Laurent Tillie - What makes a great team

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 18, 2020 - What makes a great team? We asked France's long-standing coach Laurent Tillie the question during last year's edition of the VNL.

Lindsey Berg putting her heart into spreading volleyball’s popularity

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 18, 2020 – Former USA captain Lindsey Berg has launched a new initiative to ensure that her country’s run of success will continue long after they have competed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the FIVB Volleyball Nations League this summer.

Russian stars Kobzar, Poletaev steer Kuzbass to unexpected turnaround in Champions League

Kedzierzyn-Kozle, Poland, March 12, 2020 – Igor Kobzar and Victor Poletaev took leading roles in Russian champions Kuzbass Kemerovo’s unexpected quarterfinal comeback on the way to the last four in the men’s CEV Champions League.

Maciej Muzaj’s top five scoring performances in Russia

Surgut, Russia, March 1, 2020 – The opposite of the Polish national team, Maciej Muzaj, is playing his first club season abroad and what a season it has been so far! As a member of Gazprom-Ugra Surgut, the 25-year-old athlete has been by far the best scorer of the Russian Superliga, with one leg to go through the end of the regular season.

Saeid Marouf's magic touch

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 29, 2020 – Saeid Marouf led Iran to its first appearance in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals in 2019 with his brilliant playmaking skills that leave fans marvelling and wanting for more.

Sheilla nearing top form as Tokyo 2020 approaches

Belo Horizonte, Brazil, February 27, 2020 – Brazilian star Sheilla Castro resumed her volleyball career last year after giving birth to twins Liz and Ninna with an eye on representing her country at the Olympics one more time at this year’s Tokyo Games.

Perrin: We will head into Tokyo prepared

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 26, 2020 – When Canada qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympics, it marked the end of a 24-year wait for the country to see its men’s volleyball national team back on the biggest stage of international sport.

Birthday girl Kim on her way back

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 26, 2020 – She's undoubtedly one of the greatest volleyball players in the world, and although Korea's Kim Yeon-koung will sadly not be celebrating her birthday on the courts today, it seems she's on her way back.

Araki to lead Japan 2020 women’s national team roster

Tokyo, Japan, February 25, 2020 - Celebrating 150 days to go in the countdown to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, we examine the players who have been called up to feature in hosts Japan's women's volleyball team this year.

Yanagida captains Japanese men’s national team in Olympic year

Tokyo, Japan, February 25, 2020 - With just 150 days to go until the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 we look at hosts Japan's men's volleyball team for the year ahead.

Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: 150 days to go!

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 25, 2020 - The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 are just 150 days away and we can't wait! Featuring the 12 teams per gender qualified for the 2020 Summer Games, watch 150 stunning attacks compiled to celebrate the milestone.

American stars in early preparation for international season

Anaheim, California, February 19, 2020 – The USA women’s national team wants to waste no time heading into the 2020 international volleyball season as head coach Karch Kiraly is already working with six players at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, California.

Russian national team opposites engage in scoring race

Moscow, Russia, February 15, 2020 – Two opposites of the Russian national team engaged in a fierce scoring race as they came face to face in an all-Dinamo clash in the Russian Superliga on Friday, each reaching at least the 30-point mark in a roller-coaster five-set battle.

Dominican Republic star Martínez keeps Praia Clube at the top of the Brazilian Superliga

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 15, 2020 – Dentil Praia Clube entered the road match against SESC RJ on Friday at risk of losing the top spot of the Brazilian Superliga, but Dominican star Brayelin Martínez came up big and delivered the team a come-from-behind 3-1 (31-33, 25-17, 25-19, 31-29) victory in Rio de Janeiro.

Zé Roberto expects challenging start for Brazil at Tokyo 2020

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 14, 2020 – Heading to his eighth edition of the Olympic Games this summer in Tokyo, Brazil’s women’s volleyball national team coach José Roberto Guimarães knows what it takes to succeed on the biggest stage of international sport after already taking home three gold medals.

The rise and rise of Annie Drews

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 14, 2020 – What a 2019/2020 season it has been for United States player Annie Drews, as she continues to reach new heights for her national and club teams.

Tokyo 2020 match schedule confirmed

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 13, 2020 - The full match schedule for the men's and women's volleyball tournaments at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 has been confirmed, ahead of the ultimate sporting event of the planet due to be held in the Japanese capital from July 24 to August 9.

Mazzanti ready for fight in Tokyo 2020 pool

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 11, 2020 – Davide Mazzanti is hoping that being placed in a tough pool at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will set his Italy side up to find their stride in time for the quarterfinals.

Poletaev back in action after injury

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 10, 2020 – Russian men’s national team points machine Victor Poletaev is back in action after suffering an injury over two months ago.

Christenson keeps Modena in the hunt for Italian title

Modena, Italy, February 10, 2020 – Micah Christenson helped Modena keep up their chase at the top of the Italian Super League over the weekend and in doing so he celebrated extending his contract with the club from northern Italy.

Brankica Mihajlovic on the road to recovery

Istanbul, Turkey, February 10, 2020 – Fans will be pleased to know that Brankica Mihajlovic’s surgery went well and that the Serbia and Fenerbahce star is on the road to recovery.

