FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships

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The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships is the double-gender world championship for the sport of beach volleyball organized by the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) the sport's global governing body. The first official edition of the event was held in Los Angeles, United States in 1997 and tournaments had been awarded every two years since then. Before 1997, ten unofficial championships not organized by the FIVB were all held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil between 1987 and 1996. The most recent World Championships took place in Vienna, Austria in 2017.

Beach volleyball team sport played by two teams of two players on a sand court divided by a net

Beach volleyball is a team sport played by two teams of two players on a sand court divided by a net. As in indoor volleyball, the objective of the game is to send the ball over the net and to ground it on the opponent's side of the court, and to prevent the same effort by the opponent. A team is allowed up to three touches to return the ball across the net, and individual players may not touch the ball twice consecutively except after making a block touch. The ball is put in play with a serve—a hit by the server from behind the rear court boundary over the net to the opponents. The rally continues until the ball is grounded on the playing court, goes "out", or a fault is made in the attempt to return the ball. The team that wins the rally scores a point and serves to start the following rally. The four players serve in the same sequence throughout the match, changing server each time a rally is won by the receiving team.

Fédération Internationale de Volleyball international governing body for the sport of indoor, beach and grass volleyball

The Fédération Internationale de Volleyball, commonly known by the acronym FIVB, is the international governing body for all forms of volleyball. Its headquarters are located in Lausanne, Switzerland and its current president is Brazilian Ary Graça.

Rio de Janeiro Second-most populous municipality in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, or simply Rio, is anchor to the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area and the second-most populous municipality in Brazil and the sixth-most populous in the Americas. Rio de Janeiro is the capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's third-most populous state. Part of the city has been designated as a World Heritage Site, named "Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea", by UNESCO on 1 July 2012 as a Cultural Landscape.

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Winning the World Championships is considered to be one of the highest honours in international beach volleyball, surpassing the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour and being surpassed only by the Beach Volleyball tournament at the Summer Olympic Games.

FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour

The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour is the worldwide professional beach volleyball tour for both men and women organized by the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB). The World Tour was introduced for men in 1989 while the women first competed in 1992.

Beach volleyball at the Summer Olympics

Beach volleyball was introduced at the Summer Olympic Games in the 1992 Games as a demonstration event, and has been an official Olympic sport since 1996.

Format

The tournament has a 48-team main draw per gender and consists of two stages: the group stage followed by the knockout stage. The prize pool for each gender is US$500,000. [1]

