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14. 06. 2016

MAJOR CHANGE? FIVB to introduce time limit for volleyball games?!!!

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Football games last for 90 minutes (2x45), basketball games also have their time limit – 40 minutes (4x10) or 48 minutes in NBA (4x12)… But what about volleyball?


So far, the rules in volleyball were quite clear – Whoever wins 3 sets will win the game, without any time limitation. Theoretically, a volleyball game can last forever, if the ball never touches the floor. Of course, that has never and will never happen, but anyway volleyball matches can often last for more than two hours…

And that is something that TV stations are not happy about.

According to Bruno Voloch, FIVB understand that partnership with television networks is very important for volleyball itself, so they are willing to slightly change the rules of the game and make it more attractive for TV.

This source writes that FIVB General Secretary Luiz Fernando Lima came to the conclusion that the ideal time for a single volleyball match would be 1 hour and 45 minutes! Therefore, there is an option to make a time limit for each set at 25 minutes. If neither of teams wins the set (reaches the 25th point) in that period of time, the clock stops and whoever was in the lead in that moment will win the set!

The rule about the time limit for the tie-break is still being discussed.

The plan is to make the whole volleyball game fit into 1 hour and 45 minutes, including the commercial breaks between the sets.

We will see if these ideas actually become the new official rules of volleyball. 


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9 Comments about "MAJOR CHANGE? FIVB to introduce time limit for volleyball games?!!!"

14.06.2016 | 19:58 |   Caro [unregistered]

Go home, FIVB. You're drunk!

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14.06.2016 | 20:08 |   Actually [unregistered]

Tennis has not any time limit either and I don't see any TV complain , nor has Baseball and even Basket actually may last a lot longer that the time limit firstly it's game time so all the pauses don't count plus there is the extra time, again technically a basketball match could last forever

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14.06.2016 | 22:55 |   asdasf [unregistered]

@Actually that's right, longest tennis matches in grand slam could last even 12 hours, of course it's not a game within one day, but it's much longer than volleybal match. sick idea

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14.06.2016 | 23:31 |   Axe [unregistered]

@Actually Take in consideration street basketball game: 20min game or until 30 points. Best of this wins

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14.06.2016 | 20:30 |   Ed [unregistered]

Maybe as a starting point we could talk about taking out the four timeouts, four challenges and two technical timeouts per set??

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14.06.2016 | 23:30 |   Axe [unregistered]

@Ed You have to make some breaks during the game. TO are ok, the only problems I see are TTO for 1m:30s.

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15.06.2016 | 00:25 |   dee jae69 [unregistered]

sorry but thats stupid for FIVB. imagine a good rival team and no one wants to to give thats good volleyball because you can put a mind set for the players ok we are leading by the 2 points ok do we have still 5 more minutes? to win? nah FIVB thats stupid sorry

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15.06.2016 | 06:23 |   Jowsef [unregistered]

This is the start of the fall of volleyball.. funny, when you reach the 25 minutes and whoever team is leading will be the winner on that set.. hahaha.. FIVB you're not helping you know??

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15.06.2016 | 06:51 |   Mandy Combes [unregistered]

I thought this post was a ridiculous! The game will change forever if this rule comes in. Bad call ref!

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15.06.2016 | 08:41 |   S.BAEK [unregistered]

How about make set point less than 25,,, like 20 / 15 or something. I think it probably fit in 25mins and it solves any other problem that time limit would have

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15.06.2016 | 14:18 |   Axe [unregistered]

@S.BAEK Also if you make 20 or 15 points there will not be any time frame. If the game finishes before? And even 5min more than scheduled time is a big problem for many TV stations. Time on TV is measured in seconds, not in minutes. And it costs a lot...
And also the other problem is that many TV don't want to put volleyball because there is no interest for this sport (unfortunately)

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15.06.2016 | 21:28 |   guy seeuws [unregistered]

is this a joke ?????
please reform the FIVB urgent .

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16.06.2016 | 00:40 |   Coach/Former TV Journalist [unregistered]

The problem with this is TV can care less about time restraints, etc., but more about viewership! Shows, sports, documentaries, etc. get on TV because they can sell advertising, and ads get sold if there are viewers, not due to times. We get it wrong all the time! What we need to do is not burn out our youth in the game, thus when they are old enough to purchase the products shown in the commercial ads they are still giving back to the game by watching or attending matches and are still passionate about the game. Another thing we could do is put aside our egos and actually invite those who can't play the game at the competitive level, but want to play it at the recreational level and inspire them to love the game. Too many 'competitive' recreational players with 'no invested interests' in the game at the local sand courts often push away our future fans by being jerks to those who just want to play recreationally (though I get some of the rec players think they know it all). I get it, you don't want to bring your level of play down, once had to start at their level when you first picked up the game. One more thing, we, as club, high school, middle school and college coaches, can also be compassionate towards each other more by sharing our passion for the game instead of prides and egos creating monsters in each one of us. I feel volleyball has become the 'team sport' of golf! Look at soccer in America...back in the late 70s, early 80s both volleyball and soccer had an opportunity to grow their popularity in America. Well, which sport; that had really no chance back then, the one we called 'isn't real football', receives more popularity in America? If we could clean up much of these problems, maybe FIVB wouldn't be looking for alternative ways to put the sport on TV. Look at baseball...a game can take two hours or five hours, yet somehow TV finds a way to keep it on TV. We don't have the consistent fan base to sell ads!

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