A History of Volleyball

A History Of Volleyball

The first volleyball match was played at Springfield College in 1896, but the first volleyball wasn’t developed until 1900. In 1916 the game was incorporated into U.S. high schools and college physical education initiatives. In addition it was brought to Asia, South America, Canada and the Caribbean through the efforts of the YMCA. The current offensive methods of play didn’t show up until 1916 when they were created in the Philippines.

The first championship games were held in Brooklyn, NY in 1922 and included 27 teams from 11 states. Organizations such as the United States Volleyball Association (USA Volleyball) and the international volleyball federation (FIVB) were formed in order to bring order and regulations to the sport. Prague, Czechoslovakia held the game’s first world championships in 1949, bringing players from all over the globe together in order to compete. In 1951 there were more than 50 million volleyball players in 60 countries.

Volleyball was declared an Olympic sport in 1957 and made its debut at the Tokyo games in 1964. The NCAA made it a collegiate sport in 1969. In 1984, U.S.A. brought home its first Olympic medals in the event, with the women’s team taking silver and men’s winning gold. The World League was developed in 1990 with the goal of encouraging additional play on an international field. In 1996 Two-Person Beach Volleyball became an Olympic event.

Over the years, this sport has seen many changes and exciting developments that have come from all over the world. However, it’s important to remember its history. Learn more about it through this infographic.




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