Dear Beach Volleyball Community

So far, we only knew a scenario like the current one from the fiction of various apocalypse movies. In reality, of course, none of us really have any idea how to deal with it. Only one thing unites us in this challenging time: the certainty that we have to put down everything that is not directly related to the elimination of the virus. A logical conclusion that, however, has a dramatic impact on all of us.

Experts are now predicting that the pandemic will peak in July and August. And that, in turn, means for us that currently, nobody can assume the responsibility to approach the implementation of the planned events with a clear conscience and with full conviction. After extensive discussions with the International Federation, our sponsors as well as partners and representatives from the cities of Vienna and Hamburg, we decided to cancel the two Major tournaments. And we can no longer contribute to the upgrade of the event in Gstaad.

We are sad to announce this decision. At the moment, we only have hope that the global crisis will soon subside and be under control. Then we will start the work to realize our events in 2021 with full energy and unwavering commitment.

My thanks go to everyone who has shared and supported our enthusiasm for beach volleyball over the past 25 years. I firmly believe that we will be able to provide proof of our subline again next year:

Goosebumps don't lie - See you @ the Beach!

Your Hannes Jagerhofer for the Beach Majors team
Founder of the Beach Volleyball Major Series

How to qualify for the 2019 Beach Volleyball World Championships

The 2019 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, presented by comdirect & ALDI Nord in Hamburg will see the best teams in the world per gender go toe-to-toe on the sand for one of the biggest prizes in the sport.

The winners will be crowned world champions and go down in beach volleyball history at what promises to be biggest world championships and beach volleyball event in history since the first took place in Los Angeles in 1997.

So how exactly do the world’s best get the chance to strut their stuff on the sand in one of the world’s most iconic sporting arenas? Read our Q&A to find out…

How many teams will take part?

A simple answer to a simple question: 48 teams per gender. That’s a total of 96 teams and 192 individual players. That’s a lot of stars and a lot of organizing!

Which of the top teams will qualify?

Good question. If teams have enjoyed a good past 12 months, storming to gold after gold during the Beach Major Series, for example, and have won enough ranking points to be among the FIVB’s top 23 teams in the Athletes Entry Ranking, then they will qualify automatically.

Nice – but what if they’re all Brazilian? How many teams per country can take part?

While fans might love 10 Brazilian, American or German teams at the tournament, that is simply not fair on the rest of the world, is it? And it is the World Championships after all. So, with that in mind, the rules state that no more than four teams from one country can take part in each gender. And yes, that could mean some top teams from Brazil or the USA miss out – so the heat is on in qualification to build up those ranking points…

How many teams will receive a wildcard?

Three teams per gender will be given a wildcard entry into the World Championships. One of these is a team chosen by the organizers, while the FIVB, the governing body of the sport, decides the two remaining spots. Criteria to be granted a wildcard varies and is commonly based on, for example, promotional aspects, technical merits and the athletes’ career. Hey, Misty May-Treanor could make a comeback – and having won the title three times – you’d give her a wildcard, right…?

As hosts, do Germany receive any qualification benefits?

Absolutely. As Hamburg will become the capital of beach volleyball for 10 days during the competition, two teams per gender from Germany will be eligible to qualify for the tournament.

Ok, so that’s 28 teams taken care of – how are the remaining 20 partnerships picked for Hamburg?

The remaining 20 spots in the tournament are decided by the five continental confederations: Asia, Africa, Europe, South America and North and Central American (including the Caribbean). In each confederation, teams will take part in qualification with four teams progressing to the World Championships.

How exactly? Well…

The AVC have their qualification period ending at the end of April where places are based on their performance on the Asian beach tour, with four highest ranking teams qualifying with no more than two per country going to Hamburg.

In Africa, the CAVB’s qualification process also runs until the end of April with an African Beach Volleyball Cup taking place to determine the Hamburg qualifiers. The gold and silver medal winning teams, plus the losing semi-finals will qualify for a spot at the Rothenbaum.

The European method of qualification, regulated by the CEV is reasonably straightforward. The reigning European champions are guaranteed a spot, followed by the three next highest ranked teams in the World Ranking. However, those European champions, Anders Mol and Christian Sørum and Madeline Meppelink and Sanne Keizer, are all but assured of a place through the original top-23 route, and therefore in this case the next (or fourth) highest-ranked European team in the World Rankings go forward to Hamburg.

In South America, the CSV’s four additional qualifiers will come via their Beach Tour rankings, with each country putting forward a duo to compete in Hamburg.

It’s a similar case in North America, with NORCECA sending four teams from the top four nation who are the highest ranked from their Beach Tour.

We will keep you up-to-date of who qualifies for the tournament ahead of the tournament. The drawing of lots – who will play who in the pool play phase, will take place in Hamburg on June 4 – so stay tuned!