AVC Beach Volleyball Continental Cup set to begin in June
Beijing, China, March 20, 2014 – The second edition of the two year AVC Beach Volleyball Continental Cup cycle which will determine the teams from the Asia Confederation that will make it to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil will take place from June 2014 to June 2016 as confirmed by the annual AVC Beach Volleyball Council Meeting held in Jakarta last Friday.
The timeline for the AVC Continental Cup will be as follows:
Phase (Development Division, with participation restricted to the top three
ranked teams in the zone):
Second Phase (Zonal Championship): January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015.
Six national federations per gender, including the top three ranked national federations
from the first phase and top three ranked national federations from the first
edition of AVC Continental Cup, will take part.
10 national federations per gender will participate in the tournament to determine the top two ranked national federations per gender who will advance to the fourth phase (Continental Cup).
Fourth Phase (Continental Cup Final): June 20 to 26, 2016
Eight national federations per gender including the host country will participate in order to determine the winning country that will directly advance to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. The second and third national federations per gender will have the opportunity to play in the FIVB Continental Cup Olympic Qualification in July, 2016.
The competition format will be country versus country with the best of three
matches format, with each country represented by two teams per gender. The team
with more AVC ranking points will be the national federations’ number one team.
The second edition of the AVC Beach Volleyball Continental Cup will no doubt create a huge wave of interest for the sport of beach volleyball throughout the Asia and Pacific following the great success of the first edition where 36 national federations participated in the tournaments with Japan and Australia eventually emerging as the winners at the final stages held in Fuzhou (China) to qualify a men’s and women’s pair respectively for the 2012 London Olympics.