Calendar

Jun
28
Fri
2019
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, Hamburg (GER)
Jun 28 – Jul 7 all-day

The 2019 World Championships will run from June 28 to July 7 at the Hamburg Rothenbaum Stadium with a total prize purse of $1.000.000. About 13.000 fans will follow the 48 teams per gender on centre court. New winner teams will be crowned as the defending champions teamed up with new partners. Current world champion Laura Ludwig (Germany) is playing with Maggie Kozuch after Kira Walkenhorst had to retire form professional beach volleyball in January. On the men’s side, defending champions Evandro and Andre Loyola (Brazil) have split up. While Evandro joined forces with Olympic champion Bruno Schmidt, Andre Loyola is now playing with George Wanderley after splitting from Alison.

The tournament schedule outlines pool play until July 3 in 12 pools of four teams with the top two teams from each pool going directly to the elimination round. They will be joined by the eight best third-ranked teams. These 32 teams will continue in single-elimination play with the medal matches being played on July 6 and 7. Top favorites are Norwegian Vikings Anders Mol and Christian Sorum who have already posted three 4-star wins this season at Itapema (Brazil), Jianjiang (China) and Ostrava (Czech Republic). They will play in Pool A.

 

FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships

Pools Men

On the women’s side, Xiamen and The Hague winners Ana Patricia/Rebecca from Brazil will compete in Pool D. With eight centre court matches scheduled on Friday, German top team Ludwig/Kozuch will play their first match at 6pm against Warsaw silver medalists Larsen/Stockman (USA) who also won their first AVP title in Seattle last weekend. Evandro/Bruno who beat Vikings Mol/Sorum in the Warsaw final will play against Durant/Schumann (Australia) on Saturday at 2pm on centre court. For the exact court schedule, visit the official event page.

FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships

Pools Women

Jul
9
Tue
2019
Gstaad (SWI)
Jul 9 – Jul 14 all-day
Gstaad (SWI)
You can argue if it really makes sense to play a Beach Major Series event in the week right after the FIVB World Championships. After ten days of fierce competition, many teams might be physically and/or mentally exhausted. Nevertheless, the 20th edition of the Gstaad event will be played between July 9-14, 2019.
The $600,000 Gstaad Major qualifiers start on Tuesday and main draw kicks off on Wednesday. The finals are scheduled for Saturday on the men’s and for Sunday on the women’ side.
The new world champions Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan from Canada are also the defending champions after beating Germany’s Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude in last year’s gold medal match. On the men’s side, Norwegian Vikings Anders Mol and Christian Sorum will try to defend their 2018 title that also kicked off their incredible run that ended in winning the Gstaad and Vienna Majors, the European championships and the World Tour Finals.
Jul
31
Wed
2019
Vienna (AUT)
Jul 31 – Aug 4 all-day
Vienna (AUT)
The US$600,000 Vienna Major is the third elite beach volleyball event in the Austrian capital after the World Championships in 2017 and last year’s Major event. On top of the $40,000 first-place prize purse, the Vienna gold medalists will earn 1,200 Olympic qualifying points for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Qualification starts Tuesday with several top teams being involved. On the men’s side, 2013 world champions and Gstaad finalists Brouwer/Meeuwsen as well as Latvian top team Samoilovs/ Smedins need to go through the qualification tournament. Main draw rounds will start on Wednesday for the women and on Thursday for the men. The knock-out rounds will be played from Friday leading to the women’s final on Saturday and the men’s medal matches on Sunday.
Defending champions are Norwegians Anders Mol and Christian Sorum who just claimed gold at the Tokyo 4-star event last weekend. Their strongest opposition might be the new world champions Oleg Stoyanovskiy and Viacheslav Krasilnikov from Russia. On the women’s side, Czech beach girls Barbora Hermannova and Marketa Slukova will try to defend their 2018 title .
Sep
4
Wed
2019
World Tour Finals Rome (ITA)
Sep 4 – Sep 8 all-day
World Tour Finals Rome (ITA)

The 2019 World Tour Finals in Rome will gather the planet’s best beach volleyball teams on the men’s and women’s side. The US$ 600,000 event will take place at the Foro Italico sports complex from September 4-8, 2019. It is the same site where all previous five FIVB World Tour events in Rome took place.

In contrast to the previous editions of the World Tour Finals, the Rome event will be played in a regular 5-star event format with 32 teams featured in the main draw. The event will also be part of the Olympic qualification process towards Tokyo 2020 with the winner earning 600 points.  Prior to Wednesday’s qualifiers, country quota matches will take place on Tuesday afternoon for Austrian, Brazilian, Italian and US teams. Main draw starts on September 5, quarterfinals and semifinals will be played on September 7 and the finals on September 8.

In the men’s competition, all top teams from Europe, the US and Brazil will be participating. Norwegian Vikings Anders Mol and Christian Sorum are the defending champions and probably the top favorites while Russian world champions Krasilnikov/ Stoyanovskiy have been struggling recently. 2017 champions Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena (USA) are seeded 7th, last weekend’s AVP Chicago winners Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb are seeded 17th. Jake Gibb after the Chicago final:

“We are looking forward to Rome now. The Rome event site feels like a gladiator pit.”

On the women’s side, top-seeds are Canadian world champions Humana-Paredes/ Pavan and America’s A-Team Alix Klineman/ April Ross who already battled it out in the Hamburg world champs and the AVP Manhattan Beach finals. After losing the aformentioned matches to Canada, the A-Team took revenge last weekend and defeated the world champions in the AVP Chicago Gold Series Championships. Following the two top teams are Aussies Artacho/Clancy and the strong Brazilian teams. In Tuesday’s US country quota playoff Flint/ Day will face Sweat/Walsh Jennings.

Find the full entry list on the FIVB event page.