Play Volleyball

Volleyball is one of the world's most popular team sports 

The main objective of volleyball is to stop the ball hitting the ground anywhere on your side of the net with just three touches - whilst trying to make it hit the ground on your opponent’s side of the court.

Inspired by the Commonwealth Games to play volleyball?

  • Taster sessions are taking place before, during and after the Commonwealth Games. 
  • Click the pins on the interactive map below to find out about a session near you.
  • A green pin indicates the volleyball session is on grass, yellow on beach, and red indoors.
  • Is your club running taster sessions? Please share the details with us and download this toolkit to help promote your event. 

A brief overview of the game

  • An official volleyball court is 18m x 9m
  • The server stands at the back of the court and can serve either over- or under-arm into the opponent’s side of the court
  • The opposing team is allowed a maximum of three touches on their side of the court before they must send the ball back over the net
  • The player cannot touch the ball twice in two consecutive touches but could on the first and third contact.
  • The ball must be hit - not caught
  • Whichever team wins the point then goes on to serve
  • Every time your team wins the serve from the other team your players rotate their position on court – clockwise so that everyone gets a chance to serve

Indoor facilities

To support the building and operation of volleyball courts, Volleyball England offers a comprehensive document detailing recommended equipment, size and dimentions.