In your country volleyball is a popular sport?

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2011-12-15 • 16427 views • 78 replies
In your country volleyball  is a popular sport? In my country, Italy, volleyball is one of the most popular sport, but it isn't much popular. Programs about sports in general never tolak about volleyball, and i can see the Serie A1 matches only in a secondary channel. The players are less payed than in other sports. Is volleyball a sport only for intlligent people (because the complicated rules)? So, what's the situation of volleyball in your country? Is more or less popular than football?
samueleke 442 8
8 years ago
+1
It's our second popular sport, after Football, I think.. But football still got a lot more atention... :s
volley 16 1
8 years ago
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noo :'(
first football and the others sport aren't popular
NightFox 1494 14
8 years ago
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football ...
volleymaster 365 7
8 years ago
+1
In Belgium (or in the regio where I'm living):

1. football
2. tennis
3. volleyball
4. basketball

difference between volleyball and tennis is very big, and difference between volleyball and basket isn't really hughe.
Joachim7 355 4
8 years ago
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In my regio volleyball is so unpopular that some people believe it's a sport only for women...
1Football
2Football
3Football
4Tennis
5Cycling
6Athletism
7Basketball
8Hockey
And maybe then volleyball...=(

It is a pity considering how fucking bad our football NT is and how amazing we are in sports like Hockey and the potential we have in Basketball or Volleyball...
Feo 19 2
8 years ago
-4
1. Football
2.Football
3.Football
4.Football
...
843293261849. Ski jumping
843293261850. Volleyball
Sllaveq 826 10
8 years ago
+1
Football, but we have the worst football team in the world! Village team can defeat us for sure..
Volleyball may be the 2nd//
8 years ago
+4
Feo, you are so wrong. 1. Football agree with you, but 2. volleyabll. Honestly I have no idea why football is so popular in Poland while polish NT and polish clubs suck. I hope it will change some day, but still polish football looks bad. Compare successes in volleyball and football, in this year we had more successes in vollayball than in football in last 30 yeras. But I dont think there is so huge diffrence popularity between football and volleyball, not any more.
daniel2224 64 5
8 years ago
-6
in Poland:
1. Speedway
2. Volleyball and Football
3. Basketball
volleymaster 365 7
8 years ago
+1
what's speedway?
Someone 896 10
8 years ago
-1
@dreamandhope
Maybe in your region... Football is of course the most popular and there is a big difference between football and other sports. By number of viewers volleyball is quite popular, but there's not a lot of people who play this sport unfortunately

@daniel2224
Do You understand the question? Or You just kidding us don't you?
volleymaster 365 7
8 years ago
0
oh, ok, thanks. Motorcross.
that sport isn't that popular in Belgium, but sometimes it's on tv.
Not my favourit sport.
daniel2224 64 5
8 years ago
-3
no motorcross, this is speedway http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtU8szaOUWc

