The first edition of the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup was launched in 2010, building up to the London 2012 Olympic Games. A country versus country Olympic qualifying event, it was staged from June 25, 2010 to July 1, 2012 and disputed at the continental level (subzonal, zonal, final).
The five winners of the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup – one from each Continent – qualified for the Olympic Games. The 2012 Beach Volleyball World Cup Final Olympic Qualification tournament took place in Moscow, Russia and offered two additional Olympic berths for countries which had not qualified through either the FIVB World Tour or the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup.
This first Continental Cup cycle ended with the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup Final, which took place in Campinas, Brazil held from May 29 to June 2, 2013. Much to the delight of the home crowd Brazil took gold in both the men’s and women’s competition. Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego claimed men’s gold and the title of the Continental Cup champions, while compatriots Maria Antonelli and Talita Da Rocha Antunes took the women’s title.