Beijing Olympics 2008 Volleyball

History of Volleyball Sports:

  • Volleyball was invented in 1895 by William Morgan.
  • It was initially called "Mintonette".
  • It evolved into its modern form in the early 1900s.
  • Volleyball was introduced to the Olympic Games in 1964.

Competition Rules for Volleyball Sports:

The Volleyball competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games will be held in accordance with:</

  • The FIVB Official Volleyball Rules
  • The Olympic Charter
  • FIVB assumes the responsibility for the technical control and direction of Volleyball in the Olympic Games.

Playing Area for Volleyball Sports:

The playing area includes the playing court and the free zone.

Playing Area Dimensions:

  • The playing court is a rectangle measuring 18 x 9 m.
  • The court should be surrounded by a free zone measuring 3 m wide on all sides.
  • The free playing space should be atleast of 7 m in height from the playing surface.
  • For FIVB World and Official Competitions, the free zone should be atleast 5 m from the sidelines and 8 m from the end lines.

Playing Surface:

  • The surface must be flat, horizontal and uniform.
  • It should not be rough or slippery.
  • For FIVB World and Official Competitions, only wooden or synthetic surfaces are allowed.
  • The surface must be previously approved by the FIVB.
  • On indoor courts the surface of the playing court must be of a light color.

Lines on the Courts:

  • All lines are 5 cm wide.
  • They should be marked with a contrasting color.
  • Two sidelines and two end lines mark the playing court.
  • Both sidelines and end lines are drawn inside the dimensions of the playing court.
  • The Centre line divides the playing court into two equal courts measuring 9 x 9 m each.
  • The Attack line marks the front zone.

Volleyball Sports Events:

The following events are included in the program for Beijing Olympics 2008:

  • Volleyball Men
  • Volleyball Women

Venues for Volleyball Sports:

  • The volleyball event of the 29th Olympic Games will be held in Beijing from August 9-24, 2008.
  • The preliminary competitions will be held at the Capital Indoor Stadium and Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium.
  • The finals will be held at the Capital Indoor Stadium.

Athlete Quota:

  • 144 men (12 teams of 12 athletes per team)
  • 144 women (12 teams of 12 athletes per team)
  • Total of 288 athletes