France will present the men’s only FIVB Montpelier 1-Star Open on Sept. 7-9. This will be the first event on the 2017 portion of the calendar for the 2018 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. It will be the first time that Montpellier has hosted a FIVB World Tour event and the first in France since 2010.
Montpellier is a city in southern France. It is the capital of the Herault department. Montpellier is eighth-largest city in France and is also the fastest-growing city in the country over the past 25 years. In 2014, 589,610 people live in the urban area and 275,318 in the city itself. Nearly one third of the people are students from three universities and from three higher education institutions that are outside the university framework in the city.
Located near the south coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, Montpellier is the third-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast after Marseille and Nice. Montpellier is one of the few large cities in France without any Roman heritage and also one of the few cities in southern France without a Greek foundation.
The format, adopted in January of 2017 has all the FIVB Beach Volleyball international tournaments using the Star System from 1-5 having qualifying and a 32-team single-elimination tournament for 5-Star tournaments starting with qualifying followed by pool play and then single elimination knockout rounds. The 1-Star through 4-Star tournaments will modify as needed the basic format to accommodate the particular event with most having a single-elimination tournament. Country Quota playoffs returned as needed in 2015 to determine the final teams for the qualification tournament.