Author: Marc Bird

INFOGRAPHIC: New FIVB Ranking 2015

FIVB published new FIVB ranking. Poland’s fifth place finish at the 2015 Men’s European Championship has seen them overtake rivals Russia in the FIVB Men’s World Ranking, whilst France and Canada’s gold medal performances at their respective continental championships have seen them enter the top 10.     The latest update takes into account the results from continental tournaments, with France’s maiden European title and Canada’s first ever triumph at the NORCECA Men’s Volleyball Championship helping them move up the table.   Brazil’s victory in the South American Men’s Championship meant they maintained their place at the top of...

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9 Strategic Goals for Volleyball Future

Where is volleyball aiming? FIVB President shared his vision and plans for the further development of volleyball in Sofia, Bulgaria.     FIVB president Dr Graça listed the 9 goals included in the FIVB strategic plan which he presented few weeks ago at the SWATCH FIVB World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale, USA, with the FIVB and his own ultimate aim being to make volleyball the no. 1 family sport entertainment in the world. These goals are:  To move volleyball from group 2 to group 1 in the IOC rankings by 2020 To reach 2 million users on FIVB...

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5 Keys of Successful Setters

A good setter can make a weak team decent and a good team exceptional. A poor setter can do the opposite.   If you analyze the most successful teams, they usually have one thing in common: a quality setter. While each team will develop its own personality (some offensive oriented, some defensive and scrappy), one common thread is obvious at any level: the setter is the glue that keeps the team’s parts together. Regardless of the team’s system (6-2, 5-1, 4-2), the successful teams will have at least one good setter. This article will focus on five key ingredients...

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Huge Drug Test Fiasco in Brazil!

Brazilian beach volleyball star Pedro Salgado was suspended for an alleged positive drug test last summer. As it turns out, the test was botched informed volleyball.about.com.   Now the lab that conducted the test is itself under suspension. Turnabout is indeed fair play, but the lab’s suspension pales in comparison to what could be long-lasting effects on Salgado’s career. The facts are these: Salgado provided an out-of-competition sample to the lab on May 30th of last year. The FIVB was informed on July 8th that the sample contained a banned substance called androstane. Salgado was suspended from playing on...

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