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Volleyball

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Bursting with electrifying rallies, blocks and spikes, volleyball has been thrilling Olympic audiences since Tokyo 1964. In Rio it will be held at the famous Maracanãzinho, the spiritual home of the sport in Brazil.
Spectator's Guide - Volleyball
  • Volleyball

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Schedule & Results

Schedule & Results

Volleyball

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August21
Date Event Status
Sun 2109:30 Men's Bronze Medal Match
USA
United States
RUS
Russian Federation
Finished
Sun 2113:15 Men's Gold Medal Match
ITA
Italy
BRA
Brazil
Finished

About

About

Aim of the game

Two teams of six players separated by a net have to score points by hitting the ball on to the court of the opposing side

Why should you watch this?

It’s a sport that combines strength, agility and strategy. With serves and attacking shots that reach high speeds, the game is fast-moving and exciting

International Federation

Olympic debut

Tokyo 1964

Rules
  • Ace

    Ace

    Serve where the ball hits the ground in the opposition court without the rival team touching it

  • Spike

    Spike

    A forceful shot in which a player jumps as high as possible and smashes the from above their head down into the opposition court

  • Dig

    Dig

    Receiving or defensive shot where a player puts their hands together and ‘digs’ the ball upwards

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  • Volleyball was invented in the United States as an alternative sport for older people who could not withstand the constant physical contact of basketball

    Volleyball was invented in the United States as an alternative sport for older people who could not withstand the constant physical contact of basketball

  • Initially, it was called "mintonette" but was renamed volleyball because of the volleying nature of the play

    Initially, it was called "mintonette" but was renamed volleyball because of the volleying nature of the play

  • In 1982, Brazilian player Bernard used the ‘Star Trek’ serve for the first time, launching the ball so high it almost touched the ceiling before dropping at great speed into the opposition court

    In 1982, Brazilian player Bernard used the ‘Star Trek’ serve for the first time, launching the ball so high it almost touched the ceiling before dropping at great speed into the opposition court

  • In 1983, Brazil and the Soviet Union played at the Maracanã Stadium in front of 95,000 spectators – the largest crowd in volleyball history

    In 1983, Brazil and the Soviet Union played at the Maracanã Stadium in front of 95,000 spectators – the largest crowd in volleyball history

  • Russia became the first team to win a men's Olympic volleyball final from two sets down when they stunned Brazil 3-2, Dmitry Muserskiy scoring 31 points

    Russia became the first team to win a men's Olympic volleyball final from two sets down when they stunned Brazil 3-2, Dmitry Muserskiy scoring 31 points

  • The Cuban women’s team is the only side to have won three consecutive Olympic gold medals, in 1992, 1996 and 2000

    The Cuban women’s team is the only side to have won three consecutive Olympic gold medals, in 1992, 1996 and 2000

  • José Roberto Guimarães has won three Olympic titles as a coach, with the Brazilian men's team in 1992 and the Brazilian women's team in 2008 and 2012

    José Roberto Guimarães has won three Olympic titles as a coach, with the Brazilian men's team in 1992 and the Brazilian women's team in 2008 and 2012

Scoring

A game is contested in the best of five sets – the first team to win three sets wins. The first four sets are played to 25 points, and if a fifth set is necessary, it is played to 15 points. A set must be won by a two-point margin, continuing until this is achieved.

Service

The ball can be served from anywhere beyond the backline of the court, within the limits of the sidelines. A team can touch the ball no more than 3 times before sending it over the net.

Positions

Every time a team scores a point from the opposition’s serve, the players rotate their on-court positions clockwise.

Also known as the attack line, separates the defensive zone, at the back of the court, from the attacking zone, at the front of the court.

Liberos wear a different coloured uniform from their teammates and can only play in the back court. They can only play defensive roles and cannot complete an attack.

Equipment

Ball: is 65cm to 67cm in diameter and weighs from 260g to 280g.

Net: is 2.43m high in men’s matches and 2.24m is women’s matches.

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Stats

Top Medalists

Men
URS
URS
3 2 1 6
BRA
BRA
2 3 0 5
ITA
ITA
0 2 3 5
Women
URS
URS
4 2 0 6
JPN
JPN
2 2 2 6
CHN
CHN
2 1 2 5

Countries

Athletes

Athletes & Teams

Gender

Gender
Woman 50
Men 50
Women
Men

Age Range

Age Range
Under 15 0
16 - 20 7
21 - 25 29
26 - 30 44
31 - 40 20
Over 40 0
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