Being a popular sport in the whole world, with millions of participants, there are endless volleyball leagues around the globe of all ages, genders, and levels. Read on to learn more about volleyball leagues around the world.
What Is a Volleyball League?
A volleyball league is a competitive association between teams that organizes matches or competitions between its member teams. A league can be a professional organization, in which athletes are paid, games are televised, tickets are sold, and teams play for a trophy or money. A league can also simply be a weekend long tournament put together by residents of a neighborhood whose children are going to play volleyball together. As long as the goal is to organize volleyball games, it can be called a volleyball league.
Most Popular Volleyball Leagues
The most popular volleyball leagues worldwide are:
- Superlega (Italy)
- Volleyball Super League (Russia)
- Super League (Brazil)
- PlusLiga (Poland)
- Efe League (Turkey)
- Volleyball Bundesliga (Germany)
- Euro Millions Volley League (Belgium)
- Pro A (France)
- FIVB Nations League (International)
Like in many other American sports, some of the most popular volleyball leagues are youth leagues organized by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). The AAU organizes many leagues around the country of both genders and many ages. If you are trying to find a league to join in your area, the AAU website is a good place to look.
In addition to the local leagues, the AAU has an incredibly popular national number of events, such as the AAU National Championship. The AAU Junior National Championship has brought together over 42,000 volleyball athletes of many ages and 2,800 volleyball teams from different parts of the world.
Cost to Join a Volleyball League
For a volleyball league, it must be financially viable. A league has basic needs that cost money, such as renting a gym, hiring officials, offering food, and buying medals and trophies. Naturally, leagues will charge a fee to teams that want to participate in it. Each league has a different price; some charge per team, while some charge per athlete, and sometimes the more athletes your team has, the cheaper it will be for each individual.
The AAU has annual membership rates that go from $30 to $320 per year, per club. The range is very large because the AAU has different levels of skills and of participation which have different costs. Besides the fees themselves, it is important to note that there will be additional costs such as travel, equipment, and food. The better the team is, the more traveling it will be required to do, making the costs of being part of the team rise.
Starting a Volleyball League
With good organization, a proper volleyball league can be started by anyone. The first thing to do is to think about who is going to participate in the league. Ask yourself: are there already enough volleyball clubs and teams? Do I need to bring more athletes to form new teams? Are people interested in participating in a league? With those answers, you can start figuring out some of the basic things about your soon to be volleyball league, such as: age range, games per season, price for signing up, and when the games are going to be played.
Once you are sure that there are people wanting to play in your league, and that they are willing to pay to be in it, it's time to find a gym, or maybe gyms, in which your league is going to host its games. After the league is set to happen, it's time to write down a rule book, with the rules that are going to be adopted by your league, such as minimum and maximum number of players per team, height of the volleyball net, how a winner will be decided, and all other big and little things that may be necessary for your league to run smoothly.
If possible, having a league sponsor is also a good idea as it helps to legitimize the league and bring in some cash flow; but don't worry too much about it, sponsors will be more attracted to your league once it grows and finds repeated success over time.
Volleyball League Seasons
Although volleyball can be played during all four seasons, the sport is usually practiced during fall, but that is not necessarily true for every single volleyball league. The volleyball season of amateur leagues varies depending on the number of teams participating in it and the league's format. However, most leagues play around 20-30 matches per season.
What is the best volleyball league?
Many consider the Italian SuperLega to be the best volleyball league in the world. Historic teams such as Diatec Trentino, Lube Civitanova, and Gonzago Milano, who have each won multiple world cup medals, compete every season in this esteemed league. As a result, they also have the highest paid volleyball players in the world, the top players making around $1 million per season.
What countries have pro volleyball leagues?
Some of the most popular pro volleyball leagues are located in Italy, Brazil, Russia, Poland, Turkey, and Germany. These leagues are also located in countries that tend to dominate the volleyball scene on the international stage. There are even more, less popular volleyball leagues in other countries, such as France, Argentina, and Iran.