USA Volleyball has announced a partnership with League One Volleyball to support the expansion professional league scheduled to launch in November 2024, shortly after the conclusion of the Olympic Summer Games in Paris.
LOVB also revealed Austin, Texas, as the sixth team that will take part in the league’s inaugural 2024–2025 season. Austin joins Madison, Wisconsin; Omaha, Nebraska; Salt Lake City, Utah; Houston and Atlanta as the teams that will compete starting next fall.
“USA Volleyball is proud to be a partner with LOVB,” said USA Volleyball President and Chief Executive Officer Jamie Davis. “Currently, most of the top U.S. players compete in leagues overseas for up to seven months a year; away from their families, friends and the American audience. We look forward to watching U.S. players compete with LOVB on their home turf and seeing the impact that this league will have on volleyball’s popularity. LOVB will be a platform where American volleyball fans can see their idols play live and in-person. LOVB is attracting not only U.S. National Team players, but some of the top talent from around the world as well.”
LOVB’s partnership with USA Volleyball will focus on helping and promoting the league’s professional teams, which has eight present and former members of the U.S. Women’s National Team already affiliated. U.S. womens’ national team assistant coach Tama Miyashiro will coach in the league as well. Volleyball is the most popular team sport for high school and college girls, while boys’ high school numbers have increased by 40% since 2017. In the 2022–2023 season, USA Volleyball membership increased by 9.6% to 408,000.
“At LOVB, we’re on the path to making volleyball the next major league sport in the United States, so we are excited to partner with USA Volleyball to help turn this vision into a reality,” said Rosie Spaulding, chief operating officer of LOVB. “The world’s best professional players deserve the opportunity to play at home in front of the same communities that supported them throughout their youth and college years. We’re excited to work with USA Volleyball to change this paradigm, and be at the forefront of an exciting new movement in American sports.”