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Olympic and Paralympic Overview

The modern Olympic Games represent the pinnacle of sport. They began in 1896 in Athens, Greece, and have since grown and expanded, both in terms of participants and sports offered.

Volleyball made its first Olympic appearance in the 1964 Summer Games in Tokyo, making 2020 special with the return to the birthplace of Olympic volleyball. In 1960, the first Paralympics were formally held in Rome shortly after the Summer Games and have been held every four years since. Men’s sitting volleyball joined the Paralympic roster in 1984, and women’s sitting made its debut in 2004.

USA Volleyball has a legacy of competitive success at the Olympic & Paralympic Games in indoor, beach and sitting volleyball disciplines winning 10 gold, seven silver, and seven bronze medals.

2020 Olympic Games: July 24 - August 9

Indoor Volleyball Venue

Ariake Arena, indoor volleyball venue at the 2020 Olympics

Ariake Arena

Beach Volleyball Venue

Shiokaze Park, beach volleyball venue at the 2020 Olympics

Shiokaze Park

Olympic Qualification and Athlete Selection Process

Women's Indoor

Clinched a berth by winning 2019 FIVB Tokyo Women's Volleyball Qualification tournament August 2-4 in Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana. 

Men's Indoor

Clinched berth by winning an 2019 FIVB Tokyo Men's Volleyball Qualification tournament August 9-11 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Information on the athlete selection process for the Indoor teams.

Beach - Men's and Women's

Finish in the top 15 of the Olympic rankings (max two per country per gender). If more than two American duos are in the top 15, only the two highest teams will compete at the 2020 Olympics.

Olympic ranking points can be earned at FIVB World Tour events.
Teams must play at least 12 FIVB events between Sept. 1, 2018, and June 15, 2020.

Should the United States NOT have two teams in the top 15 for their gender, an American duo can earn qualification by winning the 2019 FIVB World Championship, the NORCECA Continental Cup, or the FIVB World Continental Cup.

Information on the athlete selection process for the Beach teams.

USA Volleyball Olympic History

U.S. Women's National Team at the Olympics

Silver: 1984, 2008, 2012
Bronze: 1992, 2016
Appearances: 11* of  14 (1964, 1968, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) 

*Note: the U.S. qualified for the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, USSR, but did not participate due to a USA boycott.

Full U.S. Women's National Team Olympic History

U.S. Men's National Team at the Olympics

Gold: 1984, 1988, 2008
Bronze: 1992, 2016
Appearances: 11 of 14 (1964, 1968, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)

Full U.S. Men's National Team Olympic History

U.S. Beach National Team at the Olympics

Gold: 1996 Men, 2000 Men, 2004 Women, 2008 Women, 2008 Men, 2012 Women
Silver: 1996 Men, 2012 Women
Bronze: 2004 Women, 2016 Women
Appearances: Men: Six of six (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) Women: Six of six (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)

Note: The U.S. had three beach teams per gender compete in 1996 and two per gender compete every Games since.

Full U.S. Beach National Team Olympic History


The U.S. Men's Indoor Team celebrates gold at the 2008 Olympic Games.

2020 Paralympic Games: August 25 - September 6

Sitting Volleyball Venue

Makuhari Messe, sitting volleyball venue at the 2020 Paralympics

Makuhari Messe Hall A

Qualification and Athlete Selection Process

Women's Sitting

Has already qualified for the 2020 Paralympics after finishing second at the 2018 World ParaVolley Sitting Volleyball World Championships.

Men's Sitting

Can qualify by winning the Tokyo 2020 Men's Final Paralympic Qualification Tournament held March 16-21, 2020, in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Information regarding athlete selection for the Sitting teams.

USA Volleyball Paralympic History

Women's Sitting National Team at the Paralympics

Gold: 2016
Silver: 2008, 2012
Bronze: 2004
Appearances: Four of four tournaments (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)

Full Women's Sitting National Team Paralympic History

Men's Sitting National Team at the Paralympics

Best Finish: Sixth place (2004)
Appearances: Seven of 11 tournaments (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2016)

Full Men's Sitting National Team Paralympic History


The 2016 U.S. Women's Sitting National Team claimed its first Paralympic gold medal in 2016.