19. 03. 2020

BRA W: Season over in Women's Superliga

Source: 2018.cbv.com.br; Photo: Praia Clube Uberlandia/Facebook

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After holding a meeting with the clubs, the Brazilian Volleyball Confederation (CBV) decided to cancel the 2019/20 Women's Volleyball Championship.

 

In the meeting between the representatives of the Superliga Feminina clubs and CBV, it was decided that the 2019/20 edition won’t be finished due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As the health crisis is expected to last for at least another two months, clubs would need to wait to try to continue the championship in June. Although there’s no official announcement, the 2019/20 Men’s Superliga (Superliga Masculina) will experience the same fate. In the moment of cancellation of the Superliga Feminina, the clubs were preparing for the quarterfinal of the playoffs.

For the first time since the inaugural edition, which was in 1976, the Brazilian Women’s Championship will end without a champion. The continuation of the competition in June would be impossible for many reasons. The most important is that contracts of most athletes end in May and clubs wouldn’t have budgets to pay them after that. Furthermore, it’s difficult to know what the FIVB calendar will look like. If the Olympic Games are to be held as scheduled, it would be difficult to squeeze in Superliga Feminina matches in the timetable in between.

So, there will be no champions declared and the classification after the regular season will be respected as valid. This means that winners of the regular season, Dentil/Praia Clube, will have the direct qualification in the next season’s Super Cup and the 2021 South American Club Championship, while runners-up Itambé/Minas directly progressed to the next continental tournament, too.

Superliga Feminina joined an increasing group of national championships that are canceled.

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