The sport of volleyball can trace its origins back to the late 19th century where, curiously, it appears to have derived from badminton. The two concepts do have their similarities with the object being to ground either a ball or a shuttlecock beyond the opponents’ net. Racquets have now been replaced by hands and with multiple players on each team, volleyball has become a fast paced and enjoyable sport for both fans and participants. It’s also a popular pick for a section of our betting community who provide a loyal following on our sportsbook.
The Main Event
If you’ve not considered volleyball before, please read on and we’ll let you know what markets are available and we'll show you how Unibet TV can unlock live streaming for the big competitions around the world.
Volleyball has a World Championship and it is organized by the game’s governing body, the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB). The men’s edition first came along in 1949 and, up to and including the 2018 competition in Bulgaria and Italy, there have been 19 World Championships to date. The event is now scheduled to take place every four years with Russia the intended hosts for the 2022 edition.
The women’s equivalent came along a little later in 1952 but it has also been a regular fixture on the volleyball calendar ever since. Following the 2018 tournament in Japan, we’re now looking ahead to the 2022 event which will be jointly hosted by Poland and the Netherlands.
If we look back at the overall list of winners, we can see that European teams have tended to dominate in the men’s section. The most successful nation in the competition’s history are the former Soviet Union with six titles while there have also been wins for Italy, Poland and the former Czechoslovakia. In amongst those triumphs, there have been three golds for Brazil and, the South Americans, along with others, will need to be considered moving forward.
In the women’s edition of the volleyball world championships, the USSR continue to lead the way once again and there have been multiple titles for Japan, Cuba, China and Russia.
As well as the outright betting for the big event, Unibet will have markets available for each match plus the support of our live streaming service throughout the tournament.
Volleyball at the Olympics
We also see volleyball being played at the summer Olympics but it was a relatively recent introduction to the games back in 1964. It’s been permanently included ever since and it’s actively contested by both men and women.
The same countries that rank strongly in the world championships have also fared well at the Olympics. Up to and including the Rio games in 2016, the figures show that only five nations have ever won gold in the women’s section - Japan, China, Cuba, Brazil and the former Soviet Union.
Golds have been more evenly distributed in the men’s edition with Brazil, the United States, Russia, Japan and the Netherlands among those who have climbed to the top of the podium.
Look out for future Olympic Games and the opportunity to consider a host of markets from Unibet. We cover the tournament extensively and we have our live streaming service on hand for the best matches across the competition.
Domestic Leagues and Cups
Outside of the big global events, there are major international games and elite domestic volleyball competitions taking place right across the globe. The FIVB also organise a world cup while many individual countries host top class leagues and knockout tournaments.
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Betting on and Watching Live Volleyball
Any major volleyball competition such as the World Championships will attract outright betting markets and these will be posted up some way in advance of the tournament. Long range options can be considered until such time as the event approaches and match betting becomes available.
Along with the moneyline bet for the straight result, you can expect to find a whole host of props including correct score, total games and much more. Handicap betting will be available for the bigger tournaments and volleyball is one of those sports that provides an impressive set of markets at the in play section of our sportsbook.
If you would like to watch live volleyball via Unibet TV, it’s easy to catch all the action on our stream. We ask that you are a Unibet customer so remember to log in to your account or, you can complete a simple and secure registration if you aren’t already on board.
Once logged in, our requirements are straightforward: We ask that you have funds in your account or, you will need to have placed a cash bet within the preceding 24 hours. You don’t even have to stake on the match that you intend to watch and, as long as those requests are met, a whole host of live volleyball will open up.
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