Volleyball Court Positions
Explore easy to understand volleyball court positions information.
You'll find simple information how to line up players on the volleyball
Positions on the Court
Players form "couples"
To keep things simple, imagine there a pair for each player on the
court - players form "couples".
On the following picture, position 4 player (left front, LF)
- position 3 player (middle front, MF) and
- position 5 player
(left back, LB).
measure volleyball court positions between two players?
Location of the players is measured by the sideline or centerline. Some
part of the body (usually foot) has to touch the ground closer
than couple's part of the body.
Example of Volleyball Court Positions
Now look at the picture above or the picture below – these following
rules has to be followed:
To keep things legal on the serve moment, position 4 player (LF) needs
to be placed
- on the left side of the position 3 player (MF,
- in front of the position 5 player (LB, left
In the following picture you’ll see those couples in the serve receive
line up. As you can see both of those requirements are filled,
therefore this serve receive lineup is legal.
or Fault Volleyball Positions?
The following pictures show you how those “couples” should locate
themselves to the court.
If line up is legal the picture states
“correct”. If there is something illegal, picture states “fault”.
Fault. The reason why: front row player is not in front of the back
row player. They are side to side – front row player needs to be ahead.
Fault. The reason why: Back Row player is in front of the Front Row
Correct. Front row player is correctly placed. The reason why: Front
Row player is in front of Back Row player.
Correct. The reason why: Left Front player is placed on the left side
of the Middle Front player – and Right Front player is placed on the
right side of the Middle Front player.
Correct. For the same reason than in the previous picture. The reason
Left Front player is placed on the left side of the Middle Front player
– and Right Front player is placed on the right side of the Middle
Fault. The reason why: Left Front player needs to be on the left side
of the Middle Front player.
Fault. The reason why: Right Back player needs to be on the right side
of the Middle Back Player.