Volleyball Betting and Odds

How to Wager on this Unique Sport

While volleyball is widely considered to be a summer sport, we can actually trace its origins back to an ice cold winter in Massachusetts in 1885.

Back then, the YMCA Physical Education Director William G. Morgan created a new game called ‘Mintonette’, which combined elements of tennis and handball to involve two sides separated by a six-foot, six-inch net.The sport has evolved considerably since these humble beginnings, however, with tournaments such as the FIVB World Championship (for both men and women) having captured a global audience.

You can wager on this tournament with Mark Jarvis; our website offers access to the National Volleyball League in the UK and the recently-formed FIVB Men’s Nations League (where the world’s best international sides compete against one another).

Our Volleyball Betting FAQ

How is Volleyball Played?

If you’re a complete newbie to volleyball, you’ll first need to understand precisely how the game is played.

In simple terms, volleyball is a popular team sport that features two competing sides of six players. Separated by a towering net, these teams try to score points by grounding the ball on the opponent’s half of the court under an organised set of rules.

Whilst this was once an amateur sport that has been a part of the Summer Olympics since Tokyo in 1964, there are now dozens of professional leagues in operation in places like the UK, the U.S., Russia and India.

I Know Volleyball is a Relatively Simple Game, But How Can I Bet on It?

You’re right to say that volleyball is a simple game to play and understand, and this creates a competitive advantage for punters who want to wager on matches and tournaments.

Most professional games adopt a best-of-five-set format, with the first team to score 25 points by a two-point margin awarded an individual set. With this in mind, the most popular market pertains to outright match betting, where you’re required to speculate on which of two teams will prevail in a particular game.

Some of the most popular ante-post wagers also include the winner of the first set and the correct score in a game, as these offer slightly lengthier odds and a clear advantage to punters with knowledge of the sport.

What’s Total Points Betting in Volleyball?

Another popular market in volleyball is referred to as ‘total points’ betting, where punters need to speculate on how many points will be scored in a particular match (either over or under a predetermined threshold).

Bookies will set this line according to the precise length of the match in question, and you’ll just need to determine whether the total points scored will be more (over) or less (under) than this number.

This is an extremely accessible and simple betting market, making it ideal for beginners who are looking to learn as they wager.

Can I Place Handicap Bets in Volleyball?

With so many volleyball leagues in operation across the globe, it should come as no surprise that you’ll see a number of mismatches throughout the course of the season.

Now, while you may want to bet on the heavy favourites to win in games of this type, these sides are usually priced at prohibitively short odds. In this instance, you can use handicap betting to bridge the gap between these two sides and create greater value in the available odds.

For example, let’s say that you wanted to wager on the outcome of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s National League final between Italy (1/20) and Turkey (15/2).

To improve the odds on offer, you could apply a -2.5 handicap to the Italian score, with the Azzurre needing to win in straight sets (3-0) for your wager to come in.

What’s the Men’s Champions League? Can I Bet on This?

At Mark Jarvis, we also offer access to the Men’s Champions League, which remains one of the most coveted competitions in the sport.

If you are going to wager on this tournament, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Firstly, there are a number of teams that regularly challenge strongly for the Men’s Champions League crown, including Italy’s Lube Cucine Civitanova, SIR Sicoma Colussi and the perennial champions Zenit-Kazan.

While we’d recommend considering these sides when placing your wager, you may also want to wait until the first round of fixtures before making a final decision.

This allows you to analyse the form of competing sides, while still being able to benefit from extended and high-value odds.

Do you Have Any Volleyball Betting Tips for Me?

While volleyball may not be as popular as some sports in the UK, punters can still access a huge array of statistics when looking to make informed wagers.

Head-to-head stats are particularly useful when trying to distinguish between two competing sides, while the form of each team can also help you to make more informed betting selections.

Historic form is also a telling factor when betting on tournaments such as the Olympics, with South American giants Brazil having previously won gold medals in 1992 and 2004 (and silver in 2008 and London 2012).

While you may want to bet in-play as a volleyball fan, it isn’t always recommended.

After all, there’s a relatively small selection of live markets on offer, and you may find it hard to watch the action as it unfolds.