Your one-stop guide to the 2019 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships
From left to right: 2017 World Championship medallists Alexander Horst/Clemens Doppler (Austria - Silver), Andre Stein/Evandro Goncalves (Brazil - Gold), Nikita Liamin/Viacheslav Krasilnikov (Russia - Bronze)
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships Hamburg 2019 - Website
With US$1-million in prize money, the 12th edition of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships will begin on June 28 with pool play for the 48 pairs in each gender’s competition where 12 groups of four teams each will determine the field for the elimination rounds that start on July 3 for women and July 4 for men.
The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships began in 1997 when Los Angeles hosted the first recognized event in September at the tennis center on the campus of the University of California at Los Angeles.
The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships is a double-gender tournament and is held every two years with other World Championships staged in Austria (Klagenfurt 2001 and Vienna 2017), Brazil (Rio de Janeiro 2003), France (Marseille 1999), Germany (Berlin 2005), Italy (Room 2011), Netherlands (The Hague 2015), Norway (Stavanger 2009), Poland (Stare Jablonki 2013) and Switzerland (Gstaad 2007).
The prize money at the FIVB World Championships is the largest in the sport at US$500,000 per gender for a $1-million purse. The $1-million payoff at the FIVB World Championships started in 2005 at Berlin. The 1997 FIVB World Championships featured a purse of $300,000 per gender.
Since 1997, a total of 67 countries have had players compete in the FIVB World Championships with 543 men and 510 women entries. A total of 12 countries have placed on FIVB World Championship podiums and six countries have captured gold medals - Brazil (12 total, 7 men, 5 women), the United States (5, 1, 4), Germany (2, 1, 1), Argentina (1, 1, 0), China (1, 0, 1), the Netherlands (1, 1, 0).
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