FIVB & FIVB’S Structure


The Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) is an association governed by Swiss law founded in and headquarters established in 1947 in Paris. In 1984, lead by the newly elected President, Dr. Rubén Acosta the FIVB moved its headquarters to Lausanne, Switzerland, the same year, bringing it closer to the International Olympic Committee and providing a wonderful base to promote the sport in worldwide competitions. In 2008 the FIVB has moved its headquarters to the beautiful Château Les Tourelles in Lausanne where an inauguration was held on May 9, 2008. On August 24, 2008, following a decision of the 31st FIVB World Congress in Dubai, the Presidency was handed from President Dr. Rubén Acosta H. over to Mr. Wei Jizhong through a ceremony held in Beijing during the 2008 Olympic Games. On September 21st, 2012 at the 33rd World Congress held in Anaheim (USA), Dr Ary S. Graça F° was elected as the new FIVB President. Dr. Ary S. Graça F° is from now  on the FIVB President.


In 2010, the FIVB consists of 220 member federations and presides over five continental confederations: AVC (Asia), CAVB (Africa), CEV (Europe), CSV (South America) and NORCECA (North and Central America).

FIVB Vision

To bring the spectacular of Volleyball to the world.


To ensure excellence in all aspects of the sport by setting and preserving world class standards that will maintain and grow Volleyball as one of the world’s premier sports and entertainment properties. To continue as part of the Olympic movement, in contributing to the success of the Olympic Games.

FIVB Structure

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 federations, confederations, commissions 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 & the FIVB Continental Confederations

The FIVB is the International governing body for Volleyball and Beach Volleyball and handles the management and communication of the sport in all its forms throughout the world.

The FIVB is an international non-governmental non-profit organization, composed of its affiliated Continental and Confederations (5) and National Federations (220). At the Continental level it operates through five Confederations while National Federations are responsible for Volleyball and Beach Volleyball in their respective countries. Continental Confederations (AVC, CAVB, CEV, CSV, and NORCECA), Councils and Commissions are supportive and complementary institutions accountable to the FIVB. Over the last years, the Continental Confederations have been given more responsibilities to grow Volleyball and are required to implement events, development programs, training courses for officials, coaches, etc.

Continental Confederations` Structure


FIVB National Volleyball Federations

The National Volleyball Federation is the governing body of Volleyball and Beach Volleyball in a given country or territory, affiliated to the FIVB and to its respective Continental Confederation. The main goal of a National Federation should be to develop a Beach Volleyball Council, a National Tour, National Teams’ programs, Officials, FIVB events, etc.

The National Federation is responsible for all National Volleyball and Beach Volleyball competitions, professional or amateur, and those sanctioned by the National Federation as part of its National Beach Volleyball official calendar, Tour and tournaments, on its territory. The NFs are legally recognized as the sole entities competent to administer and govern Volleyball in their respective countries or territories.

Each National Federation with an FIVB/NF-Promoter Agreement in force is recommended to set up a National Beach Volleyball Council under the exclusive and full authority of the National Federation. Its objective is to manage, organize and promote Beach Volleyball on a National scale, especially with regards to competitions included in the National Beach Volleyball official calendar. A National Federation is furthermore responsible for registering their athletes/teams accordingly and entering them in each FIVB event.

Each hosting National Federation of a FIVB SWATCH World Tour event and/or the FIVB SWATCH World Championships must appoint a representative to attend the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Council meeting. National Federations are also responsible for the technical organization of the FIVB SWATCH World Tour events and the SWATCH FIVB World Championships (i.e. Competition Manager, Technical Manager, referee, line judges, scorers, court personnel, etc.)

National Federation may act as promoter upon setting-up a full time dedicated structure. In case a National Volleyball Federation does not support a promoter interested in organizing an FIVB Beach Volleyball Event in its country, the FIVB may then be entitled to sign an agreement directly with the Promoter concerned.

The National Federations must follow FIVB guidelines and abide by FIVB Rules and Regulations.

FIVB History

FIVB History

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