Beach volleyball is derived from indoor volleyball but is played by teams of two on a sand court. The playing court is a rectangle measuring 16-by-8 meters surrounded by a free zone. The free playing space is the space above the playing area, which is free from all obstructions. 

The free zone is a minimum of five meters and a maximum of six meters from the end lines. The free playing space measures a minimum of 12.5 meters in height from the playing surface.

The surface must be composed of leveled sand, as flat and uniform as possible, free of rocks, shells and anything else which can risk cutting or injuring the players. The sand must be at least 40 centimeters deep and composed of fine, loosely compacted grains.

All lines on the playing court are five centimeters wide. The lines must be of a color which contrasts sharply with the color of the sand.

Court lines should be ribbons made of a resistant material, and any exposed anchors should be of a soft, flexible material.