Competition system and related matters

BEACH VOLLEYBALL COMPETITION FORMATS

There are several competition formats that may be applied at a Beach Volleyball competition. In the section we have tried to encompass concepts of each Beach Volleyball competition format. The best fit for your tournament will depend on the conditions enforced by the sanctioning entity and/ or promotional needs and/ or available courts and/ or available days of the competition and/ or number of participating athletes / teams, and finally the goal / concept of the given Beach Volleyball event. For example, if the given Beach Volleyball event serves a development purpose, the participating teams / athletes should be given a chance to play as many matches as possible, for which the double elimination or pool play format would suit the best. All technical aspects of a competition are correlated and are crucial to be considered and should be put in an equation when committing to a competition format of a Beach Volleyball event (i.e. number of courts, competition days, participating athletes, matches played, available sun light during the day determining schedule, etc.). It is very important to establish well in advance a competition schedule and promote it through all possible communication means.

There are four main competition formats that may be exploited at a Beach Volleyball event: Single Elimination, Single Elimination with Consolation, Double Elimination and Pool Play followed by a Single Elimination. A competition format of Single Elimination only may also be implemented in case of a large number of participating teams and/ or in case of many consecutive events in a calendar. This format had been tested by the FIVB during a World Tour Open event in Marseille, France in 2009. Unfortunately, the test results and the survey conducted did not confirm the continuation with the Single Elimination format in 2010. This was mainly due to the existing agreement with the organizer and difference in opinion of the players and the organizers. However, in future this competition format may be still evaluated to fit major events.

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Competition courts at the Grand Slam in Moscow, Russia
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Competition courts at the Junior World Championships in Halifax, Canada
GOOD TO KNOW

Flexible competition formats and schedules may increase Media exposure as well as meet the needs of the audience!

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Beach Volleyball Competition Formats

SINGLE ELIMINATION FORMAT

The single elimination format is a very simple and basic Beach Volleyball competition format as the team plays until it loses once. Once the team has lost, it is out of the tournament. This competition format is easy to understand for the public and Media, and in addition it eliminates any chance of possible manipulation. To apply a Single Elimination format for a Beach Volleyball tournament requires the fewest number of competition days and competition courts. The Single Elimination format is the most dramatic format, as it only guarantees a minimum of one match will be played by each team. This dramatic format might be seen as a disadvantage by some teams as well as teams might not want to travel long distances to have a possibility to play only one match.

Another important consideration needs to be emphasized - the seeding of the teams has to be very accurate with a single elimination tournament. Before the tournament you need to determine the quality of the teams that will take part at the given Beach Volleyball event. Here the Individual Technical Ranking might come in handy and help you determine the technical level of each athlete / team.

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BEACH VOLLEYBALL CONTINENTAL CUP - SINGLE ELIMINATION FORMAT
8 NATIONS FORMAT

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SPECIFICATIONS -
BEACH VOLLEYBALL CONTINENTAL CUP

  • Each National Federation is made up of two teams (Team A and Team B) and each Country vs. Country Match-up (in brackets) is a best of five matches with the 5th and deciding match being a Golden Set (GS).
  • Any two players from Team A or Team B can participate in the Golden Set (GS). Country vs. Country match-up results can be 4-0, 3-1 or 3-2.8 Participating National Federations (16 teams)
  • Single Elimination over 3 days (2 courts required per gender)
  • Teams Final Ranking = 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5
  • In the first round, the seeds of the two teams have to sum up to a 9. See example in red!
GOOD TO KNOW

For a double gender event four (4) courts are required and the match schedule is the same for each gender.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL CONTINENTAL CUP - SINGLE ELIMINATION FORMAT - 8 NATIONS SCHEDULE BY DAY BY COURT - SINGLE GENDER

