After a demonstration given at the YMCA in
Springfield the name "Mintonette" is replaced
The rules as modified by W.E. Day are accepted
and published by the YMCA. The height of the net
is increased to 7-feet-6. Match length is set at
Canada is the first "foreign" country to adopt
Cuba discovers "6 Volleyball" in 1906, thanks to
a North American army officer, Agusto York, who
takes part in the second military intervention
on the Caribbean island.
Volleyball reaches Japan. It is Hyozo Omori, a
Springfield College graduate in the United
States, who first demonstrates the rules of the
new game on the YMCA courts in Tokyo.
Volleyball officially lands in China, thanks to
Max Exner and Howard Crokner. Up until 1917,
play is between 16-man teams and goes to 21
The Philippines, too, got to know the new game.
It is imported by Manila YMCA director Elwood
Brown. In a very short space of time, there are
5,000 public and private courts.
In the USA, decisive impetus is given to the
game by Prevost Idell, YMCA director in
The court size is changed, becoming 35x60 feet.
A uniform size and weight of the ball is
established, calling for a circumference of 26
inches and a weight of between 7 and 9 ounces.
Two other important innovations: the number of
players on each team is set at six and it is
decided to rotate players before service.
Volleyball is put on the programme for the first
Far Eastern Games held in Manila. Teams are made
up of 16 players.
George Fisher, secretary of the YMCA War Office,
includes Volleyball in the recreation and
education programme for the American armed
The number of players on court again becomes
variable, anything from 2 to 6 for each team.
Official game time is introduced and it is
decided that the team losing a game has the
right to begin serving in the next game.
In Europe, Volleyball arrives on the French
beaches of Normandy and Brittany with American
soldiers fighting in the First World War. Its
popularity grows rapidly, but the game takes
root especially in Eastern countries, where the
cold climate makes gym sports particularly
The opening days of World War I brings
Volleyball to Africa. The first country to learn
the rules is Egypt.
Many new rules are established. The score for a
"game" drops from 21 to 15, and it is determined
that to win a match a team has to win two out of
three "games." The ball can now be hit with a
player’s feet. Net height rises to 8 feet, while
ball weight climbs from 8 to 10 ounces. It is
decided that holding on to the ball is a foul
and that a player cannot have contact with the
ball a second time until after it has been
played by another athlete.
Volleyball becomes a part of the programme of
the NCAA, the body that oversees college and
university sports in the USA.
At the Allied Forces air base in Porto Corsini,
where Ravenna’s sports palace is now located,
American airmen introduce the virus of
Volleyball into Italy.
The number of players per team is set at six.
In Japan, the first High School Championship is
During the First World War, Dr. George J.
Fisher, as Secretary of the YMCA War Work
Office, makes Volleyball a part of the programme
in military training camps, both in the USA and
abroad, in the athletic handbooks written for
those responsible for sport and recreation in
the Army and Marines. Thousands of balls and
nets are sent overseas to the U.S. troops and
also presented to the Allied Army's sports
directors. More than 16,000 volleyballs are
distributed in 1919 to the American
Expeditionary Corps Forces only. The
Inter-Allied Games are organized in Paris (but
Volleyball is not included since the game is not
yet known sufficiently well known in the 18
participating Allied countries to allow for a
In China, the rules are modified. Play becomes
12 against 12, with matches going to 15 points.
Court size goes down to 30x60 feet, and the ball
is allowed to be played by any part of the body
above the waist. A major innovation involves the
rule allowing a team to play a ball no more than
three times before sending it over the net.
The Philippines develop the first kind of spike.
It is known as the "Filipino bomb" and it is a
pretty lethal weapon.
The first spontaneous attempts at blocking make
their appearance, although they are not yet
codified by the rules.
Volleyball makes its first official appearance
in Russia in the cities of the Volga, Gorky and
Kazan, and at the same time in Khabarovsk and
Players in the back line are not permitted to
spike. The "double hit" fault is added to the
rules. Scoring rules are also changed, providing
that, with the score at 14-14, two consecutive
points are needed to win.
The maximum number of consecutive ball contacts
per team is set at three. The first National
Federation is founded in Czechoslovakia, quickly
followed by Bulgaria. The first National
Championship is played in the USA, in which only
YMCA teams compete.
Volleyball gains in popularity in Italy too,
thanks to Guido Graziani, a Springfield YMCA
A team is to be made up of 6 players on court
and 12 official substitutes, and each player has
to have a numbered jersey. The team securing the
right to serve has to rotate clockwise. The
serve is to be made by the player placed on the
right on the back line. If a player touches the
adversary’s court during play it is a foul.
