Commentaries and guides

Answers to some specific question can be found on our FAQs page. Note that some older commentaries, especially those written before 2008, may be obsolete.

Some national federations have prepared sets of rules interpretations.

United States of America

Our archived copy of the pre-2016 FPUSA rules interpretations is available HERE (pdf) and HERE (docx). The post-2016 FPUSA rules interpretations are still being prepared as of January 2018. Eventually they will probably be posted on the FPUSA web site.

New Zealand

Our archived copy of the pre-2016 Petanque New Zealand rules interpretations is available HERE (pdf). The post-2016 PNZ rules interpretations are formatted as notes inserted into the rules. See the PNZ web site. Our archived copy of the 2018 Petanque New Zealand rules and interpretations is available as a pdf file HERE.

Netherlands (Holland)

The Dutch (NJBB) rules interpretations are formatted as notes inserted into the rules. On the rules page of the NJBB web site see this pdf file (RPSPlus). Our archived copy for the 2017 rules is HERE. For a bit more information (in English) about the Dutch rules, see THIS.

Some other useful resources…


A Player’s Guide to the Rules of Petanque by Stephen Ferg.

New Zealand

– PNZ’s useful training manual for prospective umpires is available on the PNZ website. Our archived copy dated 2014-12 is HERE.
– The PNZ Umpiring Resources page also has some useful information.

United Kingdom

– Mike Pegg, the English International Umpire, runs a “Petanque Rules – Ask the Umpire” group on Facebook.
– The Southern Counties Petanque Association (SCPA) web site has a number of old but interesting papers by former Regional Umpire, Richard Powell.


CNA stands for Commission Nationale d’Arbitrage, the French federation’s umpires committee. MAJ is mise à jour, “revision date”.
– The CNA umpire’s guide can be found on the FFPJP umpires web page (scroll down until you see the words “Documents Arbitrage”, and under that, “Code d’arbitrage”). Our archived copy dated 2014-05-15 is HERE.
– The CNA has prepared an introduction to the rules as a Powerpoint slide show. Our archived copy dated 2015-04-20 is HERE.


4 thoughts on “Commentaries and guides

  1. What is the ruling on leveling the piste before throwing?

    Jules says—
    It depends on what you’re asking about. For grooming the terrain between ends, see THIS. For the various rules about fixing holes see THIS and the following questions.

  2. I have been told that you can’t put unused boules on the terrain. I.e if you are in the circle and have two unused boules, you can’t put them on the ground.

    Jules says see THIS.

  3. Before the rules of 2016 version, the scoreless team in the previous end is the one to throw the jack to start the next end. Why FIPJP changes the rules into the opposite way?

    • You are mistaken. The rule has always been that the winning team throws the jack. There was no change in 2016.
      Technically, the rule is that the team that last scored throws the jack, so if the last mene (round, end) was scoreless, the team that last scored points in an earlier round throws the jack.

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