Counting down to the Volleyball Women’s World Championship!

From 23 September to 15 October, 2022, the 19th staging of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship will take place, contested by the senior women’s national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) and the Netherlands and Poland are acting as dual hosts for this world-class sporting event. The previous World Championship took place in Japan in 2018, and reached a global audience of approximately 1.74 billion viewers (on television and online streaming) and 1.2 million Dutch fans watched the finals on TV.

The Netherlands Volleyball Federation (Nevobo), in cooperation with TIG Sports, will organise the Dutch part of the upcoming competition and both organisations are extremely looking forward to welcoming the 24 best female volleyball teams of the world to the impressive stadiums in Arnhem (GelreDome), Rotterdam (Ahoy) and Apeldoorn (Omnisport).

Gelderland welcomes the World
Gelderland is one of the twelve provinces of the Netherlands and is well known as a great location for sport. The province has fantastic venues for sport, with the Papendal National Olympic Training Centre as the absolute highlight. With Apeldoorn and Arnhem as two of the enthusiastic host cities, many of the matches at the Women’s World Championship in 2022 will take place in Gelderland. In addition, all 24 participating teams of the World Championship will stay in one of the beautiful municipalities of Gelderland.

Preparations are well underway to ensure an electric atmosphere for all athletes, spectators, sponsors and dignitary visitors, and the Dutch organising committee is delighted to work together with many relevant stakeholders, including the embassies of the participating nations, to achieve these ambitions.

All 16 teams that competed in the Volleyball Nations League earlier this year will also play for the world title as highlight of the 2022 national team season: Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, Thailand, Türkiye, and the United States. Joining them in the tournament, which will feature countries from all five continents, will be Argentina, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Kenya and Puerto Rico.

Reigning champions Serbia will try to defend the title they won in 2018, while the United States will be looking to repeat their 2014 victory and unify their Olympic and world titles. Other past world champions set to take part in this year’s edition are Japan (1962, 1967, 1974), China (1982, 1986) and reigning VNL champions Italy (2002).

The first ten days of the event will feature the first phase of the tournament. The 24 qualified teams will be split into four pools, hosted in Arnhem, as well as in Gdańsk and Łódź in Poland. After each team completes its five-match schedule, the four best-ranked squads in each pool will move forward to the second phase. Played across six days, from October 4-9, in Rotterdam and Łódź, the second phase will see the 16 remaining teams form two groups. Each team will play only four matches, against teams they did not face in the first phase, and again the four best in each pool will move forward.

From that point on, the tournament continues in a single elimination format, with the quarterfinals set to take place in Apeldoorn and Gliwice (Poland) on October 11. The semifinals will be in the same cities on October 12 and 13, and the medal matches will be in Apeldoorn on October 15.

A total of 196 matches will be played to determine the new world champions. If you would like to cheer for the world’s best teams from 23 September through 15 October, please have a look for tickets for the World Championship at www.tickets.wkvolleybal.nl.

Strike like lightning; let the best team win! And enjoy the tournament!