DAY

TIME

COURT 1

COURT 2

Day 1

08:00

(1) NF-1A vs NF-8A

(2) NF-4A vs NF-5A

09:00

(1) NF-1B vs NF-8B

(2) NF-4B vs NF-5B

11:00

(1) NF-1A vs NF-8B

(2) NF-4A vs NF-5B

12:00

(1) NF-1B vs NF-8A

(2) NF-4B vs NF-5A

13:00

GS (1) NF-1 vs NF-8

GS (2) NF-4 vs NF-5

13:30

(4) NF-2A vs NF-7A

(3) NF-3A vs NF-6A

14:30

(4) NF-2B vs NF-7B

(3) NF-3B vs NF-6B

16:30

(4) NF-2A vs NF-7B

(3) NF-3A vs NF-6B

17:30

(4) NF-2B vs NF-7A

(3) NF-3B vs NF-6A

18:30

GS (4) NF-2 vs NF-7

GS (3) NF-3 vs NF-6

Day 2

08:00

(5) W1A vs W2A


09:00

(5) W1B vs W2B

11:00

(5) W1A vs W2B

12:00

(5) W1B vs W2A

13:00

GS (5) W1 vs W2

13:30

(6) W4A vs W3A

14:30

(6) W4B vs W3B


16:30

(6) W4A vs W3B

17:30

(6) W4B vs W3A

18:30

GS (6) W4 vs W3

Day 3

08:00

(7) L6A vs L5A

09:00

(7) L6B vs L5B

11:00

(7) L6A vs L5B

12:00

(7) L6B vs L5A

13:00

GS (7) L6 vs L5

13:30

(8) W5A vs W6A

14:30

(8) W5B vs W6B

16:30

(8) W5A vs W6B

17:30

(8) W5B vs W6A

18:30

GS (8) W5 vs W6

GOOD TO KNOW

Format can be played over four (4) days on one (1) court with match-up (1) and (2) being on Day 1 and match-up (3) and (4) being on Day 2.

GOOD TO KNOW

Day 2 and 3 matches can be played on two (2) courts per gender with the match schedule as follows for each court: 12:00, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00 (GS)

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SINGLE ELIMINATION WITH CONSOLATION

The Single Elimination with Consolation format is similar to and starts as the Single Elimination where the seeds of teams being matched up must add up to total number of teams plus 1. The difference is that the winners advance to the right side as for a usual Single Elimination tournament, but the losers advance to the left side and play another match or matches which allows determining the exact positions of the losing teams in the final event`s ranking.

The advantage of the Single Elimination with Consolation format is that it guarantees a minimum of 2 matches for the athletes to be played and determines better the final positions / ranking for the teams in the losers` bracket.

On the other hand the disadvantage is similar to the one for the Single Elimination format, the determination of the seeding is extremely important, because if two strong teams are put together to compete in the first round, they will eliminate one or another from the competition in the first round. Therefore you have to know the quality of the competing teams to distribute the teams already in the first round appropriately.

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BEACH VOLLEYBALL CONTINENTAL CUP - SINGLE ELIMINATION WITH CONSOLATION FORMAT - 8 NATIONS

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SPECIFICATIONS - BEACH VOLLEYBALL CONTINENTAL CUP

  • Each National Federation is made up of two teams (Team A and Team B) and each Country vs. Country Match-up (in brackets) is a best of five matches with the 5th and deciding match being a Golden Set (GS).
  • Any two players from Team A or Team B can participate in the Golden Set (GS). Country vs. Country match-up results can be 4-0, 3-1 or 3-2.8 Participating National Federations (16 teams)
  • 8 Participating National Federations (16 teams)
  • Single Elimination with Consolation over 3 days (2 courts required per gender)
  • Teams Final Ranking = 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 (First round losers can finish 5th)
  • In the first round, the seeds of the two teams have to sum up to a 9. See example in red!

