FIVB signs World Cup deal with Japan for 2015 and 2019
Lausanne, Switzerland, January 31, 2013 – The International
Volleyball Federation (FIVB) is delighted to announce the
extension of its exclusive marketing, tournament organizing as
well as television rights deal with the Japan Volleyball
Association (JVA) and Fuji TV for another eight years to stage
the FIVB Volleyball World Cup in 2015 and 2019.
JVA and Fuji TV have been proud hosts of the FIVB Volleyball
World Cup since 1977 when the quadrennial tournament was first
held in Japan. Since then, the World Cup - which is
traditionally the first Olympic Games qualification tournament
for volleyball - has gone onto become the second-most
prestigious tournament behind the FIVB World Championships.
“The World Cup plays an integral role in the Olympic
qualification process and is a very important tournament for
volleyball all round so we are delighted to be able to continue
the tradition of holding the event in Japan,” FIVB President Dr.
Ary S. Graça F° said. “This agreement ensures that one of
volleyball’s most famous tournaments continues to be staged in
one of the sport’s most popular countries, whilst extending our
extraordinary friendship with Fuji TV.”
“We are very pleased to be able to host the FIVB World Cup for
the 11th time,” JVA President Taizaburo Nakano said. “It is a
great honour to have the opening Olympic qualification process
in Japan and to continue our collaboration with the FIVB and
The World Cup is the FIVB’s second oldest competition. A men’s
edition was first established in 1965 in Warsaw, Poland before
stepping aside in 1973 for a women’s edition, making its debut
in Montevideo, Uruguay. Following that success, the World Cup
made the first of two major transitions with Japan appointed to
host both the men’s and women’s contests in 1977. Since then,
the proud volleyball nation has hosted the competition regularly
and gone on to be the only team to have competed at every
tournament, besides Korea in the women’s edition.
The second significant change came in 1991 when the World Cup
became an Olympic Games qualification event prior to the 1992
Barcelona Games, guaranteeing the winners an Olympic berth. It
has remained that way ever since, with the number of Olympic
qualification berths increasing to three in 1995 ahead of the
Atlanta 1996 Games.
In the 2011 edition, Russia won the men’s competition ahead of
Poland and Brazil while Italy defended their women’s title with
USA and China taking the other two Olympic qualification berths.
The number of Olympic tickets on offer will be reduced to two in
2015, with the remaining 10 Olympic berths coming from the
• One team from each of the five Confederations (coming from the
2015 Continental Championships or a Continental Olympic
Qualification Tournament to be played after the 2015 World Cup).
• One team from each of four World Olympic Qualification
Tournaments due to take place in 2016.
• Host country
The 2015 FIVB Volleyball World Cup is proposed to be the first
Olympic qualification event, taking place between August 21 and
September 23. The proposed participants for the World Cup -
which will feature 12 teams - is the host country, the 2014
world champions and two countries per Confederation either via a
continental tournament or the two highest-ranked countries from
the continental or FIVB ranking as of January 1, 2015.