 meter by 6 meter in case of Women, Junior Girls, Sub-Junior Boys and Sub-Junior Girls.
5) Boundary The lines on the four sides of the play field are known as the boundaries (AB, BC, CD and DA). All lines shall be of 3 to 5 cm width and form the part of the play field.
Note: It is necessary to have 4-meter clear space outside the boundaries.
6) Lobbies The strips on both the sides of the playfield measuring one meter in width are known as the Lobbies. When the lobbies, as per rule 4 under ‘Rules of Play’ are included in the playfield, the boundaries of the play-field are extended up to the four lines, which enclose the play-field including the lobbies.
7) Mid Line The line that divides the play field into two halves is known as the mid-line.
8) Court Each half of the play field divided by the mid line is known as the Court.
9) Baulk Line Each of the lines in court parallel to the midline is known as baulk line. The distance of the baulk line from the mid line shall be 3.75 meter in case of Men and Junior Boys and 3 meter in case of Women, Junior Girls, Sub-Junior Boys and Girls.
10) Bonus Line The line parallel to Baulk line towards end line is known as Bonus line. The distance between Bonus line and Baulk line shall be 1 meter
Note: Raider is said to have crossed the Bonus line when he comes into contact with the ground between the End line and Bonus line. At the same time any part of his body should not have contact with the ground between the mid line and Bonus line.
11) Cant The repeated, without break; at a stretch and clear aloud sounding of the approved word “KABADDI” within the course of one respiration shall be called ‘Cant’.
12) Raider One who enters into the court of the opponent with the cant is known as a ‘RAIDER’. The raider must begin his cant before he touches the opponent’s court.
13) Anti or Anti-Raider Every player in whose court the raid is being made shall be called Anti or Anti Raider.
14) Loosing the Cant To stop the repeated and clear aloud sounding of the word KABADDI’ or take in a breath during cant by the raider is known as loosing the cant. A cant must be continued within one and the same respiration.
15) To put out an anti If a raider touches an anti with out the breach of rules of play or if any part of the body of an anti touches any part of the body of the raider and then the raider touches his court with the cant, the anti is said to be put out.
16) To Hold a Raider If the anti or antis hold the raider without breach of rules of play and keep the raider in their court and do not allow him to reach his court until he looses his cant or the Referee/Umpire blows the whistle, is known as holding the raider.
17) To reach court safely If the raider touches his court with any part of the body through the midline with out breach of rules with cant, he is said to have reached his court safely and turn of raid is over.
18) Touch If the raider touches the anti or antis by any part of his body or even the clothing, shoes or any other outfit, it is called a touch.
19) Struggle When the anti or antis come into contact with the raider, it is called struggle. After touch or struggle the play field includes the lobbies.
20) Raid When the raider enters the court of opponent with cant, it is known as Raid.
21) Successful Raid When the raider crosses the Baulk line of the defending team at least once during the course of a raid and reaches his court with cant, it is known as Successful Raid.


1) Team
Each team shall consist of minimum 10 and maximum 12 Players. 7 Players shall take the ground at a time and the remaining players are substitutes.
2) Duration of the match
The duration of the time of the match shall be two halves of 20 minutes in case of Men & Junior Boys with 5 Minutes interval. In the case of Women, Junior Girls, Sub-Junior Boys & Girls two halves of 15 Minutes with 5 minutes interval. The teams will change court after interval. The number of players for each team at the start of second half shall remain the same as it was at the end of first half.
NOTE: The last raid of each half of the match shall be allowed to be completed even after completion of the scheduled time as mentioned above.
3) System of scoring
Each team shall score one point for every opponent out or put out. The side, which scores a LONA, shall score two extra points. The out and revival rule will be applicable.
4) Time Out
a) Each Team shall be allowed to take Two “Time Outs” of 30 Seconds each in each half; such time out shall be called for by the Captain, Coach or any playing member of the team with the permission of referee. The time out time shall be added to match time.
b) During the time out the teams shall not leave the ground, any violation in this; a technical point shall be awarded to the opponent team.
c) Official Time out can be called for by the Referee Umpire in the event of any injury to a player, interruption by outsiders, re-lining of the ground or any such unforeseen circumstances. Such time out time will be added to the match time.
