Countdown to the Games
17-25 June 2023

Beach Volleyball

Logo Würth Beach Volleyball Presenting Partner

Know your facts:

  • Beach Volleyball has been a sport at Special Olympics World Games since 2015 (demonstration in 2011)
  • Unified Sports? Yes
  • Estimated number of athletes participating: 45 athletes + 45 Unified partners

A playing field made of sand: this is the special feature of beach volleyball. The beach volleyball players hit the ball with their hands over the net and try to protect their own court.


Special Olympics feature:

In contrast to the rules of the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball, in our beach volleyball four play on a team instead of two — with two athletes and two Unified partners each.


We have two competitions in one discipline:

  1. Unified Sports Team Competition - Women
  2. Unified Sports Team Competition - Men/Mixed.

By the way:

Many people believe beach volleyball originated in California. However, the first known beach volleyball court was established in Hawaii in 1915.


The beach volleyball competitions are free to enter.



All timings of our competitions and award ceremonies.


Spectator Guide

All information for visiting beach volleyball.

The photo shows a player in action at a beach volleyball competition. He is about to execute an attacking shot. He is wearing a cap and sunglasses.
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The photo shows a female beach volleyball player while she hits the ball from below.
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The photo shows beach volleyball pros Nils Ehlers and Clemens Winkler high-fiving and smiling with many athletes at beach volleyball during the National Games.
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The photo shows two female athletes during a Beach Volleyball competition, high fiving each other.
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A photo of an athletic scene during a Beach Volleyball match.
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On the photo, there are two Beach Volleyball players holding each other in their arms.
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A photo of a Beachvolleyball scene: one player is blocking and one is pritching the ball.
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City Cluster

Beach volleyball takes place at BeachMitte in the City Cluster.