The beginning of the Fivb World Championships
The World cup
Dr Rubén Acosta succeeds President Paul Libaud
From game to great TV spectacle
Change at the helm in 2008
Investing in development and further federation support
The FIVB spent more in development during 2009 than any other year in its history by allocating increased financial resources to the FIVB confederations to help national federations. The key behind the new initiative is increased support for grass roots development, with the beneficiary in the long term being volleyball right around the world.
In 2010, the FIVB pledged to increase federation support both financially and in terms of resources. A ground-breaking development fund, controlled by the FIVB, was launched to work in line with the IOC’s Olympic Solidarity program where all FIVB national federations have the opportunity to propose projects for funding through their continental confederations.
A brand new FIVB
FIVB-United Nations collaboration
New President in 2012
Dr. Ary S. Graça F° was elected as the fourth FIVB President at the FIVB Congress at Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, USA on September 21, 2012, taking over the presidency from Mr Jizhong Wei. Dr. Ary S. Graça F° had previously been president of the Brazil Volleyball Federation and the South American Confederation (CSV), as well as a member of the FIVB Board of Administration.
President Ary Graça was re-elected for a further 8-year term at the FIVB Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2016. His current mandate will run until 2024.
Enhanced Sports Presentation
The FIVB President’s electoral campaign, “Innovation and Opportunity”, started a new era in the FIVB with technology at its core. A new standard of sports presentation was introduced at the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World Championships in Poland which saw huge fan attendance including over 62,000 people attending the opening match.
Since then, the FIVB has been continually developed and enhanced its sports presentation ensuring fans are engaged and entertained before, during and after the match. New elements of sports presentation were introduced during the Olympic Games Rio 2016, with the FIVB the only International Federation to invest its own money into this area at the Games. The investment paid off with 99.9 per cent of available tickets for volleyball and beach volleyball sold. Spectators were clearly inspired by the incredible athlete performances, but also engaged by the entertaining and fun environment around these events, which brought the Brazilian carnival spirit to the competitions. Away from the venues, volleyball was also the most watched sport in terms of viewer hours (according to the official IOC Data Report). Subsequently, sports presentation will be a core focus for the FIVB at Tokyo 2020.
At present, throughout FIVB events elements such as DJs, announcers, lighting, giant video screens, sound systems and more are used to engage spectators and involve them as active participants in events.
The Olympic Games Rio 2016 also saw the introduction of the Challenge System. This system helps to promote fair play and accuracy by allowing players, coaches and referees to challenge decisions for an instant-review.
Over the course of the Rio 2016 volleyball event, teams requested 399 challenges in total, of which 159 were successful (40% success rate). Meanwhile, in beach volleyball, 52 successful challenges were registered out of 171 requested (30% success rate).
The FIVB now uses the Challenge system at all of its official events to create fairer competition, more accurate decisions and a better experience for athletes, fans and officials. Its implementation into professional volleyball has truly been a game changer.
Growth of the Beach Volleyball
Beach volleyball has seen tremendous growth over the past decade, and three hugely successful editions of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships.
The 2015 edition was hosted by the Netherlands with a unique four city concept, and attracted a record total attendance of 110,000 fans, with stadiums full for every single match. The King and Queen of the Netherlands were also present to enjoy the incredible atmosphere of the event and amazing action on court.
In 2017, the championships were held in Vienna, Austria, with a total of 170,000 spectators over 10 days. Among them were the IOC President Thomas Bach, as well as various IOC members and senior administration.
The latest edition of the event, the 2019 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, in Hamburg, Germany, welcomed over 130,000 spectators throughout 10 days of fierce competition in the Stadion Am Rothenbaum. Action from the stadium was also witnessed by 158 million viewers worldwide, with 77 broadcasters showing the event in 112 countries.
Hosting Opportunities for multi-country BIDS
In 2018, the FIVB Volleyball World Championships were held in Italy and Bulgaria for the men’s edition, whilst Japan hosted the women’s edition. For the first time in history, a prestigious FIVB event was co-hosted by two countries, creating more opportunities and interest from potential hosts and sponsors.
Both of these events demonstrated spectacular reach, and attracted more than 16.7 million web page views. In addition, more than one million new users joined the FIVB website, with more than 17,000 articles published about the event (a potential reach of 17 billion) and 136 million euros in equivalent advertising value. Meanwhile, on social media, the event generated more than 102 million impressions!
The success of the co-hosted 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championships sparked huge interest from other nations. In fact, the Netherlands and Poland have already been jointly awarded the right to co-host the 2022 FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Championships, with Russia to host the men’s edition.
At the FIVB’s 70th anniversary celebrations in Paris, the FIVB President Ary Graça announced the Volleyball Nations League (VNL), a truly global event which launched in 2018 to bring volleyball closer to fans worldwide. The VNL is proud to promote gender equality through sport, with the same number of matches, event format and prize money for men and women.
Every aspect of the VNL is inspired by volleyball. For example, the logo and typography of the event branding are inspired by the movement of a volleyball, while the medals and trophy have adopted the signature VNL style to stand out from the crowd. In addition, the back of every medal is engraved with the trajectory of an iconic point from the final, making them truly unique.
In only its second season, in 2019, the VNL generated a digital impact that has resonated all over the world: 106,000 million event impressions, a cumulative digital audience of 1490 million and 9459 broadcast hours.
