To play this unique kind of foot ball, players divide themselves into two groups. Talappanthukali is played in an open area. Natta a stick is planted at one end of ground and a line or boundary is drawn at the other end to mark the space beyond which the ball should not be thrown. A player from the team playing from the side of natta serves the ball to the opposite team. Players of the opposite team try to catch the ball. If the opposite team is able to catch the ball, the player who served is considered out. And, if the catch is missed the player who served, manages to get another chance. A player wins if he throws the ball at the stick and hits it.To celebrate the victory after hard labor, winning team make a circle round the planted stick. They dance with joy and sing in loud chorus.