Korea will contest their 11th successive FIVB Volleyball World League hoping to surpass their recent high point of a ninth-place finish in 2007, or even their all-time best mark of sixth in 1995. In 2015 they finished fourth in Pool D in Group 2, with only two victories in 12 matches. The previous year, they finished joint-last in Group 2 with Japan. They were bottom of Pool E, winning just three of their 12 matches. In the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship they could not progress beyond the first round and took an overall ranking of joint-17th as they missed out on qualification from their pool by two points, with their solitary win coming against bottom side Tunisia. Their season concluded with the Asian Games on home soil, but they had to settle for third place, defeating China in the bronze medal match.
Korea's first notable appearance on the international stage was at the 1956 World Championship. They have since featured in eight Olympic Games, although they have been absent from the last three. In the World League, Korea finished 13th in 2008, 14th in 2009, 16th in 2010, 13th in 2011, 14th in 2012, and 15th in 2013. They were 11th at the 2007 World Cup.