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VOLLEYBALL
HISTORY
The first World Gala is held in Beijing and Shanghai with
China Women’s Olympic champions facing the All Stars
World team.
1989
The first Club World Championship for men takes place
in Parma, Italy while the Boys’ and Girls’ Youth World
Championships makes their debut in United Arab
Emirates and Brazil respectively.
The Beach Volleyball FIVB World Series for men is
launched.
1990
First Men’s World League with eight countries and $1
million in prize money.
1991
The first women’s Club World Championship is held in
São Paulo, Brazil.
1992
Beach Volleyball FIVB World Series is recreated as a
World Tour for both men and women to determine the
world champions (men and women). Events are held in
Japan, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Italy and Australia.
1993
First Grand Champions Cup for men and women is held
in Japan.
The first Women’s World Grand Prix with eight countries
and $1 million in prize money is held in eight Asian cities.
IOC session in Monte Carlo includes beach volleyball
into the 1996 Olympic Games program as a full medal
discipline for women (16 pairs) and men (24 pairs).
1994
The ball can touch any part of the body including the
feet. The service zone is extended to the full outline.
1995
Volleyball celebrates its 100
th
birthday.
1996
Beach volleyball makes its debut in the Atlanta Olympics.
1997
The first Beach Volleyball World Championships in its
current (double gender) format are held in Los Angeles,
USA with total prize money of $600,000 for both
genders.
The eighth edition of the World League increases its
Prize Money to $8 million.
1998
The Rally Point System and Libero are officially accepted
and played at the World Championships in Tokyo,
following the 26
th
FIVB World Congress.
2000
The Rally Point System is extended to Beach Volleyball.
The rule allowing play to continue when a serve hits the
net and continues to the opposition court is adopted.
Karch Kiraly of USA, Lorenzo Bernardi of Italy and
three-time Olympic champion Regla Torres of Cuba are
celebrated as best players of the century.
2001
The Beach Volleyball Junior World Championships make
their debut in Le Lavandou, France.
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A solid block in the first Volleyball Men’s World League in 1990.
The Finals were held in Osaka, Japan.