Canadian Olympic Team Official Website

Beach Volleyball

It wasn’t long after volleyball was created in 1895 that the beach version of the game came into existence. While there are accounts of volleyball being played on the beaches of Normandy and Brittany in 1915, the true birth of beach volleyball can be traced to Santa Monica in southern California where courts were put on the beaches in the late 1920s. The first two-man beach volleyball game was played in 1930.

Following the first sponsored tour being organized in the United States in 1980, the International Volleyball Federation sanctioned its first international beach volleyball tournament on Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro in 1987. In 1992-93 the FIVB created a beach volleyball department, leading to the sport being added to the Olympic program at Atlanta 1996. Three years later it debuted at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg.

Martin Reader Josh Binstock

The playing court for beach volleyball is 16m x 8m, in contrast to the indoor volleyball court which is 18m x 9m. The sand must be at least 40cm deep and composed of fine loosely compacted grains. The nets are at the same height as the indoor game, 2.43m for men and 2.24m for women.

All matches are a best-of-three format. The first two sets go to 21 points, with a winning margin of two points, while a third and deciding set goes to 15 points, with a winning margin of two points. Teams can score a point by winning a rally, regardless of who served.


Men and Women

Each event is a tournament featuring 24 teams composed of two people. Both tournaments begin with six pools of four teams, divided to take into account seeding. Following a round robin within each pool, the top two teams in each pool advance to a Round of 16, along with the two best third place teams. The remaining four third place teams play two playoff matches to determine the final two places in the Round of 16.

Beginning with the Round of 16, the tournaments become a single elimination bracket. Eight teams advance to the quarterfinals from which four teams advance to the semifinals. The semifinal winners move onto the gold medal match while the semifinal losers play for bronze.

Canadian Medallists







BronzeJohn Child, Mark Heese1996 AtlantaMen -
Olympic Club

Venue GuideSee All

Venue Guide: Beach Volleyball Centre

Upcoming GamesSee All

2015 Toronto

2015 Toronto

Toronto was awarded the 2015 Pan American Games on November 6, 2009, defeating bids from Lima, Peru and Bogota, Colombia….

Top Team Canada Fans

Victor Vitaliano

Current Level


  • Total: 505 points
  • Earned this week: 505 points
  • Next Level: Captain
  • Needed: 245 points

Mark Andrew

Current Level


  • Total: 482 points
  • Earned this week: 482 points
  • Next Level: Captain
  • Needed: 268 points

David Fleming

Current Level


  • Total: 467 points
  • Earned this week: 467 points
  • Next Level: Captain
  • Needed: 283 points

Georgia Sapounas

Current Level


  • Total: 464 points
  • Earned this week: 464 points
  • Next Level: Captain
  • Needed: 286 points

Beth MacDonnell

Current Level


  • Total: 434 points
  • Earned this week: 434 points
  • Next Level: Captain
  • Needed: 316 points

Jeremy Linskill

Current Level


  • Total: 345 points
  • Earned this week: 345 points
  • Next Level: Veteran
  • Needed: 55 points

Mark Koskie

Current Level


  • Total: 320 points
  • Earned this week: 320 points
  • Next Level: Veteran
  • Needed: 80 points

Mark Fluter

Current Level


  • Total: 425 points
  • Earned this week: 425 points
  • Next Level: Captain
  • Needed: 325 points

Website by | Programmed by Trew Knowledge | Powered by VIP


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 886 other followers

Join the Canadian Olympic Club

Join the Canadian Olympic Club, an all-access community uniting and rewarding Team Canada fans – it’s free.

Gain points, rewards and get email updates from your Canadian Olympic Team.