International Volleyball



Stakes higher than ever with Olympic qualification spots on the line during Preliminary Phase

As anticipation builds worldwide, the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) gears up for an explosive start on Tuesday, with soaring ticket sales reflecting the worldwide interest in the sport.

The VNL serves as a global showcase of the best of international volleyball, with the stage set for an electric competition. The Women’s VNL kicks off on Tuesday in Antalya, Türkiye, hosting Pool 1, while Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will welcome Pool 2 from 14 to 19 May.

In Fukuoka, Japan, excitement is evident as tickets sold are nearing capacity. Approximately 32,000 tickets have already been snapped up for Week 2 Men’s VNL Pool, highlighting the enthusiasm for the event.

Japan’s men’s team continues to capture global attention, with an impressive 23,000 tickets sold for their appearances during the Men’s VNL Week 3 Pool in the Philippines, scheduled from 18-23 June. Fans will be delighted to hear that tickets are still available across the week, promising thrilling matchups with powerhouse teams like the USA, Brazil and France also featuring. The Philippines also boasts impressive attendance across the board, underscoring the growing popularity of volleyball in the region.

With Olympic qualification spots still on the line throughout the Preliminary Phase, concluding on 16 June for the women’s VNL and 23 June for the men’s edition, the stakes are higher than ever.

Speaking about the start of the competition, CEO of Volleyball World, Finn Taylor, said; “I can’t wait for the start of the VNL. The tournament represents the pinnacle of volleyball excellence, providing an opportunity for athletes to showcase their talent on the global stage. I am also proud to witness the ever-growing popularity and commercial appeal of the VNL. Year after year, we see an increase in fan engagement and viewership, and there is no doubt that volleyball enthusiasts around the world have a lot to look forward to in this year’s edition. The stage is set for a spectacular competition!”

Meanwhile, the Men’s VNL is poised to begin in just over a week on 21 May, promising action-packed matches and thrilling competition.

The VNL continues to represent the pinnacle of global volleyball, capturing the attention of fans worldwide with its exciting competition and star-studded lineups. The competition has become a must-watch event for volleyball enthusiasts around the world and this year is…

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