The FIVB unveils a dynamic ďgladiator-styleĒ visual for
the 2009 SWATCH FIVB World Tour. The innovative visual
brilliantly encapsulates the drama, excitement and
powerful image of Beach Volleyball by focusing on two of
the stars of the sport captured in spectacular action
poses in front of a fan-packed coliseum. The visual is
created after invaluable input from SWATCH and feedback
from officials, federations, promoters, players and
The 2009 SWATCH FIVB World Tour prize money is set at
US$7.7 million, with the highlight of the year the US$1
million SWATCH FIVB Menís and Womenís World
Championships presented by ConocoPhillips through June
25 to July 5 in Stavanger, Norway.
The fourth Olympic Beach Volleyball competition at
Beijing 2008 again sees 24 womenís and 24 menís teams
competing against each other, this time over 14 days
(after six continuous days in Atlanta, 10 days in Sydney
and 12 in Athens) of action-packed fun on the sand.
There are a total of 108 matches, comprising 54 menís
and 54 womenís. The 12,000-seat Chaoyang Park Beach
Volleyball Ground is the stunning venue for the Olympic
Beach Volleyball Tournaments.
Beijing Olympics womenís medallists
Gold: Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh (USA)
Silver: Jia Tian and Jie Wang (China)
Bronze: Zhang Xi and Xue Chen (China)
Beijing Olympics menís medallists
Gold: Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers (USA)
Silver: Marcio Araujo and Fabio Magalhaes (Brazil)
Bronze: Emanuel and Ricardo (Brazil)
The SWATCH FIVB World Tour sees a record US$8.325
million distributed in prize money and bonus pool money.
There are six Grand Slam events, 16 double-gender
events, five menís single-gender events and four womenís
The FIVB and SWATCH renew their Beach Volleyball
sponsorship agreement, extending until 2012 a successful
partnership that first began in 2003. SWATCH will be the
official time-keeper and title sponsor of the 2009-2012
SWATCH FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, the 2009 SWATCH
FIVB World Championships in Stavanger, the 2011 World
Championships and the yearly Junior and Youth World
The FIVB and IMG Sports Media, the sports production and
distribution division of IMG Worldwide, announce a
four-year partnership, commencing in 2009, which will
see IMG Sports Media exclusively distributing key FIVB
tournaments worldwide as well as acting as the official
audio-video media rights and event consultant and TV
coordination agency of the FIVB. Under the terms of the
deal, IMG Sports Media will distribute all media rights
for Beach Volleyball's SWATCH FIVB World Tour (men's and
women's) and SWATCH FIVB World Championships (men's and
women's, 2009 and 2011).
Stavanger, the Norwegian host of many Open and Grand
Slam World Tour events in the past 10 years, is named as
the venue for the 2009 SWATCH FIVB World Championships
presented by ConocoPhillips.
The SWATCH FIVB World Championships powered by 1to1
energy in the Swiss mountain resort of Gstaad are a huge
success, proving that Beach Volleyball can be played
everywhere and not just by the sea. Tens of thousands
flock to the weeklong US$1 million event. USA sweeps the
gold medals at the event, with Kerri Walsh and Misty
May-Treanor finishing first in the womenís event and
Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser claiming top spot in the
There are 17 menís and 17 womenís events throughout the
season on the SWATCH FIVB World Tour with prize money
and bonus pool of US$8.15 million.
The SWATCH FIVB Menís and Womenís World Championships in
Berlin have US$1 million prize money on offer. The event
is held in downtown Berlin through June 21-26 with the
best 48 menís and 48 womenís teams competing for the
world crown. USAís Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh
claim the womenís gold and Brazilís Marcio Araujo and
Fabio Magalhaes the menís gold.
The SWATCH FIVB World Tour features 31 events, including
a record 16 stops for women and 15 for men on five
continents. A total of US$7.28 million in prize money
and bonus pool money is distributed.
The Olympic Beach Volleyball competition runs over 12
days in Athens with 24 menís and 24 womenís teams
competing. More than 60 countries take part in the
qualifying process on the SWATCH FIVB World Tour. With
its new 10,000-seat main stadium built in the style of a
traditional Greek amphitheatre, the Beach Volleyball
venue and its surroundings provide an amazingly
entertaining atmosphere in Athens. For the first time in
an Olympic Games, an entertainment programme is
implemented with the involvement of 12 dancers, DJs,
multilingual announcers and production managers.
