Although they still have some way to go, Iran are continuously on the rise during the past few years, including their first ever appearance in World League finals in 2014 (which ended in a fourth place after a loss to Italy in the bronze medal match) and their first ever Olympics at Rio 2016, where they ranked 5th.
Since joining the World League in 2013, Iran have been a dominant force in Group 1 of the competition, providing a challenge for any opponent. This year will be their fourth straight participation.
Iran have featured in the past four FIVB Men's World Championships and were sixth at the 2014 edition in Poland, where a strong Russian side defeated them in the final round, before dropping to 13th in 2018. They also won gold at the last two consecutive Asian Games in 2014 and 2018.
In the 2017 FIVB Volleyball World League, Iran finished 3-6 for 11th place and last year ranked 10th on a 7-8 record in the inauguaral FIVB Volleyball Nations League.