Volleyball in Portuguese

Vocabulario de voley playa en portugués: a bola.

Hi, everyone! Today we have a very special Dica for you. You’re especially going to love it if you like sports! So, we are going to learn about volleyball in Portuguese.

What is Volleyball?

Volleyball is a team sport where two teams with six players compete to score points by hitting a ball over a net and into the opposing team’s court. Here’s a quick rundown of how it works:

  • The Court: The game is played on a court, 18 meters long and 9 meters wide, divided by a net. The net height is 2.43 meters for men and 2.24 meters for women.
  • Teams: Each team has six players on the court, with three in the front row (near the net) and three in the back row.
  • Objective: The goal is to score points by making the ball land in the opponent’s court or forcing the opponent to make an error.
  • Scoring: Matches are usually played best out of five sets. The first team wins a set to reach 25 points, with at least a two-point margin. The fifth set, if needed, is played to 15 points.

What is Beach Volleyball?

Beach volleyball is a variation of indoor volleyball, played on sand with only two players per team. Here are the key differences and rules:

  • The Court: Beach volleyball courts are smaller, measuring 16 meters long and 8 meters wide, still divided by a net. The net height remains the same as indoor volleyball.
  • Teams: Each team has two players, with no specialized positions. Both players cover the entire court.
  • Objective: The goal remains the same – score points by landing the ball in the opponent’s court or causing errors.
  • Scoring: Matches are played best out of three sets. The first two sets are played to 21 points, and the third set, if needed, is played to 15 points. Each set must be won by at least two points.

Key Differences Between Volleyball and Beach Volleyball

  1. Playing Surface: Indoor is on a hard court, and on the beach is on sand.
  2. Team Size: Indoor has six players, and the beach has two.
  3. Court Size: Beach volleyball courts are smaller.
  4. Scoring System: Indoor matches are best of five sets, beach matches are best of three.
  5. Player Roles: In indoor, players have specialized positions; on the beach, players need to be versatile and cover the whole court.

Learn How to Say Volleyball and Beach Volleyball

Let’s start right and learn how to pronounce volleyball and beach volleyball in Portuguese!

Vôlei / VoleibolVolleyball
Vôlei de PraiaBeach volleyball

Vocabulary for Beach Volleyball in Portuguese

If you’ve ever been to Rio, you’ll know that many people play volleyball. It is a very common sport here. Our amazing beaches and pleasant weather make the city the perfect environment to practice this sport! If you want to learn more about the rules of this sport, you can read our other Dica. Now, let’s learn some vocabulary about Volleyball and Beach Volleyball in Portuguese.

Beach Volleyball in Portuguese. The ball: A bola de vôlei.
A BolaThe Ball
The Pole in Portuguese: O mastro.
O mastroThe Pole
The net in Portuguese: A rede de vôlei.
A redeThe net
The sand in Portuguese: A areia. Portuguese language student laying on the sand of Copacabana Beach.
A areiaThe sand
Beach volleyball in Rio de Janeiro. The line in Portuguese: A linha.
A linhaThe line
The beach volley players in Portuguese: Os jogadores de vôlei de praia.
Os jogadoresThe players
Basic beach volleyball moves in Portuguese. The bump: A manchete.
A mancheteThe bump
Beach volleybal moves in Portuguese. The overhead pass: O levantamento.
O levantamentoThe overhead pass
Vocabulary of moves at a beach volleyball match in Portuguese. The serve: O saque.
O saqueThe serve
Examples of beach volleyball moves in Portuguese. The spike: O corte.
O corteThe Spike
Examples of defense in the beach volley in Portuguese. The block: O bloqueio.
O bloqueioThe block

Also, did you know you can play beach volleyball in the famous sands of Copacabana? We have a RioLIVE! just so you can enjoy the warm sun of Rio while playing with other students! Can you play beach volley? If you can’t, don’t worry, come with us and we’ll teach you!

More Vocabulary for Beach Volleyball

Here’s the list of the words we learned above and more new words for you!

A bolaThe ball
O mastroThe pole
A redeThe net
A areiaThe sand
A linhaThe line
Os jogadoresThe players
A mancheteThe bump
O levantamentoThe overhead pass
O saqueThe serve
O corteThe spike
O bloqueioThe block
A partidaThe match
O timeThe team
O adversárioThe opponent
O toqueTouch
O ataqueOffense
Os pontosPoints
A defesaDefense
VencerTo win
PerderTo loose
CairTo fall
LevantarTo get up
O empateTie / Draw

Examples of Beach Volleyball Phrases

There are a few specific phrases we often use when talking about sports, including beach volleyball! Let’s take a look at some phrases we can use with these structures and the new vocabulary we just learned!

Meu jogador preferido de vôlei de praia é o Alison Cerutti!
My favorite beach volleyball player is Alison Cerutti!

Eu sou muito bom jogador de vôlei de praia.
I am a very good beach volleyball player.

Acho o time de vôlei de praia do Brasil melhor do que o time da Russia.
I think the Brazilian beach volleyball team is better than the Russian team.

