The women’s edition of the event will be hosted in Croatia
Volleyball World is welcoming host cities to apply to stage the FIVB Men’s Volleyball Challenger Cup 2022, which will take place from 27 to 31 July 2022, while Croatia is already set to host the women’s edition of the event.
Bidding applications for the FIVB Men’s Volleyball Challenger Cup 2022 can be submitted until 6 December 2021. The bidding documents are available to download here.
The Volleyball Challenger Cup 2022 will see six teams per gender compete to secure a place in the following year’s Volleyball Nations League (VNL) 2023. Following the cancellation of the Volleyball Challenger Cup events in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, Croatia has retained its hosting rights for the 2022 women’s edition of the event.
The Volleyball Challenger Cup was created as an important feeder event for the VNL, establishing a competition for nations to play top-level matches in world class facilities, with a chance to progress to one of the FIVB’s flagship tournaments. It is also an opportunity for fans to watch and engage with volleyball on an international stage, thereby potentially kick-starting a new culture of volleyball in the host country.
In 2019, hosts Slovenia won the men’s edition after a straight sets victory over Cuba, while in the women’s competition, Canada overcame the Czech Republic in a five-set thriller in Peru. Both teams are now playing in the VNL.