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Welcome to the ultimate Volleyball Quiz!

Are you prepared to spike your way through this quiz and prove yourself as a true volleyball enthusiast?

We’ve set up a series of challenging questions designed to test your volleyball knowledge.

Simply count your correct answers and check our result table to see how well you performed.

So, put on your knee pads, ready your best serves, and let’s see if you can dig deep into your volleyball trivia mastery!


Table of Contents

1. In which year was volleyball invented?

  • A) 1884
  • B) 1895
  • C) 1908

2. Who invented volleyball?

  • A) William G. Morgan
  • B) James Naismith
  • C) Walter Camp

3. What was volleyball originally called?

  • A) Mintonette
  • B) Ball-ball
  • C) Volleyball

4. What does a “libero” do in a volleyball game?

  • A) Set the ball
  • B) Serve the ball
  • C) Play defense in the backcourt

5. Which of these is NOT a basic skill in volleyball?

  • A) Passing
  • B) Blocking
  • C) Sprinting

6. What is the maximum number of hits per team on each side of the court?

  • A) 2
  • B) 5
  • C) 3

7. What is the common hand signal used by the referee to signal an illegal hit?

  • A) Closed fist
  • B) Open hand with fingers together
  • C) One finger pointing up

8. How heavy is an official indoor volleyball (in grams)?

  • A) 260-280 grams
  • B) 200-230 grams
  • C) 320-350 grams

9. Which country has won the most Olympic gold medals in volleyball (both men’s and women’s)?

  • A) Brazil
  • B) United States
  • C) Russia

10. What is a “kill” in volleyball?

  • A) An unreturnable serve
  • B) A successful block that stops the ball
  • C) An attacking hit that results in an immediate point

11. How many players are on the court for each team during a game of volleyball?

  • A) 4
  • B) 6
  • C) 8

12. What is the maximum number of substitutions that are allowed per team in a single set?

  • A) 8
  • B) 10
  • C) 12

13. How many points are needed to win a set in a volleyball game?

  • A) 21
  • B) 25
  • C) 15

14. What is the minimum lead a team needs to have over their opponent in order to win a set in volleyball?

  • A) 1 point
  • B) 2 points
  • C) 3 points

15. What type of scoring system is used in all official volleyball matches?

  • A) Rally scoring
  • B) Sideout scoring
  • C) Point-per-serve scoring

16. In beach volleyball, how many players are there in a team?

  • A) 2
  • B) 3
  • C) 4

17. Which country is considered the birthplace of beach volleyball?

  • A) Brazil
  • B) United States
  • C) Australia

18. What is the standard net height for men’s indoor volleyball?

  • A) 7 feet
  • B) 7 feet, 11 5/8 inches
  • C) 8 feet

19. What is the standard net height for women’s indoor volleyball?

  • A) 7 feet, 4 1/8 inches
  • B) 7 feet, 6 inches
  • C) 7 feet, 8 inches

20. Which country hosted the first official volleyball world championships?

  • A) Italy
  • B) France
  • C) Czech Republic

21. Which of these skills involves jumping and touching the ball above the height of the net?

  • A) Spike
  • B) Dig
  • C) Set

22. What is the term used when a player blocks an opponent’s spike and the ball goes back to the opponent’s side, gaining a point?

  • A) Stuff block
  • B) Pancake
  • C) Dink

23. In which year was volleyball first introduced as an Olympic sport?

  • A) 1948
  • B) 1960
  • C) 1964

24. Which of these positions is responsible for setting the ball for attackers in volleyball games?

  • A) Setter
  • B) Libero
  • C) Middle blocker

25. What is the term used for the player rotation system in volleyball games?

  • A) Shift
  • B) Swap
  • C) Carousel

26. In which year was the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) founded?

  • A) 1947
  • B) 1952
  • C) 1960

27. How long can a server keep the ball in hand after the referee’s whistle?

  • A) 3 seconds
  • B) 5 seconds
  • C) 8 seconds

28. What is the name of the line that divides the frontcourt and backcourt in volleyball?

  • A) Middle line
  • B) Attack line
  • C) Baseline

29. How many sets are played in a typical men’s or women’s indoor volleyball match?

  • A) Best of 3
  • B) Best of 5
  • C) Best of 7

30. In beach volleyball, is there a maximum number of team substitutions in a set?

  • A) Yes
  • B) No

31. Which of the following is NOT allowed when executing a serve in volleyball?

  • A) Jump serving
  • B) Underhand serving
  • C) Kicking the ball

32. Which of these is a technique used by players to receive the ball with their forearms as the ball comes to their side of the court?

  • A) Bump
  • B) Set
  • C) Spike

33. What is the term used for the area between the antennae on a volleyball net, through which the ball must pass to be considered in play?

  • A) The gap
  • B) The zone
  • C) The channel


# of Correct Answers Percentage Range Label Description
0- 0-49% Armchair Athlete You've got some learning to do, but don't worry, there's always the next game!
- 50-64% Rookie Runner Not bad! Keep practicing, and you'll be a sports trivia champ in no time.
- 65-79% Midfield Maestro Impressive! You're getting closer to the top, keep up the good work.
- 80-94% All-Star Striker Wow, you really know your sports trivia! You're a force to be reckoned with.
-33 95-100% Legendary Champion Unbelievable! You're a true sports trivia master. Your knowledge knows no bounds!

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Kelly is a travel lover, and an adventure and sports enthusiast, and lover of all things wine. Kelly’s passion lies in exploring Canada and other parts of the world and sharing her experiences with others. As a senior traveller, Kelly aims to inspire others to live their best life and not be afraid to venture out into the world on their own. She encourages solo travel and offers tips and advice on how to do it safely and confidently. In sports, she was one of the MVP provincial champs in volleyball, have 4 years recreational experience in beach volleyball and was an MMA black belt and former instructor.

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