Posts by brahmin

    Go back and look at the World League and World Grand Prix.


    In WL, 11 teams played 20 times or more. In 28 years of playing.

    Of those 11 teams, only Japan (1), France (7) and Poland (9) made the Final Round less than 10 times.

    So I would say than at worst 10 of those 11 were punching their weight.


    Over to the World Grand Prix it has been more consolidated only 9 teams playing more than 18 times in 25 years.


    Of those 9 teams only Germany and South Korea made the Final Round 4 times each, while the other 7 teams, were each in at least 12 times or more in the finals. The Netherlands had played in 14 WGP and made the Finals 6 times, more than any other team with fewer appearances.


    So even with the big Women’s teams, it is still pretty consolidated as well.


    The way the VNL is set up makes sense to me. Some countries/teams form the core of the sport. Hopefully those countries have sponsors that are interested and international in nature to want to be part of the game.


    Teams still have to go and perform on the court. Turkey in my mind came out of nowhere this past year in the Women’s VNL, but lost their way a little bit in the World Championships. However, if you look at the top of the sport, you’ve got 5 men’s and women’s teams that are basically even in the biggest tournaments. This brings tension in matches, which make it better for us in the stands.


    You will see some surprises, but they are few and far between.

    Money was the reason why the World League & WGP expanded. Sadly, many of the lower teams could not make any money traveling all over the world.

    Teams were rewarded points based on their results. The FIVB took away the Continental Championship Points, which hurts the teams standings in the rankings. So essentially the FIVB has limited many countries to scoring points through World Champs and Olympic qualifying. Yet, we have continental champs in odd years, which count for 0 points. Then you wonder why teams get bad seeding for the World Champs and Olympics?

    The Middle Blocker as a foreigner is a tough call, now with the 1 + 1 Asean player format, you can get one for each middle and outside/opposite. Teams with good middle blockers already, such as Toyota with Araki could then bring in a second middle from an Asean country.


    In the past when you only had one player available, the outside hitter or opposite were the way to go, from an offensive basis.

    In Conference Records of Final 8 Teams


    Western Conference

    Hisamitsu Springs 5-1, 16 points

    JT 1-1, 4

    Toyota 2-0, 6

    Toray 2-0, 6

    JT Marvelous 4-2, 12 points

    Hisamitsu 1-1, 2

    Toyota 1-1, 4

    Toray 2-0 6


    Toray Arrows 2-4, 5 points

    Hisamitsu 0-2, 0

    JT 0-2, 0

    Toyota 2-0, 5


    Toyota Auto Body Queenseis 1-5, 3 points

    Hisamitsu 0-2, 0

    JT 1-1, 2

    Toray 0-2, 1


    Eastern Conference

    NEC Red Rockets 4-2, 12 points

    Ageo 0-2, 1

    Denso 2-0, 6

    Hitachi 2-0, 5


    Saitama Ageo Medics 3-2, 9 points (1 match to play against Denso)

    NEC 2-0, 5

    Denso 0-1, 0

    Hitachi 1-1, 4

    Denso Airybees 3-2, 9 points (1 match to play against Ageo)

    NEC 0-2, 0

    Ageo 1-0, 3

    Hitachi 2-0, 6


    Hitachi Rivale 1-5, 3 points

    NEC 0-2, 1

    Ageo 1-1, 2

    Denso 0-2, 0

    V.LEAGUE has announced the license levels for the Men's league in 2019-2020 season on February 14, 2019.


    Teams are required to have an S1 license to be promoted to V1. Additionally teams are required to have S2 license to be promoted to V2 from V3. Expansion clubs are given an S3 license to start.


    S1 Licenses (10 all teams in V1)

    Panasonic Panthers

    Toyoda Gosei Trefuerza

    JT Thunders

    Toray Arrows

    JTEKT Stings

    Suntory Sunbirds

    Sakai Blazers

    FC Tokyo

    Oita Miyoshi Weisse Adler

    VC Nagano Tridents


    S2 Licenses (12)

    Fujitsu Kawasaki Red Spirits (V2)

    Tokyo Metropolitan Police Fort Fighters (V2)

    Daido Steel Red Star (V2)

    Toyota Auto SunHawks (V2)

    Tsukuba United SunGAIA (V2)

    Saitama Azalea (V2)

    Kinden Trinity Blitzs (V2)

    Tokyo Verdy (V2)

    Nagano GaRons (V2)

    Voreas Hokkaido (V3)

    Veertien Mie (V3)

    Hyogo Delfino (V3)


    S3 Licenses (4)

    Kinki Club Sfida (V3)

    Nara Dreamers (V3)

    Tokyo Toyopet Green Sparkle (V3)

    Safilva Hokkaido (Expansion team for 2019-2020 to play in V3)


    So there will be no promotion or relegation this year from V2 to V1 leagues.

