Media from around the globe reported that the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) plans to introduce several new rules in 2017 of which two are already set for later this year.
Several coaches, including Brazilian José Roberto Guimarães ‘Zé Roberto’, Americans Karch Kiraly and Hugh McCutcheon and Italian Giovanni Guidetti met in Lausanne, Switzerland, in February 2017 and proposed a revolutionary idea of playing matches to best-of-seven sets by using rally scoring system to 15 points! The idea is part of the FIVB’s intention to make games more attractive to the fans, whether in gymnasiums or at home and, of course, to meet the demands of television networks who want shorter games.
So, at the FIVB’s Executive Committee and Board of Administration meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco, at the beginning of May, this rule was approved for testing at both U23 World Championships – Women’s in Slovenia, from August 27 to September 3, and Men’s in Egypt, on August 18-26. If this experiment shows good results, it should be adopted in competitions involving senior teams around the world until the end of the year.
Another new rule will be implemented at these two tournaments – coaches will no longer be forced to stand only in the marked areas. In the other words, the area for the coaches will be eliminated.
There are several other rules waiting to be tested and then carried into effect most likely during 2017: improvement in the video challenge system, less rigorous double contact rule, total end of technical time-outs and increasing the limit to eight substitutions without needing to stop the match.