Back in 2013 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. That’s both in terms of teams and scholarship funding. Here’s what the structure looks like.
You’ll notice there were some cut-paste issue with the NCAA Division numbers. The actual D1 number is closest to correct. As of the 2017 season, there were 334 teams in Division I, 297 teams in Division II, and 444 in Division III. It was 222 for NAIA. And here’s a tweet from the NCAA with a comparison of team and athlete counts between 2017-18 and 1981-82.
The NCAA and NAIA both comprise of 4-year colleges and universities.
Alas, men’s volleyball is only a fraction of the size of the women’s game. The whole list currently can fit on a single Wikipedia page.
To read my comparison of NCAA volleyball to professional volleyball, check out my series of posts starting here.
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