European Volleyball Confederation

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European Volleyball Confederation
Confédération Européenne de Volleyball logo.svg
CEV logo
Formation 1963
Type Sports organization
Headquarters Luxembourg, Luxembourg
56 nations
Serbia Aleksandar Boričić

The Confédération Européenne de Volleyball or CEV is the continental governing body for the sports of volleyball, beach volleyball and snow volleyball in Europe. Its headquarters are located in Luxembourg, Luxembourg.[1]


Although the CEV was formed on October 21, 1963, in Bucharest, Romania[1] volleyball became popular in Europe many years before. The majority of the teams that attended the Congress which eventually led to the foundation of the FIVB in 1947 were from this continent. In fact, the foundation itself is supposed to have been a move on the part of European national federations.

Volleyball was invented in the United States, but became for the first time an extremely popular sport in eastern Europe, after being introduced by American soldiers during World War I. By the middle of the century, it had already spread through the rest of the continent as well. Many techniques and tactics that are commonplace in modern volleyball have been allegedly introduced by European teams. Amongst others, it would be worthy of note here: blocking (Czechoslovakia, 1938); penetration of the setter, which eventually led to the development of the so-called 5-1 system (USSR, 1949); forearm pass (Czechoslovakia, 1958); and backrow attack (Poland, 1974).

The long and significant tradition of the sport in the continent may at least partially account for the administrative structure employed by the CEV, which rivals the FIVB's in size and comprehensiveness. It is the biggest of all volleyball confederations, and the one that organizes the largest number of annual competitions and tournaments. As of 2005, its headquarters are located in Luxembourg, Luxembourg.

As the presiding entity over European volleyball federations, the CEV organizes continental competitions such as the prestigious European Championship (first edition, 1948), the CEV Cup and the European League. It participates in the organization of qualification tournaments for major events such as the Olympic Games or the men's and women's World Championships, and of international competitions hosted by one of its affiliated federations. The CEV family increased its membership to 56 Federations following the approval of Kosovo on the opening day of the 35th FIVB World Congress held on October 5, 2016 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Europe is considered the strongest continent in the field of volleyball. The CEV has usually more spots reserved in international competitions than any other confederation.

Russia, which inherited most of the players and coaches from former USSR and CIS, has arguably the most stable volleyball programme, supporting top level women's and men's teams. The same may be said of Italy, although only in later years women's volleyball was fully developed in this country.

Serbia, Poland, Italy, Bulgaria and The Netherlands must also be counted as continental forces in men's volleyball. At a lower level of play, one may consider a few other teams with some tradition in this realm, such as France; and at an even lower level, but still capable of occasionally upseting stronger teams, Germany, Spain, Greece and possibly Portugal. In 2015 Slovenia made history ending in second place the 2015 European Championship.

Competition is less tough in the domain of women's volleyball. Russia, Serbia and Italy are rarely threatened by any other team in major competitions. Apart from these three, Germany, which has drawn players both from West and East Germany, may be viewed as the next most traditional European team. With more inconsistent results and often depending on the excellence of individual players, one may also take into consideration: The Netherlands, Romania and more recently Poland and Turkey.

Affiliated Federations[edit]

As of 2018, the following 56 national federations were affiliated to the CEV. The countries are listed alphabetically.

CEV Code Country Federation
ALB  Albania Federata Shqiptare e Volejbollit
AND  Andorra Federació Andorrana de Voleibol
ARM  Armenia Volleyball Federation of Armenia
AUT  Austria Österreichischer Volleyball Verband
AZE  Azerbaijan Azərbaycan Voleybol Federasiyası
BLR  Belarus Belarus Volleyball Federation
BEL  Belgium Fédération Royale Belge de Volleyball
BIH  Bosnia and Herzegovina Odbojkaški savez Bosne i Hercegovine
BUL  Bulgaria Bulgarska Federatsiya Volejbol
CRO  Croatia Hrvatski odbojkaški savez
CYP  Cyprus Kypriaki Omospondia Petosfairisis
CZE  Czech Republic Český Volejbalový Svaz
DEN  Denmark Dansk Volleyball Forbund
ENG  England Volleyball England
EST  Estonia Eesti Võrkpalli Liit
FAR  Faroe Islands Flogbóltssamband Føroya
FIN  Finland Suomen Lentopalloliitto F. Y.
FRA  France Fédération Française de Volleyball
GEO  Georgia Georgian Volleyball Federation
GER  Germany Deutscher Volleyball Verband
GIB  Gibraltar Gibraltar Volleyball Association
GRE  Greece Hellenic Volleyball Federation
GRL  Greenland Kalaallit Nunaanni Volleyballertartut Kattuffiat
HUN  Hungary Magyar Röplabda Szövetség
ISL  Iceland Blaksamband Íslands
IRL  Ireland Volleyball Ireland
ISR  Israel Igud HaKadur'af BeIsrael
ITA  Italy Federazione Italiana Pallavolo
KOS  Kosovo Federata e Volejbollit e Kosovës
LAT  Latvia Latvijas volejbola federācija
LIE  Liechtenstein Liechtensteiner Volleyball Verband
LTU  Lithuania Lietuvos tinklinio federacija
LUX  Luxembourg Fédération Luxembourgeoise de Volleyball
MKD  North Macedonia Odbojkarska Federacija na Makedonija
MLT  Malta Malta Volleyball Association
MLD  Moldova Federaţia Moldovenească de Volei
MON  Monaco Fédération Monégasque de Volleyball
MNE  Montenegro Odbojkaški savez Crne Gore
NED  Netherlands Nederlandse Volleybalbond
NIR  Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Volleyball Association
NOR  Norway Norges Volleyballforbund
POL  Poland Polski Związek Piłki Siatkowej
POR  Portugal Federação Portuguesa de Voleibol
ROU  Romania Federaţia Română de Volei
RUS  Russia Volleyball Federation of Russia
SMR  San Marino Federazione Sammarinese Pallavolo
SCO  Scotland Scottish Volleyball Association
SRB  Serbia Odbojkaški savez Srbije
SVK  Slovakia Slovenská Volejbalová Federácia
SLO  Slovenia Odbojkarska Zveza Slovenije
ESP  Spain Real Federación Española de Voleibol
SWE  Sweden Svenska Volleybollförbundet
SUI   Switzerland Swiss Volley
TUR  Turkey Türkiye Voleybol Federasyonu
UKR  Ukraine Ukrainian Volleyball Federation
WAL  Wales Pêl-foli Cymru

National Teams Competitions[edit]


Beach volleyball[edit]

Snow volleyball[edit]

Clubs Competitions[edit]



Zonal Associations[edit]

CEV has 5 Zonal Associations and the Small Countries Association (SCA).[6]


Sponsors of the European Volleyball Confederation


  1. ^ a b "About the CEV". European Volleyball Confederation. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Competition History". European Volleyball Confederation. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  3. ^ "CEV U20 Beach Volleyball European Championship 2019". European Volleyball Confederation. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "CEV U18 Beach Volleyball European Championship 2019". European Volleyball Confederation. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "History & Future: The Development of the Game". Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  6. ^ "CEV - Zonal Associations". Retrieved 26 July 2018.

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