PRESS RELEASE 10.09.2009

FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup to pave way to 2012 London Olympics

The FIVB welcomes Federations from around the world to participate in the inaugural FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup
Lausanne, September 10, 2009 — The application period for the first-ever FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup got under way this week when the FIVB sent documents outlining the new event to all its Confederations and National Federations, encouraging as many of the organizations as possible to participate in the initial phase of the tournament.

The inaugural World Cup will take place over three years, from 2010-2012, and will act as an additional route through which National Federations will be able to qualify Beach Volleyball teams for the Olympics.

The World Cup, which was approved by the FIVB Board of Administration in April, will be a complementary competition to the current SWATCH FIVB World Tour and SWATCH FIVB World Championships, with the number of countries involved expected to jump from around 60 at present to over 150.

The ambitious project is meant to be a catalyst to develop the game globally and is part of ongoing initiatives at the FIVB to provide its Confederations and National Federations with greater opportunities to become more involved in Beach Volleyball and Volleyball operations. As such, the FIVB intends to provide financial assistance and other supporting material to the participating Federations.

"We are very excited about getting our Confederations and National Federations involved in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup from the opening stages of the event," said FIVB President Jizhong Wei. "The tournament will introduce the sport to an audience of millions and we are confident it will help legitimize Beach Volleyball as a global sport."

The tournament will usher in landmark changes to the Beach Volleyball Olympic qualification system — the seven Olympic berths available through the World Cup will be designated to the National Federations instead of the individual teams for the first time ever.

The 24 qualifiers for each of the men’s and women’s Olympic Beach Volleyball tournaments will be made up of the 16 best teams/countries from the SWATCH FIVB World Tour rankings, the five winners (one from each continent) of the continental phase of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup, the two winners of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup Olympic Qualification phase and one berth granted to the host country (if yet to qualify).

Ten teams will compete in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup final stage tentatively scheduled for the end of June 2012.

"The World Cup is a fantastic opportunity for the world to get better acquainted with Beach Volleyball and for countries far and wide to participate in the Olympic qualifying process," said FIVB Executive Vice President Ary Graça.

The FIVB is in the process of finding a title sponsor and official ball supplier for the event.

For further details, including the terms and conditions, please consult the following links:

FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup website

PowerPoint presentation (with guidelines that may be enriched in the near future to reflect additional information):


Application form(s):