The calendar of the 2017 edition of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour was confirmed at a meeting of the World Tour Council on Wednesday with highlights including the 2017 Beach Volleyball World Championships in Vienna, Austria from July 28 to August 6, Swatch Major Series events in Fort Lauderdale, Poreč, Gstaad and Hamburg, a five-star event in Rome and the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals from August 22 to 27 at a venue to be announced in Canada in March.
New events in Fiji, Australia, Malaysia, the Principality of Monaco, Korea and Morocco demonstrate the success of the new five-star structure the FIVB is implementing for Beach Volleyball World Tour events in 2017.
Next year’s FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar will begin with a one star event at Pacific Harbour, Fiji from January 12-14 and end with a three-star event in Qinzhou, the last of three events in China also including a three-star event in Xiamen (April 20-23) and the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships in Nanjing from July 11 to 16.
The 2017 calendar includes a total of 25 events and features single gender events in Kish Island and Espinho (men) and in Sydney, Daegu, Ulsan and Monaco (women). The remaining 19 events will be double gender.
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.
2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball calendar:
January 12-14 – Pacific Harbour, Fiji (One star, double gender)
February 7-12 – Fort Lauderdale Major, Fort Lauderdale, United States (Five star, Swatch Major Series, double gender)
February 15-18 – Kish Island, Iran (Three star, men only)
March 3-5 – Shepparton, Australia (One star, double gender)
March 17-19 – Sydney, Australia (Two star, women only)
April 15-16 – Selangor, Malaysia (One star, double gender)
April 20-23 – Xiamen, China (Three star, double gender)
May 3-7 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Three star, double gender) – To be confirmed
May 11-14 – Prague, Czech Republic (Four star, double gender) – To be confirmed
May 23-28 – Lucerne, Switzerland (Four star, double gender)
May 31-June 4 – Moscow, Russia (Three star, double gender)
June 7-11 – Rome, Italy (Five star, double gender)
June 17-18 – Principality of Monaco (One star, women only)
June 27-July 2 – Poreč Major, Poreč, Croatia (Five star, Swatch Major Series, double gender)
July 4-9 – Gstaad Major, Gstaad, Switzerland (Five star, Swatch Major Series, double gender)
July 11-16 – Nanjing, China (U21 World Championship, double gender)
July 14-16 – Daegu, Korea (One star, women only)
July 20-23 – Olsztyn, Poland (Three star – Category TBC, double gender) – To be confirmed
July 20-22 – Ulsan, Korea (One star, women only)
July 21-23 – Agadir Beach, Morocco (One star, double gender)
July 28-30 – Espinho, Portugal (Two star, men only)
July 28-August 6 – Vienna, Austria for the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships (Double gender)
August 8-13 – Hamburg Major, Hamburg, Germany (Five star, Swatch Major Series, double gender)
August 22-27 – Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals in Canada (Double gender)
October 11-15 – Qinzhou, China (Three star, double gender)
Event in Long Beach – To be confirmed.