    Final 8 Interconference Records


    Toyota Auto Body Queenseis 8-0, 24 points

    NEC 2-0, 6

    Saitama Ageo 2-0, 6

    Denso 2-0, 6

    Hitachi 2-0, 6


    Hisamitsu Springs 7-1, 18 points

    NEC 2-0, 5

    Saitama Ageo 1-1, 3

    Denso 2-0, 5

    Hitachi 2-0, 5


    Toray Arrows 6-2, 17 points

    NEC 1-1, 3

    Saitama 2-0, 6

    Denso 1-1, 3

    Hitachi 2-0, 5


    JT Marvelous 4-4, 15 points

    NEC 1-1, 3

    Saitama Ageo 1-1, 4

    Denso 1-1, 4

    Hitachi 1-1, 4


    NEC Red Rockets 2-6, 7 points

    Hisamitsu 0-2, 1

    JT 1-1, 3

    Toyota 0-2,0

    Toray 1-1, 3


    Denso Airybees 2-6, 6 points

    Hisamitsu 0-2, 1

    JT 1-1, 2

    Toyota 0-2, 0

    Toray 1-1, 3


    Saitama Ageo Medics 2-6, 5 points

    Hisamitsu 1-1, 3

    JT 1-1, 2

    Toyota 0-2, 0

    Toray 0-2, 0


    Hitachi Rivale 1-7, 4 points

    Hisamitsu 0-2, 1

    JT 1-1, 2

    Toyota 0-2, 0

    Toray 0-2, 1

    Final 8 Schedule Updated with NEC's win to clinch the East


    Standings to Start the Final 8

    Hisamitsu 6

    NEC 6

    JT 4

    Ageo 4

    Toyota 2

    Denso 2

    Toray 0

    Hitachi 0


    March 2

    Hisamitsu vs. Denso

    Toyota vs. Hitachi

    NEC vs. Toray


    March 3

    Hisamitsu vs. Toyota

    JT vs. Ageo

    Denso vs. Hitachi


    March 9

    Hisamitsu vs. Toray

    NEC vs. Toyota

    JT vs. Denso

    Ageo vs. Hitachi


    March 10

    Hisamitsu vs. Hitachi

    Denso vs. Toyota

    NEC vs. JT

    Ageo vs. Toray


    March 16

    NEC vs. Denso

    Hisamitsu vs. Ageo

    Hitachi vs. Toray

    JT vs. Toyota


    March 17

    NEC vs. Hitachi

    Hisamitsu vs. JT

    Denso vs. Toray

    Ageo vs. Toyota


    March 23

    NEC vs. Ageo

    Toyota vs. Toray

    JT vs. Hitachi


    March 24

    NEC vs. Hisamitsu

    JT vs. Toray

    Ageo vs. Denso

    So right now here is what the Final 8 points will look like prior to NEC's match today. IF NEC win in <5 sets, they will finish 1st in the East and Ageo will finish 2nd. IF NEC lose or do not take 3 points, then it will have to wait until next Saturday's Ageo-Denso match.


    Hisamitsu 6

    NEC/Ageo 6

    JT 4

    Ageo/NEC 4

    Toyota 2

    Denso 2

    Toray 0

    Hitachi 0

    With NEC still to play today the schedule for Final 8 is out


    March 2

    Hisamitsu vs. Denso

    Toyota vs. Hitachi

    E1 vs. Toray


    March 3

    Hisamitsu vs. Toyota

    JT vs. E2

    Denso vs. Hitachi


    March 9

    Hisamitsu vs. Toray

    E1 vs. Toyota

    JT vs. Denso

    E2 vs. Hitachi


    March 10

    Hisamitsu vs. Hitachi

    Denso vs. Toyota

    E1 vs. JT

    E2 vs. Toray


    March 16

    E1 vs. Denso

    Hisamitsu vs. E2

    Hitachi vs. Toray

    JT vs. Toyota


    March 17

    E1 vs. Hitachi

    Hisamitsu vs. JT

    Denso vs. Toray

    E2 vs. Toyota


    March 23

    E1 vs. E2

    Toyota vs. Toray

    JT vs. Hitachi


    March 24

    E1 vs. Hisamitsu

    JT vs. Toray

    E2 vs. Denso

    I am sorry but can anyone explain why Russia can go but Italy can’t?


    I have been meaning to write this, maybe it was shared and discussed back in the time but I will share anyway. I listened to a podcast where Karch Kiraly was the guest, he said Olympic Qualification was changed most probably only for this Olympic Cycle and the reason World Cup is not considered a qualification tournament is Japan hosting the World Cup and Olympics. According to Karch, there is a rule that says a team that has been already qualified to Olympics cannot attend a qualification tournament. When I heard this, I was shocked. I mean, FIVB loves Japan and their money so very much, that they can change the rules in order to have the tournament in Japan anyway. Is Japan the one and only country that can host a FIVB tournament? He said most probably it will go back to old style, teams will be able to qualify in World Cup after 2020.


    I know Brazil didn’t participate in World Cup in 2015 but I thought they didn’t want to play a meaningless tournament since they are already qualified to Olympics as host in 2016. I didn’t know this is a rule. I am suprised to myself for being suprised to FIVB and Japan relations.

    Technically Japan should not host this tournament as Japan normally is the host for this event. However, with Japan hosting (as a preview to the viewing public in Japan), I would consider it similar to the FIFA Confederations Cup. A trial run (even though not using the venue in 2020).


    Brazil has complained in the past that Japan always hosts, well put some money up and host the tournament then.


    Japan puts up a ton of money to host big events. China could do it as well, but has not. The reason why Japan gets them more frequently is that Fuji TV and Tokyo Broadcasting System get good TV ratings for the length of the tournament. Those TV networks are on the FIVB Communication Commission.