Results summary

Men's tournament

TournamentChampionsRunners-upThird placeFourth place
1997 Beach Volleyball World Championship
Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles, United States
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Flag of Brazil.svg  Rogério Ferreira  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Guilherme Marques  (BRA)
5–12, 12–8, 12–10
Flag of the United States.svg  Canyon Ceman  (USA)
Flag of the United States.svg  Mike Whitmarsh  (USA)
Flag of the United States.svg  Dain Blanton  (USA)
Flag of the United States.svg  Kent Steffes  (USA)
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Flag of Brazil.svg  Paulão Moreira  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Paulo Emilio Silva  (BRA)
1999 Beach Volleyball World Championship
Flag of France.svg Marseille, France
details
Flag of Brazil.svg  José Loiola  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Emanuel Rego  (BRA)
15–8
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Martin Laciga  (SUI)
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Paul Laciga  (SUI)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Rogério Ferreira  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Guilherme Marques  (BRA)
15–7
Flag of Spain.svg  Javier Bosma  (ESP)
Flag of Spain.svg  Fabio Díez  (ESP)
2001 Beach Volleyball World Championship
Flag of Austria.svg Klagenfurt, Austria
details
Flag of Argentina.svg  Mariano Baracetti  (ARG)
Flag of Argentina.svg  Martín Conde  (ARG)
25–23, 12–21, 20–18
Flag of Brazil.svg  José Loiola  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Ricardo Santos  (BRA)
Flag of Norway.svg  Vegard Høidalen  (NOR)
Flag of Norway.svg  Jørre Kjemperud  (NOR)
21–16, 21–14
Flag of the United States.svg  Rob Heidger  (USA)
Flag of the United States.svg  Chip McCaw  (USA)
2003 Beach Volleyball World Championship
Flag of Brazil.svg Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Flag of Brazil.svg  Emanuel Rego  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Ricardo Santos  (BRA)
21–18, 21–15
Flag of the United States.svg  Dax Holdren  (USA)
Flag of the United States.svg  Stein Metzger  (USA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Márcio Araújo  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Benjamin Insfran  (BRA)
Walkover
Flag of Portugal.svg  João Brenha  (POR)
Flag of Portugal.svg  Miguel Maia  (POR)
2005 Beach Volleyball World Championship
Flag of Germany.svg Berlin, Germany
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Flag of Brazil.svg  Márcio Araújo  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Fábio Luiz Magalhães  (BRA)
22–20, 21–12
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Sascha Heyer  (SUI)
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Paul Laciga  (SUI)
Flag of Germany.svg  Julius Brink  (GER)
Flag of Germany.svg  Kjell Schneider  (GER)
16–21, 21–17, 15–10
Flag of Germany.svg  Marvin Polte  (GER)
Flag of Germany.svg  Thorsten Schön  (GER)
2007 Beach Volleyball World Championship
Flag of Switzerland.svg Gstaad, Switzerland
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Flag of the United States.svg  Phil Dalhausser  (USA)
Flag of the United States.svg  Todd Rogers  (USA)
21–16, 21–14
Flag of Russia.svg  Dmitri Barsuk  (RUS)
Flag of Russia.svg  Igor Kolodinsky  (RUS)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Andrew Schacht  (AUS)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Joshua Slack  (AUS)
21–17, 21–19
Flag of Brazil.svg  Emanuel Rego  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Ricardo Santos  (BRA)
2009 Beach Volleyball World Championship
Flag of Norway.svg Stavanger, Norway
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Flag of Germany.svg  Julius Brink  (GER)
Flag of Germany.svg  Jonas Reckermann  (GER)
21–16, 21–19
Flag of Brazil.svg  Alison Cerutti  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Harley Marques Silva  (BRA)
Flag of the United States.svg  Phil Dalhausser  (USA)
Flag of the United States.svg  Todd Rogers  (USA)
21–11, 21–16
Flag of Germany.svg  David Klemperer  (GER)
Flag of Germany.svg  Eric Koreng  (GER)
2011 Beach Volleyball World Championship
Flag of Italy.svg Rome, Italy
details
Flag of Brazil.svg  Alison Cerutti  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Emanuel Rego  (BRA)
21–16, 21–15
Flag of Brazil.svg  Márcio Araújo  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Ricardo Santos  (BRA)
Flag of Germany.svg  Julius Brink  (GER)
Flag of Germany.svg  Jonas Reckermann  (GER)
22–20, 18–21, 15–11
Flag of Latvia.svg  Mārtiņš Pļaviņš  (LAT)
Flag of Latvia.svg  Jānis Šmēdiņš  (LAT)
2013 Beach Volleyball World Championship
Flag of Poland.svg Stare Jabłonki, Poland
details
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Alexander Brouwer  (NED)
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Robert Meeuwsen  (NED)
21–18, 21–16
Flag of Brazil.svg  Álvaro Morais Filho  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Ricardo Santos  (BRA)
Flag of Germany.svg  Jonathan Erdmann  (GER)
Flag of Germany.svg  Kay Matysik  (GER)
21–17, 21–19
Flag of Brazil.svg  Alison Cerutti  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Emanuel Rego  (BRA)
2015 Beach Volleyball World Championship
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
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Flag of Brazil.svg  Alison Cerutti  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Bruno Oscar Schmidt  (BRA)
12–21, 21–14, 22–20
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Reinder Nummerdor  (NED)
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Christiaan Varenhorst  (NED)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Evandro Oliveira  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Pedro Solberg Salgado  (BRA)
22–20, 21–13
Flag of the United States.svg  Theo Brunner  (USA)
Flag of the United States.svg  Nick Lucena  (USA)
2017 Beach Volleyball World Championship
Flag of Austria.svg Vienna, Austria
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Flag of Brazil.svg  Evandro Oliveira  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  André Stein  (BRA)
23–21, 22–20
Flag of Austria.svg  Clemens Doppler  (AUT)
Flag of Austria.svg  Alexander Horst  (AUT)
Flag of Russia.svg  Viacheslav Krasilnikov  (RUS)
Flag of Russia.svg  Nikita Liamin  (RUS)
21–17, 21–17
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Maarten van Garderen  (NED)
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Christiaan Varenhorst  (NED)
2019 Beach Volleyball World Championship
Flag of Germany.svg Hamburg, Germany
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Women's tournament

