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Russia, Serbia game aired live for “Match of the Week”


Russia's team ready at the net during the 2013 FIVB World League

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 13, 2013 – Volleyball fans can watch Russia and Serbia kick off week three of the FIVB World League during a special, on-demand “Match of the Week” feed on FIVB Web TV. The Pool B match will air June 14 at 15:00 in Kaliningrad, Russia.

The specially selected ‘Match of the Week’ is available to the World League’s host broadcasters as well as other TV channels. The match will be aired live and on-demand on FIVB Web TV.

The FIVB launched the “Match of the Week” initiative in 2008 to further spread volleyball into regions where the sport has the potential to grow. The programme allows for broadcasters to televise for free, one match from each week of the FIVB’s premier annual tournament for men.

In total there will be seven matches - one more than in previous years - distributed by IMG free of charge to the host TV Broadcasters of the 18 participating countries. The matches will include English commentary and will be shown live and on demand on the FIVB Web TV, geo-blocked only in countries where respective rights have been sold.

In week four fans will be able to watch Bulgaria host Argentina in Sofia (last year’s World League Finals host city) on June 22 at 17:00 in a Pool A match while week five will see Cuba take on Russia in Pool B on June 28 in La Habana at 00:40 (+1d). Week six will feature Serbia again, this time taking on Italy in Novi Sad on July 6 at 18:00 in Pool B. In week 7 fans will be able to watch one of the biggest rivalries in volleyball when Brazil host USA in a Pool A match in Rio de Janeiro on July 13 at 13:00. All times are GMT.

In 2011 the ‘Match of the Week’ was broadcast by 19 international broadcasters across 53 territories. Highlights of all the matches also appeared in the 26 minute FIVB World League highlight, produced and distributed by IMG once a week. Like this year, all matches were shown live and on demand on FIVB Web TV.

This year the English commentary for the matches will be provided by Phil Bush, a former player turned broadcaster who has worked for the FIVB to provide the Play by Play for the FIVB ‘Match of the Week.’ He has spent 17 seasons working for Fox SportsNet South, ESPNU, CSS and Sun Sports.

The FIVB Volleyball World League is set to start on Friday and run until July 14 with the Finals taking place in Mar del Plata, Argentina from July 17 to 21.


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