Raffa (boules)

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Highest governing body Confederazione Boccistica Internazionale
Contact Non-contact
Team members Individual, team
Type Boules
Equipment Bocce (balls) & pallino (jack)
Olympic No
World Games 2009 – present

Raffa (also known as raffa bocce or roundup), is a specialty, both male and female, of boules. It is governed by Confederazione Boccistica Internazionale (CBI).

Along with pétanque and bocce volo, it's one of the three specialties proposed by the Confédération Mondiale des Sports de Boules (all of which are included in the World Games) as possible new disciplines for the 2024 Summer Olympics.[1]


The specialty is named after the "raffa shot", a special shot made to strike - on the fly or with the help of the ground - a certain piece (jack or balls) indicated in advance; all pieces placed within 13 cm of that indicated are valid.[2]

Raffa can be played individually, in pairs or in trio.[2] Matches end at 12 points, while the finals at 15 points.[2]


  1. ^ "Boules Sport 2024". Confédération Mondiale des Sports de Boules. Retrieved July 22, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Impiglia 2004