New and Updated FIVB Rules

The new rules will not be implemented in our Domestic matches until, next season 2013-14. Once these have been agreed between Referee Commission and Competition Commission. The new rules will be a discussion item at the Referee conference on 7th September 2013.

Steve Evans
President Referee Commission.

Rule 4 Teams:

4.1 Team Composition

4.1.1 For the match, a team may consist of up to 12 players, plus:
* Coaching Staff: one coach, a maximum of two assistant coaches,
* Medical Staff: one team therapist and one medical doctor.

Only those listed on the score sheet may normally enter the Competition/ Control Area and take part in the official warm up and in the match.
For FIVB, World and Official Competitions the medical doctor and physiotherapist must be accredited beforehand by the FIVB.

Rule 9:

9.2.4 It is a fault, during the reception of service, to make a double contact or catch using an overhand finger action.

Rule 12 Service:

12.5 Screening

12.5.1 The players of the serving team must not prevent their opponent, through individual or collective screening, from seeing the server or AND the flight path of the ball.

12.5.2 A player or a group of players of the serving team make(s) a screen by waving arms, jumping or moving sideways during the execution of the service, or by standing grouped to hide the server AND the flight path of the ball.

Rule 19 The Libero Player:

19.3.2 Replacements of players An illegal Libero replacement can involve (amongst others)
– No completed rally between Libero replacements
– The Libero being replaced by a player other than the regular replacement player or the second Libero
An illegal Libero replacement should be considered in the same way as an illegal substitution:
Should the illegal Libero replacement be noticed before the start of the next rally, then this is corrected by the referees, and the team is sanctioned for delay.

Should the illegal Libero replacement be noticed after the service hit, the consequences are the same as for an illegal substitution.

19.4.1 The Libero becomes unable to play if injured, ill, expelled or disqualified. The Libero can be declared unable to play for any reason by the coach or, in the absence of a coach, by the game captain. If the Acting Libero becomes unable to play, he/ she may be replaced by the regular replacement player or immediately and directly to court by a re-designated Libero, If the Libero is not on court when declared unable to play, he/ she may also be the subject of a re-designation. The Libero declared unable to play may not play for the remainder of the match.

Rule 21 Misconduct and its Sanctions:

21.1 Minor Misconduct:

Minor misconduct offences are not subject to sanctions. It is the first referee’s duty to prevent the teams from approaching the sanctioning level.

This is done in two stages:

Stage 1: by issuing a verbal warning through the game captain;

Stage 2: by use of a YELLOW CARD to a team member. This warning is not a sanction but a symbol that the team member (and by extension the team) has reached the sanctioning level for the match. It has no immediate consequences, but is recorded on the score sheet.

21.6 Sanction cards:

Summary of Misconduct and cards used


Stage 1: no sanction – symbol verbal warning
Stage 2: no sanction – symbol Yellow card
Penalty: sanction – symbol Red card
Expulsion: sanction – symbol Red+ Yellow cards jointly
Disqualification: sanction – symbol Red + Yellow card separately

December 18th, 2012

From the FIVB:

The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) is pleased to announce the publication of the updated Rules of the Games documents as approved by the FIVB Congress.

“A major consideration in the deliberations of the Rules of the Game Commission was the integration of beach volleyball and volleyball under a single umbrella, with a coming together of common themes,” Rules of the Game Commission president Sandy Steel said.

To bring beach volleyball and volleyball into harmony when it comes to sanctioning, volleyball has reverted to the previous use of the yellow and red cards.

For volleyball, libero freedom is extended to give the coach better opportunities to generate the best team performance while reception technique was modified to encourage longer rallies.

For beach volleyball, the captain’s role has been strengthened while the net rule, which has been successful in volleyball, is now to be extended to beach volley. Its purpose is to prevent artificial stoppages and allow longer rallies to be played.

Click HERE to read the Rules of The Game Volleyball 2013-2016

Click HERE to read the Rules of The Game Beach Volleyball 2013-2016

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