FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD LEAGUE
MEDIA GUIDE 2016
Expanded tournament a reflection of development
The FIVB Volleyball World League 2016 is set to be the
biggest and best yet and I am looking forw ard to seeing
the exhilarating action unfold as we build up to the Rio
2016 Olympic Games.
This is the 27
edition of the World League. It is the FIVB’s
annual flagship event for men s national teams and this
year fans will be treated to a brand new format which I am
sure will help generate excitement and anticipation in the
lead up to Rio.
The new and improved tournament, which will take place
from June 16 to July 17, will see the participating nations
split into three groups of 12 teams in a similar formula to
the World Grand Prix. These sides will battle it out to be
crowned World League champions.
The competition has grown considerably over the years and
this is testament to the growing popularity and accessibility
of volleyball around the world. It began in 1990 with just
eight participating nations and this grew to a record 36
teams in 2016. This expansion has helped enhance the
competiveness and intensity of the tournament, making it
more attractive to fans and sponsors worldwide.
France’s run in last year’s tournament, where they began in
Group 2 before earning a place at the Group 1 Finals and
stunning the volleyball world by clinching the crown, is a
good example of how truly competitive the sport is now.
Egypt were also a shining example to the world as they
swooped the Group 3 crown,their first FIVB title eve.Their
achievement is a credit to the development of volleyball in
the region as well as the opportunities given to teams at
an international level.
We are constantly looking for new w ays to evolve the
tournament to enhance its spectator appeal to the point
that it now sets the benchmark for dynamic sporting
entertainment. In 2013, the FIVB’s innovative Challenge
System was introduced for the first time in a World League
match between Poland and USA and it is now a regular
feature for all Group 1 matches.
The tournament continues to innovate and inspire and is an
important part of the FIVB’s vision as we look to become
the number one family entertainment sport in the world.
I wish the best of luck to all teams involved and look forward
to seeing an outstanding four weeks of action unfold.
Dr. Ary S. Graça F°
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