Competition Format

logo_arrondi-300-168To develop a unique competition, also the competition format had to be tailored in accordance with the goals. Keeping in mind the development factor/ focus of the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup and the 2012 Olympic Qualification system for Beach Volleyball where Olympic places are granted to the countries/ National Volleyball Federations as opposed to previously granted Olympic places to the teams.gender-450-420

COUNTRY`S PARTICIPATION

The goal is to develop a scenario where countries and not athletes carrying their ranking points are participating. Each country must be represented by two (2) teams per gender which are competing with each other. This format incentivates the participating countries to enter in an Olympic Qualifying competition having at least two (2) teams per gender, thus creating development opportunities for so many countries where only one team in one gender (men or women) might be always composed by the highest ranked athletes of the FIVB World Ranking.

GOOD TO KNOW

At the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup each participating country is represented by 2 teams per gender!

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Athletes representing Russia at the Beach Volleyball CEV Continental Cup leg

COUNTRY VS. COUNTRY FORMAT

To satisfy the goal of the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup to hold many events worldwide, the scheme to play is developed as a Country versus Country in a “best of five matches” format. Each team of each country gets to play against each other, however the final results depends on the sum result of both teams representing the country.

The below graphic portrays template match-up between two countries where National Volleyball Federations are participating with two teams per gender.

GOOD TO KNOW

One countries` match up may last only 3 matches up to 4 matches + a Golden Set!


GS (1) NF-1 vs NF-2

Female

(1) NF-1A vs NF-2A

(1) NF-1B vs NF-2B

(1) NF-1A vs NF-2B

(1) NF-1B vs NF-2A (if needed)

GS (1) NF-1 vs NF-2 (if needed)

Male


(1) NF-1A vs NF-2A

(1) NF-1B vs NF-2B

(1) NF-1A vs NF-2B

(1) NF-1B vs NF-2A (if needed)

GS (1) NF-1 vs NF-2 (if needed)

Abbreviations in the scheme:

NF-1: National Volleyball Federation #1
NF-2: National Volleyball Federation #2
NF-1A: National Volleyball Federation #1 – Team A
NF-1B: National Volleyball Federation #1 – Team B
NF-2A: National Volleyball Federation #2 – Team A
NF-2B: National Volleyball Federation #2 – Team B
GS: Golden Set

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Men`s teams representing Sudan at the Beach Volleyball CAVB Continental Cup leg

To involve as many countries /National Volleyball Federations in Beach Volleyball Continental Cup, the FIVB, keeping an open mind, did not dismiss countries willing to participate only with one gender (Men or Women), despite the fact that participation with both genders` teams had been encouraged. Reasons for countries participating with only one gender may be varied - religious beliefs, financial issues, lack of available athletes, etc. This specification gave flexibility to the Continental Volleyball Confederations to truly custom-taylor their Beach Volleyball Continental Cup competition systems to accommodate their affiliated National Volleyball Federations.

GOOD TO KNOW

African Volleyball Confederation`s CAVB Continental Cup Sub Zonal Phase competitions saw participation of more countries represented by Men athletes/ teams (see Pool Composition of the competition). Having identified this cultural obstacle, CAVB is currently placing a lot of effort to balance the participation between the two genders!

GOLDEN SET

The “Golden Set” was a modification to the regulation that had been proposed and approved by the 2010 FIVB Board of Administration held in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. In order to create an exciting finale of a balanced match and determine the winner country of the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup match, a Golden Set had been introduced.

DEFINITION: In case of a tie, one match or as an alternative a Golden Set until 15 points (with a 2 point lead) can be played by the athletes designated by each country.

Specifications to “spice up” the competition had been developed: Golden Set Athletes: In case a "Golden set" has to be played the Head of the Delegation / captain of the country decides which athlete plays. Optional: The 5th match or Golden Set can be played in any combination of the 4 players from the same country.

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SINGLE ELIMINATION VS. DOUBLE ELIMINATION FORMAT

Continental Volleyball Confederations were given a possibility to adopt the competition format that would suit the needs of its affiliated National Volleyball Federations . The format proposed and initially announced to the Continental Volleyball Confederations for the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup had been Single Elimination.

