Volleyball

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:

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Volleyball National Leagues Women

Volleyball Ireland National Leagues Women

Volleyball Ireland National Leagues Level 1 Women

Volleyball Ireland Premier Women 2017-Present

Volleyball Association of Ireland | Premier Women 2010-2017

Volleyball association of Ireland | National League | Premier-32 Women 2000-2010

VI National League Premier Women:  

2019-20 2018-19 2017-18

VAI National League Premier Women:

2016-17

VAI National League Premier-32 Women:

2003-04 2002-03 2001-02 2000-01

VAI National Volleyball League Ladies Division 1:

1991-92

Volleyball Ireland National Leagues Level 2 Women

Volleyball Ireland Division 1 Women 2017-Present

Volleyball Association of Ireland | Division 1 Women 2010-2017

Volleyball Association of Ireland | Division 1 Women 2003-2010

VI Division 1 Women (Seasons):

2018-19 2017-18

VAI National League Division 1 Women (Seasons):

2016-17

Volleyball Ireland National Leagues Level 3 Women

Volleyball Ireland Division 2 Women 2017-Present

Volleyball Association of Ireland | Division 2 Women 2010-2017

Volleyball Association of Ireland | Division 2 Women 2003-2010

VI Division 2 Women (Seasons):  

2018-19 2017-18

VAI National League Division 2 Women (Seasons):

2016-17

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Volleyball National Leagues Men

Volleyball Ireland National Leagues Men

Volleyball Ireland National Leagues Level 1 Men

Volleyball Ireland Premier Men 2017-Present

Volleyball Association of Ireland | Premier Men 2010-2017

Volleyball Association of Ireland | National League | Premier-32 Men 2000-2010

VI National League Premier Men:

2018-19 2017-18 

VAI National League Premier Men:

2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2010-11 

VAI National League Premier-32 Men:

2005-06 2003-04 2002-03 2000-01

VAI National Volleyball League Division 1 Men:

1991-92

Volleyball Ireland National Leagues Level 2 Men

Volleyball Ireland Division 1 Men 2017-Present

Volleyball Association of Ireland | Division 1 Men 2010-2017

Volleyball Association of Ireland | Division 1 Men 2003-2010

VI Division 1 Men (Seasons):  

2018-19 2017-18

VAI National League Division 1 Men (seasons):

2016-17

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Volleyball National Cups

Volleyball Ireland National Cups

VI Association Cup Men (Level 1) (Seasons):

2017-18 2016-17 

VI Association Cup Women (Level 1) (Seasons):  

2017-18 2016-17

VI Association Shield Men (Level 2) (Seasons):

2017-18 2016-17 

VI Association Shield Women (Level 2) (Seasons):  

2017-18 2016-17

VI All-Ireland Mixed Tournament (Seasons):

2017

VAI Men’s National Volleyball Championships (Seasons):

1971

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Northern Ireland Volleyball

Northern Ireland Volleyball

Northern Ireland Volleyball Association Men’s Division 1 League 2000-2010

NIV Men’s Premier League (Seasons): 2019-20 2016-17

NIV Women’s League (Seasons): 2019-20  2016-17

NIV Men’s Division 1 League (Seasons): 2019-20

NIV Women’s Division 1 League (Seasons): 2019-20

NIV Men’s League Cup (Seasons):2016-17

NIV Women’s League Cup (Seasons): 2016-17

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International Volleyball

Celtic Nations 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.

European International Series

European International Series (Seasons): 2001-02

Celtic Nations Volleyball

Celtic Nations Women (Seasons): 2020 2017

Celtic Nations Men (Seasons):2020  2017 2011

International Series Celtic Nations Men & Women (Seasons):    

2003-04 2002-03 1999-2000 1995-96 1994-95

St. Patrick’s Day Internationals Men & Women (Seasons):

1993 1992 1991 1990 

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Volleyball Ireland Regional Spikeball

East Region; West Region; South Region

Spikeball is a reduced numbers version of Volleyball, and is played in both schools and in Recreational Provincial Leagues in Ireland.

Volleyball Ireland East Region

VI East Region Mixed League (Seasons): 2016

Volleyball Ireland South Region

Volleyball Association of Ireland | South Region | Men’s League 2015-2017

Volleyball Association of Ireland | South Region | Women’s League 2015-2017

VI South Region Mixed Cup (Seasons): 2016

VI South Region Men’s League (Seasons): 2017

VI South Region Women’s League (Seasons): 2017

Volleyball Ireland West Region

Volleyball Ireland | West Region | Mixed League 2016-2018

VI West Region Mixed League (Seasons): 2016-17 2017-18

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Schools & Colleges Volleyball

Student Sport Ireland; Volleyball Ireland Schools.

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

Student Sport Ireland | Men’s Volleyball League 2013-2018

Student Sport Ireland | Women’s Volleyball League 2013-2018

SSI Volleyball Men’s League (Seasons): 2016-17

Volleyball Ireland Schools

Volleyball Association of Ireland | Schools Senior A Boys Finals 1987-2018

Volleyball Ireland | Schools Senior A Girls 1966-2018

Co. Louth Vocational Schools Volleyball League (Seasons):

1969-70

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Beach Volleyball Ireland

Beach Volleyball Ireland

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.

Beach Volleyball Ireland:

Beach Volleyball Ireland | National Tour 2018

Beach Volleyball Winter League (Seasons): 2019-20

Picture Credit: Portrush / Northern Ireland – 27/05/14 A Beach Volleyball competition held at Portrush strand. By Colin Majury / shutterstock.com [Internet] Available from: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/portrush-northern-ireland-270514-beach-volleyball-1148526332 [Accessed 2 June 2021]