A total of 48 men’s and 48 women’s teams will take part in the 2019 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships. The total number of athletes will be 96 men and 96 women (grand total of 192 athletes).
The total number of matches will be 216, comprising of 108 men’s and 108 women’s matches. The 2019 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships will consist of a Preliminary phase (Pool Play), a lucky-loser round and a Single Elimination phase, for both genders.
48 teams playing in (12) pools of four (4) teams each played in standard Round Robin system. A drawing of lots will be held on 4 June 2019 in Town Hall of Hamburg to establish the seeding and distribution into pools.
Every team will play the three other teams in their pool. The ranking of teams within their pools will be determined by the total number of match points, with the following points awarded per match to each team:
In the case of a tie in the pools (match points) during the round robin, the following rules will apply:
In the case of a tie in the pools (match points) at the end of the round robin, the following rules will apply:
The first two ranked teams from each pool, and the best four teams that rank third in their respective pools (first by match points, then by set ratio followed by rally point ratio and lastly by tournament seeding established at the general technical meeting), will advance automatically to the final phase. The eight remaining third-ranked teams in each pool will play a four-match lucky loser round (5th ranked vs. 12th ranked, 6th ranked vs. 11th ranked, 7th ranked vs. 10th ranked, while 8th ranked vs. 9th ranked); the four winning teams in the lucky loser round will also qualify for the final phase, making a total of 32 teams.
The Single Elimination phase will start with the round of 32, which will be played in single elimination format to qualify sixteen teams for the round of 16.
The Round of 16 will be played in single elimination format to qualify eight teams for the quarterfinals.
The quarterfinals will be played in single elimination format to qualify the 4 teams for the semi-finals.
The winners of the semi-finals will play the gold medal match and the losers will play the bronze medal match.