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Volleyball is set to be one of the hottest tickets of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with the local fans set to turn out in massive numbers as they hope to cheer the Brazilian sides to Olympic gold. Unfortunately for Australia, both our men's and women's teams missed qualification. 

Qualification, Nomination & Selection

Men: Australia failed to make the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after finishing fifth at the Olympic Qualification Tournament in Japan. The top Asian team at the tournament, as well as the other three highest ranked sides qualified for Rio. Needing a win in their final match against world number two Poland, Australia was defeated in straight sets. 

Women: Australia finished ninth at the 2015 Asian Championships to be knocked out of contention for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The side needed to finish in the top three in order to progress to the Final Qualification Tournament.

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Nomination to the AOC

Following the qualification of the Men’s Team, the Volleyball Australia (VA) Selection Panel will consider the nomination of athletes to attain optimum team compatibility and balance to assist in achieving the best possible result. There are also a series of mandatory performance or participation requirements athletes must satisfy to be eligible for nomination. 

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Selection by the AOC

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Appeals Tribunal Chair

Dominic Villa
Email: villabarrister@gmail.com 
Phone: 02 8224 3006

Key dates

  • 28 May – 5 June 2016 – FIVB Asian Qualifier and 1st World Olympic Qualification Tournament (Tokyo, Japan)
  • 4-6 June 2016 – FIVB 2nd World Olympic Qualification Tournament (Mexico City, Mexico)

Teams qualified (as of June 2016)

  • Men – Brazil, USA, Italy, Argentina, Russia, Egypt, Cuba, Iran, Poland, France, Canada
  • Women - Brazil, China, Serbia, Russia, Argentina, USA, Cameroon, Japan, Italy, Netherlands, South Korea, Puerto Rico.

Competition Format & Events

Indoor matches are played in the best of five set format. The first four sets are played to 25 points and the fifth set to 15. For all sets a 2 point advantage is required, with no cap.

The 12 teams are split into two groups of six. Each teams plays one another once with the top four teams in each group progressing to the quarter-finals where the elimination matches start. The winners of the semi-finals playoff for gold and the losers of the semi-finals playoff for bronze.

Australia and Olympic Volleyball

The men's and women's teams made their Olympic debut at the Sydney Games by virtue of being the host nation. While the women’s team has yet to return to Olympic competition the men’s side qualified for both the 2004 and 2012 Games. In London, the side performed well above expectations winning two of their five matches while they also took eventual bronze medallists Italy to five sets in their preliminary round encounter.

Read more about Volleyball at the Olympics and Australia’s history here>>>

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Did you know

  • The libero is a specialised defensive player that is only allowed to replace a player in the back row. When they are substituted out of the match they can only be replaced by the person they originally replaced themselves. They are not allowed to complete an attack hit when the ball is above the height of the top of the net and do not serve. A team may only have one libero.
  • When the receiving team wins a rally, it gains a point and the right to serve, and its players rotate one position clockwise.

Pre-Rio AUS Tally

- Gold
- Silver
- Bronze

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