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BEACH VOLLEYBALL CONTINENTAL CUP - SINGLE ELIMINATION WITH CONSOLATION FORMAT - 8 NATIONS - SCHEDULE BY DAY BY COURT - SINGLE GENDER

DAY

TIME

COURT 1

COURT 2

Day 1

08:00

(1) NF-1A vs NF-8A

(2) NF-4A vs NF-5A

09:00

(1) NF-1B vs NF-8B

(2) NF-4B vs NF-5B

11:00

(1) NF-1A vs NF-8B

(2) NF-4A vs NF-5B

12:00

(1) NF-1B vs NF-8A

(2) NF-4B vs NF-5A

13:00

GS (1) NF-1 vs NF-8

GS (2) NF-4 vs NF-5

13:30

(4) NF-2A vs NF-7A

(3) NF-3A vs NF-6A

14:30

(4) NF-2B vs NF-7B

(3) NF-3B vs NF-6B

16:30

(4) NF-2A vs NF-7B

(3) NF-3A vs NF-6B

17:30

(4) NF-2B vs NF-7A

(3) NF-3B vs NF-6A

18:30

GS (4) NF-2 vs NF-7

GS (3) NF-3 vs NF-6

Day 2

08:00

(5) W1A vs W2A

(7) L2A vs L1A

09:00

(5) W1B vs W2B

(7) L2B vs L1B

11:00

(5) W1A vs W2B

(7) L2A vs L1B

12:00

(5) W1B vs W2A

(7) L2B vs L1A

13:00

GS (5) W1 vs W2

GS (7) L2 vs L1

13:30

(6) W4A vs W3A

(8) L3A vs L4A

14:30

(6) W4B vs W3B

(8) L3B vs L4B

16:30

(6) W4A vs W3B

(8) L3A vs L4B

17:30

(6) W4B vs W3A

(8) L3B vs L4A

18:30

GS (6) W4 vs W3

GS (8) L3 vs L4

Day 3

08:00

(11) L6A vs L5A

(9) L8A vs L7A

09:00

(11) L6B vs L5B

(9) L8B vs L7B

11:00

(11) L6A vs L5B

(9) L8A vs L7B

12:00

(11) L6B vs L5A

(9) L8B vs L7A

13:00

GS (11) L6 vs L5

GS (9) L8 vs L7

13:30

(12) W5A vs W6A

(10) W7A vs W8A

14:30

(12) W5B vs W6B

(10) W7B vs W8B

16:30

(12) W5A vs W6B

(10) W7A vs W8B

17:30

(12) W5B vs W6A

(10) W7B vs W8A

18:30

GS (12) W5 vs W6

GS (10) W7 vs W8

GOOD TO KNOW

For a double gender event four (4) courts are required and the match schedule is the same for each gender.

GOOD TO KNOW

If four (4) courts are available per gender then only one match-up is required per court with the match schedule as follows for each court:
12:00, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00 (GS)

DOUBLE ELIMINATION FORMAT

Double Elimination format is often used in Beach Volleyball tournaments, as it creates more matches to be played by the athletes. Double Elimination format, composed of two half brackets - the winners half of the draw (Teams with no loses) and the losers bracket (Teams with one loss). From technical point of view, Double Elimination is a simple format as the teams play until they have lost twice. However, from the spectators, audience or Media point of view it is a complicated scenario to understand as to a team’s next opponent, what is a quarter final match, etc.

This format is used in FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Open events with a slight modification called “Championship Semi-Final†where ultimately there are four teams left from the Winners’ and the losers’ brackets which then play in a simple cross over format with a Semi-Final 1 and Semi-Final 2 to determine the Bronze, Silver and the Gold medallists. This, however, is not a pure double elimination format. The usual double elimination format foresees the winner of each bracket meeting at the “Double Final†where the team has to win only once for the Gold Medal. For more NORCECA-continental-cup-400-347information about the implementation of this competition format, please refer to the 2012 Beach Volleyball Handbook, Chapter 9.

The advantage of this competition format is that it creates a lot of matches played and teams have a true chance (several matches) to fight for their position in the final ranking.

The disadvantage of the Double Elimination format is that the team coming from the winner bracket has played less matches than the team coming from the losers’ bracket. The tiredness of the team from the losers` bracket may cause cramps or other physical effects at the Final match. Another disadvantage of this competition format is that there might be a slight chance of manipulation as teams might want to lose to a stronger team in the first round only because, it sees that in the losers’ bracket the teams are weaker and their team might have a better chance.

