FIVB updated and approved official volleyball rules 2013 – 2016. There are many interesting changes in new rules. See the complete list of changes.
Download: FIVB Official Volleyball Rules 2013-2016
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
For FIVB, World and Official Competitions the medical doctor and
physiotherapist must be accredited beforehand by the FIVB.
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
12.5.1 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
188.8.131.52 An illegal Libero replacement can involve (amongst others)
– No completed rally between Libero
– 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.
The Libero becomes unable to play if injured, ill, expelled or
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
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
no sanction – symbol verbal warning/
no sanction – symbol Yellow card
Penalty : sanction – symbol Red card
Expulsion: sanction – symbol Red+ Yellow cards jointly
Disqualification: sanction – symbol Red + Yellow card separately
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