1. Skip to content

What is Wallball?

Wallball is a sport in which players compete by hitting a ball against a wall with their hands. It is played all over the world and after being accepted as an official World Games sport.

Different countries have played different versions of the sport for generations – for example in Britain we play a version of Wallball called 'Fives', but in recent years these have been standardised to enable competition and unity across the world.

A 1-wall court can be marked out on any flat wall. You hit the ball against the wall with your hands and it must land in the court, then you continue the rally until the ball cannot be returned onto the wall, or bounces more than once or out. Both the doubles and singles games are equally popular, with doubles requiring increased reaction speed and singles demanding more fitness.

1-wall is clearly the most accessible sport and can be played anywhere, anytime… all you need is a wall and a ball. Simple as that!

As there is no line or net to hit the ball over, a common tactic is to aim at the nick of the wall where it meets the floor. This will cause the ball to roll and is the ultimate "kill shot", but it is an extremely high risk shot and is not easy. More advanced players will move up the court, volley and put spin on the ball, whilst moving their opponent around court to take control of each point.


  • Develops hand-eye co-ordination
  • Improves Balance and timing
  • Increases cardiovascular fitness


The game uses a standard wallball ball (virtually identical to a racquetball). Gloves are by no means essential and are a matter of preference, but specialist handball gloves do provide increased grip and aren't expensive.


Coaching Can

Coaching has long been considered to be about the development of skill in a sport. It has been about acquiring, honing and transferring these skills in the pursuit of athletic achievement.

Are you an NGB? Got things to promote? Find out how SportSuite™ can help you.

The information contained on this website has been provided by third parties independent of SportSuite™. It is the responsibility of each provider to ensure that information relating to their activity / facility / services remain up to date and accurate.

SportSuite™ accepts no liability or responsibility for any illegality arising from error, omissions or inaccuracy in such material. Before taking part in any activities listed here, SportSuite™ strongly recommends that you make appropriate checks to ensure high quality provision and a safe environment is provided. SportSuite™ accepts no liability (to the full extent permitted by law) for the quality of the activities provided.

  • team BEDS&LUTON
    Get Berkshire Active
    Sports Partnership Herefordshire & Worcestershire
    Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity
    Merseyside Sports Partnership
  • North Yorkshire Sport
    Active Cumbria
    County Durham Sport
    Sport Birmingham
    London Sport
  • Active Essex
    Active Gloucestershire
    Active Surrey
    Tees Valley Sport
    Suffolk Sport
  • Active Black Country
    Active Devon
    Lancashire Sport Partnership
    Kent Sport
  • Active Cheshire
    Energise Me
    Living Sport
    Derbyshire Sport
  • Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport
    Herts Sports Partnership
    Northamptonshire Sport
    Northumberland Sport
    Wiltshire & Swindon Sport
  • Active Norfolk