Landmark year ahead for volleyball
Lausanne, Switzerland, January 2, 2012 – As we welcome in another exciting year for the FIVB and volleyball, it is a great opportunity to look ahead to what promises to be a landmark year for the sport. New tournaments, World Championship qualifiers and new formats and teams for the World League and World Grand Prix are set to revolutionise volleyball for 2013 and beyond.
Italy beat Brazil for the women's FIVB World Grand Champions Cup title four years ago|
FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° already said in his end of year message that “the year 2013 promises to be an exciting one for the big volleyball and beach volleyball family" and there’s no doubt that he is talking about improvement both off and on the court.
After the past Olympic-Games-fuelled exceptional 12 months, one of the key highlights on the volleyball court for 2013 will be the qualification process for the 2014 World Championships (Men's Final Round due to be held in Poland, Women's Final Round in Italy) taking place across all five continents. Although, NORCECA has already started preliminary qualifiers in 2012, the race for the 23 vacancies to see who will join the host countries will heat up this year before the final phase in 2014.
Of course there are the traditional annual competitions such as the World League and the World Grand Prix but with a record number of teams and a new format for the World League, they are expected to entertain like never before.
Like beach volleyball, volleyball will welcome a new Under 23 tournament alongside the four other age group tournaments (girls’ under 18, boys’ under 19, women under 20 and men under 21) while the Club World Championships has undergone a makeover in terms of timing with a move from October to May.
The year will round out with the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup, which will take place in November in Japan with the continental champions all in action looking to see who will replace Brazil and Italy as the champions for men and women respectively.
It all adds up to an action-packed year building up to the World Championships in 2014 with innovation and participation the name of the game.
- 35th FIVB Congress to open in period of unprecedented growth for volleyball
- Eczacibasi celebrate golden anniversary ahead of Club Worlds
- Official FIVB World Congress website now open
- Buenos Aires to welcome Volleyball Your Way festival
- Preparations in full swing at PSL Manila
- Galaxy of Olympic stars in 2016-17 Brazil Superleagues
- Brilliant Barbara, Fabulous Fernanda newest Brazilian beach duo
- Iran, China to clash in final of Men's AVC Cup
- Olympic champs Ludwig and Walkenhorst aiming for new heights
- Iran, Japan, China, Chinese Taipei reach AVC Cup semifinals
- 2017 World League Finals bidding process launched
- Angela Leyva in rising orbit ahead of 2017 World Grand Prix Group 2
- Ricardo and Andre win Brazil Tour opener
- World Championship beckons for Dominican Republic, Argentina and Cuba after U23 Pan Am Cup
- Talita/Larissa win gold at Brazil’s National Tour season opener
- Ahead of 2017 Grand Prix European squads excel in continental qualifiers
- Trentino 4th in Italian Supercup ahead of Club Worlds
- World League hopefuls all advance to European Championship finals
- China, Iran top preliminary-round pools in AVC Cup
- Ze Roberto to stay on as coach of Brazil women's team
- Walsh Jennings entering the “unknown”
- At 34, Isabelle Forrer wraps up a glittering career
- Change of guard for Venezuela's men's National Team after departure of Nacci
- One month on, Rio in our hearts
- China confirm Olympic supremacy with Asian Cup title
- Men's Club World Championship takes on Olympic flavour as rosters are unveiled
- Looking back: China win Olympic gold
- Notable retirements at the SWATCH FIVB World Tour Finals
- Beach volleyball players explore Toronto
- Where do beach volleyball players keep their Olympic medals?
- Olympic champions seeking SWATCH Finals validation
- “Johnny Hyden, young and getting younger.”
- Germans not thinking about the money
- High Stakes on Polson Pier Saturday
- How Aleksandrs “The Lion King” Samoilovs earned his nickname
- Former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis watches beach volleyball match
- Epic women's SWATCH semifinals set
- Brazil, Canada, Latvia and Poland post final men's SWATCH pool wins
- Women’s elimination matches highlight Friday’s SWATCH Finals schedule
- Beach volleyball venue earning rave reviews in Toronto
- German gals add drama to their talent
- Polish Pride on Polson Pier
- Busy Beach Volleyball schedule for Polson Pier Thursday
- Hyden's clock still ticking in Toronto
- Brazilians, Canadians & Swiss post opening women’s SWATCH Finals wins
- 2017 World Grand Prix draw completed - Olympic champions China to play silver medallists Serbia in Week 3
- Increase in teams and record prize money headlines World Grand Prix Council meeting
- Referee preparation programme praised
- FIVB Volleyball House wins award for best hospitality house of Olympic Games in Legacy category
- Beach Volleyball vibes in Canada