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Volleyball Nations League Betting Odds & VNL Betting Lines

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What is the Volleyball Nations League (VNL)?

The FIVB Volleyball Men’s Nations League is an international volleyball competition contested by the highest-ranked teams in the world. The competition was launched in 2018 and has been played yearly since (excluding the Covid-19-affected 2020 season). It is widely regarded as one of the leading volleyball tournaments in the world.

When was the Volleyball Nations League 2023?

The 2023 Volleyball Nations League final took place in Gdansk, Poland in July 23 at the Ergo Arena. Sixteen teams from four confederations participated. The matches were hosted in seven different arenas in the lead-up to the final, at venues in Canada, Japan, Netherlands, France, the USA, and the Philippines.

History of the Volleyball Nations League

The concept for the Volleyball Nations League was launched in 2017 when the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) announced that it was planning to shake up the way international tournaments were contested.

The following year, it announced that the Volleyball Nations League would replace the World Grand Prix and World League for both men and women.

Today, 16 teams compete in the Nations League, and Russia are the most successful nation, with two titles to their name, winning the 2018 and 2019 tournaments.

Brazil and France are the other two nations with a Nations League triumph, and fans watched closely to see which country rose to the top in Gdansk in 2023.

Which Teams Played the Volleyball Nations League 2023?

Sixteen teams qualified for the Volleyball Nations League 2023:

Team Confederation Best Finish
Argentina CSV 7th (2019)
Brazil CSV 1st (2021)
Bulgaria CEV 11th (2018)
Canada NORCECA 7th (2018)
China AVC 13th (2022)
France CEV 1st (2022)
Germany CEV 9th (2018)
Iran AVC 5th (2019)
Italy CEV 4th (2022)
Japan AVC 5th (2022)
Netherlands AVC 8th (2022)
Poland CEV 2nd (2021)
Serbia CEV 5th (2018)
Slovenia CEV 4th (2021)
USA NORCECA 2nd (2019, 2022)

Format of the Volleyball Nations League

Sixteen teams compete in pools of eight during the Nations League. During the pool phase, every nation plays 12 matches, and the best eight teams will progress to the knockout stage.

The Nations League finals are competed via a direct elimination format.

How to Bet on the Volleyball Nations League & Volleyball Bet Types

The FIVB Nations League is one of the world's most hotly contested volleyball tournaments, and there are many betting opportunities to take advantage of. If you're new to volleyball betting or sports betting more generally, here are some of your options when backing your favourite national team:

  • Winner: A wager on the winner of a fixture in the Nations League. You can also bet on the outright winner of the tournament if you wish.

  • Sets: International volleyball matches are played to the best of five sets. So, you can bet on the number of sets you think will be played in a fixture.

  • Set handicap: This is a wager on the winner of a fixture after a handicap has been applied to the favourite.

  • Points: A bet on the total number of points that a nation will earn in a fixture.

  • Point handicap: A bet on the total number of points a nation will earn in a fixture, with the favourite starting with a handicap. Learn more with our handicap betting guide .

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Live Betting Options for Volleyball Nations League

While many fans make their volleyball predictions before the start of a fixture, you can place several live bets  on the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Nations League at Popular live bets include the team to win the next point and the number of faults, for instance.

If you’re new to volleyball betting, you can refer to our guide that explains the differences between pre-match and live betting at our online sportsbook.

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Volleyball Nations League Betting Odds & Payouts

You can adjust the settings in your account to determine how you wish to see volleyball odds, opting for decimals (2.0), fractions (2/1), or the American format (+200). The odds all mean the same thing; the only difference is how they’re represented.

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Volleyball Nations League Betting Tips, Picks & Strategies

Before betting on the Nations League, it’s helpful to put together a simple volleyball betting strategy to help you make your selections. With that in mind, here are some volleyball betting tips from our betting experts that you can use to guide you:

  • Understand how a volleyball match works and how it’s split into sets. You should watch some live volleyball before placing your bets so you know what to expect.

  • The preliminary round of the Nations League offers good value betting, so don’t just wait for the knockout stages to place your bets.

  • Read our comprehensive sports betting guide for more tips and information on how to make winning volleyball selections at

  • Volleyball is played throughout the season and is not only an international sport. Watch indoor games from domestic leagues for more volleyball action.

Be sure to also check the FIVB Volleyball Nations League tournament for more volleyball betting opportunities.