Peteca, as a recreation, was practiced by the Brazilian natives before the Portuguese arrived in Brazil. The game was passed down through generations and has remarkably developed along the way. With its Brazilian-indigenous origins, it is now played around the world.
In 1936 Karl Hans, a German physical education teacher was introduced to the Peteca game during a visit to Brazil and created a game in Germany name Indiaca based on the Peteca game. The word indiaca was formed from the words, Indian and Peteca. Indiaca is also played in Japan, Estonia, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Poland.
In 1985, the National Sports Council of Brazil recognized Peteca as a sport. In 1987 the first Brazilian championship of Peteca was organized.
In 1987, Jean-Francois Impinna, a former French Rugby player was given a Peteca as a souvenir by a boy while in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 1997 he built the first Peteca club in Sannois, France and founded the Federation Francaise de Peteca.
The United Kingdom followed and took up the game with the United Kingdom Peteca Association. Peteca is played in many countries including, Belgium, Germany, France, England, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal, China, Estonia, Canada, Chile, Paraguay, and Bolivia.
In May 2006 the first International Peteca Tournament was hosted by the French Peteca Federation in Sannois, France.
In Brazil there are many tournaments and competitions organized during the year. In the Rio 2016 Olympics Athletic Village, athletes were playing Peteca for fun on a sand volleyball court.