Expedite System

Table Tennis Rules

Last updated 7 years ago

Arnab Ghosh

Arnab Ghosh Asked 7 years ago


Can you please explain what rule is being exercised in this rally and why the point was given to Ai Fukuhara?




Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Arnab,

This is the Expedite rule.  It is used to speed up matches that are going for a long time.

This is an extract from the ITTF rule book which I think explains it best.

2.15.01  Except as provided in 2.15.2, the expedite system shall come into operation after 10 minutes' play in a game or at any time when requested by both players or pairs. 
2.15.02  The expedite system shall not be introduced in a game if at least 18 points have been scored. 
2.15.03  If the ball is in play when the time limit is reached and the expedite system is due to come into operation, play shall be interrupted by the umpire and shall resume with service by the player who served in the rally that was interrupted; If the ball is not in play when the expedite system comes into operation, play shall resume with service by the player who received in the immediately preceding rally.  
2.15.04  Thereafter, each player shall serve for 1 point in turn until the end of the game, and if the receiving player or pair makes 13 correct returns in a rally the receiver shall score a point. 
2.15.05  Introduction of the expedite system shall not alter the order of serving and receiving in the match, as defined in 2.13.6. 
2.15.06  Once introduced, the expedite system shall remain in operation until the end of the match. 


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Arnab Ghosh

Arnab Ghosh Posted 7 years ago

I have cleared my doubt. Thanks for the quick response.

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