When determining the competition schedule, an important consideration is to play two rounds of winners` bracket first, due to the way the losers drop in the loser bracket afterwards. That is, the team dropping from the winners’ bracket should get more rest then a team advancing from an earlier round of the losers’ bracket.

Double Elimination format, however, requires a lot of matches played, which might cause a tight schedule, as per the FIVB regulations, a team cannot play more than 3 matches per day unless there is a force majeure. The tournament schedule will have to reflect this fact - it will have to be played in more days and will require more competition courts.

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BEACH VOLLEYBALL CONTINENTAL CUP - DOUBLE ELIMINATION TOURNAMENT FORMAT - 8 NATIONS

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SPECIFICATIONS - BEACH VOLLEYBALL CONTINENTAL CUP

  • Each National Federation is made up of two teams (Team A and Team B) and each Country vs. Country Match-up (in brackets) is a best of five matches with the 5th and deciding match being a Golden Set (GS).
  • Any two players from Team A or Team B can participate in the Golden Set (GS). Country vs. Country match-up results can be 4-0, 3-1 or 3-2.
  • 8 Participating National Federations (16 teams)
  • Double Elimination over 5 days (2 courts required per gender)
  • Teams Final Ranking = 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 (Losers of (1) to (6) can finish 1st)

BEACH VOLLEYBALL CONTINENTAL CUP - DOUBLE ELIMINATION FORMAT - 8 NATIONS SCHEDULE BY DAY BY COURT - SINGLE GENDER

DAY

TIME

COURT 1

COURT 2

DAY

TIME

COURT 1

COURT 2

Day 1

08:00

(1) NF-1A vs NF-8A

(2) NF-4A vs NF-5A

Day 4

5th Place

Semi-Finals

08:00

(13) W5A vs W10A


09:00

(1) NF-1B vs NF-8B

(2) NF-4B vs NF-5B

09:00

(13) W5B vs W10B


11:00

(1) NF-1A vs NF-8B

(2) NF-4A vs NF-5B

11:00

(13) W5A vs W10B


12:00

(1) NF-1B vs NF-8A

(2) NF-4B vs NF-5A

12:00

(13) W5B vs W10A


13:00

GS (1) NF-1 vs NF-8

GS (2) NF-4 vs NF-5

13:00

GS (13) W5 vs W10


13:30

(4) NF-2A vs NF-7A

(3) NF-3A vs NF-6A

13:30

(14) W6A vs W11A

(12) L10A vs L11A

14:30

(4) NF-2B vs NF-7B

(3) NF-3B vs NF-6B

14:30

(14) W6B vs W11B

(12) L10B vs L11B

16:30

(4) NF-2A vs NF-7B

(3) NF-3A vs NF-6B

16:30

(14) W6A vs W11B

(12) L10A vs L11B

17:30

(4) NF-2B vs NF-7A

(3) NF-3B vs NF-6A

17:30

(14) W6B vs W11A

(12) L10B vs L11A

18:30

GS (4) NF-2 vs NF-7

GS (3) NF-3 vs NF-6

18:30

GS (14) W6 vs W11

GS (12) L10 vs L11

Day 2

08:00

(5) W1A vs W2A

(8) L3A vs L4A

Day 5
Finals

08:00

(15) L13A vs L14A


09:00

(5) W1B vs W2B

(8) L3B vs L4B

09:00

(15) L13B vs L14B

11:00

(5) W1A vs W2B

(8) L3A vs L4B

11:00

(15) L13A vs L14B

12:00

(5) W1B vs W2A

(8) L3B vs L4A

12:00

(15) L13B vs L14A

13:00

GS (5) W1 vs W2

GS (8) L3 vs L4

13:00

GS (15) L13 vs L14

13:30

(6) W4A vs W3A

(7) L2A vs L1A

13:30

(16) W13A vs W14A

14:30

(6) W4B vs W3B

(7) L2B vs L1B

14:30

(16) W13B vs W14B

16:30

(6) W4A vs W3B

(7) L2A vs L1B

16:30

(16) W13A vs W14B

