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FIVB reviews 2015: Grand Prix loses fans, World Cup and World League still attractive

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

At its meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Sports Events Council of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) reviewed all major annual tournaments (on club level and at a level of national teams) in 2015.



For instance, the 2015 edition of the FIVB World Cup in Japan included a rise in overall attendance figures. It was the FIVB’s leading volleyball event last year. One of the reasons for that was the fact it was the first opportunity for the national teams to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Competition attendance rose in 2015 in both competitions. The men’s event attracted a total of 194,185 spectators (up from 177,055 in 2011) and a total of 211,221 spectators attended the women’s event (up from 168,376 in 2011).

The FIVB announced that annual women’s tournament, the FIVB World Grand Prix, continued its growth around the world by entering into new territories. The FIVB Sports Events Council reviewed a successful, the 23rd edition of the tournament, that last year saw new host countries – USA, Australia, Bulgaria and Algeria. But, while the World Grand Prix entered new territories, spectator numbers overall were slightly down from 2014. However, they were still second best in the history of the tournament. The 379,619 spectators at an average of 3,037 were slightly down on the 399,964 total from 2014. Hong Kong was the standout host city having sold out each of its six matches over three days in July.

The FIVB Sports Events Council also reviewed a fruitful 2015 edition of the FIVB World League. The last year’s 26th edition of event saw an historic 32 teams participating and new hosts including Montenegro and Kazakhstan. There was a total of 691,947 spectators at an average of 3,977 spectators per match. Group 1 saw an overall increase in spectator numbers compared to 2014 with USA and Serbia especially seeing significant increase. France also became the first team in World League history to win Group 2 and then go on to win Group 1.

The 2016 World League will have a record of 36 teams participating. The competition will feature the World Grand Prix format for the first time with teams playing in a round robin tournament before the Finals.


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