Minimum ceiling height is set at 15 feet.
The official birth date of Volleyball in Russia
is set at 28 July, 1923, the day a match between
men's team High Art and Theatre Workshop (Vhutemas)
and State Cinema Technical School (GTK) is
played in Moscow.
The Olympic Games programme in Paris includes a
demonstration of "American" sports, with Volleyball
Two time-outs per game for each team becomes the
rule. There is also a change in the scoring
rules for the most hotly contested sets: at
14-14 to win it is no longer necessary to score
two consecutive points, but rather to have a
two-point advantage. Once again the ball weight
is modified, from 9 to 10 ounces.
Volleyball is played for the first time in the
Netherlands. After a stay at the Seminary of
Techny in Illinois, U.S., Father S. Buis
introduces the sport to the Sint Willibrod
mission house in Uden and has a few courts set
A team reduced to less
than 6 players forfeits the match.
The Japanese Federation is born and nine men's
competitions are organised.
In Russia, there is a "political" reaction by
the Communist Party against the YMCA as a
"capitalistic, bourgeois, and religious"
organization, and it is obliged to leave the
country. But Volleyball is there to stay.
China adopts the nine-player-per-team system,
the same used in Japan.
The U.S. Volleyball Association is founded under
basic YMCA principles as a leisure sport.
Cuba organizes the first men's tournament according
to "American" rules at the Caribbean and Central
American Games. Between the two World Wars, great
efforts are made to give unity to the Volleyball
movement by establishing a single set of rules and
creating an international federation. These are just
initial efforts, with nothing concrete being set.
Time-outs are limited to one minute. To make a
play, an athlete can step off his own court; but
he cannot change position in the starting
The first USSR National Championship is held,
where there are already over 400,000 players.
For Soviet Volleyball, it is the year of
enshrinement. In January, a challenge between
Moscow and Dnepropetrovsk is played on no less
important a stage than that of the Bolshoi
A book entitled Volleyball: Man’s Game by Robert
E. Laveaga, published by A S Barnes & Co of New
York, makes an important impact on teaching
methods and scientific training techniques.
Volleyball for Women by Katherine M. Montgomery
is also very useful for teaching the game.
The first concrete steps to establish
international relations in Volleyball are taken
during the International Handball Federation
Congress in Stockholm.
Crosses are to be marked on the floor to
determine player position. Touching the net is
to be considered a foul. An important rule
involves spikers: it is forbidden to step off
the court as long as the ball is in play on the
spiker’s side (it had been customary for spikers
waiting for a set to take a running start from
way off and then leap from one foot). In
Tashkent and Moscow, the USSR plays the first
official international matches against
Multiple ball contacts were permitted in defence
against particularly violent spikes.
The Czechs perfect blocking which is officially
introduced into the rules under the concept of "a
counteraction at the net by one or two adjacent
players." For almost 20 years before, blocking had
been a part of the game but was not spelled out in
the rules. The Czechs are the first (soon followed
by the Russians) to attribute decisive importance to
the new skill, which facilitates the ungrateful task
of volleying defences.
How to push for homogeneous rules throughout the
world? The Annual USVBA Reference Guide and the
Official Rules of the Game of Volleyball gave useful
information on the game and provided a forum where
experiences and ideas emanating from different
sources could be exchanged. During the War,
thousands of these guides were used throughout the
William G. Morgan, the creator of Volleyball,
dies at the age of 68. A man of high moral
standards, Morgan suffered no pangs of jealousy
and continued to follow with enthusiasm the
progress of his game, convinced that real
Volleyball, for real athletes, would be a
In several countries, including Italy, experiments
are made with a system of timed play. Two 20-minute
sets are played (with supplementary time in case of
a tie). But after various and prolonged trials, the
experiments are abandoned, but taken up again in the
United States at the close of the Second World War.
Another innovation is time-limit Volleyball, whereby
a game lasts eight minutes of actual play. To win, a
team has to have either a two-point advantage at the
end of the eight minutes or be the first to score 15
points. But even there, the idea finds little
The ball can be played by any part of the body from
the knees up.
Everywhere from the South Pacific to the Finnish
front, Volleyball draws crowds among troops engaged
in the Second World War, even aboard aircraft
carriers. Volleyball is recommended by Chiefs of
Staff for training the troops, believing it keeps
them in condition, strengthens their morale, and
teaches them how to stay together as a group -
something essential at this point of the War.
