Just how big is volleyball in the US?

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) put together a set of info graphics which shows how big women’s collegiate volleyball is in the States, both in terms of teams and scholarship funding. Here’s what the structure looks like (Note there was clearly some cut-paste issue with the NCAA Division numbers. The D1 number is correct. If you do the math you’ll find that leaves 724 between D2 and D3. The larger share will be D3):

US Womens Volleyball Team CountsThe NCAA and NAIA are both comprised of 4-year colleges and universities.

Men’s volleyball is unfortunately only a fraction of the size of the women’s game.

John Forman
About the Author: John Forman

John currently coaches for an NCAA Division II women’s team. This follows a stint as head coach for a women’s professional team in Sweden. Prior to that he was the head coach for the University of Exeter Volleyball Club BUCS teams (roughly the UK version of the NCAA) while working toward a PhD. He previously coached in Division I of NCAA Women’s Volleyball in the US, with additional experience at the Juniors club level, both coaching and managing, among numerous other volleyball adventures. Learn more on his bio page.

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