Mexican venues ready to host FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships for the first time

Beach volleyball’s flagship event will be played on Latin American sand for the first time in 20 years when it kicks off in three cities next year

Arenas in Tlaxcala, Huamantla and Apizaco will welcome the 14th edition of the 2023 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship in Mexico when it heads to the country for the first time next year.

The championships, which will be staged between 6-15 October, will be the first hosted outside of Europe in 20 years – not since Rio hosted the world’s best in 2003 has beach volleyball’s showpiece event taken place on Latin American sand.

With 48 teams per gender in the running to lift the title, the 2023 edition takes on extra special significance with the winners guaranteeing their nation a place at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

FIVB and Volleyball World management join press conference dedicated to the Beach Volleyball World Championships in Mexico

Volleyball World CEO Finn Taylor said: “Bringing the world’s most important beach volleyball championships to Mexico is a significant step forward for the sport. As beach volleyball continues to flourish globally, we are excited to add a new host country to the rich history of this illustrious event. We can’t wait for fans around the world to come to Mexico to experience this country and our beautiful sport.

 “The championships also further cements our commitment to bringing top level beach volleyball to Mexico, which will also see multiple high-profile Beach Pro Tour tournaments staged in the country over the next five years.”

FIVB General Director Fabio Azevedo said: “In 2023, the eyes of hundreds of millions of beach volleyball fans will be on Mexico for the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships. This is all thanks to the strong partnership we have with the Mexico's National Commission for Physical Culture and Sport(CONADE), Mexican Volleyball Federation, along with the clear vision of Minister Guevara to develop sport, especially beach volleyball, in the country. 

“We have no doubt that athletes and fans will be impressed by Mexico’s warm welcome and hospitality, as well as the jaw-dropping action on the sand. We already know that the fans here in Mexico are very passionate and knowledgeable about beach volleyball and it is a great opportunity for us to offer them the best of our sport in 2023.” 

“Furthermore, as part of the FIVB’s innovative programme of Volleyball Empowerment, aimed at supporting national teams around the globe, the FIVB will continue to provide coaching support to Mexico’s beach volleyball teams, currently ranked among the top 35 best teams, on the road to the World Championships.”