Experienced referee squad appointed for Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 10, 2020 – The FIVB today announced the highly-experienced volleyball and beach volleyball referee teams that will ensure the highest standards of officiating at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Boskovic dazzles in Champions League

Istanbul, Turkey, February 7, 2020 - Serbia superstar Tijana Boskovic produced a breathtaking performance Thursday night in the European Champions League with her Turkish team of Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul, raising expectations for when she rejoins her country's national team ahead of this year's FIVB Volleyball Nations League and Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Blengini taking nothing for granted after Olympic pool draw

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 6, 2020 – Italy coach Gianlorenzo Blengini has dismissed claims that Italy are in the easier group for the opening stage of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 volleyball competition.

Ariake Arena unveiled as volleyball prepares for return to Olympic birthplace

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 4, 2020 – The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) staged a grand opening ceremony last weekend to unveil the brand new Ariake Arena, host venue of the Olympic volleyball event at this year’s Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Pools confirmed for Tokyo 2020 Olympic volleyball tournament

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 31, 2020 – The pool composition for the men's and women’s volleyball tournaments at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 has been confirmed. The 12 qualified teams per gender have been split into two single round robin pools of six, with the top four in the standings of each pool to advance to the quarterfinals.


Lausanne, Switzerland, January 31, 2020 - Find out how the men's and women's volleyball teams reached the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Becoming a father for the first time and qualifying for an Olympics - Kevin Tillie looks back on the craziest week of his life!

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 24, 2020 - Almost two weeks ago France qualified for their fifth Olympic Games in Berlin and capped off what Kevin Tillie is calling the craziest week of his life. The 29-year-old French outside hitter not only played a pivotal role in his nation's qualification for Tokyo 2020, he also managed to attend the birth of his first child.

Does Hancock hold the aces for USA at Tokyo 2020?

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 16, 2020 – Micha Hancock showed the threat she will provide for the USA at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and FIVB Volleyball Nations League by setting a new Italian Serie A record for most aces scored in a match.

FIVB Senior World Rankings updated ahead of Tokyo 2020

Lausanne, Switzerland, October 22, 2019 - The Senior World Rankings have been updated following the men's and women's FIVB Volleyball World Cup for their last iteration ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Volleyball ready for Olympic homecoming at Tokyo 2020 #1YearToGo

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 24, 2019 - The FIVB has promised a volleyball homecoming party one year from today when the sport returns to its Olympic birthplace at Tokyo 2020.

Women’s volleyball set for historic final day at Tokyo 2020

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 1, 2019 - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed last week that the final day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will feature the women’s volleyball final, in what will be a historic day for the sport.

Heynen sets Tokyo 2020 qualification goal

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 6, 2019 – Poland men’s coach Vital Heynen has one overriding aim for 2019, qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Huge matchups on road to Tokyo 2020

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 5, 2019 - Some immense clashes are coming up this year as the very tight Olympic qualification process begins with the Intercontinental Olympic Qualification Tournaments set to provide incredible thrills for volleyball fans across the world as teams battle it out to make Tokyo 2020, the ultimate sporting event of the globe.

Sights on Tokyo 2020 as Olympic qualification process is laid out

Lausanne, Switzerland, November 19, 2018 - With the 2018 FIVB Men's and Women's World Championships now behind us, after Poland and Serbia triumphed in Turin and Yokohama, attention shifts to the next huge event in the international volleyball calendar for national teams - the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games which are now less than two years away.

Tokyo 2020 to kick off recruitment of Games volunteers

Tokyo, Japan, September 12, 2018 - The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) announced today that it will start inviting applications for the Tokyo 2020 Games volunteer programme from September 26, 2018.

Tokyo 2020 unveil Olympic mascots

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 23, 2018 – The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were brought into focus today with the unveiling of the mascot for the Olympic Games that runs from July 24-August 9, 2020.

Looking back: Japan claim first-ever Olympic women’s volleyball gold

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 29, 2018 – The Japanese women’s volleyball team became national heroes after winning gold on home soil at the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games.

1000 days to Tokyo 2020

Tokyo, Japan, October, 28, 2017 – The Japanese capital's Nihonbashi district will come alive as Tokyo celebrates 1,000 days to go to the 2020 Olympic Games on Saturday.

Arakida looks ahead to Tokyo 2020

Lausanne, Switzerland, October 25, 2017 - A world champion in 1974, an Olympic gold medallist in 1976, and an FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup winner in 1977, Yuko Arakida enjoyed success as a member of the Japanese women’s volleyball team. But her current role as a Tokyo 2020 Executive Board Member is at least as important. In an exclusive interview with, Arakida spoke about the next Summer Olympics, volleyball and her time playing the sport.

Ariake Arena the latest in string of iconic Olympic venues

Lausanne, Switzerlands, December 18, 2016 - The Ariake Arena, which was confirmed on Friday to host the volleyball competition of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, is the latest in a string of iconic volleyball venues since the sport was introduced to the Olympic Programme in 1968 - the last time that the Olympics came to the Japanese capital.

Ariake Arena confirmed as volleyball venue for Tokyo 2020

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 16, 2016 - FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° looks forward to making volleyball a "true celebration of the sport’s return to its Olympic birthplace" following confirmation on Friday that volleyball will be played at the Ariake Arena at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, as per Tokyo 2020's original proposal.