CEV adopts new hosting strategy for EuroVolley, Austria to stage inaugural snow event

The European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) has announced that the 2019 editions of its men’s and women’s EuroVolley national team competitions will be co-hosted by four nations for the first time, while Austria will stage its inaugural Snow Volleyball European Championship next year.

The men’s EuroVolley will take place in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Slovakia, with each of the countries to reveal their host cities later this year. The women’s event will be hosted by Turkey, Poland, Hungary and provisionally, the Czech Republic.

The men’s tournament has been staged across more than one country on a number of occasions, the first being in 2005 when Italy and Serbia and Montenegro joined forces to host the competition.

Austria and the Czech Republic co-hosted the 2011 event, while Denmark and Poland linked up for the 2013 tournament and Bulgaria and Italy for the 2015 edition. This year’s EuroVolley took place in Poland from August 24 to September 3.

The women’s EuroVolley will return to Turkey for the first time since 2003. Poland played host to the 2009 edition, while Hungary will stage it for the first time. If confirmed, the Czech Republic would welcome the women’s EuroVolley for the fifth time – following the 1949 and 1958 editions hosted by the former Czechoslovakia, and the continental events the country hosted in 1993 and 1997. 

EuroVolley 2019 will feature a record 24 teams, 12 of which, including those of the host countries, will pre-qualify for the final round as per the final standings at this year’s event.

Meanwhile, the CEV has also confirmed that the Austrian towns of Flachau and Wagrain-Kleinarl will host the 2018 Snow Volleyball European Championship.

The debut edition of the national team tournament will feature 16 teams in each of the men’s and women’s events from March 22-25. The winning team in each of the contests will take home a prize purse of €10,000 ($11,900).

The Austrian ski resorts served as the first stop on the inaugural Snow Volleyball European Tour in 2016 and also staged an event earlier this year. Snow volleyball has been targeted for a place at a future winter Olympic Games.

The Austrian Volleyball Federation and promoter Chaka2 will collaborate to host next year’s debut championship event.