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.

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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]

Editions

The 1997 Beach Volleyball World Championships , were held from 10 to 13 September 1997, in Los Angeles, California (United States). It was the first official edition of this event, after 10 unofficial championships between 1987 and 1996.

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EditionYearHost CityCountryEvents
1 1997 Los Angeles Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2
2 1999 Marseille Flag of France.svg  France 2
3 2001 Klagenfurt Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 2
4 2003 Rio de Janeiro Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 2
5 2005 Berlin Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2
6 2007 Gstaad Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 2
7 2009 Stavanger Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 2
8 2011 Rome Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 2
9 2013 Stare Jabłonki Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 2
10 2015 VariousFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 2
11 2017 Vienna Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 2
12 2019 Hamburg Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2
12 2021 Rome Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 2

Results summary

Men's tournament

YearHostGold medal matchBronze medal matchTeams
Gold MedalistsScoreSilver MedalistsBronze MedalistsScore4th place
1997
Details
Flag of the United States.svg
Los Angeles
Flag of Brazil.svg
Rogério Ferreira
and Guilherme Marques
2–1 Flag of the United States.svg
Canyon Ceman
and Mike Whitmarsh
Flag of the United States.svg
Dain Blanton
and Kent Steffes
Flag of Brazil.svg
Paulão Moreira
and Paulo Emilio Silva
did not played, both pairs who lost at semi-finals were awarded a bronze medals48
1999
Details
Flag of France.svg
Marseille
Flag of Brazil.svg
José Loiola
and Emanuel Rego
1–0 Flag of Switzerland.svg
Martin Laciga
and Paul Laciga
Flag of Brazil.svg
Rogério Ferreira
and Guilherme Marques
1–0 Flag of Spain.svg
Javier Bosma
and Fabio Díez
48
2001
Details
Flag of Austria.svg
Klagenfurt
Flag of Argentina.svg
Mariano Baracetti
and Martín Conde
2–1 Flag of Brazil.svg
José Loiola
and Ricardo Santos
Flag of Norway.svg
Vegard Høidalen
and Jørre Kjemperud
2–0 Flag of the United States.svg
Rob Heidger
and Chip McCaw
48
2003
Details
Flag of Brazil.svg
Rio de Janeiro
Flag of Brazil.svg
Emanuel Rego
and Ricardo Santos
2–0 Flag of the United States.svg
Dax Holdren
and Stein Metzger
Flag of Brazil.svg
Márcio Araújo
and Benjamin Insfran
2–0 awarded
(walkover)
Flag of Portugal.svg
João Brenha
and Miguel Maia
48
2005
Details
Flag of Germany.svg
Berlin
Flag of Brazil.svg
Márcio Araújo
and Fábio Luiz Magalhães
2–0 Flag of Switzerland.svg
Sascha Heyer
and Paul Laciga
Flag of Germany.svg
Julius Brink
and Kjell Schneider
2–1 Flag of Germany.svg
Marvin Polte
and Thorsten Schön
48
2007
Details
Flag of Switzerland.svg
Gstaad
Flag of the United States.svg
Phil Dalhausser
and Todd Rogers
2–0 Flag of Russia.svg
Dmitri Barsuk
and Igor Kolodinsky
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Andrew Schacht
and Joshua Slack
2–0 Flag of Brazil.svg
Emanuel Rego
and Ricardo Santos
48
2009
Details
Flag of Norway.svg
Stavanger
Flag of Germany.svg
Julius Brink
and Jonas Reckermann
2–0 Flag of Brazil.svg
Alison Cerutti
and Harley Marques Silva
Flag of the United States.svg
Phil Dalhausser
and Todd Rogers
2–0 Flag of Germany.svg
David Klemperer
and Eric Koreng
48
2011
Details
Flag of Italy.svg
Rome
Flag of Brazil.svg
Alison Cerutti
and Emanuel Rego
2–0 Flag of Brazil.svg
Márcio Araújo
and Ricardo Santos
Flag of Germany.svg
Julius Brink
and Jonas Reckermann
2–1 Flag of Latvia.svg
Mārtiņš Pļaviņš
and Jānis Šmēdiņš
48
2013
Details
Flag of Poland.svg
Stare Jabłonki
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Alexander Brouwer
and Robert Meeuwsen
2–0 Flag of Brazil.svg
Álvaro Morais Filho
and Ricardo Santos
Flag of Germany.svg
Jonathan Erdmann
and Kay Matysik
2–0 Flag of Brazil.svg
Alison Cerutti
and Emanuel Rego
48
2015
Details
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
Flag of Brazil.svg
Alison Cerutti
and Bruno Oscar Schmidt
2–1 Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Reinder Nummerdor
and Christiaan Varenhorst
Flag of Brazil.svg
Evandro Oliveira
and Pedro Solberg Salgado
2–0 Flag of the United States.svg
Theo Brunner
and Nick Lucena
48
2017
Details
Flag of Austria.svg
Vienna
Flag of Brazil.svg
Evandro Oliveira
and André Stein
2–0 Flag of Austria.svg
Clemens Doppler
and Alexander Horst
Flag of Russia.svg
Viacheslav Krasilnikov
and Nikita Liamin
2–0 Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Maarten van Garderen
and Christiaan Varenhorst
48
2019
Details
Flag of Germany.svg
Hamburg
Flag of Russia.svg
Oleg Stoyanovskiy
and Viacheslav Krasilnikov
2–1 Flag of Germany.svg
Julius Thole
and Clemens Wickler
Flag of Norway.svg
Anders Mol
and Christian Sørum
2–1 Flag of the United States.svg
Tri Bourne
and Trevor Crabb
48
2021
Details
Flag of Italy.svg
Rome
48