Athens Olympics womenís medallists
Gold: Kerri Walsh and Misty May (USA)
Silver: Adriana Behar and Shelda (Brazil)
Bronze: Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs (USA)
Athens Olympics menís medallists
Gold: Ricardo and Emanuel (Brazil)
Silver: Javier Bosma and Pablo Herrera (Spain)
Bronze: Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel (Switzerland)
SWATCH and FIVB renew their agreement for SWATCH to be
title sponsor of the World Tour and World Championships
for an additional four years (2005-2008).
The season is a landmark for Beach Volleyball with 26
tournaments (14 menís and 12 womenís events) in five
continents with a total of US$5.3 million in prize money
and more than 750,000 spectators.
Three Grand Slam events are held in Berlin, Germany
(US$600,000 prize money), Marseille, France
(US$560,000), and Klagenfurt, Austria (US$540,000).
The Under-18 Youth World Championships are held in
Termoli, Italy, and the Under-21 Junior World
Championships are held in Porto Santo, Portugal.
SWATCH becomes title sponsor of the World Tour and
presenting sponsor of the World Championships, creating
a new logo/title as visual for posters, flyers, tickets
and introducing SWATCH technology such as electronic
scoreboards and speedball devices at all events.
The SWATCH FIVB World Tour takes in 22 events worldwide
(12 womenís and 10 menís), including the 2004 Olympic
Games qualification tournaments, in four continents with
more than 700 athletes from over 50 countries playing
for record prize money nearing US$5 million. More than
600,000 spectators flock to the tournaments. There are
four Grand Slam events, in Klagenfurt, Austria
(US$520,000 prize money), Marseille, France
(US$540,000), Berlin, Germany (US$600,000), and Carson,
Calif., USA (US$600,000).
The FIVB World Championships presented by SWATCH returns
to Rio de Janerio, Brazil, with US$ 800,000 prize money
and the top 48 menís and 48 womenís teams from five
continents. TV distribution reaches more than 200
countries with over 100,000 spectators and 200
accredited media journalists. USAís Kerri Walsh and
Misty May claim womenís gold, with Brazilís Ricardo and
Emanuel taking menís gold.
There are two Junior World Championship events:
Under-18s in Pattaya, Thailand, (August 27-31) and
Under-21s Saint Quay-Portrieux, France (August 7-10).
Nine exhibition events are held in Madeira in Portugal,
Japan, Italy, France, Switzerland, Italy, Mexico, Norway
and San Marino, one Challenger event played as the
Olympic test event in Athens, Greece (August 19-24) and
three satellite events comprising of one menís event in
Lausanne, Switzerland, and a menís and womenís event in
Lavandou, France. The Olympic test event is staged in
Augustin, Athens, to assess the competition, sporting
equipment, personnel, venue, sound results system, etc.,
leading towards the smooth organisation of the Beach
Volleyball Tournaments at the 2004 Olympic Games.
The SWATCH FIVB World Tour finally becomes a well
recognized TV property with 10 26-minute highlight
programs produced for all Grand Slam and Open events and
one 52-minute show for the World Championship event.
Promotional and public relation VIP packages and
promotional activities are made available to attract
audiences and special access passes for major events are
The constant organisation of anti-doping tests to
guarantee the integrity of the athletes and maintain a
drug-free sport is maintained.
A growth plan is launched by the FIVB with the aim to
establish Beach Volleyball as one of the most popular
summer sports by 2008.
The season schedules 21 tournaments (11 menís and 10
womenís) over four continents and 12 countries with
total prize money of US$3,350,000. The year sees two
Grand Slam events in Marseille, France, and Klagenfurt,
FIVB introduces official annual Under-21 and Under-18
Beach Volleyball World Championships to encourage future
generations to play Beach Volleyball. The Under-21 World
Championships for men and women are held in Catania,
Italy, through July 10-14 and the Under-18 Beach
Volleyball World Championships run August 28 in
Xylokastron, Greece, with some 100 players from 20
A Challenger event is held in Kiev, Ukraine, through
July 23-28 and a Satellite event is held in Lausanne,
Switzerland, through August 15-18.