17:30

(6) W4B vs W3A

(7) L2B vs L1A

17:30

(16) W13B vs W14A

18:30

GS (6) W4 vs W3

GS (7) L2 vs L1

18:30

GS (16) W13 vs W14

Day 3

7th Place

08:00

(10) L6A vs W7A


09:00

(10) L6B vs W7B


11:00

(10) L6A vs W7B


12:00

(10) L6B vs W7A


13:00

GS (10) L6 vs W7


13:30

(11) L5A vs W8A

(9) L8A vs L7A

14:30

(11) L5B vs W8B

(9) L8B vs L7B

16:30

(11) L5A vs W8B

(9) L8A vs L7B

17:30

(11) L5B vs W8A

(9) L8B vs L7A

18:30

GS (11) L5 vs W8

GS (9) L8 vs L7

GOOD TO KNOW

For a double gender event four (4) courts are required and the match schedule is the same for each gender.

GOOD TO KNOW

If four (4) courts are available per gender then only one match-up is required per court with the match schedule as follows for each court: 12:00, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00 (GS)

GOOD TO KNOW

Day 5 matches can be played on two (2) courts per gender with the match schedule as follows for each court: 12:00, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00 (GS)

POOL PLAY FOLLOWED BY A SINGLE ELIMINATION

Another competition format often applied at Beach Volleyball tournaments is the Pool Play followed by Single Elimination format.

Two pools are created in a serpentine system - Pool A and Pool B. Serpentine system means teams seeded 1 goes in Pool A, and Seed 2 and 3 goes in Pool B, then Seed 4 goes in Pool A and etc.

EXAMPLE - 2 POOLS OF 4 TEAMS / COUNTRIES EACH

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4 POOLS OF 4 TEAMS / COUNTRIES EACH

Within the pool every team plays the other teams in their pool once, so for a 4 team pool, it takes six matches to complete a 4-team pool. The match order is very important as you should have the top team play with a higher level opponent as the matches go on. See the example below: Matches set-up in the Pool Phase.

MATCHES SET-UP IN THE POOL PLAY PHASE - 8 COUNTRIES

POOL A

Seeds 1 - 4 - 5 - 8

POOL B

Seeds 2 - 3 - 6 - 7

PAIR 1

Seed 1 vs. Seed 8

Seed 4 vs. Seed 5

Seed 2 vs. Seed 7

Seed 3 vs. Seed 6

PAIR 2

Seed 1 vs. Seed 5

Seed 4 vs. Seed 8

Seed 2 vs. Seed 6

Seed 3 vs. Seed 7

PAIR 3

Seed 1 vs. Seed 4

Seed 5 vs. Seed 8

Seed 2 vs. Seed 3

Seed 6 vs. Seed 7

It is important that the teams play in pairs, as it will decrease the possibility of manipulation. The teams will know the exact set/ point ratios that the teams having played before them will have. To be able and play in pairs will require 2 competition courts in the following schedule:

ORDER

OF PLAY

POOL / PAIR

Court 1 & 2

1

Pool A Pair 1

2

Pool B Pair 1

3

Pool A Pair 2

4

Pool B Pair 2

5

Pool A Pair 3

6

Pool B Pair 3

Pool Play & Single elimination format

Maintaining the above schedule will also help, as the top two teams will be playing the first and the last round and competing for a “Bye†in the first round of the Single Elimination Play Off. In this given example (2 Pools of 4 nations) 3 teams then advance to the Single Elimination Play Off.

The same serpentine system may be applied if there are 16 teams participating in a tournament separated in 4 pools.

