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FIVB

HISTORY

Members rising

From the 14 founding members, the FIVB grew to 45

in 1955, 89 in 1964 and 101 in 1968, distributed over

the five continents. Today the Federation counts 222

affiliated national federations including 54 in Africa, 65

in Asia, 57 in Europe, 34 in NORCECA (North, Central

America and the Caribbean) and 12 in South America,

making it one of the largest sports organisations in

the world.

Dr Ruben Acosta succeeds

President Paul Libaud

One of the major turning points for the FIVB came in

1984 when President Paul Libaud, by then in his 80s

and highly acclaimed for having founded the Federation

and making it a significant reality on the world sporting

stage, resigned after 37 years of leadership. Dr Ruben

Acosta was elected President to succeed Libaud at the

World Congress in Long Beach, California, USA.

The founding

A decisive moment in the history of volleyball’s

first 100 years was certainly the founding of the

International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) when in April

1947 representatives of 14 countries (Belgium, Brazil,

Czechoslovakia, Egypt, France, Netherlands, Hungary,

Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Uruguay, USA and

Yugoslavia) met in Paris under the leadership of France’s

Paul Libaud.

Libaud, president of the French Federation, was elected

first President of the FIVB. The headquarters were

established in Paris, where they remained for the first

37 years of the organisation’s existence.

The Move

In 1984 the FIVB moved its headquarters from Paris to

the Olympic capital of Lausanne, Switzerland, bringing

it closer to the International Olympic Committee and

providing a wonderful base to promote the sport in

global competitions held in the five continents.

From game to great

TV spectacle

At the same time, volleyball went through several

modifications in 1998 to change the face of the sport.

The need to make it more telegenic to attract fans

and sponsors led to the introduction of the Rally Point

System, the Libero player, the “let ball in play” rule

and many other new regulations that made the game

more attractive.

Jizhong Wei becomes third

FIVB President

The FIVB entered the next phase of its life in 2008

when Jizhong Wei became the FIVB’s third president

following his election at the 31st World Congress in

Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He came in as president

after 37 and 24 years of continuous improvement

under President Libaud and Dr Acosta respectively.

At the same time, the FIVB relocated its headquarters

within Lausanne, moving from Avenue de la Gare to

the stunning “Château Les Tourelles”.