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However, group of countries (Pool Composition) (be it Sub Zonal, Zonal Phase or the Final Phase) competing in a single elimination format or a double elimination format had been allowed. Obviously, adaption within the basis format (Double Elimination - Single Elimination) had been also flexible to facilitate the goal of the Continental Volleyball Confederations .

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CONTINENTAL VOLLEYBALL CONFEDERATION

CHOSEN FORMAT FOR THE ENTIRE COMPETITION

AVC

Country vs. Country in a single elimination

CAVB

Country vs. Country in a single elimination with consolation

CEV

Country vs. Country in a single elimination

CSV

Country vs. Country in a single elimination

NORCECA

Country vs. Country in a double elimination


GOOD TO KNOW


CAVB and NORCECA decided to adopt differentiated competition formats to create more matches to be played! Using this competition as a development tool and capitalizing on the athletes` travel to build on their experience during the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup and develop them.

SPECIFIC EVENT`S REGULATIONS – BEACH VOLLEYBALL CONTINENTAL CUP FINAL

Specific event`s regulations set out the exact regulation applied for the event. Apart from the Official Rules of the Game for Beach Volleyball, event`s regulations will stipulate the specifics of each Beach Volleyball event.

Below we have enlisted the restrictions set out for the Continental Cup Final events:

Competition format

Country vs. Country, best of five matches, where in case of a tie, a Golden Set until 15 points (with two point lead) may be played.

Exact competition format/ schedule needs to be submitted to the FIVB, Mr. Rigamonti (vis@fivb.org) minimum 2 months prior to the competition.
Athletes` Participation Restrictions
  • Countries having obtained the maximum Olympic places (2) through the he Olympic ranking (established on 18th June 2012) cannot take part to the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Final.
  • Athletes having qualified an Olympic place for its country through the Olympic ranking (established on 18th June 2012), cannot take part to the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Final and the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup Olympic Qualification.
Athletes` Olympic Eligibility Each Confederation well in advance should closely monitor and verify the status of participating athletes` Olympic eligibility (as per 2012 Olympic Qualification system for Beach Volleyball)
Event`s Regulations Issued minimum -15 days by the respective Confederation
Team registration Via BVIS, minimum -5 days
Rules of the Game Strict implementation of the FIVB Official Rules of the Game implementation
Number of countries/teams
  • Number of participating countries as per respective Confederation`s scheme.
  • Participating country represented by two teams per gender.
Competition Software (BVIS)
  • Participating country represented by two teams per gender.
  • It is strongly recommended to appoint a dedicated BVIS person to manage the result entry

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GOOD TO KNOW

FIVB reserves the right to be flexible to slightly adjust the competition schedule to facilitate promoters` needs in terms of local broadcasting schedules, available competition courts, possible restrictions of competition days available, etc. respecting the main principle of the competition - Country is represented with two (2) teams per gender and the countries are competing in a Country vs. Country “best of five” format with a possibility to play a Golden Set.

SPECIFIC EVENT`S REGULATIONS – FIVB BEACH VOLLEYBALL WORLD CUP

2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup Olympic Qualification

The specific regulation applied for the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup Olympic Qualification has been enlisted below as follows:

Concept of the Event

The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup Olympic Qualification provides NFs/ NOCs with an additional opportunity to clinch qualification berths for the 2012 Olympic Games, apart from the Continental Beach Volleyball Cup Final and Olympic Ranking.

Played by the 2nd and 3rd ranked countries from each Continental Beach Volleyball Cup Final, this tournament will qualify 2 places per gender to the 2012 Olympic Games in London, UK.

