How To Bet Volleyball

The sport of volleyball was invented on February 9th, 1985 by William G. Morgan, a YMCA physical education director. William created the game of volleyball, with influences from badminton, tennis, and handball. William's creation of the sport of volleyball was originally designed to be an indoor sport, less rough than basketball, for older members of the YMCA, while still requiring a bit of athletic effort. Volleyball, as the sport stands today, is a team sport with two teams consisting of six players each, separated by a net. The goal of the game is to score points by grounding the ball on the other team's side of the court under organized rules. In this article, we'll take a look at the major world competitions, leagues, and popular betting options.

Major World Competitions

As volleyball is an international sport, major world competitions include the Olympics, FIVB World Cup, FIVB World League (men's), and FIVB World Grand Prix (women's). The sport of volleyball is most popular in Europe, with the European Championship, European League, CEV Champions League, and the CEV cup dominating as the major competitions within Europe. Additionally, in Asia and South America, major tournaments include the Asian Volleyball Championship, Asian Cup, South American Championship, and Americas Cup.

Major Leagues Around The World

While there are numerous volleyball leagues around the world, there are currently none in North America. Some of the competitive and popular volleyball leagues around the world can be found below:

1. Brazilian Volleyball Superleague (Brazil)
2. Argentine Volleyball League (Argentina)
3. Senior National Volleyball League (Peru)
4. Korean League (Korea)
5. Coppa Italia (Italy)
6. Russian Volleyball Super League (Russia)
7. PlusLiga (Poland)
8. Serbian Volleyball League (Serbia)
9. Deutsche Volleyball Bundesliga (Germany)
10. Turkish Volleyball Federation (Turkey)
11. Superliga (Bulgaria)

Historically, the best country in the sport of volleyball has been Brazil, and as a result, the Brazilian Volleyball Superleague tends to receive a lot of coverage compared to other leagues around the world.

Popular Betting Options

Since volleyball is an extremely popular sport in Europe, it should come as no surprise that there are over 30 European nations with domestic volleyball that online bookmakers offer odds for. While the major European volleyball leagues have been listed above, there are easily over 100 different European domestic volleyball leagues, which bookmakers offer odds for.

Although volleyball betting constitutes a small portion of the overall global betting market, this fact makes it more likely to find a lot of value in volleyball matches, especially matches within lesser known leagues. Some of the more popular bets when it comes to volleyball are betting on the moneyline (picking a team to win the match), betting on the total number of points scored by both teams in the match (the game totals will vary, depending on whether the match is a best-of-three or best-of-five sets), and handicap betting, which is similar to spread betting. Additionally, one of the most popular options for volleyball betting is tournament betting, where the bettor picks a team/country that he believes will win the entire tournament. This type of bet is quite exciting when the Olympics rolls around, or the World League tournament, featuring the best teams from various countries. Upsets tend to happen quite often in volleyball as well and as a result, a prudent bettor would be smart to try and exploit this.