Polish league is the best in the world...
Someone 896 10
8 years ago
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@daniel2224
It does not mean that it is the most popular...
daniel2224 64 5
8 years ago
-4
in west poland this is most popular sport...
8 years ago
0
@someone, maybe you are right, but I think volleyball has become more popular last times. About speedway I think it is a joke I know how good polish league is, and I live in Torun where we have good speedway club, but im not intrested it at all. Definetly speedway isn't number one in Poland, even not number 2 or 3
qsek 866 9
8 years ago
+1
i think that there isn't counrty on the world where vollleyball is more popular than football. for us it is strange how can people does not like this sport, but guys... they just like others sports, they play them and watch, and i think we should respect that and don't ask people : how can you don't like volleyball?
Sometimes i hear from others that they hear too much about volleyball and that's why they don't like it. Football is popular, but a looot of my friends interest in speedway/motocross (i think because in Rzeszów is quite good club).
and i think that you forgot about handball, which also is quite popular (a lot of people watch polish NT and my few friends play this sport)
Frank 30 2
8 years ago
+1
In Canada the most popular sport is Hockey and then Football (American Football), at least here in my province. Volleyball isn't very popular here, we only got 3 university with a men volleyball team in Québec. That doesn't make an interesting league when there's only 3 teams :s .
8 years ago
+4
Sllaveq about worst football team in the world im not sure.
Blawatek 47 2
8 years ago
+1
Agree with qwertyuiop12345, I have my type for the worst football team
Roninho 779 13
8 years ago
0
In almost every country football is in the first place. This is the easiest and easily accessible discipline. In Poland, football is the most popular. Second place is for volleyball or speedway. You may not know but on average at every match in the speedway is 10 thousand people. More than volleyball. I live in Torun. In the city where the sport is the most important has just speedway. I would recommend this sport because the emotions are very great! From 2 years in Torun is the Grand Prix. I was 2 times and it is something amazing. And finally see the action!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1Add6IbMzU
pearl 1060 11
8 years ago
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I already wrote something like this not long ago. Anyway, I'll write it again. Apart those sports that aren't actually sports (like formula 1 or GP motorbikes) the most popular team-sports in Italy are (more or less):
1. Soccer (obviously)
2. Basketball and Volleyball
3. Rugby
4. Waterpolo
5. Baseball (i think...but i'm not sure)
qsek 866 9
8 years ago
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we can not forgot that in Poland very popular are wintersports - i think that Adam Małysz in his best shape few years ago had got more fans than all volleyball;)

on internet i read that this is official rank:
1. football

2. krykiet

3. hockey on the grass

4. tenis

5. volleyball

6. ping-pong

7. baseball

8. golf

9. rugby

10. basketball.


http://blogi.newsweek.pl/Tekst/sport/531730,Najpopularniejsze-sporty-na-swiecie-ringowo.html
Berny 648 6
8 years ago
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First sport in Slovakia is football (long time ago I wrote some stuffs, why is that in global), second is ice hockey (our team in 2002 was WChampion and whole country was on feet), than every year after this, slovakians cries: we will win WCH etc., then finally VOLLEYBALL and Basketball at the same rank. Then other sports I dont care.

Slovak volleyball NT did too many fantastic results in whole history, like football (8th place in WC 2010?? who cares) and icehockey (1st WC 2002 - who cares again). I dont want to write volleyball results, its so boring, but its a shame, that still our youngsters would be footballers and hockey players (but this is not medias problem or anybody - PARENTS could change that.) E.g. for myself - father was volleyball player in Czechoslovakia national league- mother was athlet, but father didnt force me to volleyball, because mother sad: He choose his own favourite sport (yeah, here it goes 6 to 11years football in front of my house, 11-14 basketball in highschool, finally 14-26 volleyball, but I had to choose myself ofcourse.) NOW I regret every stupid minute, which i spent with football, basketball etc. After 10 years in 26years finally i start to play in profi club, because I could regret myself to my death. So this is my example. How many people had equal past than me.
I will raise my child with volleyball, not for football and basketball, because I will tell them, look to your father, you have to be more like he was. Child in 10years doesnt know, what is for him right decision about sport.
Sorry about my bad english
Aelinn 175 3
8 years ago
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@daniel2224 I am from western Poland and I've lived there all my life. I can assure you that speedway is not the most popular sport there. It is popular and certainly more than in eastern or southern Poland, for that matter. But definitely not the most popular one. It would make the top ten, for sure, but maybe place 4. Unfortunately, there is football, football and then something else. This is something I totally don't understand, for the reasons already mentioned here by dreamandhope.
Volleyball is popular and is getting so more and more, but still has a loooong distance to football
@Sllaveq Believe me, your football team is way better than ours, we really and truly suck
jrlechado 10 2
8 years ago
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1. Soccer
2. Volleyball
3. Maybe Basketball.

