FAQs: Organising Covid-secure volleyball

15th July 2021

FAQs: Organising Covid-secure volleyball

Below is a list of answers to commonly asked questions about playing volleyball in line with the latest Covid-19 guidance. This page has been produced to complement the guidance on our Covid-19 page.

The [NEW] and [UPDATED] tags highlight our latest information.

Please note this page was last updated on 03/12/2021.



What volleyball activity can take place?

Volleyball activity can be organised without restrictions. However, we are encouraging the community to follow our recommendations on organising Covid-secure volleyball.

What is Volleyball England recommending activity organisers do to ensure sessions remain Covid-secure?

From 19th July we will move from a position of requiring activity to follow our Government-approved sport-specific safety plans to recommending the community follows a smaller, yet still effective, set of safety mitigations to minimise the risk of transmitting Covid-19 between participants. Ultimately, the health and safety of members comes above all else. Click here to read our recommendations.

From 19th July, which mitigating measures will no longer be necessary?

Participants will no longer need to:

  • Be socially-distant to others off court.
  • Sign/agree to Covid-19 opt-in forms ahead of sessions.
  • Sanitise the ball every 15 points during game.
  • Keep the number of officials to a minimum during competitions.
  • Wear a face covering if they are a coach or official.
  • Adhere to a maximum number of people per court.
  • Either wear a face covering or return a negative lateral flow test to play sitting volleyball.
  • While we still recommend that officials use electronic whistles, they are no longer mandated.

[NEW] What happens if I test positive for Covid-19 after taking part in a training session or match?

A positive result means it's likely you had Covid-19 when the test was done. You must follow self-isolation rules immediately.

After you get a positive test result, you may be contacted by NHS Test and Trace or someone who works for your local council. You'll be asked for information about where you've been recently and who you've been in close contact with.

This will help the NHS contact anyone who may also have caught the virus.

Are spectators allowed at volleyball activity? 

As of 19th July there are no restrictions on spectators.

[UPDATED] Do I have to wear a face covering to play volleyball indoors?

You do not have to wear a face covering to play volleyball indoors. And while it is no longer a legal requirement to wear face coverings indoors, we recommend that face coverings are worn in crowded spaces.

As of 30th November, face coverings have become compulsory in shops and on public transport.

What is the best way to clean volleyballs?

Please seek instructions from the manufacturer on how equipment should be cleaned. Here is some guidance from three of the most common makes of volleyball: 

  • Mikasa: mikasasports.co.jp/e/support/maintenance
  • Molten: www.molten.co.jp/sports/en/volleyball/product/volleyball/index.html (please click on the relevant product to find ball care instructions)
  • Wilson: Wet wipes, regular disinfectant spray or cloth will not harm Wilson volleyballs, according to the manufacturer, because they are made of composite leather. Make sure volleyballs are completely dry before storing them. 

Remember, balls should be cleaned between sessions and wiped down and dried during timeouts and after every set. During training sessions, they should be cleaned every 30 minutes. It should be stressed that regularly sanitising your hands and not touching your face are essential to reduce the risk of transmitting Covid-19. 

Will I be breaking any anti-doping rules if I have any of the Covid-19 vaccines that are approved for use in the UK?  

WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency) has released a statement clarifying that, in the highly unlikely event that a vaccine may cause a possible anti-doping rule violation under the World Anti-Doping Code, WADA’s oversight of any subsequent results management will ensure that vaccines and the principles of anti-doping do not come into conflict. UKAD (the UK Anti-Doping Agency) has also released a statement in support of this. UKAs has also confirmed that all three of the approved UK vaccines have been added to Global DRO with a ‘not prohibited’ status.  

Will I need a vaccine passport to be able to play volleyball?

Volleyball England has no intention of introducing a requirement for vaccine passports. However, we will follow Government guidance should the situation change.



What must affiliate clubs do to ensure they are covered by their Volleyball England member insurance? 

Clubs must follow Government and Volleyball England guidance to remain covered. For more information on the insurance cover, click here

Is Covid-19 covered under Volleyball England’s membership insurance? 

There is no cover for contracting Covid-19 due to the challenges in pinpointing when and where it was transmitted. Affiliated clubs following Volleyball England’s guidance will receive assistance from Sports Insure should a claim be raised against a club. 

Our club is affiliated to Volleyball England but is based outside of England, what advice should we follow? 

Please heed the advice from your devolved administration. For example, clubs based in Wales should read the latest advice from Volleyball Wales and the Welsh Government. 

What is the advice for sports venues? 

All indoor and outdoor sports facilities can now re-open. Click here for detailed guidance.


Please refer to our dedicated Covid-19 web page and Sport England's FAQs for more information. If you have any questions or need further support, please email info@volleyballengland.org.

FAQs: Organising Covid-secure volleyball