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Competition format

The total number of matches will be 108, comprising of 54 men's and 54 women's matches. The Olympic Beach Volleyball competition will consist of a Preliminary Round and a Single Elimination Phase, for both genders.

1. Drawing of Lots

Upon definition of the Olympic Ranking, a drawing of lots may be organized by FIVB in accordance with the FIVB regulations, to establish the seeding of the 24 qualified men's and 24 qualified women's teams.

An additional drawing of lots will be organized by FIVB and BOCOG at the Olympic venue, which is the Beijing Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground, after completion of the preliminary phase, in order to determine the seeding of the teams in the Round of 16, in accordance with the FIVB regulations.

2. Competition System

(1) Preliminary phase

Six (6) pools of four (4) teams (in a round robin format) will be formed in the Preliminary Round, to determine 16 teams advancing to the Round of 16. Allocation of teams in each pool will be in accordance with the FIVB regulations.

At the completion of each match during pool play, 2 points will be awarded to the winner, 1 point will be awarded to the loser, 0 points will be awarded to the forfeited team.

The first two (2) teams of each pool (total 12 teams), plus the best two (2) of teams ranked third in their pools (total 2 teams, as per match, set and point ratio) will directly advance to the Single Elimination Phase. The other two (2) vacancies to the Round of 16 will be determined by the "Lucky Loser" matches between the remaining four (4) teams ranked third in

their pools.

(2) Ranking in Pools

Ranking in pools will be determined by the total number of points. If a tie should occur during the team ranking process, the following processes will be followed: (From the FIVB rule book)

In the case of a tie in the number of points gained by two or more teams,they will be classified as follows:

During the Round Robin:

1. Number of matches won

2. Head to Head:

a. Two teams:

i) If teams have played against each other, the winner finishes ahead.

ii) If teams concerned have not played against each other, decided by sets ratio, if a tie still exists by point's ratio and if a tie still exists then the teams have the same position in ranking

b.Three teams: The third team is decided by sets ratio if a tie still exists by point's ratio for the matches involving those three teams; the first two teams are then decided by a head to head (2.a)

c. Four teams: The fourth team is decided by a sets ratio, if a tie still exists by point's ratio for the matches involving those four teams.

At the end of each pool:

1. Number of matches won

2. Head to Head:

a. Two teams: The winner finishes ahead.

b. Three teams: The third team is decided by sets ratio if a tie still exists

by point's ratio for the matches involving those three teams; the first two teams are then decided by a head to head (2.a).

(3) Single Elimination Phase-Round of 16

Seeding of the teams after the Preliminary Round will be in accordance with the FIVB regulations.

The Round of 16 will be played in a single elimination format, to qualify eight (8) winning teams for the quarter-finals.

(4) Single Elimination Phase-Round of 8

The four (4) winners of the quarter-finals will then advance to the semifinals by single elimination format.

(5) Finals

Two (2) losers of the semi-finals will play the bronze medal match to determine the bronze medal and the fourth place.

Two (2) winners of the semi-finals will play the gold medal match to determine the gold and silver medals.

3. Meetings

The Preliminary Inquiry will take place at the Press Conference Hall of the Chaoyang Beach Volleyball Ground, on August 6 and 7, 2008.

The General Technical Meeting will take place at the Press Conference Hall of the Chaoyang Beach Volleyball Ground, on August 8, 2008.

An NOC representative and both players of each team must be present at the Preliminary Inquiry and the General Technical Meeting. The Preliminary Inquiry and the General Technical Meeting will be carried out in accordance with the FIVB regulations.

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