Competition Schedule & Format

Main Draw and Finals:

  • Round Robin Competition (Pool play) with Country vs. Country match-ups with “the best 2 out of 3 matches” (2 matches and a golden set - if needed)
    • First two matches are best of 3 to 21, 21 and 15 points (Normal beach volleyball match)
    • If the first two matches are tied 1-1 then a golden set is played to 15 points to determine the match-up winner
    • Example Country vs. Country Match-up:
      • Team 1 and Team 2 for each country are declared privately to the FIVB Technical Supervisor and the FIVB Referee Delegate during the preliminary Inquiry. At the start of the Technical Meeting (Before the draw to create the pools) the Team 1 and Team 2 designations for each participating country will be published and they can’t change during the competition. Any paring of players can compete in the golden set.
      • Example Country vs Country Match-up: Country X vs. Country Y
        • 10:00 X1 vs Y2
        • 11:00 X2 vs Y1
        • 12:00 Golden Set (If necessary)
        • 12:30 Next match-up begins (Not before 12:30)
  • 4 competition courts on 4 competition days
    • Competition schedule template (e.g. A1 vs A4, A2 vs A5…etc) is published before the Technical Meeting
    • Round Robin (Pool play) – Thursday June 28 to Saturday June 30
    • Finals (Olympic Qualification Match-ups) – Sunday July 1
      • 1st place in pool vs. 2nd place in other pool (2 match-ups per gender)
  • 10 or 12 countries per gender
    • 12 countries per gender if Russia is not qualified directly
  • 2 pools of 5 or 6 countries
    • Pools are created by random draw during the Technical Meeting. Since the competition schedule template is published before the Technical Meeting, the creation of the pools will determine the competition schedule (Which country plays which country on what date and time) and it will set the seeding for the tournament:
    • Position
      in Pool


      Women's
      Pool A

      Women's
      Pool B


      Men's
      Pool C

      Men's
      Pool D

      1


      Seed 1

      Seed 2


      Seed 1

      Seed 2

      2


      Seed 4

      Seed 3


      Seed 4

      Seed 3

      3


      Seed 5

      Seed 6


      Seed 5

      Seed 6

      4


      Seed 8

      Seed 7


      Seed 8

      Seed 7

      5


      Seed 9

      Seed 10


      Seed 9

      Seed 10

      6


      Seed 12

      Seed 11


      Seed 12

      Seed 11

    • Countries from the same Continental Confederation will be in different pools
      • 2 pools of 5 - Each pool has one country from AVC, CAVB, CEV, CSV and NORCECA
      • 2 pools of 6 - Each pool will have one country from AVC, CAVB, CEV, CSV, NORCECA and either Host (Russia) or CEV (4th place)
  • Tie Breaking Procedures in Pool Play
    • Ranking within pools
      • Teams are ranked by Country vs Country Match-ups wins. Two points for a win, one point for a loss and 0 points for a forfeited match-up (Or a forfeited match or golden set within the match-up)
    • Tie Breaking within Pools, during the Round Robin
      • Between two countries:
        • If the countries have played against each other, the winner of the head to head match-up is ranked higher
        • If the countries have not played against each other, their ranking is determined by the points ratio between all countries in the pool
        • If a tie still exists then the countries have the same position in the ranking
      • Between three, four, five or six countries:
        • Their ranking is determined by the points ratio between the all countries in the pool
        • If a tie still exists then the countries have the same position in the ranking
    • Tie Breaking within Pools, at the end of the Round Robin
      • Between two countries:
        • The winner of the head to head match-up is ranked higher
      • Between three, four or five countries:
        • Their ranking is determined by the points ratio between the tied countries in the pool
        • If a tie still exists then the remaining tied countries are ranked by the points ratio between all countries
        • If a tie still exists then the remaining tied countries are ranked by the tournament seeding

Golden Set

If the Golden set is to be played in case of a tie, the formally announced Head of Delegation at the Preliminary Inquiry (the Head of Delegation can be an NF Representative or an athlete, etc.) shall announce within 5 min from the end of the second match the composition of the team to play the Golden Set.

Athletes Participation Restrictions/ Eligibility

Athletes having qualified an Olympic place for its country through the Olympic ranking (established on 18th June 2012), cannot take part to the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup Olympic Qualification.

The women`s team nominated by NF-RUS for the berth to the 2012 London Olympics earned at the CEV Continental Cup Final will not be allowed to participate in the FIVB World Cup Olympic Qualification tournament.

