Season highlight preview: World Championships Hamburg 2019
It is only about two months to go before the Beach Volleyball World Championships in Hamburg will start. The FIVB World Championships are the highlight of the 2019 season and an important milestone on the way to Tokyo 2020.
The Hamburg World Championships will be the 12th in the history of the competition and the second time that Germany is hosting the event, following Berlin in 2005. Hamburg is trying to follow in the footsteps of Vienna who hosted the event in 2017. Two years ago, more than 180,000 fans saw an event which the beach volleyball world hadn’t seen before. Especially the breathtaking atmosphere and the event surroundings at Danube island turned out to be the most impressive beach volleyball world championships since the birth of the event in Los Angeles in 1997.
The 2019 edition will take place from June 28 to July 7 at the Hamburg Rothenbaum Stadium that has capacity for about 13.000 fans. 48 teams will be competing per gender with maximum eight teams per country. 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.
Matches will start at 10am and will end with spectacular night matches at 830pm. In general entrance to the event is free but since capacity is limited, a “first come, first serve” principle will apply. Having in mind the 2018 Hamburg World Tour Finals, the Rothenbaum stadium will again see long queues on the final days. For guaranteed access, a ticket will be required.
The event with a total prize purse of $1.000.000 will definitely see new winner teams since the defending champions won’t be able to participate. On the women’s side, current world champion Laura Ludwig (Germany) will team up with Maggie Kozuch after Kira Walkenhorst had to retire form professional beach volleyball in January. In the men’s competition, defending champions Evandro and Andre Loyola (Brazil) have also teamed up with new partners. While Evandro joined forces with Olympic champion Bruno Schmidt, Andre Loyola recently teamed up with George Wanderley after splitting from Alison.
For more information on the upcoming world championships, check out our post on all the practical information.