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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°

FIVB President

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