The 37th FIVB World Congress Rescheduled for Early 2021
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 17, 2020 - The FIVB Board of
Administration has approved the rescheduling of its 37th World
Congress to 27-29 January 2021 in Phuket, Thailand due to the
global coronavirus pandemic.
The 37th FIVB World Congress was originally scheduled for 15-17
October 2020 in Phuket, Thailand. The FIVB’s decision to
reschedule the meeting to 2021 reflects the Federation’s top
priority of protecting the health and safety of the entire
Volleyball Family. In addition, as stipulated by the FIVB
Constitution, Confederation Congresses must be held between
three and four months prior to the FIVB World Congress, and its
postponement will ensure that the Confederations can host their
Congresses at a later stage between 27 September and 27 October
Additionally, the FIVB Board of Administration and Executive
Committee meetings, originally scheduled for 26-28 May 2020,
will also be postponed to later in the summer of 2020 to
potentially allow for the in-person participation of members.
The specific dates of these meetings will be confirmed at a
The FIVB World Congress is the Federation’s supreme governing
body, bringing together delegates from over 200 National
Federations every two years. The Congress is a key fixture on
the global volleyball calendar and is where the future direction
of the sport is agreed, new goals are ratified, and the
community aligns around one single goal – growing volleyball
around the world.
The 37th World Congress will see the election of all FIVB Board
of Administration members for the term 2020-2024 It will be the
first FIVB World Congress in which an integrity check of all
candidates for positions on the FIVB Board of Administration
will be conducted. Meanwhile, the FIVB Presidential elections
will be held in 2024 as the term of the current President Ary S.
Graça F° runs until then.
The previous edition of the FIVB World Congress, held in Cancun,
Mexico on 15-16 November 2018, approved several important
changes, including the incorporation of the integrity check. The
new design of the Mikasa volleyball, set to be used also at the
Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, was also revealed at that event.