Stavanger MAJOR | 9 - 14 June 2015
Beach Volleyball - Stavanger, Norway, June 14, 2015 - After competing in only three international events this season, Pedro Solberg Salgado and Evandro Goncalves are within striking distance of becoming the top-ranked team on the FIVB World Tour as the Brazilians posted a two-set win over a Polish pair here Sunday in the gold medal match of the US$800,000 Stavanger M... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Stavanger, Norway, June 14, 2015 - With Norwegian roots and a tall partner, Pedro Solberg Salgado was on a mission this week to win his first medal on the Vagen Harbor center court.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Stavanger, Norway, June 13, 2015 - For the second-straight week, an Italian team that had to qualify for the Main Draw at a SWATCH Major Series event has advanced to the men’s “final four” as the Ingrosso twins won three-straight elimination matches here Saturday in the US$800,000 Stavanger.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Stavanger, Norway, June 13, 2015 - After a disappointing start to their season with a 17th- and ninth-place in the first two events, 2014 FIVB World Tour champions Juliana Felisberta and Maria Antonelli rebounded from a pool play defeat Thursday to win five-straight matches to capture the women’s gold medal here Saturday at the Stavanger Major.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Stavanger, Norway, June 13, 2015 - Brazil is guaranteed its fourth-straight gold medal on the 2015 women’s FIVB World Tour as Agatha Bednarczuk/Barbara Seixas and Juliana Felisberta/Maria Antonelli won semi-final matches here Saturday mid-day to advance to the finals of the US$800,000 Stavanger Major.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Stavanger, Norway, June 13, 2015 - FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° presented Hannes Jagerhofer with a plaque prior to play at the Stavanger Major on Saturday, acknowledging the exciting start to the new partnership of the FIVB and Beach Major Company (BMC), which is behind the new SWATCH Major Series. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Stavanger, Norway, June 12, 2015 - It will be Europe versus Brazil for the gold medal at the US$800,000 Stavanger Major as two women’s teams from the South American country won quarter-final matches here Friday along with pairs from Germany and The Netherlands.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Stavanger, Norway, June 12, 2015 - Most Brazil versus United States matches on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour are interesting and Friday’s meeting between South Americans Emanuel Rego/Ricardo Santos against North Americans Sean Rosenthal/Stafford Slick proved to be one of those “important” confrontations here Friday at the US$800,000 Stavange... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Stavanger, Norway, June 11, 2015 - After failing to defend a gold medal in their home country two weeks ago to place 25th in the Moscow Grand Slam, Russians Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Konstantin Semenov have rebounded with better play highlighted with a ninth-place last week in Croatia and starting this week with two pool play wins here Thursday in... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Stavanger, Norway, June 11, 2015 - The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour stop in Stavanger has never been a successful site for Taiana Lima until this week as she reversed her past misfortunes with Fernanda Alves into something better after the Brazilians continued their “near-perfect” winning ways here Thursday in the US$800,000 Stavanger Major.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Stavanger, Norway, June 10, 2015 - The third of seven days of competition in the second SWATCH Beach Volleyball Major Series is underway here Wednesday on the dockside courts in Vagen Harbor where the schedule at the US$800,000 Stavanger Major is highlighted by women's Main Draw pool play and the men's qualification tournament.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Stavanger, Norway, June 10, 2015 - After a week of “hot” weather in a “colorful” Croatian coastal city on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, the second stop on the SWATCH Major Series is being played in cooler conditions in a harbor bordering the sea to the west and Boknafjorden in the northeast.... Read full news
Norway’s picturesque Stavanger awaiting Swatch FIVB Major Series event
Returning last year following a two-year absence, the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour will again travel to Norway for the double-gender 2015 FIVB Swatch Stavanger Major Series tournament. The Stavanger event, to be held from June 9 to 14, will mark the 18th time a men’s competition and 15th women’s tournament has been held in Norway.
With 33 all-time FIVB World Tour Events held in Norway, the FIVB will be launching the dynamic Swatch FIVB Major Series of three key tournaments scheduled as part of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 2015. With the FIVB international calendar opening in April in Fuzhou, China, the $800,000 Swatch FIVB Stavanger Major will be held from June 9 to 14.
Porec, Croatia will host the first Swatch FIVB Major Series tournament followed by Stavanger and finally Switzerland (Gstaad, July 7 to 12).
As part of the new sponsor partnership, the Swatch FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Final will be held in the United States (Fort Lauderdale, Fla., September 29 to October 4). The first-time event will feature the top eight teams and two wildcards for each gender from the FIVB World Tour 2015. This illustrious group will compete for a total purse of $500,000 with the winning men and women’s tandems receiving $100,000 each.
Up until 2014, Norway has hosted a total of 33 FIVB World Tour events (18 men, 15 women) with 25 being held in Stavanger and eight in Kristiansand with Brazil leading the medal count in both genders. In the men’s totals after 18 events, Brazil has 28, followed by Germany with six, USA with five, Switzerland three, Norway two and with one men’s medal each are Argentina, Australia, China, Latvia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia and Spain.
After 15 FIVB World Tour women’s events held in Norway through 2011, Brazil leads the medal parade with 18 total medals followed by USA with 13, China with five, Austria and Greece with two apiece and with one women’s medal each are Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and the Slovak Republic.
Two American teams won the two gold medals in Stavanger in 2014. Winning the men’s gold was Phil Dalhausser/Sean Rosenthal while capturing the women’s gold was Kerri Walsh Jennings/April Ross.
The 2009 FIVB event in Stavanger was the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships.
The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 2015 calendar will include five FIVB Grand Slams, a new FIVB Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series of three events, six FIVB Opens and a special FIVB Swatch Beach Volleyball Season Final in the United States.
The showcase event will be the $1 million FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships The Netherlands 2015.
A total of 14 countries will host events this year as the FIVB World Tour 2015 also begins the Olympic qualification process with all FIVB World Tour events (except the World Tour Finals) in 2015 up until June 13, 2016 counting towards the Olympic Ranking in order to determine the 15 vacancies for each gender that will take part in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The 2015 FIVB World Ranking system will again include FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam and Open events along with additional pre-approved events at the inter-continental, continental and national levels.
Implemented in 2013, the format of all the FIVB Beach Volleyball international tournaments – whether FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam or FIVB Beach Volleyball Open – are the same, featuring pool play followed by single elimination knockout rounds.
The 2014-2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Continental Cup also returns this year as it starts its portion of the qualification process for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.
The planet's best beach volleyball players return to the Vaagen Harbour dockside purpose-built courts in Stavanger, the "oil" capital of Norway.
With a population of over 121,000 Stavanger is the third largest city in Norway and sits on the western coast of the country on the North Sea.