There are 2 categories of Volleyball, depending on where they are played: Beach and Indoor. In both variations, teams compete on opposite sides of a raised net. The ball is hit and kept in the air, and points are earned by grounding it on the opponents’ side of the court. A team can also score points if the other squad commits a fault (an error or illegal action).
Players can use any part of their body to hit the ball, although hands and arms are most common. This can happen up to 3 times before the ball must be returned to the other side of the net, but no individual can touch it twice in a row. Matches usually consist of 5 sets, with the victors being the side that wins the most. The first squad to land 25 points wins a set. If a set ties at 24-24, teams need to win by a 2-point margin.
The biggest differences between the 2 categories are the sizes of the opposing sides, and the court itself. In Beach Volleyball there are just 2 players per team and the sandy playing surface is 8x16 metres, or 8x8 metres on either side of the net. In the Indoor version, there are 6 players per squad and the court measures 9x18 metres in all and 9x9 metres on each side of the net.