What's The Function Of Libero in Volleyball And Why Was It Created?

In Europe, the function of the libero women's televised volleyball games was to draw more TV spectators, cultivated players who made sneakier more unpredictable plays with longer rallies and lot more defense with women rolling and diving on the floor. 

The Function Of The Libero And Why Were Liberos Were CreatedThe Function Of The Libero And Why Were Liberos Were Created

Traditionally in Europe, the function of the libero in televised women's volleyball games

  • was to draw more television spectators
  • add more of a finesse game instead of a power game
  • cultivate players who made craftier and more unpredictable plays to create longer rallies and lot more spectacular defense with women rolling and diving on the floor
Traditionally in Europe, the function of the libero in televised women's volleyball gamesTraditionally in Europe, the function of the libero in televised women's volleyball games was to draw more television spectators add more of a finesse game instead of a power game cultivate players who made craftier and more unpredictable plays to create longer rallies and lot more spectacular defense with women rolling and diving on the floor

This type of game drew more fans and increased the TV audience for televised games. The skimpy uniforms didn't hurt either. 


Traditionally in Europe, the function of the libero in televised women's volleyball gamesTraditionally in Europe, the function of the libero in televised women's volleyball games was to draw more television spectators add more of a finesse game instead of a power game cultivate players who made craftier and more unpredictable plays to create longer rallies and lot more spectacular defense with women rolling and diving on the floor






Introducing and promoting the role of liberos and by adopting a few special rules that applied to the volleyball libero positioninternational tournament and professional league organizers thought this new position with its new rules would draw more television spectators to the men's game because they hoped these elements would make the game more exciting.

Traditionally in Europe, the function of the libero in televised women's volleyball gamesTraditionally in Europe, the function of the libero in televised women's volleyball games was to draw more television spectators add more of a finesse game instead of a power game cultivate players who made craftier and more unpredictable plays to create longer rallies and lot more spectacular defense with women rolling and diving on the floor
Volleyball event officials hoped that with shorter, more agile and athletic players coming in for the taller players after rotating back row produced more exciting defensive playsVolleyball event officials hoped that with shorter, more agile and athletic players coming in for the taller players when they rotated to the back row would produce more defensive plays and more exciting, longer and more suspenseful rallies which would hold the interest of the television audience longer.

Volleyball event officials hoped that with shorter, more agile and athletic players coming in for the taller players when they rotated to the back row would produce more defensive plays and more exciting, longer and more suspenseful rallies which would hold the interest of the television audience longer.

Volleyball event officials hoped that with shorter, more agile and athletic players coming in for the taller players after rotating back row produced more exciting defensive playsVolleyball event officials hoped that with shorter, more agile and athletic players coming in for the taller players after rotating back row produced more exciting defensive plays

What's The Function of the Libero in Volleyball?





The longer the rallies, the more exciting the play, the more exciting the play, the more spectators, the more spectators then the more sponsors.

This was the thinking by the international volleyball federation officials  in regards to the function of the libero.

The women's game had more spectators because they already had longer rallies since pro women volleyball players played more defense.

According to the "experts" this was the function of the libero and why there was more suspense and interest in their games.


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To encourage more defensive plays, especially in the men's professional leagues, the role of libero was promoted and then officially introduced by the FIVB to help make the men's game faster, more suspenseful and more TV friendly.


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