During the summer, Mr. Friermood joins the
management of the United States YMCA and quickly
becomes Secretary/Treasurer of the USVBA and works
closely with Dr. Fisher, its President. Through
international YMCA contacts in more than 80
countries and also military personnel around the
world, communications are established and begin to
produce information on the interpretation and
development of Volleyball and those who are managing
it. Correspondence with the Polish managers during
the War draws attention to the post-war endeavours
to establish an international Volleyball
First postage stamp on a Volleyball subject is
issued in Romania.
In January, the Spartak Prague team goes to play
in Poland, signalling a resumption of contacts
after the War years aimed at creating an
international Volleyball organization. On the
occasion of a friendly match between the Czech
and French national teams on August 26, a
meeting is held in Prague between
representatives of the federations of
Czechoslovakia, France, and Poland. The meeting
produces the first official document of the
future FIVB, with the creation of a commission
for the organization of the International
Federation, the promotion of a constituent
congress, and the decision to launch a European
or World Championship at an early date.
Only front-line players are allowed to exchange
positions for a two-player block and spike.
Egypt is the first Arab and African country to
organize Volleyball activities and establish a
From April 18 to 20 in Paris, 14 federations found
the FIVB, with the headquarters in Paris. Frenchman
Paul Libaud is the first President.
American and European rules of the game are
harmonized. The court is to measure 9 x 18 metres;
and net height is to be 2.43 metres for men and 2.24
Only in Asia, the rules are different: the court has
to measure 21.35 x 10.67 metres, and the net has to
be 2.28 high for men and 2.13 for women; there is no
rotation of players and on court there are nine
athletes arranged in three lines.
The first European Championship is held in Rome
and won by Czechoslovakia. After the War, the
rules are rewritten and clarified to make
interpretation easier. In particular, a better
definition is given to the idea of blocking, and
service is limited to the right third of the
back court boundary. It is also made clear that
each player has to be in his right place during
service; points scored by the wrong server are
to be nullified; simultaneous contacts by two
players are to be considered one; time-outs are
to last one minute, while time-out due to injury
can last five minutes; and rest time between one
game and another is set at three minutes.
The first Men's World Championship is held in Prague
and won by the USSR. This is also the first time a
setter can penetrate from the back line, leading to
a three-player attack.
At its third Congress, the FIVB decides that a
player's hands can "invade" at the net during
blocking but only in the final phases of spiking.
Furthermore, a back-line player can spike, providing
that he remains in his zone and does not move up to
the front line.
China begins to participate in international
The first Women's World Championship was held in
Moscow and won by the USSR.
At its fourth Congress, the FIVB defines referee
action and terminology.
The Chinese Federation is born.
The Asian Confederation is founded in Manila.
At the FIVB Congress in Florence, the Japanese
Federation adopts the international rules and
commits itself to gradually introducing them in
The 1st Asian Championship is played in Tokyo; both
6- and 9-player tournaments are scheduled.
Volleyball is put on the programme for the Pan
First issue of the official FIVB bulletin is
published. The first truly globe-spanning World
Championship is held in Paris, France (with 24 men's
teams from four continents).
Czechoslovakia Men and USSR Women win the coveted
Consideration is given to the introduction of a
second referee; duration of time-outs is limited
to one minute, 30 seconds. During the 53rd IOC
session in Sofia, Bulgaria, from September 22 to
26, a demonstration tournament is played for the
IOC members who then decide to include
Volleyball on the programme for the Games
celebrating the XVII Olympiad in Tokyo, 1964.
Once again it is the Czechs who introduce a new
defensive hit - the bagger - which amazes
spectators at the European Championship in
At the FIVB Congress in Budapest it is decided
to forbid "screening" on the serve and to limit
"invasion" at the net onto the opponent's court
to the whole foot.
For the first time, a World Championship (Men's)
is played outside of Europe, in Brazil. USSR
claims victory, as it also does in the women’s
The idea of Mini Volleyball is born in East
The World Championships are played in Moscow.
The USSR Men confirm their status as the best,
while it is a first victory for the Japanese
The European Confederation is founded on
New rules on blocking: airborne invasion during
blocking is prohibited, while blockers are permitted
a second hit. The first Olympic Volleyball
tournaments are played in Tokyo during the Olympic
Games from October 13 to 23, with 10 men's teams and
6 women's teams. The gold medal for the men goes to
the USSR, and the women to Japan.
