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Liberos gain new freedom

The new rule allows teams to replace Liberos with a second Libero or regular replacement player
Lausanne, Switzerland, December 9, 2010 - Libero-for-Libero replacements will be allowed in all FIVB competitions as of January 1, 2011 following the unanimous decision made at the 2010 FIVB Congress in Rome from September 9-10.

Currently, the Acting Libero can be exchanged for the reserve Libero only once per match. However, this has limited the use of a second Libero, teams preferring instead to use 11 regular players and only one Libero or specialist defensive player. The new freedom will allow teams to replace the Libero with a second Libero – or with a regular replacement player – as often as is deemed necessary by the coach. This gives an incentive to the team to use a second Libero. All replacements are to be done without formality through the Libero Replacement Zone, which is roughly level with the team bench.

A further freedom has been granted to allow the coach to keep their best team on court and to maintain the spectacle for the viewing public: should a team with a single Libero declare the Libero "unable to play", a regular player can be converted or "re-designated" as a new Libero. Illness or injury now no longer feature as reasons for re-designation; being declared unable to play by the team is the only reason now needed for this process.

These new rules were presented to the Congress as a working document within Rule 19. The Rules of the Game Commission will publish a definitive wording on the FIVB website showing the whole of Rule 19 prior to official implementation.


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