FootGolf

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The Chevy Chase Country Club is a Certified FootGolf Course of the American FootGolf League (AFGL) that promotes the sport of FootGolf under the rules and guidelines of the Federation of International FootGolf (FIFG).


The Game
FootGolf is a precision sport, a combination of the popular sports of soccer and golf, being more closely related to golf. The rules largely correspond to the rules of golf and players kick a regulation #5 soccer ball at a golf course facility on shortened holes with 21-inch diameter cups in as few shots as possible.

The Course
FootGolf is played on golf courses only. It is necessary to have the golf component to maintain the quality of the course. Bunkers, hazards and golf course particularities help to improve the game.

Uniform
Since the game is played on a golf course, the basic uniform of FootGolf is golf apparel, with indoor or turf soccer shoes.

The Ball
The ball must be a soccer ball #5. No rubber ball or any other than a regulation #5 soccer ball, similar to FIFA Approved.

History
The origins of FootGolf are unclear as they can be attributed to many countries or people at the same time, as early as 2001. The first nine-hole FootGolf tournament on a golf course, and played as the sport is known today, was organized in the Netherlands in 2008 by Michael Jansen and Bas Korsten, and played by a mix of Dutch and Belgian professional footballers. 

Jansen learned of the sport from Dutch footballer Willem Korsten, who recalled playing a similar game during his time with British club Tottenham Hotspur, who would end training sessions by kicking the ball from the pitch back to the changing rooms in as short a time as possible. Later Belgium and Hungary switched from playing in parks to golf courses and the game was introduced to Argentina in 2010.

The American FootGolf League was founded in 2011. The game was internationally publicized, and countries worldwide started collaborating on the development of the game. FootGolf has been recognized or is in the process of being recognized as a sport in many countries.

Governance
FootGolf as a game has been played around the world since ever but, as a sport is regulated by for Federation for International FootGolf (FIFG) since June 2012.

FootGolf
The American FootGolf League as the governing body for the sport of FootGolf in the US has grown the game to nearly 500 courses in 48 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, since 2011 - over 150 golf courses added FootGolf in 2015 alone! Golf facilities can be Accredited and Certified with the AFGL receiving guidance in course design and the standards for the distances for par. 

In early 2015 the AFGL launched a FootGolf specific handicap system FFANS - a state of the art technology that is used to create a unique and accurate handicap and ranking system for the sport. 2016 brought the National Tournament series, where certified courses have the opportunity to host regional qualifiers. These competitions lead into regional championships that feed into the U.S. National Championship hosted by Desert Willow Golf Resort, the Home Course of the American FootGolf League.

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