The history of the Italian Girl’s Youth national team
is rather short but prestigious. The first official
event it participated in was the 1995 European
Championship in Barcelona, where it immediately
conquered, taking the gold medal.
In the same year at the World Championships in France
it was defeated in the semifinal by Japan and thus
gained the bronze medal.
In 1997 Italy ranked fith at the continental
championships in Slovakia and won a bronze at the
World Championship in Thailand the same year.
2001 continued the success story of Italian youth
Volleyball with a gold medal winning performance at
the European Championship in the Czech Republic while
in 2003 they collected the silver in the same event,
going down to Croatia in the final.
The final between Croatia and Italy was the best ever
final of the European Youth Championships in terms of
ambiance. More than 2,000 spectators created a great
atmosphere in the Dom Odbojke (Home of Volleyball)
Arena in Zagreb. In this ambiance, it was easy to
forget that the players on court had an average age of
‘only’ 16 years. The pressure on the young talents was
Italy had big problems to overcome this situation. The
defending champion and title favorite was not only
overwhelmed by the Croatian fans, but also by the
Croatian team’s way of playing. Croatia was sailing on
the support of their fans and that’s why it was no
surprise that the home squad cruised to a 3-0 victory.