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19. 06. 2017

FIVB drastically changes format for 2018 World League and Grand Prix, Italy remain member of elite!

Source: voleyplus.com; Photo: worldleague.2017.fivb.com

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The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has already established a format for the 2018 World League and World Grand Prix although this year’s editions of both tournaments are not over yet. As a matter of fact, the Grand Prix for this year did not even start (begins on July 7).

 

As “Voley Plus” revealed, the FIVB will drastically change the format of the competition for both annual tournaments in 2018 compared to years back!

Starting from next season, the FIVB World League and the FIVB World Grand Prix will have only one Group (no more Groups 1, 2 and 3) of 16 national teams. It is clear that Italian Men's NT, who lost the right to play Group 1 in 2018 as being last placed in this year's Preliminary Round according to current regulations, will benefit the most from this. Two years ago, the governing body of the international volleyball increased the number of teams in Group 1 from 8 to 12 so, Russia avoided relegation from the elite.

The (unofficial) list of the teams that will compete in the 2018 FIVB World League might come as a surprise for many: France, Brazil, Serbia, Russia, Canada, United States, Poland, Bulgaria, Argentina, Iran, Italy (11 teams from current Group 1 - no Belgium), Australia, Japan, China, Korea (4 teams from Group 2 despite the Final Four has not been held yet) and Germany (one team from Group 3 - not the winners Estonia).

As for the FIVB World Grand Prix, this is the list of the teams that will compete in 2018: Serbia, Turkey, Russia, The Netherlands, Japan, China, United States, Brazil, Italy, Thailand, Belgium (11 teams from current Group 1 - no Dominican Republic), Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Korea and Argentina (5 teams from Group 2).

In addition, the FIVB will change the playing system of both tournaments. It is planned for each team to be the host at some point and each team will face all the rivals at least once in five Weeks of Preliminary Round (instead of three Weeks, as it is now).

Recall what are the new rules that FIVB plans to implement this year.

 

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18 Comments about "FIVB drastically changes format for 2018 World League and Grand Prix, Italy remain member of elite!"

19.06.2017 | 17:33 |   some guy [unregistered]

I hope this news is not real.

Otherwise, this is just sad and pathetic from the FIVB.

Remember when they had '9 Goals'?
http://www.fivb.org/EN/FIVB/ninegoals.pdf

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19.06.2017 | 17:42 |   Helping Hand [unregistered]

Is the FIVB stupid? They have been doing a lot wrong lately...

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20.06.2017 | 12:54 |   antiFIVB [unregistered]

Re: @Helping Hand

FIVB is stupid since they re-elected the old man as a president for a double mandate (???) and not by vote, but by acclamation (???).
He is delirious about the success of volleyball, while the gyms are almost empty at inter-country events! A volleyball reform is urgent.

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19.06.2017 | 17:43 |   synlerak [unregistered]

So unfair. It is now even more obvious than ever before that the FIVB limits oppurtunities for countries with smaller volleyball budgets. Newcomers in Group 1: China, Korea, Japan and Australia? Those are obviously big countries, 2 of the 4 finalists of Group 2 are not even included (Slovenia and The Netherlands) and the smallest country in this group, Belgium has to devaluate even tough they came so close to the final 6.

And Estonia just got ROBBED from their promotion to group 2 to a countrie which didn't prove it yet that they are worthy but have a much bigger budget.

I didn't care much about the fact that a almost similar change was made back in 2015 (by letting Russia in but introducing 4 new countries in group 1), that made the competition even more interesting. But this is simply cheating (corruption maybe?), it completely destroys the competitive spirit of the WL. It's like FIVB suddenly wants this competition to die...

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19.06.2017 | 19:14 |   Antônio Pacheco [unregistered]

It's is really sad. Shame on you FIVB. Shame on you ITALIA.

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19.06.2017 | 19:34 |   Steven [unregistered]

I love having the 3 groups. FIVB should just keep things as they are, no chances please.

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19.06.2017 | 19:42 |   Kovic [unregistered]

If this is true, then consider this my last year watching the games. What this does is pretty much says that every year for the next 7years we're going to watch the SAME teams BATTLE it out for the trophy. How about other countries, they deserve a shot too. This isnt the way, ironically all happens just as Italy was about to be relegated.....coincidence, don't think so.

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19.06.2017 | 20:32 |   Ariel [unregistered]

I hope this is nit true. The main vantage of the new eorld league formula, eith the 3 groups, is that it gives small countries an opportunity to play at international level. Countried like Estonia, Kazakhstan or Montenegro for example, eho cannot qualify to olympics or the world championship.
Brazil, Italy, Usa, Russia etc these countries are more concerned with the important competitions, olympics and world championships. Theregore the world league is not that important for .
Corrupt Ary Graça continues to be a disgrace for volleyball.