The Beach Volleyball World Council confirms that the
rally point system and a smaller court (16 metres x 8
metres) is to be adopted on the FIVB Beach Volleyball
World Tour and also used at the Athens 2004 Olympic
There are 12 menís and 12 womenís events including the
Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia. Goodwill Games
prize money is US$300,000. Total FIVB prize money is
US$1,275,000 with a bonus pool of US$1,000,000.
The US$500,000 World Championships held in Klagenfurt,
Austria, see more than 120,000 spectators attend the
five-day competition. Brazilís Shelda and Adriana Behar
win womenís gold and Argentinaís Mariano Baracetti and
Martin Conde claim menís gold.
The first Junior Beach Volleyball Under-21 World
Championships are held in Le Lavandou, France, through
August 24-26, with 24 teams in both the women's and
Four years after the overwhelming success of the first
Olympic experience, Beach Volleyball becomes even more
of a hit at Sydney 2000. The top 24 menís and 24 womenís
teams in the world compete on Bondi Beach in a wonderful
stadium seating 10,000 spectators and with modern
facilities, offering a top-class event to the Olympic
family of players, fans, media, sponsors. Teams from
than 50 countries take part in the qualifying process.
Sydney Olympics womenís medallists
Gold: Natalie Cook and Kerri-Ann Pottharst (Australia)
Silver: Adriana Behar and Shelda (Brazil)
Bronze: Sandra Pires and Adriana Samuel (Brazil)
Sydney Olympics menís medallists
Gold: Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana (USA)
Silver: Zť Marco and Ricardo (Brazil)
Bronze: JŲrg Ahmann and Axel Hager (Germany)
The Athens Olympic Games Organising Committee confirms
that Beach Volleyball is included in the Olympic Games
programme for 2004.
The World Tour features 26 events with US$4 million in
prize money. The women's tour sees a tremendous increase
in the number of tournaments from seven in 1999 to 12 in
The FIVB assigns the 2001 World Championships to Austria
(August 1-5) and reaches an agreement with Turner Inc.
to include Beach Volleyball in the 2001 Goodwill Games
in Brisbane, Australia (August 29 to September 4).
A new rally scoring system is tested at a Challenger
and two Satellite events for eventual future
The World Tour is the only international circuit
recognised by the IOC for qualification in the Olympic
Games. The qualification process consists of a period
which begins January 1, 1999, and ends August 15, 2000.
The World Tour includes 12 men's and six women's open
events with US$3.66 million in prize money.
The Men and Women's World Championships are organised in
Europe for the first time, in Marseille, France. The
event distributes US$600,000 in prize money and is held
in a special facility for 5,000 spectators. By the end
of the competition the total number of spectators
reaches nearly 50,000. Brazilís Shelda and Adriana Behar
take womenís gold while compatriots Josť Loiola and
Emanuel win menís gold.
Beach Volleyball is included for the first time in the
Pan American Games, which are held in Canada.
There are 25 FIVB Beach Volleyball tournaments (World
Tour and Goodwill Games) with US$3,900,000 in prize
money and FIVB bonus pool.
New World Tour Open organisers spring up with events in
Argentina, Canada, China and Czech Republic. Chile and
Bulgaria organize Challenger events.
Men and women players are rewarded at the same level for
the first time with US$170,000 prize money per open
The Goodwill Games features Beach Volleyball
competitions from July 22 to August 2 in New York's
Central Park with the world's eight best men's and
Beach Volleyball is included in major sports
competitions such as the South East Asian Games, Central
& Pan-American Games, Universiade.
FIVB offers new opportunities to mid-level players and
organisers by introducing lower event categories:
Challenger, Satellite and amateur tournaments, in
addition to major World Tour competitions such as Grand
Slam and Open events.
More than 120 National Federations have regular Beach
There are 22 FIVB World Tour tournaments with
US$3,900,000 in prize money and FIVB bonus pool.
Ericsson and Nike present the Men's and Women's Beach
Volleyball World Championships at the UCLA Campus in Los
Angeles. Both genders are rewarded equally with a total
of US$ 600,000 in prize money. The event is broadcast in
more than 120 countries.
Austria, Italy and France host women's World Tour events
for the first time and Bulgaria and Czech Republic
organise inaugural Challenger events.
