About the Petanque Libre Project

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The rules of pétanque published by the FIPJP are badly written and poorly designed for use in games played without umpires. Grass-roots players around the world need a set of rules that they can use, understand, and apply without an umpire.

The goal of the Petanque Libre Project is to develop such a set of rules. The French word libre means “free”, “open”, and “independent”. The name of the project— Petanque Libre— was chosen to indicate the fact that the project is independent of the FIPJP.

To download a copy of the rules
In the menu bar at the top of this page, click on The rules/Les règles.

Comments and feedback
We welcome and actively seek comments and feedback from petanque players all over the world. To contact us leave a comment or send email to:

The base version of the rules is written in English. We welcome translations into other languages and will be happy to work with you if you decide to prepare a translation.

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3 thoughts on “About the Petanque Libre Project

    1. Hi Blarty,
      In 2016 BOULISTENAUTE.COM conducted an informal survey of world-class players. (The Youtube video “Pétanque le TaT à 3 ou 4 boules? Interwiews” is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYTgJVBooKo ) By a ratio of 2 or 3 to 1, those players said that they would prefer to play singles with 4 boules. That’s why (as the section on differences between FIPJP and PL says) “PL rules contain a deliberately provocative specification (4 boules) because PL wants players to make an active decision about this matter— something that the Consensus Rule allows them to do.” The Consensus Rule allows players to play singles with whatever number of boules they prefer– 3, 4, 5, 6.


  1. I mean that’s great, but how many people can even purchase four boules? Everything is sold in sets of three. Who is going to buy two sets per person?

    Pétanque is already an incredibly esoteric sport outside of France. Why make it even less accessible and more confusing for the average person by specifying a configuration they can’t even obtain without needless expense?

    What petanque needs is more players, not more confusing rules. Just my opinion.

    I will say that I support the heart of this project. The FIPJP rules are poorly drawn, mostly poorly thought-out and could use a complete overhaul. In fact much of the sport itself could use a complete overhaul if you want to make it television or YouTube friendly such as larger jacks.

    Simplify and clarify and make it more spectator-friendly and friendlier for people who want to enter the sport and have a good time. Part of that is making it easier for people to find, understand and purchase the tools required for the game.


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