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AVC Beach Volleyball Continental Cup
 
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Competition Format
The Continental Cup is composed by the following three phases:
 
- Sub-zonal Phase

The Sub-zonal Phase will be staged from September 23, 2010-June 30, 2011.

Sub-zonal tournaments will be organized in all five zones of the AVC territories, i.e. Eastern Asia, South-Eastern Asia, Central Asia, Western Asia and Oceania Zone.

In the Eastern, Southeastern, Central and Western Asia zone, two sub-zonal tournaments of each zone will be held, while in the Oceania Asia zone, three sub-zonal tournaments will be held. The tournaments in the Eastern, South-Eastern and Oceania Asia zones will all be double gender events. In the case that there are less than 4 NFs that can send women’s teams, the home-away competition system will be used.

In each sub zonal tournament, the seeding of the participating countries will be established according to the AVC NF ranking points (the ranking points accumulated starting from the 2009 AVC Championship and constantly updated throughout 2010), i.e. the sum of the best 4 players in AVC ranking points from the country. In case of a tie, a drawing of lots will be conducted on-site by the assigned AVC Technical Supervisor.

All country vs. country matches are to be played either with four matches and a Golden Set in case of a tie or a typical “best of five” format (in this case matches 4 and 5 will only be played if necessary).

The single elimination or round robin system will be adopted for the sub-zonal tournament, in a country vs. country format (best of five). The tournament will be played until the end (gold/bronze medal match).

The duration of each sub-zonal tournament will be three or four days.

The top two countries (in both genders) of each sub-zonal tournament will advance to the zonal tournament.

 
- Zonal Phase

The zonal phase will be staged from July 1, 2011 to June 17, 2012.

Zonal tournaments will be organized in all five zones of the AVC territories, i.e. Eastern Asia, Southeastern Asia, Central Asia, Western Asia and Oceania zones.

In the Eastern, South-Eastern, Central and Western Asia zones, one tournament will be organized, with the participation of four countries, while in the Oceania Asia zone, one tournament will be organized with the participation of six countries.

In each of sub zonal tournament, the seeding of the participating countries will be established according to the AVC NF ranking points (the ranking points accumulated starting from 2009 AVC Championship and constantly updated throughout 2010), i.e. the sum of the best 4 players’ AVC ranking points from the country. In the case that a tie exists, a drawing of lots will be conducted on site by the AVC Technical Supervisor assigned. All country vs. country matches are to be played either with 4 matches and a Golden Set in the case of a tie a typical “best of five” format is to be used, in this case matches 4 and 5 will only be played if necessary.

The single elimination bracket will be adopted for the sub zonal tournament, in a country vs. country format (best of five). The tournament will be played until the end (gold/bronze medal match).

The duration of each zonal tournament will 3-4 days.

The top three countries (from both genders) of each zonal tournament will advance to the final tournament.

 
Continental Cup Final in 2012 (June 18-24, 2012)

The AVC Continental Cup (Final phase) will be staged from June 18 to 24, 2012.

A total of 16 countries from each gender will participate in the AVC Continental Cup, which will be the top three countries from each zone (15 countries in total), plus the hosting country. In the case that the hosting country is among the top three qualifiers of its zonal tournament, the fourth-ranked country of the zonal tournament will be able to play in the AVC Continental Cup final.

The seeding of the participating countries will be established according to the final placings at the zonal phase of the AVC Continental Cup. In case of a tie, a drawing of lots will be conducted on-site by the assigned AVC Technical Supervisor.

All country v country matches are to be played either with four matches and a Golden Set or, in case of a tie, a typical “best of five” format (in this case matches 4 and 5 will only be played if necessary).

In order to better promote the sport of Beach Volleyball in AVC territory, AVC will decide among the candidate countries the possibility of holding the women’s final and men’s final in two different cities/countries. AVC considers the Continental Cup Final a huge opportunity in developing and expanding Beach Volleyball and believes it has the potential to become the most important event in Asia and Oceania.

The duration of the AVC Continental Cup Final will be five days.

The champion of the AVC Continental Cup Final will qualify for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The second and third ranked countries, if not yet qualified, will qualify for the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup Olympic Qualification that will be held from June 25, 2012 to July 1, 2012.