Lausanne, June 23, 2009 – The FIVB will test a new libero system during the World Grand Champions Cup to be held in November in Japan.
A test will be performed during the World Grand Champions Cup for the unlimited substitution of the libero
Each team will have the option of having two liberos with no limits of substitutions among them, to allow coaches to have an alternate for each position.
The decision came after a meeting chaired in Lausanne on the weekend by FIVB Vice-President and CEV President André Meyer. Also in attendance were 1st and 2nd FIVB Executive Vice-Presidents Cristóbal Marte Hoffiz and Theofanis Tsiokris.
The Rules of the Game and Refereeing Commissions were represented by their presidents and secretaries, Alexander Steel, Gavriel Kraus, Mohammed Habib Ali Abdullah, Hassan Ahmed Mohamed, with FIVB Directors Piero Rebaudengo and Helgi Thorsteinsson also on hand.
“It was a very useful meeting,” said André Meyer, “because the rule that is currently in place is not the best solution for Volleyball, but there was not enough time to correct the wording of it before it was released. That’s why some National Federations and Leagues implemented different systems to manage the second libero, which was not good for the image of our sport.
“Now we will have the proper time to test another rule application for the double libero, after which we will seek the approval of the Executive, the Board and the FIVB Congress,” Meyer added. “Another meeting will be called next February to prepare a revised text for the Rules of the Game, taking into consideration all the input from the experience using the system in Japan. If approved, this rule shall be applied to all main national competitions. In the meantime the Confederations will be able to do tests as well.”
The plan is to allow teams to name up to 20 players on their O2 lists (preliminary rosters), with the number being cut to up to 14 players on the O2bis (the roster signed during the preliminary enquiry a day before the event). Each coach can chose to register only 12 players allowed to play each match (including two liberos, one libero or no libero at all), with 2 players sitting in the stands.
The World Grand Champions Cup will be hosted by Japan. The Women’s competition will be played from November 10-15 in Tokyo and Fukuoka, while the Men’s competition is scheduled for November 18-23 in Osaka and Nagoya.