The diference between soccer and volleyball in Brazil is as huge as Everest can be.
8 years ago
0
1. Football
2. Handball
3. Volleyball
volleymaster 365 7
8 years ago
0
@ Chrison: indeed, very nice map, but you can clearly see that volleyball is nowhere the most popular sport.
I think the reason why volleyball isn't that popular is that the media doesn't give enough attention to it.
Berny 648 6
8 years ago
0
I read in slovak volleyball federation site, that volleyball is second variety of different sport in the world (after football) so its not that bad right?
Someone 896 10
8 years ago
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I think that map brought us by chrison isn't correct. It could be counted by number of countries or by registred players- without counting fans. I've searched the internet and that data is repeated everywhere- there's no other sources unfortunately
Overlook 295 5
8 years ago
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And I think that people in FIVB are most interesting politics than volleyball. They create complicated rules of tournaments, which change every time according to someone's business. Look at last ECH or WCH and perspective of people who “aren't in” volleyball. They see that losing match in some situations is more payable than win! Moreover FIVB should do everything to develop this sport, but they aren’t. How they treat players, who are the most important or should be? They even can’t communicate with CEV and others federations. And I don’t say what I think about theirs marketing.
I'm sport's journalist and I try promote every discipline, which isn't football, especially volleyball But I also have write about this primitive sport or, the worst, make relation from some tournaments or matches. I can watch the most interesting moments of match in sport news and that’s all. For me so far football’ve been the most boring sport, but now I’m writing article about American football and I changed my mind
Kk15 1337 10
8 years ago
+3
Nice topic!
Polish guys, I thought that Volleyball was even more popoular than football in Poland!

In Italy the sport itself is really popoular (I mean the 'played' sport, not the 'watched' sport), because every school has a volleyball court in is gym (may be few schools doesn't have a proper gym, otherwise it's a volleybal + basketball very small court)! And there are (at least in Roma) a lot of championship between different classes of the same school or different schools. It's rare that a school doesn't have at least a female team (even if it can be very awful, but it exist), but usually there are both the male and female team. So, may be the real rules aren't really know, but the basic is known by everyone.

And volleyball is the first famale agonist sport in Italy.
But football is the first male sport practised in Italy, of course.
Other sport quite practised are tennis, basketball, swimm, rugby (male only, almost), also atheltics, artistic gymnastic, waterpolo. There are a lot of people that do cyclism for fun, but also excursionism and climbing, and most of all, SKI!!


But if we speak about the watched/followed volleyball... Well, we are lucky that most of the clubs plays in small towns, that don't have many others stong team, so they give every support to volleyball (e.g. Cuneo). The Serie A isn't really that followed imo, even by who plays volleyball and even by who follows the NT. But there isn't any information trasmitted on tv, and nothing more than the results written in the newspapers (vs 4-5-6-7 even 10 pages about football in the cronhical newsp., and 1 page vs like 30 pages about football on the sport newsp.).
The NT is more followed by the people, but still not really followed by the medias, expecially TV medias (the matches are trasmitted, but it's all limitated to this, mostly)... When we won the semifinal (the first semifinal won after 6 years!!) of the ECh, we had 2 whole pages on the Gazzetta ( at page like 40 or 50), but before this two pages it was all soccer and F1.
I think that rugby NT is more followed (and defintly has much much more space in medias) even if they won NOTHING! Already 40.000 tickets sell for 'Six nations' Italy-England in february...
I think that football and F1 are maaaany level before volleyball.
Kk15 1337 10
8 years ago
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ps sorry if I always speak too much!!
Blawatek 47 2
8 years ago
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No kk15, unfortunately in Poland sport #1 is still football (i have no idea why). Volleyball has the second place, then F1 and winter sports, but handball is quite popular too, I think.
rtr 42 2
8 years ago
0
1. Football(not sure why , russian football like Brazil's hockey)
2. Hockey
3.Figure skating
4.Volleyball , basketball , Biathlon
I think that the main cause why volleyball is so popular in Russia ,cause we play in it on PE lessons .Children (5-11years) usually play pionerball . It is soviet game . It has all volleyball rules, but it's easier to play in it as you should to caught a ball instead of return it.
here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZr0oUXSbw8&feature=related
PS: sorry for bad english =(
Sllaveq 826 10
8 years ago
-2
By the way how do you judge wich sport is #1 in your country? I judge football is in Bulgaria because there are the most money given..
Moreover it is the most played game for sure..
pearl 1060 11
8 years ago
0
@Kk15: but have you ever asked why Italian Rugby NT is so popular?? I'll tell you why: as long as we have all those HOT guys (Parisse, Canale, Bergamasco bros etc.) making soft-porno calendars (Dieux du Stade) they'll have no need to win anything to be so famous!! :D

