Official IFOBD Crest
Official IFOBD Crest

International Federation of Beer Die



IFOBD GRAND TOURNAMENT scheduled for April 17, 2021. Please email betwithgin@gmail.com for any inquiries regarding registration.


Before You Begin

You will need a 4’ by 8’ long plywood table with a dividing line going through the middle (vertically). It needs to be roughly 3 to 3 ½' off the ground. These rules are estimated, as most tables vary in length/height. Table will be deemed playable by a rules official.

We would recommend getting 5 ply pine plywood 1/2" thick.

4 Pint size glasses, one placed in each corner of the table evenly

2 Dice

4 Players

Water will be used in cups in place of beer due to COVID.

A Height of 10 FT will be determined to be the minimum height a die may be tossed to be deemed IN PLAY.

The Rules


To decide which team tosses first, one person from each team rolls a die. The higher number tosses first.


Games are played to 11 points. Games are also always won by 2. You CANNOT win a game on a FIFA.


To score a point the die must be tossed above the discussed height (About 10 FT) and bounce off any part of the opponent's side of the table, if the die is not caught after the die bounces off the table it's a point. One person tosses at a time per team.

A die can bounce anywhere after it hits the defending teams side, it could even bounce back towards the side from whence it was tossed. As long as it connects with the defending half of table and falls to the ground, it is a point. To prevent a point, a defensive player must catch the die with ONE hand before it hits the ground. If the player uses both hands to catch a die it is a point for the offensive team.

Once one die is thrown and either caught or dropped and the defending team is ready, the next die is tossed. DIE UP or a similar vernacular must be called out prior to a shot being made by either team. When die is tossed too low and it only takes one person from the defending team to call HEIGHT, which generally speaking is a pretty obvious call.

If the die lands short (on the tossing teams side of the table) or on the dividing line it is dead and goes to the opposing team. If there is a heated dispute on whether the die landed short or not, it is a re-toss. This shouldn’t often occur anticipating a line judge is present.

If the die is trapped (i.e. movement of the die is halted by applying pressure with hand or other body part) against the body or any other surrounding object, then it is a point for the tossing team.

Catching a die over the table is only allowed if the die has either hit the offensive players side and is a dead die or it has hit the defensive side and goes off the table and is popped back over the table via a bobble but does not touch the table. If the die falls off the table, is bobbled, and touches any part of the table again, it is a point for the offensive team.

Tinks: A die that hits the defending sides cup and falls off the table without being caught it 2 points. No points are awarded for tinking off the offensive throwing sides cup on any given play.

Sinks: A sink is awarded 4 points and the defending team must kill and fill their beer regardless of the score. A sink can be a direct shot into the cup or a bounce in. A sink CAN ALSO result from an attempted FIFA from the defense which results in the die landing in the defensive teams cup. This IS NOT considered a self sink by the defense but it is a sink for the offense. (This is a special case and will be dealt with on a situational basis).


IFOBD TOURNAMENT RULE: FIFA’s or “kicks” can ONLY be scored by the defensive team kicking up a die FROM THE AIR with their teammate catching the die WITH ONE HAND. A successful FIFA awards 1 point to the team scoring the FIFA. IFOBD DOES NOT accept the use of knees for FIFA’s.

- When a defending player kicks a die, by doing so, he/she is keeping the die alive and in play. A FIFA is performed by using the foot or head (and NO other part of the body), and there is NO limit on how many FIFA’s a team can score throughout the course of a game. In an attempted FIFA the die cannot be caught by the original Fifa'er, it must be caught by their partner.


*Bobbles: Bobbles are IN PLAY for upcoming IFOBD Tournaments.

*Extreme bobbles: EXTREME BOBBLES are in play, meaning both the bobbler and the bobbler’s teammate can be blasted off their feet while the die is in the air. Be watchful to protect yourself during these scenarios.

*JB’s RULES: Applying to FIFA’s, If the defensive team attempts a FIFA and the die crosses over into the offensive team’s side, the defensive player attempting to catch the FIFA from their teammate may be blasted off their feet in an attempt to prevent the FIFA from being caught. A player may NOT be blasted off their feet if the FIFA attempting to be caught is kicked/caught on the defense’s side of the board. A MIDLINE from the middle of the table extended beyond the table into the playing area will be monitored by spectating teams and or rules officials. An unjustified hit-stick will result in 2 Points for the team attempting to successfully score a FIFA. JB Rules will be activated for all IFOBD tournaments.

*Picks: PICKS will not be played for IFOBD tournaments. 

*BIZ/BUZZ: When calling scores, BIZ=5 and BUZZ=7. If these rules are broken that player must drink.

*Field Goals: FIELD GOALS are not deemed acceptable during competitive play.



*Bounce out sink and caught: if the offensive team sinks a plastic cup and it bounces out it is automatically a sink, no matter if it is caught, lands on the table, or on the ground. If the cup is glass (regulation) and the die bounces out, the defense is allowed to make a play on the die but ONLY WHEN IT COMES OFF THE TABLE. 

*Bounce on tossing teams side but sinks the offensive teams cup: this is considered a self-sink

*Bounce on defensive teams side but sinks the offensive teams cup: no points are awarded, but the player sunk on must kill and fill. This IS NOT a self-sink

*Rules adopted from dyeislife beer die rules. IFOBD rules differ in many areas from dyeislife, so be sure to read these rules in their entirety.