The Challenge System will allow team captains to approach the referee
and challenge a point that they believe has been called incorrectly within
five seconds of a decision being made. With the help of a number of
video cameras around the court, match officials will be able to review
the action and either change their decision or stick to their earlier call.
The system has been used successfully in the CEV Champions League
and the Brazilian, Italian and Polish leagues and after receiving feedback
from their organisers, the FIVB decided that now was the time to
introduce it to their annual showpiece tournaments.
Meanwhile, in beach volleyball the Board unanimously endorsed the new
selection criteria put in place for the 2013 season, which gives control
of the vacancies for tournaments to the national federations. It is the
same process that is used for the Olympic Games and Continental Cup
and while the ranking points are allocated to each player for ranking,
entry and seeding purposes, this new criterion brings beach volleyball’s
selection policy in line with volleyball.
We have a great opportunity to turn volleyball into one of the world’s
most popular sports but we have to be innovative and we have to be
courageous to think outside the box,” Dr. Graça told the members. “I
appreciate all your hard work in this meeting and I urge all of you to take
back home what we have discussed over the last two days and spread
the word of what the FIVB is now trying to achieve. All parties - players,
organisers, confederations, federations and stakeholders - play an
important part in the modernisation of our organisation and our sport.”
We have a great opportunity to
turn volleyball into one of the
world’s most popular sports but
we have to be innovative and we
have to be courageous to think
outside the box.
The Challenge System and the new beach volleyball selection criteria were just some of the issues on the table for discussion.
The role of females off the court in volleyball was given a boost with
the introduction of a global plan to develop female referees through
organising specialised International Referee Courses every two years in
the development centre of each confederation.
The two-day meeting also rubber-stamped the FIVB General Regulations,
Disciplinary Regulations, FIVB Tribunal Regulations and a new set of
Sports Regulations, while FIVB Honorary Life President Mr Jizhong Wei
and Honorary Executive Vice President and Board of Administration
member Mr Theofanis Tsiokris both received special recognition awards
for their services to the FIVB.