The first men's World Cup is played in Poland and
won by the USSR.
The first scientific symposium is held in Prague on
the occasion of the men's World Championship, won by
The first African Continental Championship is
played, and the African Zone Commission is founded.
The women's World Championship, scheduled a year
after the men's, is played in Tokyo and won once
again by Japan.
The use of antennas to limit the court air space and
facilitate the referee's decision on ball crossing
outside the side line is recommended to the Congress
The USSR take home two Olympic gold medals.
A Coaches Commission is established. The FIVB
recognizes its fifth Continental Sport Zone
Commission when NORCECA is born in Mexico, July
26, with the merging of USA, Canada and other
countries joining to form the North Central
American and Caribbean Confederation (NORCECA).
The first NORCECA Championships take place in
In Berlin, East Germany wins the second edition
of the men's World Cup.
The World Championships are held in Bulgaria.
Victorious are the East German men and the USSR
The first FIVB coaching courses are held in
Japan and Egypt.
The FIVB Medical Commission is established.
The sub-commission for Mini Volleyball of the
FIVB Coaches' Commission is established.
The five Sports Zone Commissions (Africa, Asia,
Europe, Norceca, and South America) become
Continental Confederations. The Japanese Men’s
team win the Munich Olympics with playmakers
Nekoda and Matsudaira. Systematic use of its
fast game clinches for the first time the gold
medal for an Asian Country. The Women's
tournament is won by the USSR.
The official rules of Mini Volleyball are
The first South American Junior Championships
are held in Rio.
The first Women's World Cup is played in Uruguay
and won by the USSR.
At the FIVB Congress in Mexico City it is decided to
make two changes to be put into force after 1976:
lateral antennas are to be moved to the courtside
boundaries and three ball contacts are to be
permitted after blocking.
During the World Championship, Polish athlete
Wojtowicz amazes everybody by spiking from the back
line. In Mexico City, Poland wins the Men's gold;
while, in Guadalajara, Japan holds on to the Women's
The first Mini Volleyball Symposium is held in
Sweden, with 19 nations participating.
The first Asian Championships are held in Australia.
At the Montreal Olympic Games, Poland confirms its
leadership among the Men’s teams and Japan among the
After blocking, not two but three ball contacts are
permitted; the distance between the antennas is
shortened from 9.40 metres to 9 metres.
The first Junior World Championships are held in
Brazil. The Winners are the USSR Men and South
Korea Women. Kuwait organizes the first Arabian
The World Cup is granted to Japan on a permanent
basis for both men and women. Triumphing in
Tokyo are the Soviet Men and the Japanese Women.
The Men's World Championship is held in Rome,
with the USSR winning ahead of Italy. The women
play in Leningrad and it is a surprise first
world title for Cuba, placing ahead of Japan and
At the Moscow Olympic Games, it was a dual
victory for the USSR.
17th FIVB Congress: the rules of the game were
adopted in three languages: French, English and
World Cup in Tokyo: the USSR win for the men and
China for the women.
Ball pressure is increased from 0.40 to 0.46 kg/cm2.
The Women's World Championship is held in Peru
where, for the first time, China takes the title
after an outstanding and spectacular performance.
The Men's World Championship (in Argentina) is won
by the USSR.
On July 19, the Brazil vs. USSR challenge at Rio de
Janeiro's Maracaná stadium attracts nearly 100,000
The 19th Congress of the FIVB is held in Long Beach,
California; and, after 37 years at the helm, the
founding French President Paul Libaud steps down and
becomes Honorary President. A Mexican lawyer, Dr.
Rubén Acosta H., is elected as the new President.
The USA win the Men's Olympic gold and the Chinese
Women’s team also claim gold.
At the Los Angeles Olympic Games, the Brazilians
(silver medallists) attract attention with their
ability to make jumping serves. The idea is not new
(Argentina had already tried it at the 1982 World
Championship), but no one has ever seen it used so
After Los Angeles, it is no longer possible to block
a serve, and referees became more permissive in
The first International Volleyball Cinema Festival
is held in Perugia.
December 15: FIVB moves its quarters to a temporary
office in Lausanne while preparing its permanent
headquarters in this city.
May 28: for the first time, a Volleyball
representative (FIVB President Dr. Acosta) is
named for an IOC Commission - the prestigious
Olympic Movement Commission.
