Porec Major 2016 | 28 June - 3 July 2016
Beach Volleyball - Porec, Croatia, July 3, 2016 - After disappointing finishes the past month in Russia, Germany and Poland, reigning FIVB world champions Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt of Brazil have returned to the top of an international Beach Volleyball podium by winning the gold medal here Sunday at the US$800,000 Porec Major.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Porec, Croatia, July 3, 2016 - The “storybook” tale of Austria winning its first-ever Beach Volleyball gold medal on the FIVB World Tour is still possible as Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst from the European country defeated a Canadian pair in the first of two semi-finals here Sunday morning to advance to the finals of the US$800,000 Porec Majo... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Porec, Croatia, July 3, 2016 - For Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst, today‘s date could mark a “first” for Austria Beach Volleyball. But Austria’s most accomplished men’s Beach Volleyball team ever faces a daunting task of posting back-to-back wins here Sunday to win the European country’s first-ever gold medal in the 30-season history of the F... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Porec, Croatia, July 2, 2016 - For the second-straight year in Porec, Canadian Beach Volleyball players have risen to the occasion in this Croatian coastal resort town as Ben Saxton and Chaim Schalk made it four-for-four with pairs from the North American country in reaching the men’s and women’s “final four” at the Porec Major.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Porec, Croatia, July 2, 2016 - If “underdogs” Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude won the US$800,000 Porec Major here Saturday afternoon in this Croatian coastal resort setting, the German pair would become the 11th women’s team to win a FIVB World Tour gold medal after qualifying for the “money” rounds.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Porec, Croatia, July 2, 2016 - What was looking as an All-German women’s finale here Sunday turned into a North America vs. Europe gold medal match as Canadians Heather Bansley and Sarah Pavan upset heavily-favored Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst to advance their second straight Porec Major title contest.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Porec, Croatia, July 2, 2016 – Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen came up with a huge play during their match against Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst on Day 4 of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Porec Major Series tournament. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Porec, Croatia, July 2, 2016 - Friday was a historical day at the US$800,000 Porec Major for German Beach Volleyball as three women’s teams from the European country advanced to a FIVB World Tour “final four” for the first-time since the start of internationally-sanctioned events in 1987.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Porec, Croatia, July 1, 2016 - For the second-straight year in this Croatian coastal resort town, Canadians Heather Bansley and Sarah Pavan have recovered from pool play losses to advance to the “semi-finals” of the Porec Major with a goal this time is to win gold after claiming a silver at the 2015 SWATCH Major Series event.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Porec, Croatia, July 1, 2016 - While eight men’s teams were celebrating Porec Major pool play titles here Friday mid-day and another eight tandems were sent packing, the middle 16 pairs are scheduled to play grueling elimination matches in the heat on courts at three sites in the Croatian coastal resort town.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Porec, Croatia, July 1, 2016 - With four teams in the women’s US$800,000 Porec Major “Sweet 16” from Brazil, two of the top-rated pairs were upset here Friday morning in this Croatian coastal resort town by two pairs from Europe who could face the South Americans next month in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Porec, Croatia, July 1, 2016 – Marketa Slukova and Barbara Hermannova are quickly making their mark on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour since they teamed up in August 2015. ... Read full news
Porec, Croatia to host another Swatch FIVB Major Series tournament
Visiting Pore?, Croatia for the second straight year, the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) will be launching the second year of the spectacular Swatch FIVB Major Series of three key tournaments scheduled as part of the 2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. With the FIVB international calendar opening in February in Iran, the $800,000 Swatch FIVB Pore? Major Series double-gender event will be held June 28-July 3.
While this will be the second visit to Pore?, the FIVB World Tour has stopped in Croatia in previous years, presenting four men’s only events in Zagreb in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Following Croatia, the two other Swatch FIVB Major Series tournaments will be held in Switzerland (Gstaad, July 5-10) and in Austria (Klagenfurt, July 27-31).
As part of the new sponsor partnership, the Swatch FIVB Beach Volleyball Season Final will be held in a location to be announced on Oct. 25-30. The event will again feature the top eight teams and two wildcards for each gender from the 2016 FIVB World Tour. This illustrious group will compete for a total purse of $500,000 with the winning men and women’s tandems receiving $100,000 each.
Winning the gold medals last year in Pore? were the Netherlands’ Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen for the men and for the women was Brazil’s Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca.
Croatia has hosted six FIVB World Tour events through 2015, (five men and one women). In the men’s medal count through five events, Brazil and the United States are tied with three each, the Netherlands has two medals and with one medal each are Canada, China, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Russia, and Switzerland.
After one FIVB World Tour women’s event held in Croatia through 2015, Australia, Brazil and Canada lead the medal parade one total medal each.
The first men’s FIVB World Tour event was played February 17-22, 1987 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil while the first women’s FIVB World Tour event in Brazil was played in 1993 in Rio de Janeiro. The women’s FIVB World Tour held its first tournament in Spain in 1992.
The 2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar began with three Open events at the end of 2015. The remainder of the 2016 calendar will include multiple FIVB Open and multiple FIVB Grand Slam events along with more Swatch FIVB Major Series events, and the second Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals. Highlight of the calendar will be the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil featuring 24 teams in each gender.
Pore? is a town and municipality on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula, in Istia County, Croatia. Its major landmark is the 6th century Euphrasian Basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.
Pore? is almost 2,000 years old, and is set around a harbor protected from the sea by the small island of Saint Nicholas/San Nicolo. The town's population of approximately 12,000 resides mostly on the outskirts, while the wider Pore? area has a population of approximately 17,000 inhabitants.
The municipal area covers 142 square kilometers (55 sq mi), with the 37 kilometers (23 miles) long shoreline stretching from the Mirna River near Novigrad to Funtana and Vrsar in the south. Ever since the 1970s, the coast of Pore? has been the most visited tourist destination in Croatia.
The 2016 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. While the FIVB World Championships had 48 teams, all other tournaments have 32 teams and begin with a qualification tournament in each gender to determine the final eight teams in the main draw fields.
Country quota playoffs are also held, as needed, to determine the final teams for qualification tournaments.
The 2014-2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball Continental Cup is back again this year as it completes its portion of the qualification process for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.