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WL: USA and the sport of volleyball are winners

by WoV
source: fivb org: Photo: fivb.org

The USA surprised many to win the 25th FIVB Volleyball World League in Florence, but the real winner was volleyball itself. The new competition formula, with a record 28 teams contesting 162 matches around the world over the course of nine weeks, saw halls packed like never before and took the sport to a new level.

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“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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