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What is the difference between indoor volleyball and outdoor volleyball?

As this goes without saying, the main difference between outdoor volleyball and indoor volleyball are the locations in which the games are played; outdoor volleyball being played on a beach court, and indoor volleyball being played on an indoor court. While indoor volleyball requires 6 athletes with fixed positions from each team on the court at one time, outdoor volleyball (specifically beach volleyball) only requires 2, in most instances of competitive play. Other differences occur in areas such as the court

BEST OF:

Outdoor: Each match will be a best of three rally-scoring sets. 
Indoor:
Each match will be a best of five rally-scoring sets.

POINTS
Outdoor:
The first two sets are played to 21 points. The third set is played to 15.
Indoor: The first four sets are played to 25. The fifth set is played to 15.

COURT DIMENSIONS
Outdoor:
Sand courts are 16 meters by 8 meters.
Indoor: Indoor courts are 18 meters by 9 meters.

SIDE CHANGE
Outdoor:
A side change will take place every seven points in the first two sets and every five points in the third set. The side change will be direct without delay.
Indoor: A side change will occur after every game. In the fifth game, a side change occurs after one team gets to eight points.

SETTING SERVES
Outdoor:
It is not permitted to double contact the first ball if the ball is not hard-driven and if “finger action” is used. It is possible (but unlikely) that a serve could officially be “set” by the receiving team; however, this contact is judged with the same inspection as a normal set. 
Indoor:
It is now legal to double-contact any first team contact. To legally double a first ball when using finger action, you have to be defending a hard-driven attack. That means you are not receiving a serve. It also means you are defending an opponent’s attack on a ball that is moving fast enough that the referee can judge that you didn’t have time to play the ball any other way.

RESTRICTION ON SETTING THE BALL OVER THE NET
Outdoor:
Setting has to be perpendicular to your body. An exception is made if a teammate accidentally sets a ball over the net. 
Indoor:
There are no rules against it, as long as it not a carry or a throw.

TIPS/DINKS
Outdoor:
Tipping is illegal. Fingers can’t be used to tip a ball over the net. Palms, heel of the hand, locked straight fingers, gnarled fingers or the back of the hand can be used to dink the ball over for short shots. 
Indoor:
Fingers may be used to tip; hand should be above your head to avoid a carry or throw over the net.

WINNING
Outdoor and Indoor:
Teams must have a two-point advantage to win a set, and no point cap will be used.

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