“The 2014 edition of the FIVB Volleyball World League has been the best ever, bringing the competition to a bigger and increasingly enthusiastic audience,” said FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F°. “The new formula has produced a very tight and exciting competition, which is always an important component of being able to promote the sport successfully.”
Best proof of this: it took until the dying seconds of their final two preliminary round matches for the two finalists, USA and Brazil, to qualify for the Group 1 Finals, which saw the top six teams go head to head.
“The World League’s new formula, including 28 teams and split into three groups, has been a big success. The competition has attracted 50% more spectators and record attendances, including a spectacular match outdoors in Rome, which saw 11,000 spectators gather at the Foro Italico to see hosts Italy take on Poland in Pool A,” FIVB Sports Events Council President Mr Aleksandar Boričić commented. “The FIVB continues to work on different ways of taking the sports of volleyball and beach volleyball to new levels, and will continue to explore new solutions to achieve these goals.”
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