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.
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.
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
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.