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22-11-2019

FIVB MEETING: INTENSE DAYS IN SWITZERLAND

With the presence of the President of the Argentine Volleyball Federation Juan Antonio Gutierrez, this week was held the Volleyball Nations League’s Council Meeting at the FIVB headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, with a very positive balance.

Gutierrez, as Chairman of the FIVB Sports Events Council, discussed with leaders from all over the world about the FIVB flagship tournament, which was born in 2018 and will face its 3rd season for women's since May 19, and for men's since May 22.

“It was a great meeting: we knew about the numbers of the tournament and the reality for us in terms of participation in the VNL with everything that it implies” said Gutierrez. At the same time, he was proud of the assessment of San Juan, venue for 2020, by the FIVB: “San Juan had a high rating among the participants. We are consolidating a high-level venue and the idea is to continue it” said President FeVA.

During the meeting days, Gutierrez strengthened ties with the continental confederations and with the President of NORCECA (North, Central America and Caribbean), Cristóbal Marte. “Marte led a revolution in its confederation at the sports and administrative level, allowing our teams to be part of their tournaments. It has a great history in the FIVB and we will continue working together for the growth of volleyball,” he said.

VNL NUMBERS

The 2019 Volleyball Nations League (VNL) attracted a cumulative global audience of more than 1.5 billion, according to the official Nielson Report, it was announced earlier this week.

FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° delivered the staggering numbers during the VNL Council meeting at the FIVB Headquarters in Lausanne, where each of the countries that participated in the 2019 VNL were represented.

Throughout the course of the 2019 VNL, which took place from May 21 – June 14, a total of 9,291 hours were broadcast across 131 different territories around the world. The total cumulative audience is an increase of 200 million from the 2018 VNL, and more than twice the average audience of the World League and Grand Prix. In addition, the 2019 VNL recorded more than 10 million views on YouTube, a 778% increase on the previous year.

President Ary Graça also shared the impressive digital numbers from the event, including 3.8 billion social media impressions and 16 million interactions. The FIVB’s various social media accounts increased by a total of more than 550,000 followers during the event, while the official VNL website registered 12 million page views.

Commenting on these outstanding numbers, the FIVB President said:

“The results we have achieved are remarkable. We were aiming to achieve some of these numbers in year 4-5, so to already be at this point shows how successful the VNL has been with the fans.

“We pride ourselves on being at the cutting edge of innovation and our meeting today was very important in ensuring we continue to improve, for the benefit of the global Volleyball Family.”

The Council also heard the case studies from the National Federations of Japan and the Netherlands on their experience of hosting, as well as the outcomes of the 2019 VNL Audio and Video Production Report, the TV Distribution Report, the Digital and Social Media Report and the Commercial Report.

Many members of the VNL Council, including Mr. Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, FIVB 1st Executive Vice-President, Mr. Juan Antonio Gutierrez, President of the Argentinian National Federation and Mr. Geert De Dobbeleer from the Volleyball Federation of Belgium, praised the work done by the FIVB on professionalising the sport with the VNL being a true example of it. The transparency of the decision-making process was also complimented during the meeting.

The 2020 Women’s VNL will begin on May 19, with the men’s competition starting on May 22.

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