The Federation

The Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) is an association governed by Swiss law founded in 1947 and based in Lausanne, Switzerland.

In 2019, the FIVB consists of 222 member federations and presides over five continental confederations: AVC (Asia), CAVB (Africa), CEV (Europe), CSV (South America) and NORCECA (North and Central America).


As FIVB's basic platform and comprising all affiliated national federations, the World Congress is the supreme authority. Convened every two years, the Congress elects the President and members of the Board.

The Board of Administration is 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.

The Executive Committee is composed of Board members and each member is charged with important and specific responsibilities. It is assisted by Commissions, Committees and Councils.

The FIVB President is personally accountable before the Congress and the Board of Administration whose decisions he is responsible for executing and is supported by the Executive Committee members and FIVB Secretariat.

FIVB Brand - Our Commitment

As the global guiding organisation 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.

FIVB Vision

The FIVB vision is to make volleyball the number 1 family sport entertainment in the world.

FIVB Strategy

To make this vision a reality, the FIVB launched the ‘11 Goals’ in 2019 that are aimed at creating positive future growth and development.

Achieving these goals will drive the sport forward - spreading volleyball to every area of the world, at every level. The money generated through a bigger audience will be reinvested into the development of the sport directly.

The goals were devised through a collaborative, internal process which looked at the main areas of the organisation’s development and progress.

A Strong Foundation
  • World Congress - the ultimate authority
  • Board of Administration - overall management responsibility
  • President - provides leadership
  • Secretariat - professional staff implementing projects and programs.
The Origins

William Morgan of the YMCA in 1895 created an innovative game, something that could show non-violent athletic power. Volleyball was born.

In 1947, the FIVB was created in Europe, when 14 pioneer countries founded the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball and made Paris, France its headquarters. The FIVB moved to Lausanne, Switzerland in 1984.