World Cup in Tokyo: Victory goes to the USA Men,
while China confirms its dominance among the
December 28-31: the first Women's World Gala is
played in China, (two matches in Beijing and
Shanghai). A world All-Star line-up challenges
the Olympic Champion China, which wins both
matches and the Hitachi Cup.
In Paris, USA win the Men's World Championships.
China claim the women's gold medal in Prague.
Beach Volleyball receives official status by the
From February 17-22, the first Beach Volleyball
World Championship is played in Ipanema, Brazil.
On May 6, the FIVB inaugurates its new headquarters
The Olympic Games in Seoul sees the number of teams
for the men's tournament rise from 10 to 12. The USA
win the men's gold medal; the USSR take the women's
after a dramatic final match against Peru.
The World Congress approves the turning of the fifth
set into a tiebreak rally-point system in which each
serve is worth a point.
Final scoring per set is limited to 17 points with
one point difference.
The first edition of the FIVB Super Four is held in
Japan, a bi-yearly competition between the three
medallists from the Olympic Games (or the World
Championships). In the first Super Four, the Soviet
Men and Chinese Women re-affirm their superiority.
The year brings the first edition of the Beach
Volleyball World Series (a world circuit) and the
second World Gala in Singapore (men's and women's
All Stars against the Olympic champions).
World Cup in Japan: Cuba Men and Women do the
double. men, Italy places second in the men’s
From December 6 to 10, the first World Championship
for Clubs is played in Parma and won by home team
The first edition of the men's World League gets
underway, a revolutionary idea for a team sport,
with US$1 million prize money, professional
organization and wide TV broadcasting in a
multi-location competition reaching all corners of
The playing formula for the World Championship is
changed. After the qualification phase, play
proceeds by direct elimination matches right up to
the finals for first to eighth place.
Italy wins the first US$1 million World League in
Tokyo, Japan, before a crowd of 10,000 spectators.
Italy upset Brazil in Rio de Janeiro and becomes the
first Western European country to win the Men's
Volleyball World Championship. USSR win the women's
world title against China in Beijing.
The first edition of the Women's World Championship
for Clubs is played in Brazil. Winner is Sadia Sao
Italy wins the second consecutive World League with
US$2 million prize money for the teams. The final is
in Milan in front of 12,000 spectators against Cuba.
Barcelona applauds the first Olympic victory by the
Brazil Men and Cuba Women. After Barcelona, the
tiebreak is modified. At 16-16, play continues until
one team has a two-point advantage.
The World League increases Prize Money to US$3
million and for the third time Italy win, in front
of 9,000 spectators in Genoa against the
Brazil triumphs in the men's Super Four and Cuba in
The first edition of the World Grand Prix with US$1
million in Prize Money, the women's version of the
World League, is played entirely in Asia and the
Final is won by Cuba against China.
The World League final is held in São Paulo and
Brazil win the title.
During the 101st IOC session in Monte Carlo on
September 18, Beach Volleyball is admitted as a gold
medal discipline to the 1996 Olympic Games in
Debut of another major event: the Grand Champions
Cup is to be played every four years in Japan,
alternating on odd years with the World Cup;
participants will be the continental champions.
First gold medal winners are Italy Men and Cuba
The fifth edition of the World League offers record
Prize Money of $6 million. Italy win for the fourth
time, beating Cuba in the Final.
The World Congress in Athens approves new rules to
go into force officially on January 1, 1995: The
possibility of contacting the ball with any part of
the body, including the feet; the service zone
extended to the whole 9-meter back line; elimination
of the "double hit" fault on the first touch of a
ball coming from the opponent's court; and the
permission to touch the net accidentally when the
player in question is not trying to play the ball.
The Italians win the Men's World Championship for
the second time in a row, equalling a previous USSR
At the Women's World Championship in Brazil, 26,000
spectators in Belo Horizonte attend the matches,
setting a new record for women's event. Later on in
São Paulo, 12,000 spectators watch Cuba win its
second world title, this time in a Final against
Volleyball is 100 years old. The anniversary is
observed throughout the world with awards
ceremonies, tournaments, and special stamp issues
and postmarks. The FIVB celebrates the event by
bringing together "100 years of Volleyball in 100
days" in a special calendar of events and publishes
a magnificent book, "100 Years of Global Link."
The World League is again won by the Italians. In
the World Grand Prix, a surprise victory goes to the
Italy win the Men's World Cup for the first time and
Cuba the women's event for the third time in a row.
In the World Gala, the Italian Men beat the All
Stars and receive the Centennial Cup from IOC
President Juan Antonio Samaranch.