5) Substitution
a)            Five Reserve Players can be substituted with the permission of Referee
during time out or interval.
b)           Substituted Players can be re-substituted.
c)            If any player is suspended or disqualified from the match, no substitution is allowed for that particular player. The team will play with less number of players
d)           No substitution is allowed during the official time out.
e)            Substitution is not allowed for out players.
6) Bonus Point
a)         One point shall be awarded to the raider when he crosses the bonus line. If, the raider after crossing the bonus line is caught, the opponent team will also be awarded one point.
b)        The Bonus line will be applicable when there are minimum 6 players in the court; the Referee/Umpire shall award the bonus point after completion of such raid by showing thumb upwards towards the side which scores.
c)         If the raider while crossing the bonus line is caught then a point will be awarded to the defending team & No Bonus point shall be given.
d)        The raider after crossing the bonus line if he puts out one or more antis, he will get the number of points scored in addition to the bonus point for crossing the bonus line.
e)         The raider has to cross the bonus line to score the bonus point before touching the anti / antis or before he is caught by the anti/antis. The raider will not be awarded bonus point if he crosses the bonus line after a touch/struggle.
f)          There shall be no revival for bonus point.
g)        If player/players are suspended temporarily or disqualified from the match, then the team will play with less number of players. Such players shall be counted to award Bonus point
7) Result     The team, which scores the highest number of points at the end of the match, shall be declared the winner. 
8) Tie in Knock Out   If there is a tie in the Knock out matches the match will be decided on the following basis:
1. Both the teams should field 7 Players in the Court.
2. Both teams should play the game on the baulk line.
3. The baulk line shall be treated, as Baulk Line Cum Bonus Line and all the Bonus point rules shall be followed.
4. If the raider succeeds in crossing the baulk line cum bonus line he will get one point.
          5. After crossing the Baulk line cum Bonus line, if the raider puts out one or more antis,  he will get the number of points scored in addition to the one point scored by crossing the baulk line cum bonus line.
6. The out or revival rule shall not be applicable, only points scored will be counted.
7. Both the teams should give the names of the five different Raiders with their Chest Numbers as per their order of raid to the referee. Substitution of players shall not be allowed from the fielded seven Players.
8. Each team shall be given 5 Raids by different raiders to raid alternately.
9. In case any raider in the given list of 5 raiders is injured before his chance of raid, in such cases, one of the remaining 2 players out of the seven in the field can do the raid.
10. The side, which raids first at the beginning of the match, shall be allowed to raid first
11. Even after 5 Raids, if there is a tie, the game will be decided as per the Golden Raid Rule.
N.B: If player/players are suspended temporarily or disqualified during the Tiebreaker, the team will play with less number of players. Such players shall be counted to award Bonus point.
v  Golden Raid
·               Even after 5-5 raids, if there is a tie, a fresh toss will be taken and the team that wins the toss shall have the chance to raid i.e. “GOLDEN RAID”
·               If there is tie even after the Golden Raid then a chance will be given to the opponent team for the Golden Raid.
·               In the Golden Raid the team which scores the leading point shall be declared as Winner.
 9) League System
In the League System the team that wins the match will score two league points and the looser will score zero point. In case of Tie both the sides will score one league point each.
Tie in league points:
If there is a tie in the league points scored in the league system, the winner and runner of the pool will be decided on the basis of “For and Against Points” scored by using the following formula:
a) The team which scores less than 25% of the league points will not be considered for  the “For and Against Points” formula.
        b) To decide the tie, the “For and Against points” of the concerned teams against the teams which scored 25% or more of the league points will be considered and the difference calculated.
c) The team which is scoring highest score difference of “For and Against’ will be declared pool winner.
d) Even after considering “For and against” points, if there is a tie, the total points “SCORED FOR” only will be counted.
e) Even after this if there is a tie, the result of the match played between the teams is to be considered.
f) Even after this if there is a tie, the highest number of points scored without applying 25% rule shall be considered.
g) Even after this if there is a tie, the Winner and Runner will be decided on                          toss.
Note: Walkover is given to the opponent team by the referee due to late reporting, non-reporting or due to any other technical issues of the defaulting team. Such team will be scratched from the competition and the score of such teams shall not be considered to decide the tie. The same rule shall be applicable to teams which concede the match also.
