FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour

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Beach Volleyball World Tour
Swatch FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour logo.jpg
Full name FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour
Region World
Date span September–August
Tournaments (Men & Women)
(Men)
(Women)
Type Beach volleyball
Events Director Angelo Squeo
History
First tour 1989
Number of tours 48 (2018)
Most World Tour titles
Men (team) Brazil EmanuelRicardo
(5 World Tour titles)
2002–2009
Women (team) Brazil LarissaJuliana
(7 World Tour titles)
2004–2012
Men (individual) Brazil Emanuel Rego
(10 World Tour titles)
1996–2012
Women (individual) Brazil Larissa França
Brazil Juliana Silva
(8 World Tour titles each)
2004–2017
Current World Tour champions
Men Norway MolSørum (2018)
Women Brazil ÁgathaDuda (2018)
Most tournament titles
Men (team) Brazil EmanuelRicardo
(34 titles)
2002–2009[1]
Women (team) Brazil LarissaJuliana
(45 titles)
2004–2012[2]
Men (individual) Brazil Emanuel Rego
(77 titles)
1996–2012[3]
Women (individual) Brazil Larissa França
(62 titles)
2005–2017[4]

The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour (known between 2003 and 2012 as the FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour for sponsorship reasons[5]) 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.

Winning the World Tour is considered to be one of the highest honours in international beach volleyball, being surpassed only by the World Championships, and the Beach Volleyball tournament at the Summer Olympic Games.

History[edit]

The international professional tour was originally known as the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Series, and began in 1989 for men and 1992 for women. It was rebranded as the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour in 1997.[6] The World Tour was previously accompanied by FIVB Challenger and Satellite events, which served as a developmental circuit for up-and-coming players.[7] The FIVB handed over the organizing of Challenger and Satellite events to the continental confederations in 2009.[8]

Tournaments in the World Tour were previously categorized as either Grand Slams, Majors or Opens. This was replaced by the current star rating structure in 2017.[9]

Tournament categories[edit]

The current tournament structure was introduced in 2017.[10] World Tour tournaments are ranked from 1 to 5 stars, with 5-star tournaments offering the most prize money. The 2018 World Tour has 47 international tournaments with a total prize purse of over US$7 million.[11] Competing in the World Tour as well as other FIVB-recognized tournaments such as the Summer Olympics allows players to earn FIVB Ranking Points, with higher-star events being worth more points.[12] The World Tour concludes with the World Tour Finals at the end of each season.[12]

FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour (as of 2018 season)[12]
Event category No. of teams in main draw
(per gender)
Format Prize Money
(per gender)
World Tour Finals 10 Pool play (1st phase)
Single-elimination (2nd phase)
US$400,000
5-star 32 US$300,000
4-star US$150,000
3-star US$75,000
2-star 24 US$50,000
1-star 16 US$10,000

History[edit]

Tournaments 2003−'12 2013 2014 2015−'16 2017−
Tiers 0 World Tour Finals
I Grand Slam 5-star tournament/Major Series
II Open tournaments Open tournaments Major Series 4-star tournament
III Open tournaments 3-star tournament
IV 2-star tournament
V 1-star tournament

Champions[edit]

Men's FIVB World Tour Points Champions[edit]

Grand Slam Moscow 2012 men's winners
Tour Champions
1989  Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos (USA)
1990  Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos (USA)
1991  Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos (USA)
1992  Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos (USA)
1993  Roberto Lopes and Franco Neto (BRA)
1994  Jan Kvalheim and Bjørn Maaseide (NOR)
1995  Roberto Lopes and Franco Neto (BRA)
1996  Zé Marco de Melo and Emanuel Rego (BRA)
1997  Zé Marco de Melo and Emanuel Rego (BRA)
1998  Rogério Ferreira and Guilherme Marques (BRA)
1999  José Loiola and Emanuel Rego (BRA)
2000  Zé Marco de Melo and Ricardo Santos (BRA)
2001  Tande Ramos and Emanuel Rego (BRA)
2002  Mariano Baracetti and Martín Conde (ARG)
2003  Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos (BRA)
2004  Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos (BRA)
2005  Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos (BRA)
2006  Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos (BRA)
2007  Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos (BRA)
2008  Harley Marques and Pedro Solberg Salgado (BRA)
2009  Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann (GER)
2010  Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers (USA)
2011  Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego (BRA)
2012  Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal (USA)
2013  Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Jānis Šmēdiņš (LAT)
2014  Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Jānis Šmēdiņš (LAT)
2015  Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt (BRA)
2016  Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Jānis Šmēdiņš (LAT)
2017  Evandro Oliveira and André Stein (BRA)
2018  Anders Mol and Christian Sørum (NOR)
2019  Anders Mol and Christian Sørum (NOR)

