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Betting on Volleyball

Kirk Miller
6 May 2022 |
Updated: 6 May 2022

History of Volleyball

Volleyball was created in 1895 by William G. Morgan, a YMCA director of physical activities at the time. Morgan wrote the original set of rules in 1897, and both men and women picked up the game. The first world championship competition was held in 1969 and was first played in the Olympics in 1970.

Volleyball remains a very popular sport worldwide with several different variants. Both men and women participate in the sport.

What is Volleyball

Volleyball can be played on a court, with each team having six players. The sport also comes in the form of beach volleyball played on sand two-on-two. Volleyball in the UK is growing, with both men and women having national teams in both beach and court volleyball.

Volleyball is relatively simple to play, but there are a few nuances. Here is a simple step-by-step breakdown of the sport’s rules and how to play.

  1. Volleyball is played six-on-six for court volleyball. On sand, it is played two-on-two.
  2. Typically a coin toss is used to determine who serves first.
  3. The ball is served from behind the backline on the courtside.
  4. The ball is returned across the net by the receiving team within three hits of the ball.
  5. The same player cannot hit the ball twice in a row.
  6. This is done until one team has either hit the ball into the ground on the other side of the court to win a point. If a team fails to return it within three hits, it is the opposing team’s point. If a team hits it out of bounds, it is the opposing team’s point as well.
  7. If a team wins a point, then it is that team’s serve. Teams must rotate the serve between all six players.

Betting on Volleyball

At Bets.co.uk, we have all the information you need when betting on volleyball. There are a variety of bets that can be chosen when betting on volleyball. Below are several of the most popular.


Betting on who will win the match is the simplest of any volleyball bet. Simply choose what team you think will win, and if they do, you will win your bet.


Spread bets will range from either -2.5 to +2.5 for a five-set match or -1.5 to +1.5 for a three-set match. If a team is favoured by -1.5 in a five-match set and you bet on them, they will need to win the match either 3-1 or 3-0 for the bet to be successful.


This is where a bettor chooses whether or not a match score total will be over or under a certain number of points. For example, if a sportsbook sets a line at 135.5 and the user bets the under, the match point total needs to be under 135 points to win the bet.

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