HISTORY OF VOLLEYBALL
IN THE WORLD
William G. Morgan
(1870-1942), who was born in the State of New York, has gone
down in history as the inventor of the game volleyball, to which he originally gave the
While serving the role of Director of Physical Education at the YMCA College at Holyoke
(Massachusetts) in 1895, Morgan came to realize that he needed a certain type of
competitive game in order to vary his programme.
Working around the idea of having a
raised net and a light ball, Morgan asked two of his friends Frank Wood and John Lynch
to draw up the basic concepts and ten rules of the game based on his suggestions.
In 1896, a demonstration of the game was held to introduce it during a conference for
the YMCA Directors of Physical Education.
Seeing the action, or the active phase, of
the ball’s flight, the name “Mintonette” was proposed to be changed to “Volley Ball” by
Halstead, which was later spelled as one word, “Volleyball” in 1952.
The birth of volleyball was complete.
Volleyball then blossomed and grew with it being
adopted in all the school societies in United States, Canada (in 1900, Canada became
the first foreign country to adopt the game), and also in many other countries: China and
Japan (1908), Philippines (1910), Burma, India, Mexico, the South American, European
and African countries.
1913 assured the development of volleyball on the Asian continent assured as in that
year, the game was included on the programme of the Far-Eastern Games, organised in
Until the early thirties, volleyball was for the most part a game of leisure and recreation;
there were only few international activities an competitions.
1946 laid the foundation of
an international federation.
International Volleyball Federation (Federation Internationale de
was formed through the initiative of the Czeck, Polish and French
federations, supported by that of the United States.
Delegates of fourteen nations took
part in this Volleyball Congress, which was held in Paris.
Rules of the game, based on
the American regulations, were standardised.
Many international competitions were held after the establishment of the FIVB and