A new competition format with single elimination bracket
and rally scoring system is tested in Marseille and Los
The first Olympic Beach Volleyball competition is held
at Atlanta 1996. Twenty-four menís teams and 18 womenís
teams compete for Olympic medals on Atlanta Beach in
July in a 10,000-seat stadium, with over 107,000
spectators selling out the six-day event. Some 600
athletes representing 42 countries take part in the
Olympic qualifying process. Karch Kiraly becomes a
three-time Olympic gold medallist and first Olympic
champion in Volleyball and Beach Volleyball.
Atlanta Olympics womenís medallists
Gold: Jackie Silva and Sandra Pires (Brazil)
Silver: MŰnica Rodrigues and Adriana Samuel (Brazil)
Bronze: Natalie Cook and Kerri-Ann Pottharst (Australia)
Atlanta Olympics menís medallists
Gold: Karch Kiraly and Kent Steffes (USA)
Silver: Mike Dodd and Mike Witmarsh (USA)
Bronze: John Child and Mark Heese (Canada)
There are 27 FIVB Beach Volleyball tournaments (World
Championships Series and Olympic Games) with US$
4,300,000 total prize money and FIVB bonus pool.
France and Portugal organise men's Grand Slam events and
Puerto Rico holds a women's Grand Slam.
More than 95 National Federations have regular Beach
There are 27 FIVB Beach Volleyball tournaments (the
ďWorld Championship SeriesĒ), with US$ 3,500,000 in
prize money & FIVB bonus pool.
Host Broadcasters present 100 hours of news, highlights
The ďFIVB Final Beach Volleyball RankingĒ serves as a
basis to qualify the best pairs in the world for the
Olympic Games. Some 600 athletes representing 42
countries take part in the Olympic qualification season.
More than 50 National Federations have a Beach
Volleyball National Council to promote the sport in
Twelve FIVB Beach Volleyball tournaments take place
(World Series and Goodwill Games) with US$1,440,000 in
prize money and FIVB bonus pool.
Brazil, Chile, France, Japan, Puerto Rico, USA and Chile
host FIVB Beach Volleyball competitions.
Beach Volleyball is included for the first time in the
Goodwill Games held in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Six FIVB Beach Volleyball tournaments (World Series)
take place with US$880,000 in prize money and FIVB bonus
Brazil, USA and Chile host women's FIVB Beach Volleyball
IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch, ACOG President
Billy Payne and IOC members are among the 140,000
spectators in one week who attend the February FIVB
Beach Volleyball finals held in Rio de Janeiro.
September, 24, 1994: Recognition is given to Beach
Volleyball as an Olympic discipline at the IOC meeting
in Monte Carlo.
Six FIVB Beach Volleyball World Series tournaments are
held with US$950,000 in prize money and FIVB bonus pool.
The first women's FIVB
Beach Volleyball World Series tournament takes place in
USA pair Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos enter into Beach
Volleyball legend by becoming World champions for the
A Beach Volleyball Department is created within the FIVB.
Seven FIVB Beach Volleyball World Series tournaments are
held with a total of US$600,000 in prize money and FIVB
bonus pool. Australia and Spain host FIVB Beach
Volleyball events for the first time.
Four FIVB Beach Volleyball World Series events are held
with US$200,000 in prize money and FIVB bonus pool.
France, Italy, Japan and Brazil host men's FIVB Beach
September 1990: The first FIVB Beach Volleyball World
Council gathers in Lausanne to determine a growth
programme for Beach Volleyball.
Three FIVB Beach Volleyball World Series events are held
with US$140,000 total prize money.
The first FIVB Beach Volleyball international circuit,
named the World Series, is created with menís
tournaments in Brazil, Italy and Japan. The Brazilian
event sells out with thousands of people outside the
stadium wanting to get in.
Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos become 1989/90 menís
An FIVB menís tournament is held in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, with US$50,000 prize money. USAís Sinjin Smith
and Randy Stoklos are the winners.
An FIVB menís tournament is held in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, with US$51,500 prize money. The winners are
USAís Karch Kiraly and Pat Powers.
The first international FIVB-sanctioned Beach Volleyball
tournament is held on Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, with US$22,000 prize money. Sinjin Smith and
Randy Stoklos of USA win the tournament.
The first international Beach Volleyball exhibition is
held in Rio de Janeiro with 5,000 spectators.