Women's FIVB World Tour Points Champions[edit]

Grand Slam Moscow 2012 women's winners
Tour Champions
1992  Karolyn Kirby and Nancy Reno (USA)
1993  Karolyn Kirby and Liz Masakayan (USA)
1994  Mônica Rodrigues and Adriana Samuel (BRA)
1995  Sandra Pires and Jackie Silva (BRA)
1996  Sandra Pires and Jackie Silva (BRA)
1997  Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede (BRA)
1998  Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede (BRA)
1999  Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede (BRA)
2000  Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede (BRA)
2001  Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede (BRA)
2002  Misty May and Kerri Walsh (USA)
2003  Ana Paula Connelly and Sandra Pires (BRA)
2004  Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede (BRA)
2005  Larissa França and Juliana Silva (BRA)
2006  Larissa França and Juliana Silva (BRA)
2007  Larissa França and Juliana Silva (BRA)
2008  Shelda Bede and Ana Paula Connelly (BRA)
2009  Larissa França and Juliana Silva (BRA)
2010  Larissa França and Juliana Silva (BRA)
2011  Larissa França and Juliana Silva (BRA)
2012  Larissa França and Juliana Silva (BRA)
2013  Talita Antunes and Taiana Lima (BRA)
2014  Maria Elisa Antonelli and Juliana Silva (BRA)
2015  Ágatha Bednarczuk and Bárbara Seixas (BRA)
2016  Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst (GER)
2017  Talita Antunes and Larissa França (BRA)
2018  Ágatha Bednarczuk and Eduarda Lisboa (BRA)
2019  Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan (CAN)

FIVB World Tour Finals[edit]

The Tour Finals are the season-ending championships of the FIVB World Tour and features only the top performing teams during the regular season. The tournament was first held in 2015.

Men's Results[edit]

Tournament Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place
2015 Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals[13]
Fort Lauderdale, United States
29 September – 4 October 2015
 Alison Cerutti (BRA)
 Bruno Oscar Schmidt (BRA)
21–13, 21–15
 Phil Dalhausser (USA)
 Nicholas Lucena (USA)
 Evandro Oliveira (BRA)
 Pedro Solberg Salgado (BRA)
21–19, 21–14
 Alexander Brouwer (NED)
 Robert Meeuwsen (NED)
2016 Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals[14]
Toronto, Canada
13–18 September 2016
 Alison Cerutti (BRA)
 Bruno Oscar Schmidt (BRA)
21–19, 21–19
 Evandro Oliveira (BRA)
 Pedro Solberg Salgado (BRA)
 Tri Bourne (USA)
 John Hyden (USA)
21–14, 22–20
 Ben Saxton (CAN)
 Chaim Schalk (CAN)
2017 Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals[15]
Hamburg, Germany
US$400,000
22–27 August 2017
 Phil Dalhausser (USA)
 Nick Lucena (USA)
21–15, 21–13
 Evandro Oliveira (BRA)
 André Stein (BRA)
 Daniele Lupo (ITA)
 Paolo Nicolai (ITA)
21–17, 19–21, 15–12
 Piotr Kantor (POL)
 Bartosz Łosiak (POL)
2018 FIVB World Tour Finals[16]
Hamburg, Germany
US$400,000
14–19 August 2018
 Anders Mol (NOR)
 Christian Sørum (NOR)
21–19, 21–17
 Michał Bryl (POL)
 Grzegorz Fijałek (POL)
 Piotr Kantor (POL)
 Bartosz Łosiak (POL)
19–21, 21–15, 15–13
 Julius Thole (GER)
 Clemens Wickler (GER)
2019 FIVB World Tour Finals[17]
Rome, Italy
US$300,000
28 August – 8 September 2019
 Viacheslav Krasilnikov (RUS)
 Oleg Stoyanovskiy (RUS)
21–16, 21–16
 Julius Thole (GER)
 Clemens Wickler (GER)
 Anders Mol (NOR)
 Christian Sørum (NOR)
21–16, 21–15
 Taylor Crabb (USA)
 Jake Gibb (USA)

Women's Results[edit]

