After the 2000 Olympic Games, the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) modified the scoringsystem used in beach volleyball from side-out to a rally point system. The goal was to facilitate the comprehension of thegame and to stabilize match duration. The purpose of this study was to assess the duration and number of rallies inmen´s and women´s beach volleyball matches (2000-2010 FIVB World Tour). Data from 14,432 men´s matches and14,175 women´s matches of the 2000-2010 World Tour were collected. The variables studied were: match duration,total rallies per set and match, number of sets, team that won the set and match, type of match (equality in score), andgender. The average match duration in beach volleyball is stable, ranging from 30 to 64 minutes, regardless of thenumber of sets, the stage of the tournament (qualifying round or main draw), or gender. The average number of ralliesper match were 78-80 for two-set matches and 94-96 for three-set matches. Matches from the main draw are morebalanced than matches from the qualifying round. More balanced matches (smaller point difference between teams) havelonger durations. It is not clear why there is no relationship between the number of rallies and match duration. Futurestudies are needed to clarify this aspect. The results can serve as a reference to guide beach volleyball training (withregard to duration and number of rallies) and to help understand the effect of the rule change.
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