Brazilian Volleyball champions such as Renan, BadŠ,
Montanaro, William, Jackie Silva, Isabel Salgado, Vera
Mossa, Regina Uchoa, along with 1984 Olympic Volleyball
champion Pat Powers and King of the Beach Sinjin Smith,
both American, become leading figures in the worldwide
growth of Beach Volleyball.
Beach Volleyball becomes popular on the beaches of
Copacabana and Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The USA tour becomes national with tournaments held from
Denver to New York and Clearwater, Florida.
The first sponsored tour is organised in USA with seven
events in the calendar and US$52,000 prize money.
Pro Beach Volleyball tournaments are held in Santa Cruz,
Lake Tahoe and Los Angeles, USA.
The inaugural championships of Beach Volleyball are
staged at State Beach, Pacific Palisades in California
with US$5,000 prize money. Jim Menges and Greg Lee win
the tournament in front of 30,000 spectators.
The first commercially sponsored tournament takes place
in San Diego, California, with 250 spectators. A total
of US$1,500 in prize money is offered. The winners are
Dennis Hare & Fred Zuelich.
1950s and í60s
Beach Volleyball becomes part of the California
lifestyle, much like surfing. The sport is associated
with the beach, the sun and modern music. Even the
Beatles come to Sorrento Beach, California, and pass the
ball around and Marilyn Monroe talks about Beach
Open tournaments are held on eight beaches in
California: Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, State, Manhattan,
Corona del Mar, Laguna, San Diego and even on Lake
Tahoe's shores. The first Manhattan Beach Open takes
President Kennedy attends the first official Beach
Volleyball event in Sorrento Beach, Los Angeles.
Bernie Holtzman and Gene Selznick win an event that
features Greta Tyson, star of ďPyjama Tops,Ē as ďQueen
of the Beach.Ē
The first circuit is organised on five beaches in
California: Santa Barbara, State, Corona del Mar, Laguna
and San Diego.
In Brazil, the first tournament sponsored by a newspaper
publishing company takes place.
1920s, í30s & í40s
Most accounts place the origin of Beach Volleyball in
California where families are seen playing six against
six. There are also rumours that six-man teams are
playing on Hawaiian beaches.
All you needed is a bathing suit, a net, a ball and sand
to play Beach Volleyball. The fever catches on rapidly
in the USA where people can escape the depression by
going to the beach.
A tournament is held at State Beach, California. The
best teams are rewarded with a crate of Pepsi.
The first official two-man Beach Volleyball tournament
is held at State Beach, California, with no prize money.
Itís organised by Bernie Holtzman and won by Saenez-Harris.
American soldiers play Beach Volleyball on the European
shores for the first time.
Beach Volleyball appears in Palavas, Lacanau and Royan
in France; around Sofia, Bulgaria; Prague, Czech
Republic; and Riga, Latvia.
The first two-men Beach Volleyball game is played in
Santa Monica, California.
The game of Volleyball which gave ďrootĒ to Beach
Volleyball is invented in 1895 by American William G.
Morgan, the Physical Director of the Holyoke Y.M.C.A.
Morgan blends elements of basketball, baseball, tennis
and handball to create a game for his classes of
businessmen that want a new game with less physical
contact than basketball.
The original name of the game is Mintonette, which is
derived from badminton, since the nature of the game is
to volley a ball back and forth across the net. Morgan
agrees to change the name to Volleyball. The game is
invented just four years after basketball.
In 1900 Canada becomes the first country outside of the
USA to take up Volleyball, followed by Cuba in 1906,
Japan in 1908, China in 1911, France in 1915 (during
World War I on the beaches of Normandy and Brittany).
The true birth of Beach Volleyball most likely begins on
the beaches of Waikiki Beach in Hawaii, also in 1915,
before in Italy, Russia and India in 1917 and the rest
of Europe in 1918 via the American Expeditionary Forces.
The year 1920 sees the first annual doubles
championships of Philadelphia held at Germantown YMCA
and in 1922 the first Volleyball Federation is founded
in Czechoslovakia and Bulgaria.
There are unconfirmed whispers of menís teams playing on
the beach in Hawaii, but most accounts place the sport's
origin in Santa Monica, California, where the first
Volleyball courts are put up on the beach.