International Volleyball



The countdown is on! With exactly 50 days to go to the start of the Olympic Games in Paris, the anticipation of the volleyball and beach volleyball tournaments is growing, so let’s take a look at the latest thrilling updates on the qualification races and what fans can expect in the days ahead.


From 27 July to 11 August, the electrifying volleyball competition will unfold in Paris at the South Paris Arena to crown the 16th Olympic volleyball champions in each gender. 12 teams will take part in each of the two tournaments to be played at the South Paris Arena.

As usual, the host nation is automatically qualified to participate, which means that reigning men’s Olympic champions from Tokyo 2020, France will have the opportunity to defend their Olympic title cheered on by a passionate home crowd in Paris.

Another six teams per gender have already secured their spots at the Games through the FIVB Road to Paris Volleyball Qualifiers held in 2023. On the men’s side, the teams of Germany, the USA, Poland, Brazil, Japan and Canada have also booked their tickets to the Games.

France will be looking to defend their Olympic gold on home soil in Paris

Meanwhile, on the women’s side, the Dominican Republic, Türkiye, the USA, Serbia, Brazil and Poland have earned the right to compete at Paris 2024. Tokyo 2020 champions Team USA in particular will be looking to defend their first-ever Olympic title.

Team USA clinched their first ever women’s volleyball gold at Tokyo 2020

The final Olympic line-up will be officially completed with another five teams per gender, based on the FIVB Volleyball World Rankings for women and for men after the end of the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) 2024 Preliminary Phase. Priority will be given to countries from continents that do not yet have teams qualified for the Games to guarantee the principle of universality.

In the Women’s VNL, the Preliminary Phase will end on 16 June, at which point the highest ranked Asian team and the highest ranked African team will book their tickets to Paris. The remaining three vacancies will be taken by the highest placed teams in the overall ranking without an Olympic berth yet.

A week later, on 23 June, the men’s Olympic line-up will be finalised with the top African team, as well as the four highest ranked squads in the general ranking that have not qualified yet. The competition pools will be defined on 19 June for women and 26 June for men.

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