Women's tournament

YearHostGold medal matchBronze medal matchTeams
Gold MedalistsScoreSilver MedalistsBronze MedalistsScore4th place
1997
Details
Flag of the United States.svg
Los Angeles
Flag of Brazil.svg
Sandra Pires
and Jackie Silva
2–1 Flag of the United States.svg
Lisa Arce
and Holly McPeak
Flag of Brazil.svg
Shelda Bede
and Adriana Behar
Flag of the United States.svg
Karolyn Kirby
and Nancy Reno
did not played, both pairs who lost at semi-finals were awarded a bronze medals48
1999
Details
Flag of France.svg
Marseille
Flag of Brazil.svg
Shelda Bede
and Adriana Behar
1–0 Flag of the United States.svg
Annett Davis
and Jenny Johnson Jordan
Flag of the United States.svg
Liz Masakayan
and Elaine Youngs
1–0 awarded
(walkover)
Flag of Brazil.svg
Sandra Pires
and Adriana Samuel
48
2001
Details
Flag of Austria.svg
Klagenfurt
Flag of Brazil.svg
Shelda Bede
and Adriana Behar
2–0 Flag of Brazil.svg
Tatiana Minello
and Sandra Pires
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Eva Celbová
and Soňa Nováková
2–0 Flag of the United States.svg
Barbra Fontana
and Elaine Youngs
48
2003
Details
Flag of Brazil.svg
Rio de Janeiro
Flag of the United States.svg
Misty May
and Kerri Walsh
2–0 Flag of Brazil.svg
Shelda Bede
and Adriana Behar
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Natalie Cook
and Nicole Sanderson
2–0 Flag of the United States.svg
Annett Davis
and Jenny Johnson Jordan
48
2005
Details
Flag of Germany.svg
Berlin
Flag of the United States.svg
Misty May-Treanor
and Kerri Walsh
2–0 Flag of Brazil.svg
Larissa França
and Juliana Silva
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
Tian Jia
and Wang Fei
2–0 Flag of Cuba.svg
Dalixia Fernández
and Tamara Larrea
48
2007
Details
Flag of Switzerland.svg
Gstaad
Flag of the United States.svg
Misty May-Treanor
and Kerri Walsh
2–0 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
Tian Jia
and Wang Fei
Flag of Brazil.svg
Larissa França
and Juliana Silva
2–1 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
Xue Chen
and Zhang Xi
48
2009
Details
Flag of Norway.svg
Stavanger
Flag of the United States.svg
Jennifer Kessy
and April Ross
2–0 Flag of Brazil.svg
Larissa França
and Juliana Silva
Flag of Brazil.svg
Maria Elisa Antonelli
and Talita Antunes
2–0 Flag of Brazil.svg
Shelda Bede
and Ana Paula Connelly
48
2011
Details
Flag of Italy.svg
Rome
Flag of Brazil.svg
Larissa França
and Juliana Silva
2–1 Flag of the United States.svg
Misty May-Treanor
and Kerri Walsh
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
Xue Chen
and Zhang Xi
2–0 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
Lenka Háječková
and Hana Klapalová
48
2013
Details
Flag of Poland.svg
Stare Jabłonki
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
Xue Chen
and Zhang Xi
2–1 Flag of Germany.svg
Karla Borger
and Britta Büthe
Flag of Brazil.svg
Liliane Maestrini
and Bárbara Seixas
2–0 Flag of the United States.svg
Whitney Pavlik
and April Ross
48
2015
Details
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
Flag of Brazil.svg
Ágatha Bednarczuk
and Bárbara Seixas
2–1 Flag of Brazil.svg
Fernanda Alves
and Taiana Lima
Flag of Brazil.svg
Maria Elisa Antonelli
and Juliana Silva
2–1 Flag of Germany.svg
Katrin Holtwick
and Ilka Semmler
48
2017
Details
Flag of Austria.svg
Vienna
Flag of Germany.svg
Laura Ludwig
and Kira Walkenhorst
2–1 Flag of the United States.svg
April Ross
and Lauren Fendrick
Flag of Brazil.svg
Larissa França
and Talita Antunes
2–1 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Sarah Pavan
and Melissa Humana-Paredes
48
2019
Details
Flag of Germany.svg
Hamburg
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Sarah Pavan
and Melissa Humana-Paredes
2–0 Flag of the United States.svg
Alix Klineman
and April Ross
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Taliqua Clancy
and Mariafe Artacho del Solar
2–0 Flag of Switzerland.svg
Nina Betschart
and Tanja Hüberli
48
2021
Details
Flag of Italy.svg
Rome
48

Medal table

Total

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1291031
2Flag of the United States.svg  United States 57416
3Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2237
4Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 1124
5Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 1113
6Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 1102
7Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 1001
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 1001
9Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 0202
10Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 0101
11Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 0033
12Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 0022
13Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 0011
Totals (13 nations)24242674

Medal table, men

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 74415
2Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1225
3Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1135
4Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 1113
5Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 1102
6Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 1001
7Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 0202
8Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 0101
9Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 0022
10Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 0011
Totals (10 nations)12121337

Medal table, women

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 55616
2Flag of the United States.svg  United States 45211
3Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 1124
4Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1102
5Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 1001
6Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 0022
7Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 0011
Totals (7 nations)12121337

See also

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References

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

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