Volleyball Rules: Comparing FIVB, NCAA and AVP Volleyball Rules

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Number of Players

  • Olympic Indoor, NCAA Men, and Women
    • Six players
  • AVP, Olympic Beach
    • Two players

Scoring

  • AVP, Olympic Indoor, and Beach, NCAA Men, and Women
  • Olympic Indoor and NCAA Men and Women
    • Best of five sets
    • First four sets played to 25 points
    • Fifth set played to 15 points
    • Teams switch sides at game's end in sets 1-4 and when leading team reaches eight points in set five.
  • AVP and Olympic Beach
    • Best of three sets
    • First two sets played to 21 points
    • Third set played to 15 points
    • Teams switch sides when sum of points scored equals seven in sets one and two, and when sum of points scored equals five in set three.

Court Size

  • Olympic Indoor and NCAA Men and Women
    • 18 meters x 9 meters(59' x 29'6")
  • AVP and Olympic Beach
    • 16 meters x 8 meters (52'6" x 26'3")

Net Rules

  • AVP, Olympic Indoor and Beach, NCAA Men and Women
    • Men's Net Height - 2.43 meters or 8’
    • Women's Net Height - 2.24 meters or 7’4”
    • Contact with net permitted as long as it does not interfere with play.
  • Olympic Indoor, NCAA Men and Women
    • Any part of body above feet can go under the net as long as it does not interfere with play.
    • Feet can go under the net if they don’t interfere with play and part of foot is on or above center line.
  • AVP, Olympic Beach
    • Players can fully enter opponent’s court as long as does not interfere with play.

    Ball Handling

    • AVP, Olympic Beach and Indoor, NCAA Men and Women
      • Players can contact the ball with any part of the body
    • Olympic Indoor
      • Double contact permitted on first contact
    • AVP and Olympic Beach

    Time Outs and Substitutions

    • Olympic Indoor
      • Each team gets two time outs (30 seconds each) per set
      • Each team gets six subs (libero position has unlimited subs.)
      • A player may enter and exit the game only once each.
      • In sets 1-4, two additional 60 second technical time outs are automatically taken when the leading team reaches eight and 16 points.
    • AVP and Olympic Beach
      • Each team gets one 30-second time out per set
      • Each team gets one injury time out per player per match.
      • No substitutions.
      • In FIVB world events there is one 30-second technical time out in sets one and two when the sum of points reaches 21.
    • NCAA Men and Women
      • Each team gets two 60-second timeouts per set
      • One media timeout (75-90 secs.) per set can be taken at the discretion of host school when lead team reaches 15 points in sets 1-4 (or 8 points in set five) unless a team time out has been called prior to that point.
      • Each team gets 12 subs per set.
      • The same player can enter and exit the game an unlimited amount of times within the twelve-sub limit.

    Playing Actions

    • Olympic Indoor
      • Block does not count as a hit.
      • Cannot attack a libero set.
    • AVP and Olympic Beach
      • Block counts as a hit.
    • NCAA Men and Women
      • Block does not count as a hit.
      • Libero may serve in one position in rotation.
      • Players may attack a libero set if made from behind Three Meter line.