FIVB Beach Volleyball Age-Group World
The annual FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 and U21 World
Championships are the launch pad for the future stars of
beach volleyball. Held in stunning locations around the
world, these Championships are an amazing opportunity
for athletes to test themselves against the best in the
world in their own age group. Poland’s Piotr Kantor and
Bartosz Losiak, and Nina Betschart and Anouk Vergé-
Dépré of Switzerland claimed the Men’s and Women’s
FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championship
titles, respectively. It was the second straight women’s
title for Betschart, who also won with Joana Heidrich in
Michal Bryl and Kacper Kujawiak of Poland were
the boys’ U19 champions in 2012, while Lithuania’s Ieva
Dumbauskaite and Monika Povilaityte took the girls’
crown. Cyprus and Canada hosted the U19 and U21
tournaments in 2012, respectively.
This year’s U19 World Championships will be held in
Porto, Portugal from July 11 to14 while the U21 World
Championships took place in Umag, Croatia from June 19
to 23.
An exciting addition to the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball
calendar was the Under 23World Championships intended
to reduce the gap between age-group and senior level
competition. It took place from June 5 to 9 in Myslowice,
Poland where the home team duo of Piotr Kantor and
Bartosztook the gold in the men’s final while Germany’s
Victoria Bieneck and Isabell Schneider took the title in the
women’s competition.
Beach Volleyball Continental Cup
The ground breaking Beach Volleyball Continental Cup
provided a new opportunity for countries to qualify for the
Olympic Games, in addition to the 16 vacancies offered on
the FIVB World Tour.
The Continental Cup ran from 2010 to 2012 as a London
Olympic Games qualifying event – and included the FIVB
World Cup Olympic Qualification in Moscow, Russia in
June, 2012, which also qualified teams for the London
Olympics. The tournament was played at the continental
level (subzonal, zonal, final) and the five winners of
the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup – one from each
Continent – qualified for the Olympic Games.
The Continental Cup cycle culminated with the FIVB Beach
Volleyball World Cup Final, which took place in Campinas,
Brazil from May 29 to June 2, 2013. It was a double medal
win for Brazil as Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego won the
men’s competition and Maria Antonelli and Talita Da Rocha
Antunes claimed the women’s title.
The next Continental Cup cycle will run from 2014 to 2016.
Other Events
The FIVB is also responsible for developing and managing
events such as Challenger, Satellite (whenever under the
jurisdiction of the FIVB), Exhibitions and Country versus
Country. These events have boomed in recent years and
are the perfect platform for creating the next generation
of sporting stars and personalities. Challenger and Satellite
events are part of a successful FIVB and Confederations
development programme, which aims to provide countries
with the opportunity to promote an international event
within a limited budget.