Before the FIVB officials made the final decision, Przegląd Sportowy learned that the governing body of the world volleyball is considering a drastic reduction in the number of players registered per national teams for its annual competition, VNL. In 2019, each team was able to enlist up to 25 players. For coaches, it was a comfortable situation, because they could make many changes in the roster for each of the weeks of the tournament. Limiting the number of players that are allowed to be registered for the VNL would prevent head coaches from implementing some of their plans that included resting the best players for the final stage.
According to the above-mentioned media, the FIVB officials want to limit squads for the entire VNL to only 14 players and allow changes in the roster only in the case of injury. That would mean that the same players would have to appear in all 5 tournaments of the preliminary stage. Przegląd Sportowy reported that, after the protests of many national federations, the less radical version has emerged – to reduce the number of registered players per national team to 18, which will still minimize head coaches’ room for maneuver. Allegedly, the idea to limit the number of players in the VNL came from the actions of several leading national teams who registered “B” teams for many matches last year. The FIVB, of course, wants all the best players to take part in the prestigious tournament such as VNL.
However, in the correspondence with the FIVB, our website got the information on this matter and it’s different from the one of Przegląd Sportowy.
“The FIVB can confirm that the number of players registered in each national team for the VNL 2020 remains the same – 25 players. The FIVB has also removed the 2019 player eligibility requirements for the players included in the national teams for the VNL, which means that there is no limit to which players are added to the team roster of 25 players. However, in order to preserve the VNL as a world-class product, teams are required to play both the round-robin phase and the finals with the same group of core players. Therefore, for the match-team rosters of the VNL Finals 2020, teams must register at least 10 players who were registered on the match team roster in a minimum of 9 of the round-robin matches (out of 15). These 9 matches could come in any of the 5 weeks. Each player must have played 30% of the total points won by their team during said matches in the round-robin phase,” we were told from the FIVB’s Communications Department.
FIVB will make this official in February.
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