Volleyball - Shenzhen, China, May 24, 2013 – The China International Women’s Volleyball Tournament came to a successful end on Saturday in Shenzhen with hosts China ranking first ahead of Thailand, Puerto Rico and Cuba in that order.... Read full news
Volleyball - Ningbo, China, May 18, 2013 - Hosts China remained undefeated to conclude the first phase of the China International Women’s Volleyball Tournament with a 3-0 record, in preparation for the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix on August 2.... Read full news
Volleyball - Saquarema, Brazil, May 19, 2013 – The day August 11, 2012 will forever be marked in the minds of every Brazilian volleyball fan when Fernanda Rodrigues (Fe Garay) scored the decisive point in the 3-1 victory against USA in the gold medal match of the London 2012 Olympic Games.... Read full news
Volleyball - Ningbo, China, May 17, 2013 – Opening day of the China Women's International Tournament resulted in resilient successes for some teams, while others look to make quick adjustments for the second phase on Saturday, in preparation for the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix on August 2.... Read full news
Volleyball - Ningbo, China, May 17, 2013 – Last year’s surprise World Grand Prix Finalists Thailand are looking forward to using this week’s China International Women's Volleyball Tournament, a two-phase event also featuring Cuba, Puerto Rico and China beginning on Friday in the city of Ningbo, as ideal preparation for the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix, whic... Read full news
Volleyball - Tokyo, Japan, May 17, 2013 – The Japan women’s national team have started their preparation for the 2013 season towards big competitions such as the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix, FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship qualification, FIVB Women’s World Grand Champions Cup, and the Asian Championship.... Read full news
Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, May 16, 2013 – The Dominican Republic women’s volleyball team paid a courtesy visit to the International Volleyball Federation headquarters in Lausanne on Thursday having arrived in Switzerland to play at the Montreux Volley Masters, which starts on May 28. ... Read full news
Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, April 18, 2013 - The year 2012 was a particularly excellent one for the Brazilian national women’s team, as they took home gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games. But can the Brazilian team continue their domination of the sport – especially at this year’s World Grand Prix? FIVB.org asked former national team player, Virna Dia... Read full news
Volleyball - Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 15, 2013 - The Argentine national seniors' womens’ team have begun preparations for a very demanding 2013 season with coach Guillermo Orduna, which includes the FIVB World Grand Prix.... Read full news
Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, April 15, 2013 - With a new and exciting volleyball season approaching, a legend of women's volleyball Stacy Sykora kindly gives us her thoughts on the what we can expect as part of the FIVB blog series.... Read full news
Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, April 12, 2013 – The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) is pleased to announce the confirmation of all the host cities for the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2013 Preliminary Round following the verification that Pool A will be held in Campinas, Brazil during Week One. ... Read full news
Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, February 4, 2013 – Yuri Marichev has been appointed as the new coach of the Russian women’s team. ... Read full news
Seasoned spectators can expect some stiff competition at the 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix. Following a decision by the World Grand Prix Council in December 2012, the premier annual FIVB women’s volleyball event will expand to 20 teams, four more than in last year’s edition. In 2013, the FIVB World Grand Prix will return to Japan for the first time in four years, which should please Olympic champions Brazil, who have won the tournament the last three times (2005, 2008, 2009) it has been played there.
However, Brazil will have to face the task of getting past the US, who clinched the 2012 title to remain undefeated for three years in a row. Although Brazil finished as runners-up each time during the Americans’ dominant run, they are the only team along with the US to have also won the title three times from 2004 to 2006.
The World Grand Prix Finals will return to Japan for the first time since 2009 and take place in Sapporo from August 28 to September 1. Japan has hosted the World Grand Prix Finals four times in the past with Sapporo being a fifth host city after Tokyo in 2009, Yokohama in 2008, Sendai in 2005 and Kobe in 1997.
Following the Preliminary Round, the organisers and the next best five teams will qualify for the Finals. The World Grand Prix featured eight teams in its debut season of 1993 and from 1995 to 2002, while 12 teams were in action in 1994 and from 2003 to 2010. Sixteen teams have been involved in the 2011 and 2012 editions.
Preliminary Round: August 2-18, 2013
Finals in Sapporo, Japan: August 28-September 1, 2013