FIVB announces pre-calendar for 2015 World Tour
In a season of many firsts - which also has in addition the $1m FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships The Netherlands 2015 - the 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour will run through to an inaugural World Tour Finals which will take place in a US city still to be confirmed from September 29 to October 4.
2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Calendar
The 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour will also launch the Olympic qualification process with all FIVB World Tour events (except the World Tour Finals) in 2015 up until June 13, 2016 counting towards the Olympic Ranking in order to determine the 15 vacancies for each gender which will take part in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The provisional Olympic Ranking will be available on the FIVB website after each event.
The 2015 edition of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour will begin in April and will visit a mix of new and more well-established venues. The double gender Fuzhou Open, which was the first event on this year’s calendar, will again begin proceedings from April 21-26 on the Road to the $500,000 World Tour Finals 2015.
Six Grand Slams, which offer $800,000 in prize money each, will also take place as part of the Road to the World Tour Finals. These will be organised in Moscow, Russia from May 26-31, St. Petersburg, USA from June 16-21, Yokohama, Japan from July 21-26, Long Beach, USA from August 18-23, Poland (event to be confirmed) from August 25-30, and Brazil (event to be confirmed) from September 15-20.
A new innovative and dynamic Major Series including four tournaments offering $800,000 each in prize money will complete the schedule for next summer. Porec in Croatia will welcome a Major from June 2-7 (venue to be confirmed), which will be followed by other Majors in Stavanger, Norway from June 9-14, Gstaad, Switzerland from July 7-12 and Germany (venue to be confirmed) from September 1-6.
Five Opens offering $75,000 in prize money per gender will also feature in the build-up to the World Tour Finals. They will be hosted by Lucerne, Switzerland from May 12-17, Prague, Czech Republic from May 26-31, Istanbul, Turkey from August 11-16, Sochi, Russia from September 8-13 and Xiamen, China from September 22-27. The event in Prague will be a women-only single gender tournament.
The World Tour Finals, which will feature the top eight teams per gender based on a cumulative ranking of points from Grand Slams, Majors and Opens, will be followed by a further four Open events, which will be the first events on the 2015-16 Beach Volleyball Calendar. These will take place in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from October 13-18, Thailand (women only - venue to be confirmed) from November 3-8, Doha, Qatar from November 17-21 (men only) and Mangaung, South Africa from December 8-13.
From June 26-July 5, all eyes will be on the Dutch cities of The Hague, Apeldoorn, Amsterdam and Rotterdam, which will host the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships The Netherlands 2015. The competition will feature a total of 96 teams - 48 per gender - with the qualification process currently being completed across the five continental confederations. This to grant universality.
The FIVB continues to work towards the realization of a long term calendar with the aim of creating sustainability for the future. On this matter, the 2016, 2017 and 2018 tentative calendars will be presented for approval at the next FIVB Board of Administration in April, 2015.
Meanwhile, there is still one event left in the 2014 edition of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour with the Mangaung Open taking place in South Africa from December 9-14. With Juliana Felisberta Da Silva and Maria Antonelli already named FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 2014 women’s champions with one event remaining, it will be left to the men to battle for their World Tour crown.