For those who have no idea of what i'm talking about :D :) :

http://www.pianetadonna.it/foto_gallery/gossip/calendari-2011/calendario-rugbisti-sexy-dieux-du-stade-2011/calendario-rugbisti-2011-fratelli-bergamasco.html
Kk15 1337 10
8 years ago
0
but of these 40.000 tickets sold I guess at least 60% are to men, not women... or not?
ps btw I wish our vb male NT to do the same
Berny 648 6
8 years ago
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ale fuuuj, thats awful now I will have a nightmare Mara. What have you done
pearl 1060 11
8 years ago
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Berny: meeee?? what have i done?? i did nothing mate...really, i can't understand what you mean Btw, your nightmare is my sweet dream hahahah

Kk15: "Dieux du Stade" calendars are bought mostly by MEN, not women!!!....try to understand, girl And, yes i agree with you, let's hope our guys will do something similar as well...they could call it "Dieux du Sports Hall" haha
8 years ago
+1
unfortunately, volleyball in the Netherlands has the 14th place

1 football
2 Fitness
3 Golf
4 Tennis
5 Swimming
6 Walking
7 Running
8 Ice skating
9 Cycling
10 Bowling
11 Hockey
12 Dancing
13 Bridge
14 VOLLEYBALL

http://www.duodecim.nl/upload/file/POPULARITEITSINDEX%20SPORT%202010.pdf
marinwang 1 1
8 years ago
+1
in china
1basketball
2tabletennis
3badminton
..............
few people play volleyball
Jassasfa 136 3
8 years ago
0
It’s not that popular in my country unfortunately
anaoua 5 1
8 years ago
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i live in morocco Marrakech which is a big city of 2 millions people and we don't have a least one volleyball club
WITAM 22 2
8 years ago
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Football shoudn't got as much fans as it has in Poland. We've got one of the worst football team in the history of Poland and ppl still watch it, moreover half of those fans are like 'Im going on match so im gonna take baseball or balaclava.

ps. HARDER PENATLY FOR FOOTBALL 'KIBOL'S'
hanus 162 6
8 years ago
+1
In australia beach volleyball is quiet good, (not great still) and indoor has a strong school competition nationwide (except the state i live in) but is still poor in terms of popularity.

I think of reading about karch in a book he wrote where he talks about playing beach volleyball everyday during his youth but there just arent the people or facilities for me to do that!
8 years ago
+2
In France it's not a very popular sport because we already have
football (as everywhere),
handball (french national team is World champ, European champ and Olympic champ, not bad right)
Rugby (In final in last world championship)
Basketball (in final in last European championship)

What i want to say is that unfortunately in france we have a lot of top sport in their own category, and volleyball didn't have great results lately so it's hard to have medias behind us and without medias....
arisley 1 1
8 years ago
+4
In Mexico volleyball doesn't have much influence. Mexico is known as 100% soccer country. In my experience the lack of oportunities to practice this sport is the main reason why its not popular, lets face it, it's easier for kids just to carry a ball to play soccer than to carry a net. Nevertheless, the mexican federation of volleyball is making a big effort to bring this beautifull sport to as many children as possible.
pearl 1060 11
8 years ago
+1
@arisley: and do you know the real paradox in all that?? Ex FIVB President Ruben Acosta is mexican
lukasso21 55 1
8 years ago
+1
You always compare volleyball to football but football is a global religion and volleyball is just a sport.

The truth about volleyball is that since at least 3 Summer Olympic Games its always in top3-5 most watched sports and it was confirmed by the IOC, of course I'm talking about INDOOR volleyball alone.

Beach volleyball is very much watched too.

wait... WAIT!

