USA and Dominican Republic to represent NORCECA at Women’s VNL
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, February 11, 2019 - The 2019 FIVB Women's
Volleyball Nations League is now 100 days out, as the final
countdown begins to the launch of this year's FIVB season with
the second edition of the international federation's latest
Defending champions USA get started in Bulgaria from May 21-23,
when the newly-promoted hosts also entertain Japan and Belgium.
Meanwhile, reigning world champions Serbia play at home against
the Netherlands, Turkey and Korea, while Rio 2016 Olympic
champions China are in Brazil alongside the Dominican Republic
and Russia for the opening week.
China are also hosts of the Final Six for the second year
running. This year's finals are from July 3 to 7.
Poland host the remaining pool
of Week 1, with Italy, Thailand and Germany.
Carrying on from last year’s successful competition, the 2019
FIVB Volleyball Nations League continues on the same format of
12 core teams and 4 challenger teams per gender.
The women's core teams include Brazil, China, Germany, Italy,
Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Russia, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey
and USA. The challenger teams are Belgium, the Dominican
Republic and Poland, plus Bulgaria who won last year's
Challenger Cup to replace Argentina who were relegated in 2018.
The Preliminary Round of the competition sees all teams play
against each other over five weeks with the women competing
The top five teams at the end of the Preliminary Round join the
hosts of the Finals to fight for the ultimate prize. The last
amongst the Challenger teams is relegated to be replaced for
2020 by the winners of this year's FIVB Volleyball Challenger
Last year in Nanjing, USA overcame Turkey in the final of the
VNL and hosts China picked up bronze with a win over Brazil. The
2019 Men's FIVB VNL begins a little later, with the first
weekend of play set for 31 May - 2 June.
The VNL marks the beginning of a thrilling pre-Olympic FIVB
season, which also includes Olympic Qualifiers, Age-Group World
Championships, and the FIVB Volleyball World Cup.