POOL A

POOL B

POOL C

POOL D

Seed 1

Seed 2

Seed 3

Seed 4

Seed 8

Seed 7

Seed 6

Seed 5

Seed 9

Seed 10

Seed 11

Seed 12

Seed 16

Seed 15

Seed 14

Seed 13

MATCHES SET-UP IN THE POOL PLAY PHASE - 16 COUNTRIES (4 Competition Courts)

POOL A

Seeds 1 - 8 - 9 - 16

POOL B

Seeds 2 - 7 - 10 - 15

POOL C

Seeds 3 - 6 - 11 - 14

POOL D

Seeds 4 - 5 - 12 - 13

PAIR 1

Seed 1 vs. Seed 16

Seed 8 vs. Seed 9

Seed 2 vs. Seed 15

Seed 7 vs. Seed 10

Seed 3 vs. Seed 14

Seed 6 vs. Seed 11

Seed 4 vs. Seed 13

Seed 5 vs. Seed 12

PAIR 2

Seed 1 vs. Seed 9

Seed 8 vs. Seed 16

Seed 2 vs. Seed 10

Seed 7 vs. Seed 15

Seed 3 vs. Seed 11

Seed 6 vs. Seed 14

Seed 4 vs. Seed 12

Seed 5 vs. Seed 13

PAIR 3

Seed 1 vs. Seed 8

Seed 9 vs. Seed 16

Seed 2 vs. Seed 7

Seed 10 vs. Seed 15

Seed 3 vs. Seed 6

Seed 11 vs. Seed 14

Seed 4 vs. Seed 5

Seed 12 vs. Seed 13

ORDER

OF PLAY

POOL / PAIR

Court 1 & 2

POOL / PAIR

Court 3 & 4

1

Pool A Pair 1

Pool C Pair 1

2

Pool B Pair 1

Pool D Pair 1

3

Pool A Pair 2

Pool C Pair 2

4

Pool B Pair 2

Pool D Pair 2

5

Pool A Pair 3

Pool C Pair 3

6

Pool B Pair 3

Pool D Pair 3

Top 2 teams (nations) in each pool advance to a single elimination playoff.

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GOOD TO KNOW

For a double gender event four (4) courts are required and the match schedule is the same for each gender.

Advantage of this combined competition format is that the quality of the seeding of the teams is not that important, as the Pool Play will sort it out.

To decrease the manipulation in the Single Elimination phase, a suggestion may be to draw the positions of the teams, so that the teams qualifying for the Single Elimination Play Off will not know their position in advance, and will not set themselves up for playing the opponents they would want to compete against.

Pool Play followed by Single Elimination format is the tournament format that the teams play at the most important Beach Volleyball tournaments in the world, i.e. the Olympic Games, FIVB Senior World Championships, FIVB Junior and Youth World Championships and the FIVB World Tour Grand Slams, to name a few. For more information about this competition format, please refer to the Beach Volleyball Handbook, Chapter 9.

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BEACH VOLLEYBALL CONTINENTAL CUP - SPECIFICATION OF THE COMPETITION FORMAT

In Beach Volleyball Continental Cup each National Federation is made up of two teams (Team A and Team B) and each Country vs. Country Match-up (in brackets) is a best of five matches with the 5th and deciding match being a Golden Set (GS). Any two players from Team A or Team B can participate in the Golden Set (GS). Country vs. Country match-up results can be 4-0, 3-1 or 3-2.

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DAY

TIME

GENDER

COURT 1

Day 1

08:00

Female

(or Male)

(1) NF-1A vs NF-2A

09:00

(1) NF-1B vs NF-2B

11:00

(1) NF-1A vs NF-2B

12:00

(1) NF-1B vs NF-2A

13:00

GS (1) NF-1 vs NF-2

13:30

Male

(or Female)

(1) NF-1A vs NF-2A

14:30

(1) NF-1B vs NF-2B

16:30

(1) NF-1A vs NF-2B

17:30

(1) NF-1B vs NF-2A

18:30

GS (1) NF-1 vs NF-2

GOOD TO KNOW

If a single gender event then the match schedule is as follows on one (1) court: 12:00, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00 (GS)

GOOD TO KNOW

If two (2) courts are available for a double gender event then only one match-up is required per court with the match schedule as follows for each court: 12:00, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00 (GS)

Summary of Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Competition Formats

The below table is meant to summarize the technical limitations and advantageous qualities of each of the Beach Volleyball competition formats applied for the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup. The below comparison may also be applied for any given Beach Volleyball event considering teams` participation instead of countries/ nations` participation.