Did you realized that only volleyball from team sports has 2 of its variations on Olympic Games?


Where is futsal?Where is beach handball?Where is basketball 3x3?



Ice hockey and field hockey are not really a family
lukasso21 55 1
8 years ago
+2
Volleyball has one great problem


I mean a long national team season year after year and long break between it and club season


Sick!


There should be not more national team games as its need to be.


In my opinion CEV is doing a really bad job when it comes to club competitions.It still looks as poor as it looked 10 years ago.Its no worse or better, just a stagnation since 10 years.

In the other hand we have FIVB World League which is widely televised even in those countries which are not playing in the competitions.

hanes233 1408 5
8 years ago
+1
Eurosport and other channels should shoe more volleyball, I mean Club champions, CEV champs league, Serie A1, Plusliga and others, not 100 different football leagues about boring matches.
HCLT 524 6
8 years ago
+4

You always compare volleyball to football but football is a global religion and volleyball is just a sport.


;-)

The truth about volleyball is that since at least 3 Summer Olympic Games its always in top3-5 most watched sports and it was confirmed by the IOC, of course I'm talking about INDOOR volleyball alone.


In the last two Olympic Games, volleyball (beach and indoor) had the highest TV audience, according to IOC.

The main challenge to FIVB is to make it in North America. The sport is popular in Asia, Europe, and South America, but if FIVB attracts more American fans we’ll be talking about something huge, as the main sports in USA get big business treatment. Lloy Ball complained once about being seen as a second-class athlete in his own country, since nobody cares about vball there.

I lived for a period in Canada and travelled to USA to watch the World League. Nobody in Chicago knew their NT was going to play, for example. In Canada, people have no clue on volleyball – most of them are obsessed with hockey.
Berny 648 6
8 years ago
+1
In Slovakia TV: we can see Italian women league (not for me) in Eurosport2 (but this is not our channel) and then matches with our NT (only home matches) on state TV. Thats all about Vball
lukasso21 55 1
8 years ago
+1
@HCLT

USA is a very specific country I think.

They even dont filled arenas when they hosted Basketball World Championships in 2002.Some says that it was the worst basketball WC ever.

There was a match when USA played vs. China and most fans were CHINESE!

And the final match of the last basketball WC between USA and Turkey had really poor tv ratings...

http://www.sportsmediawatch.com/2010/09/ratings-game-team-usa-hoops-victory/

So dont really expect that they will know about a sport that even not have a pro league there.They usually don't care about sport when it comes to the international level.They love to watch their domestic competitions.

I know that W.Priddy works on pro leagues in USA and stil believe its possible.Maybe in future they will have a strong pro league for male and female with not bad number of fans in arenas but their NTs still will have a very poor attention - like in b-ball.


@Berny

Eurosport2 is not showing men's Serie A1 in Slovakia?
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HCLT 524 6
8 years ago
+3
USA is a huge market, everybody wants a piece of it. They don’t like trying out new things, and vball is seen there like some beach recreation.

There was an awesome joke on “Seinfeld” about Americans and sports. On the episode George becomes a genius he’s trying to teach a baseball player how to swing his arm to get better results. The player says, “Who are you? I won the World Series”. George replies: “World Series? Seven games in the United States”. Then he laughs.

When the time zone doesn’t help, even the Olympics have poor TV ratings in USA. The Games in Sydney and Beijing had low ratings due to the time zone difference, and some events weren’t even broadcast live.

Yeah, Priddy really wants that. Ball is one of those who say Priddy is a dreamer.

You certainly remember when Poland played USA in Chicago during 2011 WL. There were more Poles than Americans at Sears Arena.

I took an American friend who claimed to understand the sport to watch some vball matches and at some point he asked “why every team has a guy with a different jersey”. Later he remarked the hitters were really strong. He thought vball was just for girls. ;-)
Berny 648 6
8 years ago
0
lukasso : E2 never does that unfortunately. Only italian women league
NightFox 1494 14
8 years ago
+1
That's funny Henrique, but how do you have friends all over the world and I don't

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