Fédération Internationale de Volleyball
The Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (English: International Volleyball Federation), commonly known by the acronym FIVB, is the international governing body for the sports of indoor, beach and grass volleyball. Its headquarters are located in Lausanne, Switzerland and its current president is Ary Graça.
The FIVB was founded in France in April 1947. In the late 1940s, some of the European national federations began to address the issue of creating an international governing body for the sport of volleyball. Initial discussions eventually lead to the installation of a Constitutive Congress in 1947. Fourteen national federations representing five different continents attended the meetings where, between April 18 and 20, the entity was officially formed, having Frenchman Paul Libaud as first president.
One of the main goals of the 1947 Congress was achieved two years later with the establishment of the first international major volleyball event, the World Championship. In 1952, a women's version of the tournament was also introduced.
In 1964, the IOC endorsed the addition of volleyball to the Olympic program. By this time, the number of national federations affiliated to the FIVB had grown to 89. Later in that year (1969), a new international event, the World Cup was introduced. It would be turned into a qualifying event for the Olympic Games in 1991.
Following Libaud's retirement and the election of Mexican Rubén Acosta Hernandez for the position of president in 1984, the FIVB moved its headquarters from Paris, France to Lausanne, Switzerland and intensified to an unprecedented level its policy of promoting volleyball on a worldwide basis. Measures taken in this direction include the establishment of annual competitions for men's and women's volleyball (the World League, in 1990, and the Grand Prix, in 1993), the indication of Beach volleyball as an Olympic event (1996) and a number of changes in the rules of the game with the purpose of enhancing public visibility.
On 19 June 2008, Wei Jizhong (Chinese: 魏纪中) of China, who during this period served as the 1st Vice president took over during the 31st World Congress in Dubai when Dr. Rubén Acosta decided to step down. Mr. Jizhong Wei became the third president in the history of the FIVB. The handover of the presidency took place on 24 August 2008 in Beijing.
As of 2015, the FIVB counted 221 affiliated national federations.
The FIVB's main activity is worldwide planning and organisation of volleyball events, sometimes in conjunction with other international governing bodies such as the IOC. This involves defining qualification procedures and competition formulae for tournaments, as well as more specific details such as player line-up and replacement restrictions, venues and hosts.
The FIVB participates directly in the organization of continental volleyball events which have an attached international significance, such as Olympic and World Championship continental qualification tournaments.
Amongst others, the FIVB organizes the following international volleyball tournaments:
- Olympic Games: since 1964, quadrennially
- Men's World Championship: since 1949, quadrennially
- Women's World Championship: since 1952, quadrennially
- Men's World Cup: since 1965, quadrennially
- Women's World Cup: since 1973, quadrennially
- World Grand Champions Cup: since 1993, quadrennially
- World League (Men): since 1990, annually
- World Grand Prix (Women): since 1993, annually
- Men's Club World Championship: since 1989, annually
- Women's Club World Championship: since 1991, annually
and the following international under-age volleyball tournaments:
- Youth Olympic Games: 2010
- Men's U23 World Championship: since 2013, biennially
- Women's U23 World Championship: since 2013, biennially
- Men's U21 World Championship (Junior): since 1977, biennially
- Women's U20 World Championship (Junior): since 1977, biennially
- Boys' U19 World Championship (Youth): since 1989, biennially
- Girls' U18 World Championship (Youth): since 1989, biennially
and the following international beach volleyball tournaments:
- Olympic Games: since 1996, quadrennially
- World Championship: since 1997, biennially
- World Tour: since 1989, annually
and the following international under-age beach volleyball tournaments:
- Youth Olympic Games: 2014
- U23 World Championships: since 2013, annually
- U21 World Championships: since 2001, annually
- U19 World Championships: since 2003, annually
- U17 World Championships: since 2014, annually
The FIVB also maintains extensive special programmes aimed at the advance of world volleyball. This includes the constitution of development centers in areas where the sport is still unpopular, as well as support (in instruction and equipment) for organizations that fail to meet the quality standards required on an international level. Therefore, FIVB organizes congress, workshops, courses for referees, coaches and teachers, to promote grassroot volleyball development, such as:
- Volley All Festival
- School Volleyball Congress in 2007
- Volleyball Medicine Congress in 2011
Another relevant area of concern is the promotion of volleyball in a worldwide scale. Part of the FIVB's activities in this area consists in attracting media partners and sponsors through negotiation of commercial rights for broadcasting and coverage of major events.
As reported by Olympic news outlet Around the Rings, the FIVB recently launched a new "FIVB Heroes" promotion in Rome. The campaign uses billboards, posters and statues of the top beach volleyball players situated around the city to enhance visibility and profiles of the athletes.
