The FIVB is the governing body responsible for all forms of Volleyball on a global level. Working closely with national federations and private enterprises the FIVB aims to develop Volleyball as a major world media and entertainment sport through world-class planning and organization of competitions, marketing and development activities. The FIVB is part of the Olympic Movement, contributing to the success of the Olympic Games.

The FIVB sanctions volleyball confederations that govern volleyball on all five continents. These confederations like USA volleyball USAV, register players every year that can eventually represent the United States by making one of the national team selections. These players have the opportunity to compete in international play under the Confederation of NORCECA.

The Origins of Volleyball

William Morgan of the YMCA in 1895 created an innovative game, something that could show non-violent athletic power. Volleyball was born.

In 1947, the FIVB was created in Europe, when 14 pioneer countries founded the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball and made Paris, France its headquarters. The FIVB moved to Lausanne, Switzerland in 1984.


As FIVB’s basic platform and comprising all affiliated national federations, the World Congress is the supreme authority. Convened every two years, the Congress elects the President and members of the Board.

The Board of Administration is responsible for the overall management of the FIVB, overseeing the work of the national federationsconfederationscommissions and  councils and appoints officials including members of the Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee is composed of Board members and each member is charged with important and specific responsibilities. It is assisted by Commissions, Committees and Councils.

The FIVB President is personally accountable before the Congress and the Board of Administration whose decisions he is responsible for executing and is supported by the Executive Committee members and FIVB Secretariat.

FIVB Brand – Our Commitment

As the global guiding organization for volleyball, the FIVB upholds the highest standards to ensure that the legacy and excellence of the sport is experienced and enjoyed around the world.

FIVB Vision

The FIVB vision is to make volleyball the number 1 family sport entertainment in the world.

FIVB Strategy

To make this vision a reality, the FIVB launched the ‘11 Goals’ in 2019 that are aimed at creating positive future growth and development.

Achieving these goals will drive the sport forward – spreading volleyball to every area of the world, at every level. The money generated through a bigger audience will be reinvested into the development of the sport directly.

The goals were devised through a collaborative, internal process which looked at the main areas of the organization’s development and progress.

WADA Anti-Doping

The FIVB’s Anti-Doping program seeks to preserve the spirit of Volleyball, Beach Volleyball and Snow Volleyball, maintain ethics, fair play and honesty and the health of the players. As doping is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport, FIVB wants to keep a clean and level playing field. One of the main aims is to educate Volleyball, Beach Volleyball and Snow Volleyball players and their respective Support Personnel on Doping Prevention as well as informing them on their rights and responsibilities regarding this matter.

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