F.I.P.J.P – Fédération Internationale de Pétanque et de Jeu Provençal / International Federation of Pétanque and Provençal Game The FIPJP is a worldwide organisation of licensed players for Petanque and the game Provençal – two similar sports which have a shared modern history. The FIPJP is also a founding member of the World Federation of the Sport of Boules (WCSB 1985) which works to have the sport, along with other boules sports, included in the Olympic Games. In 1986 petanque was recognised by the Intenational Olympic Committee (C.I.O.). In 2007 the sport of pétanque celebrated it’s 100th birthday.
World Organisation, Competitions & Links
For all news on Pétanque worldwide please find 2 great links here
Boulistenaute (in French) & All About Petanque (in English)
Biggest Competition / Websites :
Le MONDIAL la MARSEILLAISE à PÉTANQUE was created successfully in 1962 based on an idea of Mr Paul Ricard. It is the biggest international Pétanque competition in the world with already 1164 players on the first edition… Nowadays over 10.000 players join in from over 20 countries. The battle takes place in Marseille for 5 days starting on the first week end of July each year.
Organized since 1999 , Les MASTERS de PÉTANQUE is an Elite triple competition taking place during summer time in France in 8 stages, each stage of 2 to 4 days isbeing held in different cities around the country.
The 8 teams joining in the competition :
> 4 French teams built up by the French top ranking players winning their selection at Selected French competitions during year-1 of each event
> 1 Wild Card team chosen by the organizing agency “Quaterback”
> 2 National teams invited by the international federation FIPJP
> 1 Local selection of best players for each round.
Also the MASTER YOUTH competition is openned to all youth players (8 to 15 years old) to join in the 8 stages and best teams compete in a final 4 like for the Senior competition.
Born in 1982, Le MONDIAL de MILLAU was among the biggest international pétanque competition. More and more players comes every August to compete for Single, Double and Triple titles in the small city of Millau in Aveyron, south of France.
In 2013 , there were 3030 players for Single, 1456 teams for Double, 1152 teams for Triple, all fighting for the “Millau Graal”…
Due to organisation problems with the city the 2016 “Mondial de Millau” didn’t take place and the event stopped after 34 years of unique Petanque Competition times.
Since 2016 it is replaced by the “Festival International de Petanque de Millau”.