About the Petanque Libre Project

The rules of petanque developed by the Fédération Internationale de Pétanque et Jeu Provençal (FIPJP) are designed for use in FIPJP-sanctioned competitions supervised by FIPJP-certified umpires. Most games of petanque, however, are played in the traditional way: outside of an organized competition, without an umpire. For such games players need a set of rules that they can understand, interpret, and apply without an umpire.

The goal of the Petanque Libre project is to develop such a set of rules. The rules of Petanque Libre are not meant to be used in FIPJP-sanctioned competitions: only the FIPJP can set the rules of play for its own competitions. The rules of Petanque Libre are an alternate set of rules, designed for use in games played outside of an organized competition, without an umpire.

The French word libre means “free”, “open”, and “independent”. We have chosen the name Petanque Libre for our project because it suggests that the project is independent of the FIPJP and that its goal is to develop rules for play without umpires. Also, we would like to conduct the project like an open-source software project, using a collaborative process based on the concept of a Request for Comments.

How to download a copy of the rules

Click on the “Rules of Petanque Libre” link in the menu bar at the top of this page.

News and announcements about the Petanque Libre Project

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