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Volleyball Ireland is the National Governing Body of Volleyball in Ireland.

Volleyball was invented in New England, USA at the end of the 19th Century. It is played by two teams on a court much like a Badminton court with a high net separating the two sides. The object of the sport is to score points by keeping the ball from touching the ground on your own side while trying to get it over the net and in-bounds in your opponents side.

Matches are played in sets much like in the Racquet Sports, with each set being the first to 21 and winning by 2 points. Matches are usually best-of-5 sets. Volleyball has been played in Ireland since the 1960s.

There are four main variations played in Ireland: Volleyball, Beach Volleyball, Spikeball (Reduced Numbers) and Sitting Volleyball (like wheelchair sports but without the wheelchair).

Volleyball Ireland

Volleyball Ireland is the National Governing Body for Volleyball in the Republic of Ireland. It was founded as the Volleyball Association of Ireland in the 1960s and renamed Volleyball Ireland in 2017.

It oversees the running of the Volleyball Ireland National Leagues as well as Schools Competitions and entering Ireland teams in International Competition.

There are three regional associations which make up a constituent part of Volleyball Ireland: Volleyball East Region, Volleyball South Region & Volleyball West Region.

Below you will find links to various competitions in Ireland:

Volleyball National Leagues Women

Volleyball Ireland Teams

Volleyball National Leagues Men

Volleyball Ireland Mixed Tournament

Volleyball National Cups Men

Volleyball National Cups Women

Northern Ireland Volleyball Association

East Region Volleyball

North Region Volleyball

South Region Volleyball

Regional Volleyball Teams

West Region Volleyball

Schools & Colleges Volleyball

Volleyball is played in Irish IT’s and Universities as well as in Secondary Schools. Spikeball (Reduced Numbers Volleyball) is played in Secondary Schools, at the younger age categories.

Student Sport Ireland Volleyball Women

Student Sport Ireland Volleyball Men

Volleyball Ireland Schools

International Volleyball

Volleyball Ireland and Northern Ireland Volleyball have been running a series of St. Patrick’s Day International series since at least 1990. Matches have involved both Irish National teams, and on some occasions Scotland in both Men, Women, Senior & Junior Categories. In addition a yearly set of Internationals have been played on a Home & Away basis with Scotland & Wales.

Ireland has entered the European Championships as well as playing International Series against both Club sides and other International teams.

Beach Volleyball

Beach Volleyball is one of the more recognizable versions of Volleyball, played in pairs, either Men’s, Women’s or Mixed. There is a small National Tour in Ireland.