Both the men’s and women’s Sitting Volleyball competitions begin with a preliminary phase. The teams in each event are divided into two pools of five in the men’s and two groups of four in the women’s competition.
Each team plays every other team in their pool. The top eight teams in the men’s and the top four teams in the women’s competition qualify for the knockout phase, with the winners of the semi-finals going head to head for the gold medal.
All matches are the best of five sets, with the first four sets going to 25 points. The fifth set goes to 15 points, and all sets must be won with at least a two-point advantage.