ERTIESRIO 2016 dEVELOPMENT MEDICAL RECORDS HISTORY STRUCTURE INFO
Beach volleyball has a prolific calendar
which includes a Major Series, Grand Slam
and Open events, World Championships, the
World Tour Finals and World Continental
Cup as well as other regional events.
FIVB Beach Volleyball
The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour was first organ-
ised in 1989 with just three participating countries
(Brazil, Japan and Italy) and is now in its 27th sea-
son with approximately 50 participating countries and
more than 1,500 active registered athletes.
The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 2015-2016
calendar extends from October 2015 to October 2016.
The Olympic 2016 season includes five FIVBGrand Slams,
the continuation of the FIVB Swatch Beach Volleyball
Major Series – which was successfully introduced in
2015 – a special FIVB Swatch Beach Volleyball World
Tour season Final and 14 FIVB Opens.
The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour also sees the
Olympic qualification process continue with all FIVB
World Tour events up until June 13, 2016 counting
towards the Olympic Ranking in order to determine 15
vacancies for each gender, which will take part in the
Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Five Grand Slams, which offer $800,000 in prize money
each, will also take place on the road to the second
World Tour Finals. The innovative and dynamic FIVB
Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series including three
tournaments offering $800,000 each in prize money
will complete the schedule. Fourteen Opens offering
$75,000 in prize money, per gender, also feature in the
build-up to the World Tour Finals.
The FIVB Swatch Beach Volleyball 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 round out the season.
FIVB Beach Volleyball
Staged every two years, the FIVB Beach Volleyball World
Championships The Netherlands 2015 featured the
brightest stars from the FIVB Beach Volleyball World
Tour, with 48 teams in each gender taking part.
From June 26-July 5, all eyes were on the Dutch cities
of The Hague, Apeldoorn, Amsterdam and Rotterdam,
which hosted the tournament across multiple venues
for the first time.
Brazilian pairs occupied five of the six
podium positions at the tournament,
which went down in history for some
remarkable innovations including the
first use of the challenge system.
Alison Cerutti/Bruno Schmidt won the men’s gold,
beating home duo Reinder Nummerdor/Christiaan
Varenhorst in the final, with fellow-Brazilians Pedro
Solberg/Evandro Goncalves claiming bronze. It was full
domination by Brazil on the women’s podium, with
Barbara Seixas/Agatha Bednarczuk claiming the gold,
followed by Taiana Lima/Fernanda Alves for silver and
Juliana Felisberta Silva/Maria Antonelli for bronze.