It was only in 1870 that fistball was introduced to Germany, led by Georg Weber.
It was not until 1947 that regular German Championships were able to be carried out.
In order to encourage development and improve performance, the International Fistball Association (IFA) was founded in 1960, and is now the umbrella organization of all national fistball organizations worldwide.
Rules for an Italian version of fistball were recorded by Antonius Scaiono in 1555.
In the 16th century the game experienced a renaissance.
However, it was seen less as a game of competitive nature and more as a pastime for nobles and gentry.
In 1786, Johann Wolfgang Goethe mentioned fistball games between 'four noblemen from Verona and four Venetians' in his diary An Italian Journey.During this time the sport spread to the surrounding, mainly German-speaking, neighboring countries, and German emigrants also spread the sport in all continents, particularly in South America and West Africa.Fistball was first introduced to the United States in 1911 by high school teacher Christopher Carlton who had experienced it first hand on a summer vacation to Italy.When plastic turf was first used, the game suddenly became quicker and more exciting, giving birth to the modern game.Most of the dominant nations in the sport are, or were, members of the British Empire.In 1927, almost 12,000 teams played organized fistball in Germany.