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Volleyball as a sport was started by William Morgan of Massachusetts in 1895, and he borrowed traits from sports such as basketball, tennis and handball to create mintonette, which would eventually be called volleyball. The rules are simple and complex at the same time: there are six players on each side of a net, and the two teams go back and forth, hitting the ball across the net.

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There was originally no maximum amount of contact that a team needed to put the ball across the net, but eventually it turned into three as the “set and spike” play (one play sets the ball up for a teammate to spike the ball downward towards the ground on the opposing team’s side of the net).

If the ball lands on the opposing side of the net within the playing boundaries, a team gets a point (it used to be that the team had to be in possession of serve to get a point, but not anymore). The premise is that one team has to get to 25 points to win a set, and most matches are a best-of-five situation.

The game has morphed into an international entity as it is played at the Summer Olypmics and have been since 1964, while beach volleyball is a sport onto itself. There is also the Volleyball World Cup, which is a qualifying event for the Olympics, and the Volleyball World Championship, which is its own tournament to crown an international world champion for volleyball. Both of these events are run by the FIVB (Federation Internationale de Volleyball).

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How To Bet On Volleyball

For major international tournaments, you will have two options to bet on: the futures and game matchups. Let’s start with futures, where you will bet on who you think will win the tournament. You will have a list of options, or the teams that will be playing, and each will have odds by their name, normally with a positive symbol. So one team could have odds of +500 to win, and that means you would get $500 if you bet $100 on that team, and they win.

A favored team might have a negative symbol beside their odds, and that means you have to put a little more on them as they are a very good team. For example, a team with odds of -190 would require a $190 bet to win $100.

Matchups are very similar in that they use moneyline betting, so one team in a matchup could be favored at -290, while the other team (the underdog) is listed at +240. This means you would have to bet $290 to win $100 on the favorite, while the underdog would give you $240 if you bet $100 on them.  Of course, you don’t always have to bet in increments of $100 but that is just the way the betting lines are set up so that it is easy for everyone to understand.

You’ll also see futures, which are longer term bets that are on the board. For example, you might see 10 different countries listed with odds to win the volleyball gold medal at the Olympics. Those bets payout more as they are riskier, since you are picking one team out of a field of many. However, they do offer a bigger payout as a result.

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Champion

The current Olympic champions for the men are Russia, while for the women it is Brazil, who will be going for the three-peat when they host the event in 2016. The World Cup champions are Russia for the men, while the Italian women will be going for their own three-peat in 2015. Finally, Poland are the men’s champions of the World Championship, which will be held next in 2018, while the women from the United States took the title in 2014.

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