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BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Iran host opening of 2016 FIVB beach season in February

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The International Volleyball Federation FIVB has confirmed and announced its beach volleyball calendar for 2016, with the first event, the men-only Kish Island Open in Iran, scheduled for as soon as mid-February.

USA team

USA team

With the introduction of the Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals in 2015, the World Tour season no longer coincides with the calendar year.  So the new 2015-2016 season has already started with the first three Open events in Puerto Vallarta, Antalya and Doha this fall and will continue through the second edition of the Finals expected to take place in October 2016 at a venue yet to be determined.  The total prize money to be distributed at five Grand Slam, three Major, fourteen Open events and the Finals during the 2015-2016 season is in the realm of USD 9 million.

The 2016 beach volleyball calendar is, of course, highlighted by the Olympic tournament in Rio de Janeiro, set to take place from August 5 through 21.  It will be preceded by the FIVB World Continental Cup Olympic Qualification in Sochi from July 6 through 10.

The 2016 FIVB beach volleyball calendar is completed with the three age-category World Championships – for U21, U19 and U17 men and women.




FIVB World Continental Cup Olympic Qualification (M, W)

Sochi, Russia

6 – 10 July

Olympic Games (M, W)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

5 – 21 August


Kish Island Open (M)

Kish Island, Iran

15 – 19 February

Maceio Open (M, W)

Maceio, Brazil

23 – 28 February

Rio Grand Slam (M, W)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

8 – 13 March

Vitoria Open (M, W)

Vitoria, Brazil

15 – 20 March

Doha Open (M)

Doha, Qatar

4 – 8 April

Xiamen Open (M, W)

Xiamen, China

12 – 17 April

Fuzhou Open (M, W)

Fuzhou, China

19 – 24 April

Fortaleza Open (M, W)

Fortaleza, Brazil

26 April – 1 May

Sochi Open (M, W)

Sochi, Russia

3 – 8 May

Antalya Open (M, W)

Antalya, Turkey

10 – 15 May

Cincinnati Open (M, W)

Cincinnati, USA

17 – 22 May

Moscow Grand Slam (M, W)

Moscow, Russia

24 – 29 May

Hamburg Grand Slam (M, W)

Hamburg, Germany

7 – 12 June

Poland Grand Slam (M, W)

TBD, Poland

14 – 19 June

Porec Major (M, W)

Porec, Croatia

28 June – 3 July

Gstaad Major (M, W)

Gstaad, Switzerland

5 – 10 July

Klagenfurt Major (M, W)

Klagenfurt, Austria

26 – 31 July

Long Beach Grand Slam (M, W)

Long Beach, USA

23 – 28 August

Puerto Vallarta Open (M, W)

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

11 – 16 October

Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals (M, W)




U21 World Championships (M, W)

Lucerne, Switzerland

11 – 16 May

U17 World Championships (M, W)

Cabo Frio, Brazil

12 – 17 July

U19 World Championships (M, W)

Larnaka, Cyprus

26 – 31 July


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