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FIVB Constitution and Regulations

The FIVB has its seat in Lausanne, Switzerland and is organised in the legal form of a not-for-profit association. Through its governing institutions such as the Congress and the Board of Administration, the FIVB has established a legal framework which applies to volleyball activities globally. The FIVB Constitution is the supreme legal text of FIVB and any amendments thereto fall within the exclusive authority of the Congress.

The latest edition of the FIVB Constitution was approved by the Congress held in Anaheim, USA on 20 September 2012. During the same meeting it was decided that the former "Congress Regulations" would be substituted with the Rules of Procedure of the FIVB Congress, which can be amended only by the Congress.

The FIVB Board of Administration is responsible for the enactment and update of the FIVB Regulations.

FIVB Judicial Bodies

Article 2.7 of the FIVB Constitution (ed. 2012) provides for the creation of four (4) judicial bodies:

Disciplinary Panel

Decides on alleged violations of the FIVB Constitution and Regulations. In the event of an anti-doping rule violation, a member appointed by the Medical Commission also participates in the Disciplinary Panel.


Appeals Panel

Decides appeals filed by an affected party against decisions of FIVB bodies (e.g. the President, the Board of Administration, the Disciplinary Panel etc). Appeals procedures are set out in the FIVB Disciplinary Regulations.



Ethics Panel

Examines possible violations of FIVB's rules on Ethics (see Disciplinary Regulations) and proposes sanctions to the FIVB Board of Administration or to the FIVB Congress.


FIVB Tribunal

Decides on financial disputes of an international dimension between players/coaches/clubs (as well as coaches/NFs) either (a) reviewing a decision taken by the FIVB/Confederation in accordance with the Sports Regulations or (b) directly, upon referral of a case by the FIVB/Confederation.


All Confederations are represented on the FIVB Judicial Bodies. For the composition of each Judicial Body please access here.


Financial Disputes

Article 45.11 of the FIVB Sports Regulations provides that a volleyball club, player or coach may file a complaint before the FIVB in order to resolve a financial dispute of international dimension. The same procedure may also apply to a financial dispute between a national federation and a coach.

As of 1 November 2013, the procedure is free of charge save for a handling fee of CHF 500 (FIVB cases) or EUR 400 (CEV cases).

Useful Documents:

For further information please access the FIVB Sports Regulations (Article 45.11) and FIVB Tribunal Regulations.

Note: The FIVB Sports Regulations entered into force during the 2012/13 season. Consequently, only cases which arose during the 2012/13 season (or later) are admissible as Financial Disputes under the procedure of Art. 45.11 of the FIVB Sports Regulations. Contractual violations relating to previous seasons may, depending on their circumstances, fall under the scope of Art. 45.10.2 of the FIVB Sports Regulations.


FIVB Disciplinary Panel decisions


  1. Brazilian coach and players
  2. Russian player Spiridonov