The Atlanta Olympic Games makes Beach Volleyball the
latest Olympic Medal Sport. A newly built 8,000-seat
stadium in the historic area of Clayton County
struggles to accommodate the enthusiastic crowds.
Volleyball competitions have two ad hoc facilities;
the Atlanta convention centre and the Georgia
University Hall in Athens. Netherlands and Italy
show Volleyball at its best and, after five
strenuous sets, the team led by the Van de Goor
brothers gives Netherlands their first gold medal in
The Men and Women's World Championships for the
first time go to Japan, and the best Championships
in Volleyball history take place. After matches in
14 cities watched by over 500,000 spectators, and
the highest TV ratings in Japan since the 1964
Japanese Olympics gold for women, the Italians, led
by Giani and Gardini, make history with their third
consecutive crown, defeating Yugoslavia. Cuba Women,
led by Regla Torres, set the same record of three
crowns for women, defeating Russia.
The Congress makes a historic change in the rules,
adopting the "Rally Point System" of 25 points for
each of the first four sets and a 15-point fifth
tiebreak set for a two-year testing period. Other
changes immediately adopted are the colour ball,
Libero player and allowance of interactive coaches.
The Italians win their eighth World League pennant
in 12 editions defeating Russia.
Cuba Women defeat Russia once more, 3-2, and win
their third consecutive Olympic gold, setting an
Following the phenomenal success of Beach Volleyball
during the Sydney Olympics, the IOC Executive
Committee declares Beach Volleyball an official part
of the Olympic programme.
Karch Kiraly of the USA and Regla Torres of Cuba are
crowned as the 20th Century Best Volleyball Players.
Italy Men (1990-98) and Japan Women (1960-1965) are
declared the 20th Century Best Volleyball Teams.
The 20th Century Best Volleyball Coaches titles are
awarded to Yasutaka Matsudaira, Japan Men
(1964-1974), and Eugenio George, Cuba Women
Beach Volleyball is confirmed as a full Olympic
The FIVB World Congress in Buenos Aires adopts a
Code of Conduct and rules against conflicts of
interest and introduces height limit competitions
(185 cm for men, 175 cm for women).
Italy win the FIVB Women’s World Championship for
the first time in Berlin.
Brazil Men win all 11 games in Japan to claim the
FIVB World Cup for the first time. China Women do
likewise to win their first World Cup title.
China’s Women win the Olympic Volleyball title in
Athens for the second time following their victory
20 years earlier in Los Angeles. Brazil’s Men also
win for the second time, their first Olympic title
being claimed in 1992.
Dr. Rubén Acosta is unanimously reelected as
President of the FIVB by delegates representing 196
of the FIVB’s 219 National Federations at the 30th
FIVB World Congress in Tokyo, Japan.
The Brazilian Men defend their World Championship
crown by beating Poland in the final in Tokyo.
Russia’s Women win their sixth World Championship
and their first since 1990.
Brazil’s Men defend their FIVB World Cup title in
Japan, while the Italian Women win their first World
Brazil claim the World League for the fifth straight
year and sixth time overall. They pick up a winner's
cheque for US$1 million.
The Netherlands win the World Grand Prix in Ningbo,
China, their first trophy in major FIVB competition.
The Europeans become the sixth team to win the
renowned annual women’s title and snap Brazil’s run
of three straight triumphs.
The FIVB opens it new premises of “Château Les
Tourelles” in May, a gorgeous building by Lake
Geneva in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The 31st FIVB World Congress takes place in Dubai,
United Arab Emirates, in June.
USA Men win the World League before crowning a
magnificent year with Olympic gold in Beijing.
The Brazilian Women do the double as well: Olympic
gold following first place in the World Grand Prix.
Dr. Rubén Acosta makes official his announced
retirement from the Presidency of the FIVB at the
end of the World Congress. It is agreed that Mr.
Jizhong Wei of China, FIVB First Executive Vice
President, is to take over the leadership of the
organisation as President, unanimously elected until
the next elections in 2012, according to the
Congress decision to follow again in four years’
time the Olympiad cycle.
Brazil win their eighth World League as they defeat
Serbia in Belgrade in a pulsating match watched by a
crowd of 22,000 spectators whilst Brazil also pick
up the World Grand Prix, finishing above Russia and
Italy’s women follow up their 2007
World Cup win with claim their first FIVB World
Grand Champions Cup in Japan as Brazil win the men’s