10)     If owing to failure of light, heavy rains or any other unforeseen circumstances, a match could not be completed in the same session; such a match shall be replayed in the next session. In case of replay, the players need not be the same for fielding a team.
11)      In case of temporary suspension of the match, change of court/ground / play field such match shall be continued with the same score and remaining time in the same session. During the temporary suspension the players shall not leave their respective courts without the permission of the referee. If a team violates this rule a technical point will be awarded to the opponent team.
12)      Nails of the players must be closely clipped and no ornaments of any sort shall be allowed. 
13)      All players must have distinct numbers on their T-shirt of at least 4 Inches thickness in front and 6 inches thickness at the back. The team should follow the dress code compulsorily.
14)      Application of oils or any other soft substances to the body shall not be allowed
15)      Shoes are compulsory in case the match is played on the mat surface.


1)     The officials shall be One Referee, Two Umpires, One Scorer and Two Assistant Scorers.
2)     The decision of the umpires on the field shall be final generally but in special circumstances, the referee may give the decision in the best interest of the game and also if there is a disagreement between two umpires.
3) Gross violations & Foul
The referee and the umpires shall have the power to warn, declare point against, temporarily suspend or to disqualify any player or team from the match who is committing any of the following violations or Foul.
a) Persistently addressing the officials in regard to the decision.
b) Make derogatory remarks about the officials & action leading to influencing their decision.
c) Point out finger by the raider or anti for demanding decision of the umpire.
d) Stifle a raider by shutting his mouth or throat by any way.
e) Violent tackling leading to injuries to the body.
f) Takes more than 5 Seconds to start the raid.
g) Hold the raider with the help of scissors operated by legs.
h) Coaching from out side by the coaches and the players.
i) Preventing the raider to take his turn of raid
4)      The referee and the umpire can use the following cards to warn, temporarily suspend, suspend from the match or debar from the tournament a player coach/manager/ team.
a) Green Card          Warning       If green card is shown to a player/ coach/ manager / team twice, then the next card shall be directly Yellow Card.
b) Yellow Card        Temporary Suspension for 2 Minutes. If yellow card is shown to player/ coach/ manager/team twice, then the next card shall be directly Red Card.
The two minutes suspension of players shall commence from the time the player is on court only
If the out player is suspended for two minutes than the suspension will begin after revival
            Teams will not be allowed to revive the next out player in place of the suspended player revival
 c) Red Card: Suspension from the match or debarred from the Tournament.
5)      Duties of the Referee:
            The Referee shall:
            1)         Take the toss
            2)         Announce the score of each side before the last 5 minutes is declared
3)         Supervise in general, the conduct of the whole match.
4)         Record the time, start and end the game
5)         Announce the substitution & replacement of players.
6)         Announce the time of each minute of the last 5 minutes of the Second half.
6)      Duties of the Umpire:
The umpires shall conduct the match and give decisions according to the rules of play and matches till the game is ended.
7)      Duties of the Scorer:
a)         Fill in the score sheet & announce the score with the permission of the                             referee at the end of each half and the result at the end of the match.
b)        Make a note of the team winning the toss at the start of the game.
c)         All the points scored by all the players of the team will be recorded in running score on their respective side on the score sheet diagonally ( / )
d)        Points scored for LONA should be scratched horizontally  ( — )
e)        Bonus point shall be shown in the score sheet by triangle (Δ) 
f)         The team scoring the first leading point shall be shown in the running score by square
g)        Technical point awarded by the referee or umpire should be encircled (O) in the running score.
h)        Time out by the teams be indicated by (“T”) against the team concerned
i)          Keep a note of the timing in the score sheet at the beginning & at the end of each half, time out taken by the teams & officials and record the sub situations made.
j)                   Complete the score sheet in all respects and get it duly signed by the umpires and referee.
8) Duties of the Assistant Scorers:
i)          The Assistant Scorer will maintain the record of the players who are out, in the order of their being put out & revived, of the team to which he is assigned.
ii)         He will also ensure that the players who are put out are seated in the order of their being put out in the sitting block.
iii)           The assistant scorer will point out to the Referee or the Umpires, if any player goes out of bounds
iv)          The Assistant scorer will record the bonus points and technical points scored by the opposite team in order to get the total number of points lost by the team to which he is assigned and also to tally with the main score sheet.


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