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Kabaddi Rules and Player Positions || How to Play Kabaddi?

In the first article of our series 'How to play Kabaddi?', we discuss the basic rules of the sport and the player positions.

Kabaddi is a sport played between 7 players on two sides.

There have been several sports whose audience has amplified ever the professional franchise-based leagues have been set up in India and Kabaddi is definitely one of them. Ever since 2014  when the Pro Kabaddi League became an instant success, the sport has been watched by fans across the length and breadth of the country. 

We at KabaddiAdda have got you covered with the rules and regulations of our very own game. In this series of articles, 'How to play Kabaddi?', we explain the sport to you and help you understand it better. 

  • Kabaddi is a contact sport where there are 7 players from each team. Teams name 5 substitutes for every match. 
  • The winner of the match is the team which wins the most points. If both the teams have an equal number of points, the match ends in a tie. 
  • The total match is of 40 minutes divided into two halves of 20 minutes each. 
  • The maximum time allotted for one raid is 30 seconds, during which the raider has to touch as many defenders as he/she can. The defender’s aim is to restrict the raider from crossing the mid-line. 
  • A coin toss is held to decide which team will raid first. The team which defends during the first raid of the match will raid first during the second half. 

Player positions

Corners- The corners of the team are deployed on the extreme right and left positions on the mat. The responsibility of the defender is to initiate tackles. When the left raider is in action, the right corner is in prime position to initiate any attack and vice versa. 

Covers- The defenders positioned inside the corners are referred to as the covers. They are placed between the ins and the corners. Generally, the teams position their all-rounders in this position. 

Ins- The ins are positioned between the ‘centre’ and the covers. One of the major responsibilities of the ‘in’ is to protect the ‘centre’ who is usually the star raider of the side. The defensive responsibility of the ‘in’ is to assist the covers in blocking the raider.