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Volleyball


Volleyball was conceived as a less strenuous alternative to basketball. The sport became popular very quickly and made its Olympic debut in 1964.

A shared history

Basketball and volleyball were both invented at Springfield College in Massachusetts within a few years of one another. In 1895, William G. Morgan, after watching basketball develop, decided to invent a less strenuous sport for older people. He called this game "Mintonette". However, a local professor noted the ball being volleyed over the net, and the sport was almost immediately renamed.

Growth and development

The sport quickly became popular across the world. Japan was playing the game by 1896, followed closely by other Asian countries and the sport developed rapidly over the next 20 years. A specially designed ball came into play; six-a-side play became standard and the rules mandating three hits were instituted.

Olympic history

 No country has been truly dominant in volleyball, although the Soviet Union has won the most medals. The Japanese and the Soviet Union women’s teams dominated from 1964-1984 but since then the balance of power has shifted to Cuba, then to China and now to Brazil. The United States men’s teams were prominent in the 1980s, Italy in the 1990s and Brazil in the 2000s.

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Brazil defend Volleyball gold title

London 2012 - Brazil retained their Olympic women's Volleyball title courtesy of a simply brilliant final performance against the USA at Earls Court. Watch highlights now.
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Russia stun Brazil to take Volleyball gold

London 2012 - Russia staged one of the most staggering comebacks in the history of Olympic Volleyball when they took on the highly-fancied Brazil at Earl's Court. Watch highlights from the incredible final now.
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Women's Volleyball semifinal match

London 2012 - Saori Kimura #18 of Japan spikes the ball as Fabiana Claudino #1 of Brazil defends during the Women's Volleyball semifinal match on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at Earls Court on August 9, 2012 in London, England.
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Latvia v Netherlands beach volleyball bronze match

London 2012 - Latvia and the Netherlands compete at Horse Guards Parade for bronze in the men's beach volleyball.
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Japan celebrates after defeating Korea

London 2012 - Japan celebrates after defeating Korea to win the Women's Volleyball bronze medal match on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Earls Court on August 10, 2012 in London, England.
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Japan spikes the ball

London 2012 - Saori Sakoda #14 of Japan spikes the ball against Dae-Young Jung #13 and Sook-Ja Lee #20 of Korea during the Women's Volleyball on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Earls Court on August 10, 2012 in London, England.
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