From the upcoming volleyball cycle racing under the umbrella of CEV, a new rule will apply for the golden set which will determine the final winner of the matches played home and away, as seen for example in European club competitions.

So far, two different rules have been used, which decided whether to play the golden set after the second game, but both had their serious downsides.

Now, the European Volleyball Confederation will experience a new rule, which seeks to found the happy medium between the previous two.

There was a rule in which golden set was played only when the total result of both games was equal – 3:3, 4:4, 5:5. The weakness of this option was that the last sets in the second leg were often pointless. For example, if one team won the first match 3-0, winning the first set in the second leg already gave him the pass to the next round and then the match became uninteresting for spectators.

The other rule, which was valid until the end of last season, was also far from perfect. In case of exchanged wins in two games a golden set was played regardless of the number of earned sets. This very strongly suppressed the meaning of the first leg and seriously puts in favour the host of the second leg. There were cases where some team sent seven or eight substitutes or a second squad for the first leg, putting everything for victory in the second leg and the golden game at home.

According to the new regulation, both teams will earn points like in the League standings. So, for 3-0 or 3-1 win – three points will be awarded, for a 3-2 win – two points and for 3-2 loss – one point.

Golden set will be played only when the two teams finish with equal points – three after two matches. If a team won the first match 3-0 or 3-1, in the second leg they would need two sets won to qualify without playing a golden set.

Removing of the Golden Set rule is one of the few proper decision taken by European Federation in recent years and it seems to be a blessing for theoretically stronger teams. There were a lot of clubs in the Champions League, CEV Cup and Challenge Cup in the past, which suffered due to this low and had to accept the fact of elimination from the tournament in spite of having much better sets balance. There are for instance Lokomotiv Novosibirsk, Trentino Volley, Lube Banca Macerata, PGE Skra Belchatow, Levski Sofia or VFB Friedrichshafen.

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