List of indoor volleyball World Champions

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Indoor volleyball World Champions means men's or women's champions in the Olympic Games, FIVB Volleyball World Championship and FIVB Volleyball World Cup, which are the three most important indoor volleyball competitions held by FIVB. All three competitions are held once every four years.

Men's Volleyball World Champions[edit]

Year Games Host Champion
1949 1st World Men's Volleyball Championship Czechoslovakia  Soviet Union
1952 2nd World Men's Volleyball Championship Soviet Union  Soviet Union
1956 3rd World Men's Volleyball Championship France  Czechoslovakia
1960 4th World Men's Volleyball Championship Brazil  Soviet Union
1962 5th World Men's Volleyball Championship Soviet Union  Soviet Union
1964 Tokyo Olympics Games Japan  Soviet Union
1965 1st World Cup Poland  Soviet Union
1966 6th World Men's Volleyball Championship Czechoslovakia  Czechoslovakia
1968 Mexico City Olympic Games Mexico  Soviet Union
1969 2nd World Cup East Germany  East Germany
1970 7th World Men's Volleyball Championship Bulgaria  East Germany
1972 Munich Olympic Games West Germany  Japan
1974 8th World Men's Volleyball Championship Mexico  Poland
1976 Montreal Olympic Games Canada  Poland
1977 3rd World Cup Japan  Soviet Union
1978 9th World Men's Volleyball Championship Italy  Soviet Union
1980 Moscow Olympic Games Soviet Union  Soviet Union
1981 4th World Cup Japan  Soviet Union
1982 10th World Men's Volleyball Championship Argentina  Soviet Union
1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games United States  United States
1985 5th World Cup Japan  United States
1986 11th World Men's Volleyball Championship France  United States
1988 Seoul Olympic Games South Korea  United States
1989 6th World Cup Japan  Cuba
1990 12th World Men's Volleyball Championship Brazil  Italy
1991 7th World Cup Japan  Soviet Union
1992 Barcelona Olympic Games Spain  Brazil
1994 13th World Men's Volleyball Championship Greece  Italy
1995 8th World Cup Japan  Italy
1996 Atlanta Olympic Games United States  Netherlands
1998 14th World Men's Volleyball Championship Japan  Italy
1999 9th World Cup Japan  Russia
2000 Sydney Olympic Games Australia  Yugoslavia
2002 15th World Men's Volleyball Championship Argentina  Brazil
2003 10th World Cup Japan  Brazil
2004 Athens Olympic Games Greece  Brazil
2006 16th World Men's Volleyball Championship Japan  Brazil
2007 11th World Cup Japan  Brazil
2008 Beijing Olympic Games China  United States
2010 17th World Men's Volleyball Championship Italy  Brazil
2011 12th World Cup Japan  Russia
2012 London Olympic Games Great Britain  Russia

World Champions[edit]

Country World Championship World Cup Olympic Games # of World Champions
 Soviet Union/  Russia 6 6 4 16
 Brazil 3 2 2 7
 United States 1 1 3 5
 Italy 3 1 0 4
 Czechoslovakia (Now divided into Czech Republic and Slovakia) 2 0 0 2
 Poland 1 0 1 2
 East Germany (Two Germanys unified in 1990) 1 1 0 2
 Japan 0 0 1 1
 Netherlands 0 0 1 1
 Yugoslavia (Now  Serbia) 0 0 1 1
 Cuba 0 1 0 1

Women's Volleyball World Champions[edit]

Year Games Host Champion
1952 1st World Women's Volleyball Championship Soviet Union  Soviet Union
1956 2nd World Women's Volleyball Championship France  Soviet Union
1960 3rd World Women's Volleyball Championship Brazil  Soviet Union
1962 4th World Women's Volleyball Championship Soviet Union  Japan
1964 Tokyo Olympics Games Japan  Japan
1967 5th World Women's Volleyball Championship Japan  Japan
1968 Mexico City Olympic Games Mexico  Soviet Union
1970 6th World Women's Volleyball Championship Bulgaria  Soviet Union
1972 Munich Olympic Games West Germany  Soviet Union
1973 1st World Cup Japan  Soviet Union
1974 7th World Women's Volleyball Championship Mexico  Japan
1976 Montreal Olympic Games Canada  Japan
1977 2nd World Cup Japan  Japan
1978 8th World Women's Volleyball Championship Soviet Union  Cuba
1980 Moscow Olympic Games Soviet Union  Soviet Union
1981 3rd World Cup Japan  China
1982 9th World Women's Volleyball Championship Peru  China
1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games United States  China
1985 4th World Cup Japan  China
1986 10th World Women's Volleyball Championship Czechoslovakia  China
1988 Seoul Olympic Games South Korea  Soviet Union
1989 5th World Cup Japan  Cuba
1990 11th World Women's Volleyball Championship China  Soviet Union
1991 6th World Cup Japan  Cuba
1992 Barcelona Olympic Games Spain  Cuba
1994 12th World Women's Volleyball Championship Brazil  Cuba
1995 7th World Cup Japan  Cuba
1996 Atlanta Olympic Games United States  Cuba
1998 13th World Women's Volleyball Championship Japan  Cuba
1999 8th World Cup Japan  Cuba
2000 Sydney Olympic Games Australia  Cuba
2002 14th World Women's Volleyball Championship Germany  Italy
2003 9th World Cup Japan  China
2004 Athens Olympic Games Greece  China
2006 15th World Women's Volleyball Championship Japan  Russia
2007 10th World Cup Japan  Italy
2008 Beijing Olympic Games China  Brazil
2010 16th World Women's Volleyball Championship Japan  Russia
2011 11th World Cup Japan  Italy
2012 London Olympic Games Great Britain  Brazil

World Champions[edit]

Country World Championship World Cup Olympic Games # of World Champions
 Soviet Union /  Russia 7 1 4 12
 Cuba 3 4 3 10
 China 2 3 2 7
 Japan 3 1 2 6
 Italy 1 2 0 3
 Brazil 0 0 2 2