Measurement of Volleyball court dimensions explained in diagram

Volleyball is an exhilarating game played by two teams and 6 players on each team always ready to dive to win points on a volleyball court. In this blog, you will learn the nitty-gritty details of volleyball court dimensions, Size, types, net height, and zone, as the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) outlines.

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Types of Volleyball Court

There are two most common types of volleyball courts. Both courts are distinguished on their dimensions and specifications, depending on the level of play and the governing body’s rules.

Indoor Volleyball Court

This is Indoor Volleyball Court where players play volleyball.

An indoor volleyball court is a standardized playing area used for the sport of indoor volleyball. It is typically located in sports halls, gymnasiums, or indoor sports facilities.

   Hardwood is the most common surface for indoor volleyball courts. Hardwood surfaces, often made of maple or oak, provide a consistent and durable playing surface. They are preferred for their smoothness and ability to minimize injuries.

Outdoor/ Beach Volleyball Court

Image of Outdoor/Beach Volleyball Court with sandy surface.

An outdoor volleyball court is a playing area designed for the sport of outdoor or beach volleyball. Unlike indoor volleyball, which is played on hardwood or synthetic surfaces in controlled indoor environments, beach volleyball is typically played on sand or grass surfaces outdoors.

Sandy Surface on the beach provides a softer and more forgiving surface compared to indoor hardwood courts. The depth and quality of the sand can vary, but it is designed to be more comfortable for players diving and jumping on.

Indoor Volleyball Court Dimensions

Indoor volleyball court dimensions and court size explained in figure.

Image of Indoor Volleyball Court Size

The Volleyball court is a rectangular area whose measurement is 18 meters in length and 9 meters in width. The length of court is divided into two halves 9 + 9 meters by a one-meter length of the net which is shown in above figure. Indoor Volleyball court size in feet are 59 feet x 29.5 feet. The free-playing surface area is 7m high from the playing area. The surrounding area is a free zone that’s a minimum of 3 meters wide on all sides. However, according to FIVB, the free zone measures a minimum of 5 meters from side lines and the service zone measures a minimum of 8 meters from end lines.

The Playing surface is flat (Harwood or Synthetic surface) and comes in a light color. The lines on the court must be 5 centimeters wide and in a light color that contrasts with the floor.

Line Markings The boundary lines are the two side lines and the two end lines to make a rectangular court. The center line is perhaps the most iconic, as it divides the playing court into two equal sections, each measuring 9 x 9 meters. The center line (beneath the net) joins sideline to sideline. Additionally, the attack line is drawn 3 meters back from the middle of the center line, defining the front zone and back zone (which are mentioned in red color in the diagram) on each court.

All Zones and areas on the court of volleyball are defined in a diagram in red color for better understanding such as front and back zones, free zones ( outer area from the sideline)and service zones ( outer area from the end line), substitution zone and Libero replacement zone. 

How High is a Volleyball Net?

Here we will explain How tall is a volleyball net? The Height of Volleyball Net is 2.43 meters (7 feet 11 5/8 inches) high for men’s games and 2.24 meters (7 feet 4 1/4 inches) high for women’s games. It’s placed vertically over the center line. The net is 1 meter wide and 9.5 to 10 meters long, with a 10-centimeter square black mesh.

Measurements of volleyball Net height explained in figure.

 The Antenna, a flexible rod, is 1.8 meters long and 10 millimeters in diameter, usually made of fiberglass or a similar material. It’s fastened on opposite sides of the net and extends 80 centimeters above the net, marked with 10-centimeter stripes of contrasting colors, often red and white. 

The Posts, which are 2.55 meters high, are positioned between 0.50 and 1 meter outside the sidelines. These rounded posts are securely anchored to the ground without the use of wires.

In conclusion, volleyball courts are meticulously designed and regulated to ensure fairness and safety in the game. Understanding these dimensions and markings can deepen your appreciation for the sport and make watching or playing volleyball even more enjoyable. So, whether you’re a seasoned player or just a fan, these court details are your gateway to the thrilling world of volleyball.

Outdoor/Beach Volleyball Court Dimensions

Measurements of Outdoor or Beach volleyball court dimensions,  explained in figure.

Image Sand Volleyball Court Dimensions

An Outdoor volleyball court is smaller in size than an indoor court, the playing area is 16 meters (52.6 feet) in length and 8 meters (26.25 feet) in width. The free playing area is 7m high same as in the indoor court of volleyball. 

The Playing surface (Sand / Grass surface) is flat and equally leveled. The lines must be 5 centimeters wide and in a light color that contrasts with the sand.

Line Markings The boundary lines are just two sidelines and two endlines, there is no center line or attack lines. Any flexible plastic ribbon is used to make the boundary.

Zone Area: There are two zones, a free zone 3m extended behind the sidelines and a service zone 8m extended behind the end lines.

Net Height The net is set at the same height as indoor volleyball, with a height of 2.43 meters (7 feet 11 5/8 inches) for men’s beach volleyball and 2.24 meters (7 feet 4 1/4 inches) for women’s beach volleyball. 

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It’s important to note Volleyball court dimensions and specifications are based on the rules established by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and other governing bodies. Variations may exist for local or recreational play, but the standard court sizes mentioned above are widely recognized for competitive volleyball.

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