Each of these leagues will have 12 teams. Let’s start with the Golden European League. These are the national teams that will compete in this competition:
Pool A: Belgium, Estonia, Slovakia, Sweden
Pool B: Slovenia, The Netherlands, Turkey, Ukraine
Pool C: Finland, Czech Republic, Portugal, Spain
Pool A: Bulgaria, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Portugal
Pool B: Croatia, Hungary, France, Finland
Pool C: Czech Republic, Belarus, Slovakia, Spain
“The top two teams from the Golden European League will qualify to the FIVB Challenger Cup – whose eventual winners will contest home and away playoff matches against the lowest-ranked from the four Challengers featuring in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League, with a spot in the 2019 edition of the elite FIVB competition at stake,” announce CEV.
The prize money has been increased compared to the last year – the total sum is 413,000 euros, while the winner will get a prize of 125,000 Euros.
Silver European League will feature eight teams per gender, playing home and away matches as well.
Pool A: Former Y.R. of Macedonia, Latvia, Austria, Kosovo
Pool B: Belarus, Croatia, Hungary, Albania
Pool A: Switzerland, Estonia, Sweden, Kosovo
Pool B: Israel, Austria, Georgia, Albania
The prize for the Silver European League is 156,00 euros, while the winners of the competition are taking 50,000 euros.