The FIVB is responsible for the standardization of volleyball rules. In recent years, many changes were implemented in connection with its promotional and marketing vision, in an alleged attempt to improve public visibility and make the sport comply to the demands of sponsors and media organizations. These changes range from ingenuous, almost commonplace restrictions, such as the obligation of a "fashionable" uniform – meaning tight clothing, supposed to be more appealing to the audience because it makes players bodies salient –, to very drastic changes in the format of competitions (e.g., the rally-point system).
The FIVB is the ultimate international authority in volleyball, and judges (or is involved at least to some degree in the judgement) issues such as doping, regulation of player transfer, nationality changes and gender determination. It also publishes the FIVB World Rankings, used as basis for seeding in international competitions.
Current Champions in FIVB Tournaments
|Club World Championship (M) (W)||Sada Cruzeiro (2016)||Eczacıbaşı VitrA (2016)|
|African Club Championship||Tala'ea El-Gaish (2016)||Al Ahly (2016)|
|Asian Club Championship||Sarmayeh Bank Tehran (2016)||NEC Red Rockets (2016)|
|European Champions League (M) (W)||Zenit Kazan (2016)||Pomì Casalmaggiore (2016)|
|South American Club Championship||Sada Cruzeiro (2016)||Rexona Ades Rio (2016)|
|Olympic Games||World Championship||World Tour|
|Men|| Alison Cerutti|
and Bruno Oscar Schmidt (BRA) (details)
| Alison Cerutti|
and Bruno Oscar Schmidt (BRA) (details)
| Alison Cerutti|
and Bruno Oscar Schmidt (BRA) (details)
|Women|| Laura Ludwig|
and Kira Walkenhorst (GER) (details)
| Barbara Seixas|
and Agatha Bednarczuk (BRA) (details)
| Larissa França|
and Talita Antunes (BRA) (details)
|Youth Olympic Games||U23 World Championship||U21 World Championship||U19 World Championship||U17 World Championship|
|Men|| Oleg Stoyanovskiy|
and Artem Yarzutkin (RUS) (details)
| Maciej Kosiak|
and Maciej Rudol (POL) (details)
| George Wanderley|
and Arthur Lanci (BRA) (details)
| Arthur Lanci|
and George Wanderley (BRA) (details)
| Florian Breer|
and Yves Haussener (SUI) (details)
|Women|| Ana Patricia Silva Ramos|
and Eduarda Santos Lisboa (BRA) (details)
| Nicole Laird|
and Mariafe Artacho (AUS) (details)
| Eduarda Lisboa|
and Ana Patricia Ramos (BRA) (details)
| Andressa Cavalcanti|
and Eduarda Lisboa (BRA) (details)
| Morgan Martin|
and Kathryn Plummer (USA) (details)
The FIVB is also responsible for the volleyball games at some regional competitions as:
As the global guiding organization for volleyball, the FIVB upholds the highest standards to ensure that the legacy and excellence of the sport is experienced and enjoyed around the world.
To make volleyball the number 1 family sport entertainment in the world.
Strategic Plan (9 Goals)
- To move volleyball from group 2 to group 1 in the IOC ranking by 2020
- Increase FIVBs exploitation of digital media
- Widen TV audien ce for volleyball
- Sign global sponsorship deals to foster sports development
- Secure financial stability for volleyball family
- Implement a competitive, effective and sustainable bidding process
- Make FIVB events coverage accessible worldwide
- Grow the number of volleyball players and consumers
- Become number 1 sport affiliating with humanitarian organizations
World Congress:The supreme authority convened every two years, electing the President and members of the Board.
Board of Administration: Responsible for the overall management of the FIVB, overseeing the work of the national federations, confederations, commissions and councils and appoints officials including members of the Executive Committee.
Executive Committee: Composed of Board members and each member is charged with important and specific responsibilities, assisted by Commissions, Committees and Councils.
- Legal Commission
- Finance Commission
- Press Commission
- Rules of the Games Commission
- Coaching Commission
- Medical Commission
- Development Commission
- TV and New Media Commission
- Beach Volleyball Commission
- Athletes Commission
- Sports Events Council
- World Tour Council
- World League Council
- World Grand Prix Council
- Disciplinary Panel
- Appeals Panel
- Ethics Panel
- FIVB Tribunal
The FIVB also presides over five continental confederations:
- Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) in Asia and Oceania
- Confederación Sudamericana de Voleibol (CSV) in South America
- African Volleyball Confederation (CAVB) in Africa
- European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) in Europe
- North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) in North America
Each continental confederation, by its turn, presides over a number of national federations located in its domain of action.
"FIVB Heroes" is the official image campaign of the FIVB. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the players’ athletic achievements and to increase the worldwide interest in the sport. “FIVB Heroes” features 33 volleyball and 29 beach volleyball players from 19 countries, who were selected due to their outstanding performance.
- Official website
- Official CEV – Confederation Europeenne de Volleyball website
- Official FIVB Heroes website
- Corruption scandal involving FIVB president Ary Graça