TournamentChampionsRunners-upThird placeFourth place
1997 Beach Volleyball World Championship
Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles, United States
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Flag of Brazil.svg  Sandra Pires  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Jackie Silva  (BRA)
12–11, 10–12, 12–10
Flag of the United States.svg  Lisa Arce  (USA)
Flag of the United States.svg  Holly McPeak  (USA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Shelda Bede  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Adriana Behar  (BRA)
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Flag of the United States.svg  Karolyn Kirby  (USA)
Flag of the United States.svg  Nancy Reno  (USA)
1999 Beach Volleyball World Championship
Flag of France.svg Marseille, France
details
Flag of Brazil.svg  Shelda Bede  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Adriana Behar  (BRA)
15–11
Flag of the United States.svg  Annett Davis  (USA)
Flag of the United States.svg  Jenny Johnson Jordan  (USA)
Flag of the United States.svg  Liz Masakayan  (USA)
Flag of the United States.svg  Elaine Youngs  (USA)
Walkover
Flag of Brazil.svg  Sandra Pires  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Adriana Samuel  (BRA)
2001 Beach Volleyball World Championship
Flag of Austria.svg Klagenfurt, Austria
details
Flag of Brazil.svg  Shelda Bede  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Adriana Behar  (BRA)
21–16, 21–18
Flag of Brazil.svg  Tatiana Minello  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Sandra Pires  (BRA)
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Eva Celbová  (CZE)
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Soňa Nováková  (CZE)
21–17, 21–19
Flag of the United States.svg  Barbra Fontana  (USA)
Flag of the United States.svg  Elaine Youngs  (USA)
2003 Beach Volleyball World Championship
Flag of Brazil.svg Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Flag of the United States.svg  Misty May  (USA)
Flag of the United States.svg  Kerri Walsh  (USA)
21–19, 21–19
Flag of Brazil.svg  Shelda Bede  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Adriana Behar  (BRA)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Natalie Cook  (AUS)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Nicole Sanderson  (AUS)
21–16, 21–17
Flag of the United States.svg  Annett Davis  (USA)
Flag of the United States.svg  Jenny Johnson Jordan  (USA)
2005 Beach Volleyball World Championship
Flag of Germany.svg Berlin, Germany
details
Flag of the United States.svg  Misty May-Treanor  (USA)
Flag of the United States.svg  Kerri Walsh  (USA)
21–17, 21–17
Flag of Brazil.svg  Larissa França  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Juliana Silva  (BRA)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  Tian Jia  (CHN)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  Wang Fei  (CHN)
21–13, 21–17
Flag of Cuba.svg  Dalixia Fernández  (CUB)
Flag of Cuba.svg  Tamara Larrea  (CUB)
2007 Beach Volleyball World Championship
Flag of Switzerland.svg Gstaad, Switzerland
details
Flag of the United States.svg  Misty May-Treanor  (USA)
Flag of the United States.svg  Kerri Walsh  (USA)
21–16, 21–10
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  Tian Jia  (CHN)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  Wang Jie  (CHN)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Larissa França  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Juliana Silva  (BRA)
19–21, 21–19, 18–16
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  Xue Chen  (CHN)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  Zhang Xi  (CHN)
2009 Beach Volleyball World Championship
Flag of Norway.svg Stavanger, Norway
details
Flag of the United States.svg  Jennifer Kessy  (USA)
Flag of the United States.svg  April Ross  (USA)
30–28, 23–21
Flag of Brazil.svg  Larissa França  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Juliana Silva  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Maria Elisa Antonelli  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Talita Antunes  (BRA)
21–13, 21–16
Flag of Brazil.svg  Shelda Bede  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Ana Paula Connelly  (BRA)
2011 Beach Volleyball World Championship
Flag of Italy.svg Rome, Italy
details
Flag of Brazil.svg  Larissa França  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Juliana Silva  (BRA)
21–17, 13–21, 16–14
Flag of the United States.svg  Misty May-Treanor  (USA)
Flag of the United States.svg  Kerri Walsh  (USA)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  Xue Chen  (CHN)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  Zhang Xi  (CHN)
21–14, 21–12
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Lenka Háječková  (CZE)
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Hana Klapalová  (CZE)
2013 Beach Volleyball World Championship
Flag of Poland.svg Stare Jabłonki, Poland
details
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  Xue Chen  (CHN)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  Zhang Xi  (CHN)
18–21, 21–17, 21–19
Flag of Germany.svg  Karla Borger  (GER)
Flag of Germany.svg  Britta Büthe  (GER)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Liliane Maestrini  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Bárbara Seixas  (BRA)
21–18, 21–15
Flag of the United States.svg  Whitney Pavlik  (USA)
Flag of the United States.svg  April Ross  (USA)
2015 Beach Volleyball World Championship
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
details
Flag of Brazil.svg  Ágatha Bednarczuk  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Bárbara Seixas  (BRA)
21–18, 22–20
Flag of Brazil.svg  Fernanda Alves  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Taiana Lima  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Maria Elisa Antonelli  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Juliana Silva  (BRA)
23–25, 21–18, 15–9
Flag of Germany.svg  Katrin Holtwick  (GER)
Flag of Germany.svg  Ilka Semmler  (GER)
2017 Beach Volleyball World Championship
Flag of Austria.svg Vienna, Austria
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Flag of Germany.svg  Laura Ludwig  (GER)
Flag of Germany.svg  Kira Walkenhorst  (GER)
19–21, 21–13, 15–9
Flag of the United States.svg  April Ross  (USA)
Flag of the United States.svg  Lauren Fendrick  (USA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Larissa França  (BRA)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Talita Antunes  (BRA)
21–12, 16–21, 18–16
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Sarah Pavan  (CAN)
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Melissa Humana-Paredes  (CAN)
2019 Beach Volleyball World Championship
Flag of Germany.svg Hamburg, Germany
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Medal table

