FIVB to introduce new World Ranking System for 2020
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, December 20, 2019 - Volleyball will
adopt an exciting new World Ranking system after the FIVB
Board of Administration (BOA) ratified the proposal.
In May 2019, a decision was taken by the BOA to test a new
system, in parallel with the current rankings, to establish
a more transparent and fair way of ranking senior national
teams. The new system adopts a points-based approach, with
scores, performances and opponent strength all contributing.
The new World Ranking system will be implemented from 1
February 2020 and will take into account all results from 1
January 2019. However, for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
grouping, the current World Ranking will be applied, based
on the rankings as of 31 January 2020: http://www.fivb.com/en/volleyball/rankings
The system will be consistently updated to reflect the
latest results and performances.
The new World Ranking considers the match results from all
• Olympic Games & Qualification
• World Championships & Qualification
• VNL (Volleyball Nations League)
• Volleyball Challenger Cup
• World Cup
• Continental Championships & Qualification
• FIVB recognised international events including annual
continental competitions with a minimum of 4 participating
Based on both teams' score and historical match data, the
algorithm will calculate the probabilities of all six
outcomes of the match (3-0, 3-1, 3-2, 2-3, 1-3 or 0-3).
The actual result of the match is then compared with the
expected results that were previously calculated. If the
team over-performs and exceeds expectations, the team scores
World Ranking points. If the team under-performs, then the
team loses World Ranking points.
The closer the actual match result is to the most expected
outcome, the smaller the number of World Ranking points will
be won and lost. And therefore, the further the actual match
result is from the predicted outcome, the greater the number
of World Ranking points will be won and lost. No team can
win a match but lose world ranking points, but inactive
teams will lose points each year until they are eventually
removed from the World Ranking.
In addition, Continental Confederations will also benefit
from a Continental Rankings filter considering only the
match results of the teams of the said confederation.
FIVB President Ary S Graça Fᵒ
"In this new World Ranking system, every match and every set
count! It will reflect the true sporting strength of each
team. This is an important point and I believe that it makes
our sport fairer.
"Our end goal is to be the
world’s number one family sport, and by promoting open and
fair play in everything we do, this is setting a great
example for the next generation."