06. 07. 2020

Men’s and women’s V.League shortened because of Olympics, strict COVID-19 related rules imposed

Source: news.yahoo.co.jp; Photo: sports-fan.net

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The organization standing behind the men’s and women’s volleyball championships in Japan, the V.League, imposed a new format and regulations for the next season regarding the fight against the coronavirus.


The V.League held an online press conference regarding the 2020/21 season and adopted guidelines and schedules for both men’s and women’s top divisions. What’s different compared to many seasons before are two things: the shortened competition calendar as well as regulations that are to be followed prior and during matches to avoid spreading the COVID-19.

The opening of both championships is set for October 17 but they will be shortened due to the Olympic Games next year. Men will end their competition on April 4, while women will finish on February 21. This is similar to the format which China put into the action for its top divisions last season (which was supposed to be the season prior to the Olympics before the postponement due to coronavirus pandemic). Also, the new tournament called V.Cup will be held in February.

Just like the Russian federation, the V.League imposed regulations related to preserving the health of the spectators and clubs. These are:

  • Venue-related rules: limitation of the capacity of the seats in halls to 50% (might change later depending on the assessment) and expansion of bench areas and warm-up areas.
  • Player-staff-team-related rules: obligation to providing negative COVID-19 tests before matches, monitoring of health status and health history of teams’ members, the prohibition of a handshake between players, referees, and players and referees before and after games, prohibition of throwing gifts to the stands, and prohibition of signing balls to the fans.
  • Fan-related rules: Check of spectators’ body temperature, the prohibition of bringing in antiseptic solutions in venues, and prohibition of bringing in cheering requisites.



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