The FIVB has pledged its commitment to develop snow volleyball in collaboration with the European Volleyball Federation (CEV). The FIVB and CEV hosted a Snow Volleyball Night during the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 at the Austria House. This was a huge success with many IOC members attending, including the reigning HSH the Sovereign Prince of Monaco Albert II. Media from across the globe reported on the “legends” match.
Following this, the FIVB launched the inaugural Snow Volleyball World Tour in 2019. All five Continental Confederations were represented by teams, demonstrating the hunger from all nations to engage in winter sports. The tour was hosted across three spectacular locations in Austria, Italy and Argentina.
The FIVB is committed to promoting good governance both on and off the court, working closely with its partners and stakeholders to ensure transparency and credibility.
At the start of 2019, the FIVB Executive Committee launched its updated strategy, setting out a new and re-imagined set of “11 Goals” that will help the International Federation achieve its vision of being the world’s number one family sport.
Aligned with the IOC and the Olympic Movement
The FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça Fᵒ is an active member of the sports movement and has a fantastic relationship with the International Olympic Committee, its President Dr. Thomas Bach, members of the IOC, as well as many other sports leaders around the world.
President Ary Graça is also a member of the IOC Marketing Commission, and regularly contributes with his knowledge and expertise to support the growth of the global sports movement.
The FIVB has accelerated its digital transformation in all areas of its work, while bringing the fans closer than ever to sport through a video focused content strategy. Now, fans worldwide can enjoy more incredible points, epic rallies and magical game moments.
Additionally, the FIVB launched Volleyball TV to ensure fans never miss one second of incredible action. Whether they are watching live, full length match replays or highlights, Volleyball TV has all the action covered.
The new strategy has also seen the FIVB’s social media following grow exponentially, with the organisation’s Instagram already surpassing one million followers. Meanwhile, on Facebook, the FIVB is ranked as the third most followed International Federation.
The FIVB actively supports all five of its Continental Confederations and 222 affiliated National Federations by investing in athletes, coaches and facilities to both raise the standard of volleyball worldwide, and make the game more accessible to all.
The FIVB is committed to supporting national teams by improving coaching, which is one of the organisation’s key development pillars. Every National Federation can apply for support via the FIVB Projects Platform, which aims to promote the development of players and teams across the world by providing coaching support or volleyball equipment. In 2019, the FIVB received 119 applications, of which 103 were approved, representing an impressive 86.5% approval rate.
- 1954: Asian Confederation is created as a Zone Commission
- 1958: South America is created as a Zone Commission
- 1963: European Confederation is created as a Zone Commission
- 1967: African Confederation is created as a Zone Commission
- 1969: NORCECA (North, Central American and Caribbean) Confederation is created as a Zone Commission
- 1972: The five Continental Zone Sport Commissions are recognized as Continental Confederations.
- 1993: FIVB becomes the largest sports organisation in the world with 210 affiliated member associations.
1947-1984 Paul Libaud (FRA)
1984-2008 Rubén Acosta (MEX)
2008-2012 Jizhong Wei (CHN)
2012- present Dr Ary S.Graça F° (BRA)
FIVB World Congress History
|Dates||Location||Number of delegates from NF*|
|1||18-20 Apr 1947||Paris (FRA)||14|
|2||12-18 Sept 1949||Prague (CZE)||11|
|3||18-22 Sept 1951||Paris (FRA)||23|
|4||14-16 Nov 1953||Bucharest (ROM)||20|
|5||25-27 Nov 1955||Florence (ITA)||23|
|6||7-8 Sept 1957||Moscow (RUS)||30|
|7||2-6 Oct 1959||Budapest (HUN)||32|
|8||6-11 Sept 1961||Marseille (FRA)||34|
|9||16-20 Oct 1964||Tokyo (JPN)||46|
|10||8-10 Sept 1966||Prague (CZE)||47|
|11||18-22 Oct 1968||Mexico City (MEX)||74|
|12||25-29 Sept 1970||Sofia (BUL)||70|
|13||4-6 Sept 1972||Munich (GER)||81|
|14||9-10 Oct 1974||Mexico City (MEX)||79|
|15||28-29 July 1976||Montreal (CAN)||77|
|16||29-30 Sept 1978||Rome (ITA)||70|
|17||31 July - 1 Aug 1980||Moscow (RUS)||84|
|18||29-30 Sept 1982||Buenos Aires (ARG)||88|
|19||25-26 July 1984||Los Angeles (USA)||90|
|20||5-6 Sept 1986||Prague (CZE)||62|
|21||14-15 Sept 1988||Seoul (KOR)||91|
|22||13-14 Oct 1990||Rio de Janeiro (BRA)||101|
|23||21-22 July 1992||Barcelona (ESP)||110|
|24||23-24 Sept 1994||Athens (GRE)||134|
|25||14-16 July 1996||Atlanta (USA)||134|
|26||26-28 Oct 1998||Tokyo (JPN)||139|
|27||2-4 Aug 2000||Seville (ESP)||156|
|28||21-23 Sept 2002||Buenos Aires (ARG)||177|
|29||12-13 May 2004||Porto (POR)||168|
|30||23-25 Oct 2006||Tokyo (JPN)||196|
|31||16-17 June 2008||Dubai (UAE)||184|
|32||9-10 Sept 2010||Rome (ITA)||195|
|33||19-21 Sept 2012||Anaheim (USA)||206|
|34||30 Oct-Nov 1 2014||Cagliari (ITA)||210|
|35||4-6 Oct 2016||Buenos Aires (ARG)||200|
|36||15-16 Nov 2018||Cancun (MEX)||198|
|* incl. proxies|