Brazil to host 2017 World League Finals in Football Stadium
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, March 6, 2017 – The spotlight will be on
Curitiba this July when the Brazilian city will hold the 2017
World League Finals at the 35,000-seat stadium – the Arena da
Baixada – which hosted matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
This is the second time that a major FIVB tournament will be
played in a football stadium following the immense success of
the opening match of the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men's World
Championship in Poland, which was played at the National Stadium
in Warsaw. The match was attended by 63,000 fans, a record for
the volleyball World Championship, with the figure beating the
previous record set as far back as 1952, when the volleyball
championship final in Moscow was attended by 50,000 spectators.
The Arena da Baixada is home to football team Clube Atlético
Paranaense. The 2017 FIVB Volleyball World League Finals will be
held in Brazil for the sixth time after tournaments in Sao Palo
(1993), Rio de Janeiro (1995, 2008, 2015) and Belo Horizonte
The World League, the FIVB’s annual men’s tournament, has a
history of being held in unique locations. In the 2014 and 2015
seasons of the World League, matches hosted by Italy were held
at the Foro Italico in Rome. The venue hosted 11,000 fans during
the 2014 competition, which saw Italy play Poland and then
Brazil in the following year.
Announced at the Sports Events Council which met in Lausanne in
February, the Group 1 Finals will take place from July 4 to 8
and will comprise the top six teams from the tournament
including hosts Brazil. The Finals will be the culmination of
six weeks of competition among 36 teams under the new format of
the World League.
The year’s World League will adopt the same format as in 2016,
when a record 36 teams participated in the competition. The 36
teams have been split into three groups of 12 teams and will
play the Preliminary Round in a pool format over three weeks,
before the best teams gather for the Finals in each group.
Brazil and Italy are the only two countries to have participated
in all 27 previous editions of the FIVB Word League.
The tournament began with just eight countries, who took part in
the inaugural competition in 1990. In 1991 the number of teams
had risen to 10, while 12 nations competed from 1992-2000 and
2004-05. The field featured 16 teams from 2001-2003 and
2006-2012. 2013 saw 18 different countries compete, with that
increasing to 28 in 2014 and 32 in 2015 before reaching the new
high of 36 for 2016 and 2017.
It was announced at the Sports Events Council that Curitiba’s
volleyball and beach volleyball stars Gilberto ‘Giba’ Amauri de
Godoy and Emanuel Rego will be spearheading social initiatives
around the event.