Volleyball is a sport played by two teams of six players on a court separated by a net, in which each team tries to score by causing the ball to land on the opposite team’s court.
Volleyball is one of the few team sports that was invented in the United States; today volleyball is a favorite among many and is played all over the globe. In fact, it is considered to be the second most popular sport worldwide, coming second to soccer.
Many of you I’m sure are very familiar with the game of volleyball, some of you might think you know it all-think you do?
If so, test yourself and compare your knowledge to these 10 interesting and fun facts about volleyball.
Fact 1: The game of volleyball was invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan.
Fact 2: The first World Championships were held in 1949 for men and 1952 for women.
Fact 3: Volleyball were first introduced as Olympic sports in 1964.
Fact 4: Most volleyball players jump about 300 times a match.
Fact 5: Volleyball took some of its characteristics from tennis and handball.
Fact 6: The first two-man beach game was played in 1930.
Fact 7: Volleyball was called Mintonette at first but it was later changed to volleyball.
Fact 8: The first special designed ball for the sport was created in 1900.
Fact 9: Volleyball is the second most popular sport in the world today, exceeded only by soccer.
Fact 10: The longest recorded volleyball game was in Kingston, North Carolina. It took 75 hours and 30 minutes.