Rules of Kabaddi


Here are the basic Kabaddi rules to help you understand the game better:

  • Each team consists of a maximum of 12 players with just 7 taking to the field at a time.
  • Since it is a contact sport, matches are categorized on the basis of players’ age and weight.
  • Six officials take care of all the scoring, monitoring and judging of a Kabaddi match: a referee, a scorer, two assistant scorers and two umpires.
  • The duration of each Kabaddi match is split between two halves of 20 minutes with a 5-minute half-time break
  • At the start of a game, a toss of a coin determines the team to raid first. At the beginning of the second half, the other team will raid first.
  • In order to score a point, the raider must go over to the opponents’ side repeating the word “kabaddi” in a single breath, tag one or more players and return to his own half of the court before he/she can take another breath.
  • The raider’s saying “kabaddi” repeatedly ensures that he does not take another breath secretly.
  • If the raider fails to say “kabaddi” repeatedly, he/she will have to return to his/her side without scoring a point. In addition to that, the opposing team gets a point.
  • The opponents are defenders in that case and they must prevent the raider from tagging any of their players and returning back. While defending, a team can score a point by stopping the raider from going back to his/her side. Defenders can hold the raider’s limbs and torso to stop him from returning. Defenders are not allowed to touch/cross the dividing line while stopping the raider.
  • Both teams take turns raiding and defending. After the half-time, they switch sides of the court.
  • The game continues like this until the time is over and the team with more points wins!