Olympic Volleyball TV Schedule: Full List of Times, Channels, Live vs. Delay & More (2024)

The most recent Olympics was a banner one for volleyball in the United States. After three past silver medals, the American women's team stunned the world by beating Brazil and securing their first ever Olympic gold medal in the event.

In the three years since the Tokyo Games, the domestic profile of volleyball has only increased. More eyes than ever before will be on the men's and women's Olympic tournaments as the United States attempts to win its second straight gold.

Both the men's and women's tournaments will include 12 teams duking it out at the century-old Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. Given the sheer sprawl of the Olympics and the time difference between Paris and the United States, knowledge of the TV schedule is essential for following along with volleyball as is the case with any team sport.

This article will help guide you in your volleyball-watching endeavors. Let's take a look at the history of volleyball at the Olympics before delving into this year's fields.

Volleyball was invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan in Holyoke, Mass.—just 10 miles away from where James Naismith invented basketball. The sport gradually grew and in 1947 Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB), its governing body to this day, was founded in... Paris, incidentally.

In 1964, after years of discussions, volleyball was introduced to the Olympic program for the Summer Games in Tokyo. The USSR won the inaugural men's gold medal while Japan won the inaugural women's gold medal. An attempt to discontinue the event for the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City failed, and volleyball was here to stay (with beach volleyball eventually joining the program in 1996).

Nine different nations have won gold medals in men's volleyball, led by Brazil, the Soviets and the United States with three. Six have won gold in women's volleyball, led by the USSR with four; Cuba is also a historic women's power, having won gold in 1992, '96 and 2000.

In the most recent Olympics, France, the Russians and Argentina medaled on the men's side, while the Americans, the Brazilians and Serbia medaled on the women's side.

Rules and Format

From a rules standpoint, Olympic volleyball is fairly straightforward. Each team has six players, and teams can touch the ball a maximum of three consecutive times during play. Matches are best-of-five—the first four sets are played to 25 points, and the fifth set is played to 15 points if necessary. Teams are required to win each set by two points.

The format, however, is different this year than in years past. After nine consecutive Olympics in which the qualifying teams were divided into two round-robin groups of six, this year's Olympic volleyball tournaments will be divided into three round-robin groups of four.

The top two teams in each group will advance, along with the teams with the two best records among third-place finishers. A single-elimination knockout stage will then determine the gold, silver and bronze medalists.

Olympic Volleyball TV Schedule

Live Broadcasts

As is usually the case, this year's Olympics will air on NBC, its numerous television properties, and on Peaco*ck. Live broadcasting duty for the volleyball tournament will be split between NBC, CNBC, E!, USA and Peaco*ck.

Without further ado, here are schedules for the men's and women's Olympic volleyball tournaments this summer.

Men's Olympic Volleyball Schedule

GAME

DATE

TIME

CHANNEL

Japan vs. Germany

July 27

3 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck

Italy vs. Brazil

July 27

7 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck/USA after 7:45 a.m. ET

Poland vs. Egypt

July 27

11 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck

United States vs. Argentina

July 27

3 p.m. ET

Peaco*ck/USA

France vs. Serbia

July 28

11 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck/E! after 1:45 p.m. ET

Slovenia vs. Canada

July 28

3 p.m. ET

Peaco*ck/E! after 5 p.m. ET

Italy vs. Egypt

July 30

3 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck

United States vs. Germany

July 30

7 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck

Slovenia vs. Serbia

July 30

11 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck

France vs. Canada

July 30

3 p.m. ET

Peaco*ck/USA

Poland vs. Brazil

July 31

3 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck

Japan vs. Argentina

July 31

7 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck

Argentina vs. Germany

Aug. 2

3 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck

Brazil vs. Egypt

Aug. 2

7 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck

France vs. Slovenia

Aug. 2

11 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck

Japan vs. United States

Aug. 2

3 p.m. ET

Peaco*ck/USA/NBC after 5 p.m. ET

Poland vs. Italy

Aug. 3

11 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck

Canada vs. Serbia

Aug. 3

3 p.m. ET

Peaco*ck

Quarterfinal

Aug. 5

3 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck

Quarterfinal

Aug. 5

7 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck

Quarterfinal

Aug. 5

11 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck/NBC

Quarterfinal

Aug. 5

3 p.m. ET

Peaco*ck/USA after 5 p.m. ET

Semifinal

Aug. 7

10 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck/NBC

Semifinal

Aug. 7

2 p.m. ET

Peaco*ck/E! after 4 p.m. ET

Bronze medal match

Aug. 9

10 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck

Gold medal match

Aug. 10

7 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck/NBC

Women's Olympic Volleyball Schedule

GAME

DATE

TIME

CHANNEL

Italy vs. Dominican Republic

July 28

3 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck

Poland vs. Japan

July 28

7 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck/E! after 7:20 a.m. ET

Turkey vs. Netherlands

July 29

3 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck

Brazil vs. Kenya

July 29

7 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck

United States vs. China

July 29

11 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck/USA

France vs. Serbia

July 29

3 p.m. ET

Peaco*ck/NBC after 5 p.m. ET

United States vs. Serbia

July 31

11 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck/USA

Poland vs. Kenya

July 31

3 p.m. ET

Peaco*ck/NBC after 5 p.m. ET

Turkey vs. Dominican Republic

Aug. 1

3 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck

Brazil vs. Japan

Aug. 1

7 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck/E!

Italy vs. Netherlands

Aug. 1

11 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck/USA after 1:45 p.m. ET

France vs. China

Aug. 1

3 p.m. ET

Peaco*ck

Netherlands vs. Dominican Republic

Aug. 3

3 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck

Japan vs. Kenya

Aug. 3

7 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck

Italy vs. Turkey

Aug. 4

3 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck/E! after 5:30 a.m. ET

France vs. United States

Aug. 4

7 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck/NBC

China vs. Serbia

Aug. 4

11 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck

Brazil vs. Poland

Aug. 4

3 p.m. ET

Peaco*ck/NBC after 5 p.m. ET

Quarterfinal

Aug. 6

3 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck

Quarterfinal

Aug. 6

7 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck/USA after 9:30 a.m. ET

Quarterfinal

Aug. 6

11 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck/NBC

Quarterfinal

Aug. 6

3 p.m. ET

Peaco*ck

Semifinal

Aug. 8

10 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck/NBC

Semifinal

Aug. 8

2 p.m. ET

Peaco*ck

Bronze medal match

Aug. 10

11:15 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck/CNBC

Gold medal match

Aug. 11

7 a.m. ET

Peaco*ck/NBC

Tape-Delay Broadcasts

As is tradition for Olympics held in parts of the world other than the United States, NBC will offer tape-delayed coverage of several volleyball matches (often in encore packages with other sports), primarily on NBC, USA and E!.

Cable and Satellite Providers

Use this link to verify whether your cable package has NBC and its affiliated networks (it most likely does). If so, check local listings for your channels.

Streaming Services

This is a particular streaming-friendly Olympics; all volleyball matches will be available on Peaco*ck. Here are two convenient cable-freeways to get your fill of the sport this summer.

Peaco*ck

Peaco*ck is available either $5.99 monthly or $59.99 annually at this link.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV, a cable alternative, costs $72.99 per month and includes a five-day trial period.

Olympic Volleyball TV Schedule: Full List of Times, Channels, Live vs. Delay & More (2024)

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