FIVB Volleyball Nations League 2018 - Men's teams Overview - Australia - Volleyball Nations League 2020

Team profile

The Australian Volleyball Federation was founded in 1963 and the sport has rapidly increased in popularity in the country since. At the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games the team came eighth, beating Spain in the process and taking a set from then world champions Italy.
There has been steady improvement including an appearance at London 2012, but Australia missed out on qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after finishing fifth at the Men's World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Japan.
Australia also represented Asia at the 2014 FIVB World Championship, finishing 15th after reaching the second round in Poland. It was Australia's best placing in six World Championships appearances.
Australia took part in five FIVB World Leagues. They first joined the competition in 1999 for a single season but it took them 15 years to return.
In last year's inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League the 'Volleyroos' ranked 13th on a 5-10 record. They were 14th in the FIVB World Championship later the same year.


Mark Lebedew

Mark Lebedew

After several years playing in Germany and then coaching clubs in several European countries, 52-year-old Mark Lebedew returned in 2016 to his native Australia to replace Roberto Santilli at the helm of the men's National Team for the Olympic cycle leading to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. During his coaching career he led Berlin Recycling Volleys to German Bundesliga titles in 2012, 2013 and 2014. He coached Jastrzebski Wegiel in Poland's PlusLiga for three seasons before switching to Aluron Virtu Warta Zawiercie.


  • Team Manager Giorgio Poetto
  • Assistant coach Sketcher Liam
  • Physiotherapist Darren Austin