Você sabe sacar a bola, ou prefere fazer uma manchete?
Do you know how to serve the ball, or would you rather make a bump?

Eles preferem jogar na defesa ou no ataque?
Do they prefer to play defense or attack?

Quantos toques são permitidos no vôlei de praia?
How many touches are allowed in beach volleyball?

Ela é muito baixa para ficar bloqueando as bolas na rede.
She’s too short to be blocking the balls in the net.

A partida de vôlei de praia quando o sol se pôs.
The beach volleyball match ended when the sun went down.

Vôlei de praia é mais divertido do que natação.
Beach volleyball is more fun than swimming.

Com quantos anos você aprendeu a jogar vôlei de praia?
How old were you when you learned to play beach volleyball?

Pronunciation for Beach Volleyball Vocabulary

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Brazilian Volleyball Athletes


  1. Giba (Gilberto Amauri de Godoy Filho)
    • One of the most famous Brazilian volleyball players, Giba was known for his powerful spikes and incredible agility.
    • Achievements: Multiple gold medals at the World Championships and World Cup, and an Olympic gold in 2004.
  2. Sheilla Castro
    • A standout player in women’s volleyball, known for her strong attacking and defensive skills.
    • Achievements: Two Olympic gold medals (2008 and 2012), and several World Grand Prix titles.
  3. Bruno Rezende
    • A top-notch setter and a key player for the Brazilian national team.
    • Achievements: Olympic gold in 2016, multiple World Championship titles, and numerous World League victories.
  4. Fabiana Claudino
    • Renowned for her blocking and leadership on the court.
    • Achievements: Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012, and several World Grand Prix titles.

Beach Volleyball

  1. Emanuel Rego
    • A legendary beach volleyball player with an extensive career.
    • Achievements: Olympic gold in 2004, silver in 2012, and bronze in 2008, along with multiple World Championship titles.
  2. Larissa França
    • One of the most successful female beach volleyball players.
    • Achievements: Olympic bronze in 2012, numerous World Tour victories, and a World Championship title.
  3. Alison Cerutti
    • Known for his powerful serves and blocks.
    • Achievements: Olympic gold in 2016, silver in 2012, and World Championship victories.
  4. Ágatha Bednarczuk
    • A skilled player with excellent defensive abilities.
    • Achievements: Olympic silver in 2016, and multiple World Tour titles.

Gold Medals and Achievements

Indoor Volleyball

  1. Men’s Team
    • Olympic Gold Medals: 1992, 2004, 2016
    • World Championship Titles: 2002, 2006, 2010
    • World Cup Titles: 2003, 2007, 2019
  2. Women’s Team
    • Olympic Gold Medals: 2008, 2012
    • World Championship Titles: None, but consistently strong performances and several podium finishes
    • World Grand Prix Titles: Multiple victories from 1994 to 2017

Beach Volleyball

  1. Olympic Achievements
    • Men: Gold in 2004 (Emanuel Rego/Ricardo Santos), 2016 (Alison Cerutti/Bruno Schmidt)
    • Women: Gold in 1996 (Sandra Pires/Jackie Silva), 2004 (Adriana Behar/Shelda Bede)
  2. World Championships
    • Brazil has consistently been at the top, with multiple titles across both men’s and women’s categories.

Summary of Achievements

  • Olympic Success: Brazil’s volleyball teams have a total of 11 medals in indoor volleyball (5 golds) and 13 in beach volleyball (7 golds).
  • World Championships: Multiple titles in both indoor and beach volleyball, making Brazil a dominant force in the sport.
  • World Cup and World Grand Prix: Numerous victories, further solidify Brazil’s status as a volleyball powerhouse.

Brazilian volleyball athletes are celebrated not just for their medal hauls, but for their dedication, sportsmanship, and the inspiration they provide to aspiring players worldwide. Whether on the sands of Copacabana or the courts of major arenas, these athletes have left an indelible mark on the sport.

Exercises for Beach Volleyball in Portuguese

Let’s practice more using the vocabulary we have just learned! Select the words below to fill out the blanks correctly!

vôlei de praia / pontos / defesa / vencer / perder / empate / machete / rede / bola / jogadores

Pablo joga __________ todos os dias em Copacabana.
Para passar a bola para outro jogador, um jogador faz a __________.
Quantos __________ são necessários para vencer uma partida de vôlei de praia?
Não importa se vamos __________ ou __________, o que importa é se divertir com seus amigos!
Os __________ profissionais de vôlei de praia do Brasil são muito bons!
Não se esqueça de levar a sua __________ para jogarmos vôlei na praia!
Nosso professor de português sempre joga na __________!
Eu toquei na __________, por isso o outro time ganhou um ponto.
Quando declaramos que ninguém venceu ou perdeu, e sim que houve um __________?

That’s it, my friends! We are sure you can learn Portuguese a lot, even while playing volleyball!
We’ll see you again in the next Dica!

Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
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