FIVB - Lausanne, Switzerland, December 20, 2013 – Following a spectacular beach volleyball season, VolleyWorld has brought together all the highlights of the year’s activity with this edition taking a closer look at some of the new faces and pairings that took the beach volleyball world by storm in 2013. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 29, 2013 - Brazil’s Alison and Emanuel, one of the most successful beach volleyball partners in recent times have announced that they will be parting ways. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, November 14, 2013 – Olympic beach volleyball champion Julius Brink took the beach volleyball world by surprise when he announced his separation from partner Sebastian Fuchs and his decision to team with Germany's up-and-coming player, Armin Dollinger. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, October 18, 2013 – With nine Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Beach Volleyball World Tour Grand Slams, the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships and two FIVB Opens completed, the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour of Grand Slams takes one week off before heading to China from October 22 to 27 for the... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, October 18, 2013 – While the storybook ending didn’t quite happen, Casey Jennings and his wife Kerri Walsh Jennings of the United States still made international history last Sunday. They became the first married couple to play in their respective gold medal matches in the 27-year history of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World To... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, August 13, 2013 – With seven FIVB World Tour Grand Slams, the 2013 Beach Volleyball World Championships and two FIVB Opens completed, the 2013 FIVB World Tour takes some time off before heading to Russia next week for the double-gender $440,000 FIVB Moscow Grand Slam. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, July 31, 2013 – Enjoying the first FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event back in the United States in a decade at the highly-successful Southern California’s $440,000 FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam, the tour takes a week off before returning to Germany next week for the double-gender $440,000 FIVB Berlin Grand Slam. The event in... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, July 16, 2013 – With an extra week for travel, practice and recuperation following a pair of major back-to-back events in Poland and Switzerland, the second half of the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour will resume next week in the United States in Southern California for the double-gender $440,000 FIVB Long Beach Grand S... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, July 8, 2013 – After crowning new champions from China and The Netherlands at the ninth annual $1million FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, Mazury 2013 this past week in Stare Jablonki, Poland the second half of the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour starts this week in Switzerland at the $440,000 FIVB Gstaad Grand... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, June 17, 2013 – Continuing to set the pace as the world’s foremost beach volleyball country, teams from Brazil lead both the men and women’s point standings in 2013 FIVB international competition following last week’s FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Hague Grand Slam in The Hague, Netherlands. Beginning a new Olympic cycle in... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, June 10, 2013 – The FIVB has modified the entry process for the FIVB World Tour and Open events starting from the Rome Grand Slam following feedback from athletes. The change sees the National Federation ranking use only the points of players who have played in any of the first three FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour or Open e... Read full news
FIVB - Lausanne, Switzerland, April 19, 2013 - With just a few days until the beach volleyball season opening event, the Fuzhou Open, gets underway, Brazilian beach volleyball legend Sandra Pires, a 1996 Olympic champion and Sydney 2000 Olympic bronze medallist champion, looks ahead to the next nine months in which new female FIVB world champions and FIVB... Read full news
The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour continues to make history with a record breaking 10 FIVB World Tour Grand Slam tournaments to feature in 2013, topped off by the prestigious FIVB World Championships in Stare Jablonki, Poland in the middle of the season.
A new philosophy has been introduced to create new opportunities for players as well as a sustainable beach volleyball event structure.
The 2013 FIVB World Tour – a tour of many firsts
The 10 FIVB World Tour Grand Slams – representing an increase from eight events in 2012 and six in 2011 – will take place across four of the five FIVB Confederations in 9 different countries. A maximum number of 12 Grand Slam events will be organised in any season with the aim of maintaining the highest level of competition for beach volleyball’s elite.
This year the beach volleyball season will run over six months and offer a total amount of prize money of $6.875million.
Another significant change is that the format of all FIVB World Championships, World Tour Grand Slam and FIVB Open events will be the same featuring pool play followed by single elimination knockout rounds.
Importantly, the FIVB World Ranking system will now take into account the beach volleyball events at intercontinental, continental and national level.
Grand Slam tournaments
Shanghai in China will host the first FIVB World Tour Grand Slam of 2013 from April 30 to May 5. The Tour is expected to finish in Sao Paulo with a tournament that runs from October 9 to 13.
Beijing, Rome, Berlin, Moscow and Gstaad are some of the familiar venues on the World Tour, while beach volleyball returns to the United States for the first time since Carson in 2003 when Long Beach, California hosts a tournament from July 23 to 28. The Tour also welcomes back The Hague in The Netherlands, after the Dutch capital hosted the CEV European Championships in 2012, a responsibility taken on by Klagenfurt in Austria in 2013. And for the first time, Corrientes in Argentina will host a World Tour stop.
Stare Jablonki has been rewarded for hosting one of the most popular stops on the World Tour by being given the responsibility of organising the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships. The cream of the beach volleyball world will descend on the banks of Lake Mazury in north-east Poland from July 1 to 7 to see if Emanuel Rego and Alison Cerutti can retain their world crown in the men’s competition, and who will succeed Juliana Felisberta da Silva and Larissa Franca as women’s world champions and take home the $500,000 on offer to the winners of each gender.