From the very first Summer Universiade in 1959, volleyball has been a compulsory and successful sport at the Summer Universiades organised under the patronage of the International University Sports Federation. During the first edition of the World Student Games in Torino, the men's volleyball tournament was organised with 12 teams striving to win the gold medal. The most successful players of this tournament came from Czechoslovakia, beating their opponents from Romania with 3–0 and losing just two (2) sets in six (6) games. In 1961 in Sofia, the women's tournament was launched with six (6) teams and volleyball continued its path of success.
The level of the games and the increasing number of participating teams in the seventies not only reflected on the interest volleyball generated among organising countries but made the FISU Executive Committee establish special regulations for team selection. These technical regulations have been reviewed, once again, after the Summer Universiade in Izmir in 2005. With a maximum of 24 teams for a men's tournament and 16 teams for a women's tournament, as well as its long-standing tradition and an excellent attendance of spectators (with over 5,000 during the finals in Daegu, Izmir and Bangkok), university volleyball is greatly appreciated throughout the FISU world.
The volleyball tournament shall be organised in accordance with the most recent technical regulations of the "Fédération Internationale de Volleyball" (FIVB). The programme and duration of the events will be fixed by the Executive Committee in agreement with the Organising Committee and the CTI. In principle, the events will last eleven (11) days maximum and will include:
one (1) men's tournament: twenty-four (24) teams maximum
one (1) women's tournament: sixteen (16) teams maximum
For each tournament, each country participating must present one (1) team of twelve (12) players.
Countries participating in the volleyball tournament must bring with their delegation and at their own cost:
Men's tournament: one (1) referee recognised by the FIVBas an international referee candidate or international referee.
Women's tournament: one (1) referee recognised by the FIVBas an international referee candidate or international referee.
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