IMPORTANT: NFs/ NOCs having qualified an Olympic place will have to submit by the Entry by Name the representing athletes/ teams respecting the minimum athlete Olympic eligibility requirements:

  • To be eligible to qualify through the Continental Cup or FIVB World Cup Olympic Qualification, athletes must have at least 12 participations as an individual in Continental Cup, National and/or Continental and/or FIVB events scheduled from 1 June 2010 until 24 June 2012.

Entry (FIVB Website)

Countries gain entry to the event by ranking either 2nd or 3rd place at their Continental Cup Final (AVC, CAVB, CEV, CSV and NORCECA). Should the Host country (Russia) not qualify directly then Russia will be awarded a host berth and the 4th place team from the CEV (CEV was selected by a draw) will also gain entry into the event.

Preliminary Inquiry & Technical Meeting

All Athletes must attend the mandatory Preliminary Inquiry.

Team 1 and Team 2 for each country are declared privately, by each countries head of delegation, to the FIVB Technical Supervisor and the FIVB Referee Delegate during the preliminary Inquiry. At the start of the Technical Meeting (Before the draw to create the pools) the Team 1 and Team 2 designations for each participating country will be published and they can’t change during the competition. Any paring of players can compete in the golden set.

All Athletes must attend the mandatory Technical Meeting

A random drawing of lots will be conducted during the Technical Meeting and this will determine the composition of the pools, the event schedule and the seeding of the teams.

Seeding

A random drawing of lots will be conducted during the Technical Meeting and this will determine the composition of the pools, the event schedule and the seeding of the teams. The seeding of the teams will be as follows:

Position
in Pool


Women's
Pool A

Women's
Pool B


Men's
Pool C

Men's
Pool D

1


Seed 1

Seed 2


Seed 1

Seed 2

2


Seed 4

Seed 3


Seed 4

Seed 3

3


Seed 5

Seed 6


Seed 5

Seed 6

4


Seed 8

Seed 7


Seed 8

Seed 7

5


Seed 9

Seed 10


Seed 9

Seed 10

6


Seed 12

Seed 11


Seed 12

Seed 11

 

Rules of the Game
& Official Ball

Playing system

Rally Point System 2 out of 3 sets as follows:

a) First and second sets

  • 21 Points
  • switch every 7 points
  • one technical time-out of 30" at third court switch (sum of 21 points)
  • one time-out of 30" per team/set

b) Thirdeventual set

  • 15 points
  • switch every 5 points
  • one time-out per team

All sets win by 2 points

Intervals between sets to be of 1 minute

The golden set will be one set to 15 points as above.

Official Ball: NEW MIKASA VLS-300 (67 cm +1/-1)


The FIVB Official Beach Volleyball Rules approved by the FIVB Board of Administration are included

in the Beach Volleyball Referee Guidelines and posted on the FIVB Web site at http://www.fivb.org/EN/BeachVolleyball/Rules/rules.htm

2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup Final

Concerning the specific competition regulations for the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup Final event, the following criteria have been summarized:

Competition Format

2 pools of five teams/countries each playing in a Round Robin, where the 2 best ranked teams from each pool will advance to the 2 cross Semi-Finals and the winner of these matches will compete in the medal matches for the title of the Winner of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup Final. The seeding will be determined at a later stage.

Selection & Participants

  • The participants (10 countries in total) qualifying as follows:
  • Winner country of each Continental Cup Final (five in total);
  • Countries having qualified the maximum (2) Olympic places through the Olympic Ranking (currently 4 countries per gender, but the exact number to be determined on 18th June 2012);
  • The Gold medalist country of the Olympic Games:
    • In case already qualified through the two previous criteria, the next ranked country in the Olympic event`s ranking will be picked up.
  • In case the roster of 10 countries will not be filled, the next ranked country, up to the 4th place, in the Olympic event`s rankingwill be picked up to complete the roster per gender`s event.
  • The above principles should be adapted to the status of the Olympic Ranking and the Continental Cup Ranking.

Country Quota

1 pair per country per gender

Teams` Participation Restrictions

Each qualified country to be represented by the best team in the National Ranking. In case the team is unavailable due to a force majeure or injury, the 2nd best team in the National Ranking should represent the country.

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