Sitting Volleyball is perhaps the most widely known form of ParaVolley thanks to its inclusion in the Paralympic Games since Arnhem in 1980. Played by over 10,000 athletes, in more than 75 countries worldwide it is a truly global game that anyone can play.

The Sitting Volleyball rules are based on the FIVB rules for able-bodied volleyball, with a few minor modifications.  It requires a smaller court (10m x 6m) and a lower net (1.15m for men, 1.05m for women), and the game is considerably faster than standing volleyball. It’s played in a best-of-five set format, and the first to reach 25 points (with at least a 2-point lead) wins the set.

Teams compete in male and female events, with six on the court at a time. At all times,  a portion of the athlete’s torso must be in contact with the ground, and service blocks and attacks are allowed. For the full rules including diagrams, please see 2022-2024 World ParaVolley Sitting Volleyball Rules and Diagrams.

2022-2024 World ParaVolley Reglas Oficiales de Voleibol Sentado (Español)

2022-2024 World ParaVolley Regras Oficias de Voleibol Sentado (Português)

NOTE:  In case of any doubt over any rule, the English version of the Rules of the Game shall prevail over the versions in any other language.

The World ParaVolley Sitting Volleyball Rules of the Game Commission would like to provide a clarification of Rule 4.1.1

Chapter 2 – Participants,   4 – Teams,   4.1 –Team composition,  4.1.1.


For the match, a team may consist of up to 14 players internationally classified with a ‘Confirmed’ sport class status or a ‘Review’ sport class status, including a maximum of two players classified as (VS2), plus:

–          Coaching Staff: …….


A team may consist of up to 14 players, among them up to 2 Libero players.

In cases where more than 12 players will play, two Liberos are mandatory in the team list of the score sheet.

Athlete Eligibility

All athletes with physical impairments are eligible to compete at the international level, provided they go through the Classification process. Many players are athletes who are amputees. In addition, two players on each team may have ‘minimal impairment’, which means their impairment may appear minimal but it may prevent them from competing in the conventional version of the sport.

Please see the Classification page for further details on Athlete Eligibility.

Team Uniform Regulations – Sitting Volleyball

World ParaVolley Team Uniform Regulations – January 2023 (PDF in A4 page format)

World ParaVolley Team Uniform Regulations – January 2023 (PDF in LETTER page format)


Rule Books for other ParaVolley Disciplines:

2022-2024 World ParaVolley Beach ParaVolley Rule Book

2022-2024 Regras Oficias Paravôlei de Praia (Português)

2022-2024 World ParaVolley Reglas Oficiales – ParaVoleibol Playa (Español)

2022-2024 World ParaVolley Beach Sitting Rule Book

World ParaVolley Discipline Regulations

World ParaVolley Official Youth Sitting Volleyball Rules 2022-2024

2022-2024 Reglas Oficiales del Voleibol Sentado Juvenil (Español)