Total

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil  (BRA)1291031
2Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)56415
3Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER)2136
4Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China  (CHN)1124
5Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands  (NED)1102
6Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina  (ARG)1001
7Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland  (SUI)0202
8Flag of Russia.svg  Russia  (RUS)0112
9Flag of Austria.svg  Austria  (AUT)0101
10Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia  (AUS)0022
11Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic  (CZE)0011
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway  (NOR)0011
Totals (12 nations)22222468

Medal table, men

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil  (BRA)74415
2Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)1225
3Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands  (NED)1102
4Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER)1034
5Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina  (ARG)1001
6Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland  (SUI)0202
7Flag of Russia.svg  Russia  (RUS)0112
8Flag of Austria.svg  Austria  (AUT)0101
9Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia  (AUS)0011
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway  (NOR)0011
Totals (10 nations)11111234

Medal table, women

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil  (BRA)55616
2Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)44210
3Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China  (CHN)1124
4Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER)1102
5Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia  (AUS)0011
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic  (CZE)0011
Totals (6 nations)11111234

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References

  1. "FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships 2017—Hosting Requirements" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Volleyball . Retrieved March 22, 2018.

Notes

  1. No third place match was played in 1997; losing semi-finalists are listed in alphabetical order.
  2. No third place match was played in 1997; losing semi-finalists are listed in alphabetical order.