Sweden women’s national team aim high with support from FIVB Volleyball Empowerment

The Swedish Volleyball Association is targeting long-term international success through improved volleyball programme

The Swedish Volleyball Association’s mission to develop the Sweden women’s national volleyball team into an international competitor has recently been boosted by support from the FIVB’s Volleyball Empowerment programme.

The FIVB’s support has included three months of coach support in 2021 and 2022, in addition to a national team coaches development project.

The support has enabled the Swedish Volleyball Association to hire Head Coach Lauri Hakala of Finland to lead the women’s national team. During his time in Sweden, Hakala has also been implementing a national team programme that will lay the foundations for sustainable and long-term success on the international stage.

Head Coach Lauri Hakala


FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° said:

“The FIVB continues to raise the standard of volleyball worldwide, helping teams reach their full potential by reinvesting the money that comes from the sport back into the sport through Volleyball Empowerment.

“We are delighted that the Sweden women’s national team is benefitting from FIVB support with a competitive team already emerging under the guidance of Head Coach Lauri Hakala.”

Swedish Volleyball Association President Annika Sjoberg said:

“The FIVB’s valuable support has enabled us to hire a head coach that suits the needs and potential of the women’s national volleyball team. We are aiming to build a national team programme that will provide the team with the conditions needed to perform internationally. In the longer term, we want to create a programme that will be able to provide the national team with new high potential players, making it possible to have generational shifts without losing the capacity to compete internationally.”

Head Coach Lauri Hakala with the Sweden women’s national team


Head Coach Lauri Hakala said:

“The FIVB’s support has been crucial for our ambitions to develop the women’s national team and grow the sport in Sweden. The team is now gaining lots of media attention and it is increasing national interest in the sport.

“From a longer-term perspective, I hope to be part of building a team that can compete at a high international level for many years to come.”