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Volleyball: Twenty-one point rule to be tested at U23 World Championships


September 21, 2013: Seeking ways to modernise the sport of volleyball, the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) will test two rules during the FIVB Volleyball U23 World Championships Open, which take place for women in Tijuana, Mexico from October 5-12 and for men in Uberlandia, Brazil from October 6-14.


The two rules being tested will see sets played to 21 points instead of the customary 25 and an interval of 15 seconds between the referee’s whistle and the serve.


Each set – except the deciding fifth set, which remains unchanged – is won by the team which first scores 21 points with a minimum lead of two points. In the case of a 20-20 tie, play is continued until a two-point lead is achieved.


The subsequent change to the timeouts sees one 60-second ‘Technical Time-Out’ (TTO) applied automatically when the leading team reaches the 12th point as opposed to two timeouts, when the leading team reached the eighth or 16th point.


The rule changes are being tested with an eye to modernising volleyball and making it more appealing for fans both onsite and through television.

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