Beach Volleyball Leagues

beach volleyball leagues

A beach volleyball league is an organization made up of a governing administration and composed of different beach volleyball teams. At the professional level each beach volleyball team has two members and two teams compete against each other in a match. At the recreational level leagues can determine how many players each team can have (more players makes it easier, less running). Leagues can vary in how many teams are competing within the league, the level of competition, and the gender of the league. Leagues can be solely for either men's teams, women's teams, or mixed both men and women. For higher levels of competition athletes compete in professional leagues, with lower levels of competition participating in recreational leagues.

List of Top Pro Beach Volleyball Leagues

  • Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP)
  • Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB)
  • USA Volleyball (USAV)

The Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP)

The Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) is the longest running and most popular beach volleyball league in the United States. It is based in Newport, California and has been in operation since 1983. The association uses a three tier development system with the bottom tier focused on youth development, the middle tier focuses on developing semi-professional athletes, and the highest tier is the tour for the professionals. The AVP allows two players per team in competitions consisting of mens and womens divisions. It has featured star Olympic athletes Misty May-Treanor and teammate Kerri Walsh Jennings who were gold medalists in 2004, 2008, and 2012 Summer Olympics. For the men the 2017 MVP Phil Dalhausset is a star in his own name. The only level of competition higher than the AVP offers is in the Summer Olympic Games within international play.  

  • Founded in 1983
  • League in the United States
  • TV partners with NBC and Amazon Prime
  • Highest level of competition in the United States for beach volleyball
  • 3 tier system

Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB)

  • International league founded in 1947
  • Headquartered in Switzerland
  • Host an annual world championship
  • Brazil won the championship for men in 2019, and for women China took home the crown

USA Volleyball (USAV)

  • Non profit organization
  • Founded by the YMCA of the USA
  • Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • In charge of selecting teams to be chosen for the Olympic Games