If you are going to participate in a sport like a volleyball, then it is necessary for you to know the length of the game. Because without having a clear idea about the duration of the game, you can't make yourself prepare for that long range of time. A volleyball game typically lasts for 60 to 90 minutes. In a volleyball game each team consists of six players inside the court.
The length of a volleyball match is not the same every time. There are a few facts that affect the length of the game. But most of the time a volleyball match ends up between 60 to 90 minutes. And every single game or set of a volleyball game lasts for 20 to 25 minutes.
Distribution of time in a volleyball game
A volleyball game lasts for 90 minutes maximum and 60 minutes minimum. Most of the volleyball games are ended between this time range, and the result of the match comes. But to get the result of a volleyball game, there is a distribution of the whole time.
Though I have given an approximate duration of a volleyball match, actually a volleyball match is never played depending on the time range or what so ever. It is played for points and the team who can gain the definite points that are needed to win the match is declared the winner and thus the match ends up.
There is another fact to look at. Teams don't need to play continuously or gain definite points at once. A volleyball game is generally played in 3 or 5 sets. The team winning the most number of sets wins the match and ends the game. In the case of 3 sets match, one team has to win a minimum of 2 sets by 1. But in 5 sets game, the result of the match is decided if a team wins 3 sets by 2.
There is no definite time schedule for these sets. But typically, a set runs for 20-25 minutes, and you will get a winner of the set. In five sets game, the first four sets consist of 25 points and the winning team has to win the set by a difference of at least 2 points. In the case of a 24-24 situation, then the team who gains 26 points first is going to win the set. All in all, you have to win the set by gaining two points more than your opposition.
The last set of five sets of games is played for 15 points. And the rules for winning the set are same as the previous sets. This set can last for 10 to 15 minutes. The team, at last, winning the most number of sets is declared the winner of the match.
Except for these playing times, there are few more things that affect the duration of a volleyball match. Before starting the match, there are warm-up sessions for the players. The warm-up sessions should last for not more than 10 minutes.
Then, you will get timeouts between the games. It will last for a minimum of 30 seconds to 60 seconds. But in the last set, players will only get two 30 seconds of timeouts. And between each set there is a game interval of 3 minutes. But between the second and third set the interval lasts for 10 minutes.
High school volleyball game length
It is the level where the players play to improve their skills in the field of volleyball. At this level, games are played in 3 set format or 5 set formats. But whatever the format is the rules are quite same as the international level.
The length of a high school level game is 60 to 90 minutes approximately. It may vary depending on the point gaining of the teams. The team winning the most number of sets in a 3 or 5 set format game is declared the winner. But teams need to win a set by a difference of at least two points. These single games or sets last for 20 to 25 minutes.
College-level volleyball game length
At this level, you will find the players who have already been able to make themselves skilled in the field of volleyball. So the games of this level are played in five sets and each set lasts for approximately 20 to 25 minutes. The duration and rules of the game are the same as the high school level.
Beach volleyball game length
Beach volleyball game is a bit different than normal games. It is played in sets format but each set is played for 21 points. So approximately every set runs for 20 minutes and the whole game length decreases to 60 to 65 minutes.
Number of players in volleyball team
A volleyball game is played between two teams and each team has six players inside the court. These six players of each team are separated through a net. Except for these six players there should also be six more players kept reserved or as substitutes in each team. Overall a team can have a maximum of 14 players. But only six players can go inside the court at once. There are also six standing positions for the players. Such as setter, outside hitter, right-side hitter, opposite hitter, middle breaker and libero.
So a volleyball game is approximately 60 to 90 minutes in length. And each team of the game contains six players in the definite positions inside the court.