Tournament Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place
2015 Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals[18]
Fort Lauderdale, United States
29 September – 4 October 2015
 Talita Antunes (BRA)
 Larissa França (BRA)
21–17, 21–18
 Laura Ludwig (GER)
 Kira Walkenhorst (GER)
 Ágatha Bednarczuk (BRA)
 Bárbara Seixas (BRA)
22–20, 14–21, 15–10
 Heather Bansley (CAN)
 Sarah Pavan (CAN)
2016 Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals[19]
Toronto, Canada
13–18 September 2016
 Laura Ludwig (GER)
 Kira Walkenhorst (GER)
21–18, 21–16
 Joana Heidrich (SUI)
 Nadine Zumkehr (SUI)
 Isabelle Forrer (SUI)
 Anouk Vergé-Dépré (SUI)
21–19, 21–18
 Talita Antunes (BRA)
 Larissa França (BRA)
2017 Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals[20]
Hamburg, Germany
US$400,000
22–27 August 2017
 Laura Ludwig (GER)
 Kira Walkenhorst (GER)
21–17, 19–21, 15–10
 Ágatha Bednarczuk (BRA)
 Eduarda Lisboa (BRA)
 Talita Antunes (BRA)
 Larissa França (BRA)
21–17, 21–19
 Melissa Humana-Paredes (CAN)
 Sarah Pavan (CAN)
2018 FIVB World Tour Finals[21]
Hamburg, Germany
US$400,000
14–19 August 2018
 Ágatha Bednarczuk (BRA)
 Eduarda Lisboa (BRA)
21–15, 21–19
 Barbora Hermannová (CZE)
 Markéta Sluková (CZE)
 Mariafe Artacho del Solar (AUS)
 Taliqua Clancy (AUS)
21–15, 19–21, 15–8
 Maria Elisa Antonelli (BRA)
 Carolina Solberg Salgado (BRA)
2019 FIVB World Tour Finals[22]
Rome, Italy
US$300,000
28 August – 8 September 2019
 Margareta Kozuch (GER)
 Laura Ludwig (GER)
21–19, 21–21
 Ágatha Bednarczuk (BRA)
 Eduarda Lisboa (BRA)
 Rebecca Cavalcante (BRA)
 Ana Patrícia Ramos (BRA)
19–21, 21–18, 16–14
 Joana Heidrich (SUI)
 Anouk Vergé-Dépré (SUI)

Award winners[edit]

Men's FIVB World Tour award winners[edit]

Women's FIVB World Tour award winners[edit]

Sponsorship[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ International Men's Career Team Victory Leaders, Beach Volleyball Database
  2. ^ International Women's Career Team Victory Leaders, Beach Volleyball Database
  3. ^ International Men's Career Individual Victory Leaders, Beach Volleyball Database
  4. ^ International Women's Career Individual Victory Leaders, Beach Volleyball Database
  5. ^ SWATCH-FIVB World Tour – Five Years of Success Archived 2008-11-20 at the Wayback Machine, The-Watchez.com
  6. ^ "Biography of Beach Volleyball". Fédération Internationale de Volleyball. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  7. ^ "FIVB Beach Volleyball Events ... from the World Championships to the grass roots: Challenger and Satellite Events" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Volleyball. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  8. ^ "FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour: 2017 Media Guide" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Volleyball. p. 67. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  9. ^ "FIVB Announces New 5-Star Structure For FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour". Fédération Internationale de Volleyball. November 7, 2016. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  10. ^ Competition Calendar, FIVB.org
  11. ^ "NEW TOURNAMENTS TO TAKE BEACH VOLLEYBALL FURTHER THAN EVER BEFORE". Fédération Internationale de Volleyball. November 8, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  12. ^ a b c "FIVB Sports Regulations: Beach Volleyball" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Volleyball. November 30, 2017. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  13. ^ Ft. Lauderdale Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals | Schedule, FIVB.org
  14. ^ SWATCH FIVB WORLD TOUR FINALS Main Draw, FIVB.org
  15. ^ SWATCH BEACH VOLLEYBALL FIVB WORLD TOUR FINALS PRESENTED BY VODAFONE, FIVB.org
  16. ^ Main Draw - World Tour Finals 2018, FIVB.org
  17. ^ Main Draw - World Tour Finals 2019, FIVB.org
  18. ^ Ft. Lauderdale Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals | Schedule, FIVB.org
  19. ^ SWATCH FIVB WORLD TOUR FINALS Main Draw, FIVB.org
  20. ^ SWATCH BEACH VOLLEYBALL FIVB WORLD TOUR FINALS PRESENTED BY VODAFONE, FIVB.org
  21. ^ Main Draw - World Tour Finals 2018, FIVB.org
  22. ^ Main Draw - World Tour Finals 2019, FIVB.org

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