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The Beach Volleyball A1 Major Vienna presented by Swatch touched down in Vienna.

Beach volleyball came back to Vienna in 2018! After the great success of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships 2017, Vienna once again welcomed the beach volleyball elite on the Danube Island.

From August 1 to August 5, 2018 the best 32 women's and men's teams competed in the Center Court on the Danube Island. The Austria Trend Hotels were the exclusive hotel partner of the Beach Volleyball A1 Major Vienna presented by Swatch.

First look at 2018 Vienna Major.


Introduction to Beach Volleyball

Brighten up your knowledge & score in the stadium as a real pro!

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The Top-5 rules                       in Beach Volleyball

The rules of the trendy team sport are quite similiar to the rules of classic volleyball.  

  • There are 2 players in each team.
  • One set is finished after 21 points.
  • For a match win it needs two won sets.
  • The center court consists of two parts, each 8x8 meters large.
  • The hight of the net is 2.24 meters (women) and 2.43 meters (men).

Fun Facts

  • Since 1996 Beach Volleyball is an Olympic discipline. 
  • The volleyball weighs between 260 and 280 grams.
  • The birthplace of beach volleyball is attributed to Santa Monica, California.
  • During a match, a player jumps about 300 times on average.
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Beach Volleyball Q&As

What are the players pointing out with their fingers behind their backs?
The gestures are shown in order to communicate the following play strategy to his or her team member. 

Chicken wing? What's that?
If a player defends an attack with his elbow, we are talking about the "chicken wing". 

What is a Tomahawk?
A tomahawk is the defense of an attack with two folded hands in headroom.

Does a One-Two-Barbecue have anything to do with an actual barbecue?
No, if a team drops out after two games, it is called a One-Two-Barbecue.

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