PARTICIPATING
NATIONS
(NATIONAL
FEDERATIONS)

TOURNAMENT
FORMAT

MINIMUM LENGTH OF TOURNAMENT

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF MATCHES PER GENDER (COUNTING GOLDEN SETS)

MINIMUM REQUIRED NUMBER OF COURTS PER GENDER

MINIMUM
NUMBER OF
COUNTRY VS. COUNTRY MATCH-UPS GUARANTEED TO EACH NATION

BEST POSSIBLE FINISH AFTER LOSS IN OPENING ROUND

FINAL RANKINGS GENERATED BY TOURNAMENT FORMAT

2

Country vs. Country

1 day

5

1

1

2nd place

1, 2

4

Single Elimination

2 days

20

1

2

3rd place

1, 2, 3, 4

Double Elimination

3 days

30

1

2

1st place*

1, 2, 3, 4

8

Single Elimination

3 days

40

2

1

5th place
(4 teams)

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5

Single Elimination with Consolation Round

3 days

60

2

3

5th place

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Double Elimination

5 days

80

2

3

1st place*

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

* By allowing teams the opportunity to overcome an early round loss, the Double Elimination format does ensure that the two best nations are playing in the gold medal final regardless of the tournament seeding.

FACTORS TO EVALUATE WHEN SELECTING A TOURNAMENT FORMAT FOR ANY PHASE (SUB-ZONAL, ZONAL AND FINAL) OF THE BEACH VOLLEYBALL CONTINENTAL CUP

The below considerations are specified to be considered for the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup, however may be also beneficial if adapted when choosing the format of any given Beach Volleyball competition. The below criteria may help you find the best fit between the concept of the event, the recourses available and the competition days allocated for the tournament.

- Single or double gender tournament (A double gender tournament requires double the courts and matches listed above)

- Number of participating nations (National Federations)

- Number of competition days available (Length of tournament)

- Number of competition courts available

- Desired minimum number of guaranteed country vs. country match-ups

- Quality of tournament seeding (Accuracy of draw)

- If tournament seeding could be wrong then the top nations may play in early rounds

- The "Double Elimination" format can safeguard against errors in tournament seeding

- Number of nations to advance to the next phase of the Continental Cup from the tournament

- If top 2 nations advance from 4 or 8 - "Double Elimination" format is ideal

- If top 3 or 4 nations advance from 4 - Both formats are OK

- If top 3 nations advance from 8 - All formats are OK

- If top 4 nations advance from 8 - All formats are OK

- If top 5 nations advance from 8 - "Single Elimination" are not suitable

- If top 6 nations advance from 8 - "Single Elimination" is not suitable

- If top 7 nations advance from 8 - Single Elimination is not suitable

- If all 8 nations advance from 8 - All formats are OK

COMPETITION FORMAT OF THE FIVB BEACH VOLLEYBALL WORLD CUP OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION

At the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup Olympic Qualification tournament, continuing the competition format implemented for the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup, the participating countries are always competing with two teams per gender per country in a Country vs. Country format and in a "best out of three matches". In case of tie, one decisive match or as an alternative a Golden Set until 15 points (with a 2 point lead) can be played by the registered athletes designated by each country.

10 (ten) or 12 (twelve) countries participating will play in 2 pools (A and B) of 5 or 6 countries according to a round robin system. The best 2 countries of the 2 (two) pools will play against each other as follows: A1 vs. B2 and A2 vs. B1. The country of the winning teams of these matches (3 out of 5 match format) will qualify directly to the Olympic Games.

If the organizing country is not qualified to this phase, it will have the right to take part with 2 (two) teams per gender. In the case of 12 (twelve) participating countries, the 12th and the last country participating shall be allocated by the FIVB from outside the host country’s Confederation.

