President Graça looks back at a fantastic year for volleyball
Dear volleyball family,
As 2018 draws to a close it is an opportunity to reflect on what
has been another fantastic year for volleyball under “Act as
At the FIVB we are always working to make sure that we build on
the success of the previous year and in 2018, together, we did
2018 will always be remembered as the year we launched the
Volleyball Nations League (VNL) – the biggest revolution in
volleyball in the past decade. The first edition of the VNL set
new standards for fan engagement and sport entertainment and
showcased volleyball in a way it has never been seen before.
It was also the year of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s and Women’s
World Championships in Italy and Bulgaria, and Japan
respectively. Over 115 teams in each gender category began
qualification for the Championships with only 24 teams making it
through to compete for the title. Some of the most iconic and
advanced stadiums in the world across the three host nations
were sold out for the Championships as the event once again
demonstrated volleyball’s global popularity.
This global popularity was reinforced by the agreement we signed
with Ganten Water who joined the volleyball family as a global
Success in 2018 came not just at the elite level but also at
grassroots where we engaged with more National Federations to
ensure the development of our beloved sport worldwide.
After such a successful year there is no time for complacency.
Next year will bring further opportunity for innovation and
forward-thinking and we must leverage this to make volleyball
the number one family sport. We are going to work hard to get to
know our fans better and enlarge our fanbase with a younger
target audience in mind.
There is so much to look forward to next year from the 2nd
edition of the VNL to Olympic Qualification Tournaments and the
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship and even the inaugural
FIVB Snow Volleyball Tour.
Working together we have so much more we can achieve and I am
confident that we will be able to realise our sport's huge
I wish you all season’s greetings and a happy and prosperous new
Yours in friendship
Dr. Ary S. Graça F°