FIVB Executive Committee embraces digital transformation
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, December 7, 2017 – The FIVB’s Executive
Committee has approved plans to push forward with a brand new
digital transformation project for 2018, ensuring that fan
experience remains the key driver in the organisation’s vision
to become the world’s number one family sport.
The project, which will be unveiled in the new year, will put
fans at the heart of the volleyball experience when the
Volleyball Nations League (VNL) makes its debut in May 2018.
“We are making history in our sport. The digital transformation
is not only irreversible and unavoidable, but it is essential in
helping us grow,” said FIVB President, Dr. Ary S. Graça F°.
“This digital transformation project will bring the action even
closer to the fans, wherever they are in the world.”
Innovation has been a key part of the agenda since President
Graça began his first term in 2012. In recent years, the FIVB
has become a leader in utilising technology for fan engagement,
for both spectators in stadium and those watching around the
Members of the Committee also had the opportunity to learn about
other potential technological developments for the sport
relating to 1) the standardisation of national and international
team rankings and 2) the optimisation of volleyball and beach
The meeting was an opportunity for the Executive Committee to
agree on the format of the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Challenger
Cup, a competition for both men and women which will run in
concurrence with the VNL. The Challenger Cup will consist of
teams not participating in the current edition of the Volleyball
Nations League and will feature one host team and five teams
from the five continental confederations as follows:
The Continental Confederations, responsible for determining the
teams that will qualify for the FIVB Challenger Cup, are free to
organise their Continental Qualification Tournament or use an
existing competition to define the qualified team(s).
The FIVB Challenger Cup will be held before the FIVB Volleyball
Nations League Finals and the winner will earn the right to
participate in the FIVB Promotion Playoff, competing against the
fourth ranked challenger team at the end of the round robin
phase of the VNL. The winner of that playoff will automatically
qualify for the 2019 FIVB VNL.
It was also announced that the bidding process for the 2022
Volleyball World Championship will open in February 2018.
Members of the Executive Committee also discussed possible
changes to the FIVB Constitution and regulations as President
Graça emphasised the importance of good governance and
transparency in the running of the sport:
“Together we have talked about transparency and the need for
good governance. We are launching a new FIVB, and this will make
us even stronger throughout the sports world.”
The FIVB is now part of the ASOIF Governance Task Force, the
group that is mandated with helping International Federations to
promote and ensure a culture of good governance within their
structures. President Graça pointed out the different aspects of
good governance that can be improved at the FIVB. All proposals
that imply changes to the Constitution must be presented to the
Congress next year.