There is a problem of circularity in the international volleyball calendar: only countries who participate in the major volleyball events can earn ranking points, whilst the number of ranking points of countries also determines seeding and access of teams for major events. This unfair principle does not contribute to the sporting and commercial quality of volleyball. For that reason, the World Volleyball Association (FIVB) has asked Hypercube to develop and introduce a new ranking system.
Hypercube has designed a platform that displays the old ranking (i.e., current FIVB ranking) and the new ranking system. The new ranking is based on the “zero-sum system”. Both rankings display the number of ranking points for the 222 countries being part of the FIVB. During the Volleybal Nations League – one of the bigger events – Hypercube keeps a daily record of developments in both rankings. By showing these developments during an event, policymakers can actually see the effects of the new ranking system when compared to the old and consider why this system might be a better – and more fair – solution for international volleyball.
The project is still running.