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19.06.2017 | 22:02 |   synlerak [unregistered]

The point is: Give the countries and their prestations the final result they deserve. Italy ended last in group 2, let them regulate, Estonia won group 3, let them promovate. If you are going to expand the size of group 1 by adding 4 more countries then just bring in the 4 finalists of group 2 (Australia, Netherlands, Slovenia and Japan) and certainly not regulating Belgium because of their smaller budget. Keep Germany in group 3 because they didn't do anything to achieve such promovation (going from group 3 to 1 in one year is simply impossible too).

I just hope that Estonia gets the right to move to group 2 anyway and that they're not going to be excluded because of their budgetary limitations too. But The Netherlands and Slovenia all just were blatantly put in the cold, as for Belgium. What's going to be next? Will Qatar in 2019 be promovated to group 1 too and then directly given the hosting of the finals (with all respect to the country itself)?

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19.06.2017 | 22:36 |   Wikon [unregistered]

Big big shame! Belgium became 7th in the first group and will be excluded?? What a bullshit, eliminatie italy ..

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20.06.2017 | 02:54 |   Yavbou fan [unregistered]

As much as i love Italy this 'will be change' is inexcusable. I hope other NTs will not tolerate this. #boycottWL2018

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20.06.2017 | 05:33 |   dee jae69 [unregistered]

i knew it FIVB will change the format to save ITALY like they done with RUSSIA. for sure if italy got relegated to group 2 it will hurt the ITALIAN SERIES A1 if argentina or iran finished last for sure they won't change the format they are simple BIAS

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20.06.2017 | 14:54 |   dario gi

Re: @dee jae69 you know nothing, weeks of rumors about this reform, the real winners with this reform are China and Japan, like always they play at the top of world volley only bacause of their money.

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20.06.2017 | 05:37 |   zentro29 [unregistered]

I don't think Italy has something to do with this. This rumor has been going since last week during the 2nd round. The rumor actually came from the Iran Volleyball Federation and their President is a board(?) member of World League.

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20.06.2017 | 10:12 |   synlerak [unregistered]

Re: @zentro29 actually, Belgian headcoach Vital Heynen actually talked about it before the start of the WL. He got a question from a newsreporter about it and they somehow knew already that this system-change will be more 'money-based' and that because of this that Belgium might be the unfortunate victim.

See: http://www.topvolleybelgium.be/2017/06/waarom-zouden-we-de-final-6-niet-kunnen-bereiken/
(it's in Dutch so you might not understand it very well...)

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20.06.2017 | 07:34 |   John Doek [unregistered]

Many fans from all over the world have followed this WL especially due to the fact that their NTs participated. Now this is over. Anyway WL 3 groups format has showed how distorted is ranking system. Big “players” are seemed to be in panic. But they have money and impact. They feel to be elite, and do not want to be endangered.
Who remember the result of last year Group 2? See wiki. Japan, which I as a volleyball team admire, was in similar situation as Italy now. Which country became “volluntary victim”?- Cuba if I am not mistaken. Who cared? (They players are good only for luring into foreign top NTs, are not?. ).
This new proposal is the reflection on a desperate situation, FIVB got in, because indications existed before on other issues... But frankly – do national volleyball federations behave diffently in many countries?

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20.06.2017 | 07:48 |   Eddy [unregistered]

This has nothing to do with volleyball only with money

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20.06.2017 | 14:48 |   dario gi

you really think they made this change yesterday to save Italy? please it's very stupid, there are probably months of talks before. Asian sponsor buys the partecipation of Japan and China, that will partecipate for sure at the world leagues for the next 7 years.

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20.06.2017 | 15:32 |   Nariman g [unregistered]

I'm from so It's not much bad for my country but why the heck Counties like Korea , Japan and China can play in top level of the world but not Belgium?!! Because​they have money?I hope other teams boycott the games I'm not gonna watch it anyways...

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21.06.2017 | 11:08 |   synlerak [unregistered]

Hey WorldofVolley,

When will you start interviewing some players, coaches or other prominent volleyballfigures about these ridiculous ideas/changes of the FIVB in the volleyballrules and World League? I'd like to hear them.

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21.06.2017 | 11:39 |   Ngueuche bruno [unregistered]

This is just sad sad news for the world of volleyball. A competition which was created in the first place to promote the Family spirit of volleyball by allowing smaller volleyball nations to take part in ONE big event in the international volleyball calendar has now been taken away.Call it fraud, corruption or the need to save Italy or Japan, I don't know. But what I know is the current of recent reforms from the FIVB to try and promote and Improve volleyball on a marketing level is going south. Where is this sports heading to. I for one will love to watch all the big guns lock horns next year. But I enjoyed seeing Belgium make live hard for the bigger nations. I watched Finland play volleyball for the first time because of the world League.Now it's gone. Hope they are right on whatever they are seeing ahead. Are they not making enough money from Groups 1 and 2??????

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