FIVB BEACH VOLLEYBALL WORLD CUP OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION - SAMPLE MATCH-UP SCHEDULE WITH 10 COUNTRIES PARTICIPATING

Country vs Country Match-up
Daily Match Schedule

09:00

Match 1

10:00

Match 2

11:00

Golden Set

11:30

Match 1

12:30

Match 2

13:30

Golden Set

14:00

Match 1

15:00

Match 2

16:00

Golden Set

16:30

Match 1

17:30

Match 2

18:30

Golden Set

SPECIFICATIONS - BEACH VOLLEYBALL CONTINENTAL CUP

  • Each National Federation is made up of two teams (Team A and Team B) and each Country vs. Country Match-up (in brackets) is a best of three matches with the 5th and deciding match being a Golden Set (GS).
  • Any two players from Team A or Team B can participate in the Golden Set (GS). Country vs. Country match-up results can be 4-0, 3-1 or 3-2.
  • 12 Countries (2 x 6-Country pools) per Gender on 4 Courts

DESCRIPTION

DAY

WOMEN'S POOLS

MEN'S POOLS

COUNTRY VS COUNTRY
MATCH-UP DURATION

Pool A

Pool B

Pool C

Pool D

60
Preliminary
Round
Country vs. Country
Match-ups
(Pool Play)

Day 1

A1 vs A6

B1 vs B6

C1 vs C6

D1 vs D6

9:00 to 11:30

A2 vs A5

B2 vs B5

C2 vs C5

D2 vs D5

11:30 to 14:00

A3 vs A4

B3 vs B4

C3 vs C4

D3 vs D4

14:00 to 16:30

A1 vs A5

B1 vs B5

C1 vs C5

D1 vs D5

16:30 to 19:00

Day 2

A2 vs A4

B2 vs B4

C2 vs C4

D2 vs D4

9:00 to 11:30

A3 vs A6

B3 vs B6

C3 vs C6

D3 vs D6

11:30 to 14:00

A1 vs A4

B1 vs B4

C1 vs C4

D1 vs D4

14:00 to 16:30

A2 vs A3

B2 vs B3

C2 vs C3

D2 vs D3

16:30 to 19:00

Day 3

A5 vs A6

B5 vs B6

C5 vs C6

D5 vs D6

9:00 to 11:30

A1 vs A3

B1 vs B3

C1 vs C3

D1 vs D3

11:30 to 14:00

A2 vs A6

B2 vs B6

C2 vs C6

D2 vs D6

14:00 to 16:30

A4 vs A5

B4 vs B5

C4 vs C5

D4 vs D5

16:30 to 19:00

Day 4

A1 vs A2

B1 vs B2

C1 vs C2

D1 vs D2

11:30 to 14:00

A3 vs A5

B3 vs B5

C3 vs C5

D3 vs D5

14:00 to 16:30

A4 vs A6

B4 vs B6

C4 vs C6

D4 vs D6

16:30 to 19:00

4 Final
Country vs. Country
Match-ups

Day 5

1st A Women vs 2nd B Women

9:00 to 11:30

1st B Women vs 2nd A Women

11:30 to 14:00

1st C Men vs 2nd D Men

14:00 to 16:30

1st D Men vs 2nd C Men

16:30 to 19:00

Competition Format Of The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup Final

Countries are always competing with two teams per gender in a Country vs. Country format and "best out of three" matches.

In case of a tie, one decisive match or as an alternative a Golden Set until 15 points (with a 2 point lead) can be played by the registered athletes designated by each country.

The competition format can be agreed upon between the FIVB and the organizers within all possible options (i.e. pool/round robin, double elimination, single elimination, etc.). If the organizing country is not qualified to this event through the Continental Cup Final, it might be possible to negotiate with the FIVB its eventual participation with 2 (two) teams per gender.

The five winner countries of the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup and all the countries that have secured maximum two Olympic Places through the Olympic Ranking will take part to the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup Final.

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