The existence of a Belarusian team dates back to 1933, when the republic was represented in the USSR championship and took the 5th place. Belarus played its first international match in 1954 in Minsk against China. Since its independence in 1992, this is only the second time Belarus has qualified for European Championship finals. The first one was in 2013 – 15th place. The team also participated in five of the European League seasons achieving its best ranking, 5th place, back in 2008. In the 2015 CEV Volleyball European League Belarus finished 7th. It is now ranked #54 in the world and #20 in Europe.