Lausanne, Switzerland, October 25, 2016 - Highlighted by World Championships, four five-star Swatch Major Series events and the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals, the provisional 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball Calendar features 22 events starting in the United States in February on Fort Lauderdale Beach in south Florida and featuring $6.35 million in prize money.
Seventeen of the events will be double gender tournaments with three stops being women’s only tournaments and two competitions featuring men’s only play. The signature event will be staged July 28 through August 6 in Austria when Vienna hosts the $1-million FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships for men and women on Danube Island.
In addition to the opening event in Fort Lauderdale, United States (February 7-12), other Swatch FIVB World Tour Major Series stops will be in Poreč, Croatia (June 27-July 2), Gstaad, Switzerland (July 4-9), and Hamburg, Germany (August 8-13). The season will close with the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour finals from August 22 to 27 at a location to be announced.
The FIVB is working with promoters to organise two additional five-star events in Italy and the United States.
The upcoming international beach volleyball schedule also features the introduction of the FIVB’s new five-star structure announced June 9 for the FIVB World Tour between 2017 and 2020 which will see all events on the tour assigned a star rating between one and five. Five and four star will be the highest level elite events while three, two and one star events are designed to develop the sport in as many regions as possible.
The five-star structure is one of the many steps taken by the FIVB to modernise and streamline its competitions in a golden period for beach volleyball on the back of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and on the road to Tokyo 2020. FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° said: “The aim of the new structure is to provide a platform and formation of events that increase the number of competitions in a growing number of hosting countries and create a sustainable business model while providing additional commercial flexibility and opportunities.”
In addition to Austria and the United States, 15 other countries will host competitions with Malaysia hosting an international beach volleyball event for the first time in mid-April. Prague (Czech Republic), which hosted a Rio 2016 Olympic qualifying event in 2015, will return to host a 2017 FIVB World Tour stop.
Australia, Korea and Morocco will also host FIVB World Tour events under the star structure. Australia last hosted an International Volleyball Federation beach volleyball stop in 2008 in Adelaide. Korea’s last FIVB World Tour event was a 2010 stop in Seoul. Morocco’s Agadir Beach will again host an international event after staging a World Tour stop in 2011.
After the successful presentation of the new events structure at the 35th FIVB World Congress at the beginning of the month, a number of one, two and three-star events may be added to the calendar by the end of November. A finalised calendar will be made available on the occasion of the World Tour Council which will take place in Lausanne on November 30.
In addition to the FIVB World Tour events, the international federation will stage the FIVB U21 World Championships from June 13 to 18 in China at the site for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing. 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball calendar:
February 7-12 – Fort Lauderdale Major, Fort Lauderdale, United States (Five star, Swatch Major Series)
February 15-18 – Kish Island, Iran (Three star, men only)
March 17-19 – Sydney, Australia (Two star, women only)
March 23-26 – Maceio, Brazil (Three star)
April 15-16 – Selangor, Malaysia (One star)
April 20-23 – Xiamen, China (Three star)
April 27-30 – Fuzhou, China (Three star)
May 11-14 – Prague, Czech Republic (Four star)
May 24-28 – Lucerne, Switzerland (Four star)
May 31-June 4 – Moscow, Russia (Three star)
June 13-18 – Nanjing, China (U21 World Championships)
June 27-July 2 – Poreč Major, Poreč, Croatia (Five star, Swatch Major Series)
July 4-9 – Gstaad Major, Switzerland (Five star, Swatch Major Series)
July 14-16 – Daegu, Korea (One star, women only)
July 19-23 – TBD, Poland (Four star)
July 21-23 – Ulsan, Korea (One star, women only)
July 21-23 – Agadir Beach, Morocco (One star)
July 27-30 – Espinho, Portugal (Two star, men only)
July 28-August 6 – Vienna, Austria for the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships
August 8-13 – Hamburg Major, Hamburg, Germany (Five star, Swatch Major Series)
August 22-27 – Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals – TBD
Dates TBC – The Hague, Netherlands (Three star)Events to be confirmed:
June 7-11 – Rome, Italy (Five star)
Long Beach, USA – (Five star)
July 28-August 6 – Vienna, Austria Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals
August 22-27 – TBDFive-star events
February 7-12 – Fort Lauderdale Major, United States (Swatch Major Series)
June 27-July 2 – Poreč Major, Croatia (Swatch Major Series)
July 4-9 – Gstaad Major, Switzerland (Swatch Major Series)
August 8-13 – Hamburg Major, Germany (Swatch Major Series)Five-star events to be confirmed:
June 7-11 – Rome, Italy (Five star)
Long Beach, USA – (Five star)Four star
May 11-14 – Prague, Czech Republic
May 24-28 – Lucerne, Switzerland
July 19-23 – TBD, Poland Three star
February 15-18 – Kish Island, Iran (men only)
March 23-26 – Maceio, Brazil
April 20-23 – Xiamen, China
April 27-30 – Fuzhou, China
May 31-June 4 – Moscow, Russia
TBC - The Hague, Netherlands
March 17-19 – Sydney, Australia (women only)
July 27-30 – Espinho, Portugal (men only) One star
April 15-16 – Selangor, Malaysia
July 14-16 – Daegu, South Korea (women only)
July 21-23 – Ulsan, Korea (women only)
July 21-23 – Agadir Beach, Morocco Age-Category World Championships
June 13-18 – Nanjing, China (U21 World Championships)Quick link:FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour