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 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 (Decade / Era Overview):
Volleyball Ireland National Leagues Level 1 Women
Volleyball Ireland National Leagues Level 1 Men
Volleyball Ireland National Leagues Level 2 Women
Volleyball Ireland National Leagues Level 2 Men
Volleyball Ireland National Leagues Level 3 Women
Volleyball National Leagues Level 1 Women (Seasons):
VAI National League Premier Women: 2016-17
VAI National Volleyball League Ladies Division 1: 1991-92
Volleyball National Leagues Level 1 Men (Seasons):
VAI National Volleyball League Division 1 Men: 1991-92
Volleyball National Leagues Level 2 Women (Seasons)
VAI National League Division 1 Women (Seasons): 2016-17
Volleyball National Leagues Level 2 Men (Seasons)
VAI National League Division 1 Men (seasons): 2016-17
Volleyball National Leagues Level 3 Women (Seasons)
VAI National League Division 2 Women (Seasons): 2016-17
Volleyball National Cups
VI All-Ireland Mixed Tournament (Seasons): 2017
Northern Ireland Volleyball
Northern Ireland Volleyball
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
Celtic Nations Volleyball Internationals
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.
Results for these Internationals are to be found below:
European International Volleyball
Ireland has entered the European Championships as well as playing International Series against both Club sides and other International teams.
European International Series (Seasons): 2001-02
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:
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:
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.
Below you will find links to Schools & Colleges Competitions in Ireland:
Student Sport Ireland Volleyball:
SSI Volleyball Men’s League (Seasons): 2016-17
Volleyball Association of Ireland Schools:
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 Winter League (Seasons): 2019-20