What Is A Yellow Card In Volleyball?

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If you’re new to volleyball or just curious about the rules of the game, you may have heard about yellow cards being given out during matches. But what exactly is it, and what does it mean?

In this post, we’ll explain everything you need to know about yellow cards in volleyball. 

What is a Yellow Card? 

A yellow card is a form of punishment that a referee can give out during a volleyball match if they observe foul play. It’s similar to a yellow card in soccer or a penalty in other sports.

The referee will display the card after the offending player has been warned and will indicate that they have committed an unacceptable action. Depending on the severity of the offense, this could result in anything from a verbal warning to disqualification from the match. 

When Might You Receive a Yellow Card? 

The rules for receiving a yellow card vary depending on which organization governs your match (e.g., FIVB, USAV, etc.). Generally speaking, though, any unsportsmanlike behavior can be punishable with a yellow card.

Examples include arguing with referees or opposing players, excessively criticizing team members or opponents on the court, displaying aggressive behavior towards anyone involved in the game (including coaches), or constantly violating rules such as continuously touching the net while playing defense. 

What Happens When You Receive One? 

When someone receives a yellow card at an official tournament, they must leave the court immediately and spend some time off-court before they are allowed to return and play again.

Depending on their offense’s seriousness, they may be disqualified from further participation in that tournament (or even all tournaments). Furthermore, teams that receive too many yellow cards at one tournament could face disciplinary action, including fines or suspensions from future competitions.     

How To Avoid A Yellow Card In Volleyball

1. Play fair and be respectful to your opponents and officials. Remember that while winning is important, it is not worth sacrificing your sportsmanship.

2. Make sure you know the game’s rules and follow them accordingly. If unsure about something, ask a coach or referee before proceeding.

3. Be aware of your team’s rotation and make sure you are in the correct position on the court at all times. Not being in the right place can result in a penalty.

4. Be careful with your serves and avoid making any illegal ones. Illegal serves can lead to a point deduction for your team and a penalty.


To summarize, if you see a yellow card during a volleyball match, the referee has issued a warning to a player or coach. This usually happens because of unsportsmanlike conduct, such as arguing with the refs or other players. If a player or coach gets two yellow cards, they will be given a red card and ejected from the game.