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Beach volleyball features a packed calendar

of events, catering to all levels of the sport.

With the 2017 World Tour comprising the

Major Series, a schedule of one to five

star events, the World Tour Finals and the

highlight of the season - The FIVB Beach

Volleyball World Championships – this year

promises to be beach volleyball’s best yet.

FIVB Beach Volleyball

World Tour

The FIVBWorld Tour which was first established in 1989

with the FIVB World Series, has grown exponentially

over the years and now takes in nine months of the year

with tournaments in four of the five confederations.




This year’s international beach volleyball schedule

features the introduction of the FIVB’s new five-star

structure for the FIVB World Tour from 2017 and

onwards, which will see all events on the tour assigned

a star rating between one and five. Five and four star

will be the highest level elite events while three, two

and one star events are designed to develop the sport

in as many regions of the world as possible.

Highlighted by the FIVB Beach Volleyball World

Championships, this year’s FIVB World Tour will once

again feature the Swatch Major Series (all five star

events) as well as the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB

World Tour Finals. The 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball

Calendar, which begins in the United States in February

2017 on Fort Lauderdale Beach in south Florida,

features $6.35 million in prize money.

Established in 2015 the World Tour Finals comes at

the end of the season and pits the best 10 in the

FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour rankings along with

two wildcards, one picked by the host nation and the

other by the FIVB. At the 2016 World Tour Finals, held

in Toronto, Canada. Olympic gold medallists Alison

Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt along with their female

counterparts, Laura Ludwig and Kiera Walkenhorst,

validated their Olympic wins with victory at the World

Tour Finals as well.

The 2017 World Tour Finals will be held in Hamburg,

Germany this year, only this time with a total prize

money of US$ 800,000.

FIVB Beach Volleyball

World Championships

Every two years the leading men’s and women’s teams

face off to be crowned world champions and do so in

increasingly harder-fought competitions that feature 48

teams per gender from across all five confederations

played across 208 matches.

The 11th edition is set to continue the grand tradition

with two courts built on an island in the River Danube as

the Austria’s capital Vienna welcomes the world of beach

volleyball from July 28-August 6, 2017 to compete for a

total prizemoney of US$ 1million. At the heart of the event

will be the state-of-the-art venue, a spectacular stadium

on Donauinsel island in Vienna. This will be surrounded by

a Beach Village offering public viewing and exhibitions for

fans. In the evening, the venue will transform into an event

area, which will entertain guests with beach party nights

and other evening events as part of the FIVB’s commitment

to deliver an innovative and engaging entertainment

spectacle as well as a sporting event.

The Netherlands 2015 took the tournament to four venues

– The Hague, Amsterdam, Apeldoorn and Rotterdam –

with all four providing stunning backdrops and full stands

of fans roaring on their favourite teams. It also went down

in history for some remarkable innovations including the

first use of the challenge system.

It was a decidedly Brazilian affair at the 2015 FIVB

Beach Volleyball World Championships as they occupied

five of the six podium positions in the women’s and

men’s tournaments. Alison Cerutti/Bruno Schmidt won

the men’s gold beating home duo Reinder Nummerdor/

Christiaan Vernhorst in the final, with fellow Brazilian

Pedro Solberg/Evandro Goncalves claiming bronze. It

was full domination by Brazil on the women’s podium,

with Barbara Seixas/Agatha Bednarczuk claiming the

gold, followed by Taiana Lima/Fernanda Alves for silver

and Juliana Felisberta Silva/Maria Antonelli for bronze.