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Countdown to VNL marks start of historic and thrilling 2018 FIVB season
|The Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille will host the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League Men's Finals|
Lausanne, Switzerland, April 16, 2018 - With less than a month to go until the start of the FIVB's exciting new competition, the FIVB Volleyball Nations League, fans can look forward to a historic and thrilling season of international volleyball.
The Volleyball Nations League is a brand new competition launched by the FIVB this year for the top men's and women's national teams of the world. The aim of the VNL is to raise the level of the sporting action for fans and provide a world class platform for athletes to compete and grow.
Launching a men's and women's competition under the same name and format promotes equality in volleyball, while also making it simpler and more engaging to follow.
Dedicated VNL Website:
FIVB Volleyball Nations League 2018
Sixteen men's and sixteen women's teams will compete over more than a month, with the Preliminary Round seeing the sides in pools every week for five weeks, ahead of the women's and men's finals.
A total of 260 matches will be played (130 for each gender), with both men and women following the same format.
Get all the details of the new competition on the dedicated website, including an explanation of the competition formula, an overview of the pools, ticketing details and more.
The opening of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League in less than a month's time marks not only the launch of a historic brand new event, but also the start of an exciting season that also includes the FIVB's flagship events in the men's and women's World Championships in September and October, and then wraps up with the ultimate in club competitions, the men's and women's Club World Championships in November and December.
The World Championships also provide innovation. It is the first time that the men's competition will be jointly hosted by two countries, with Italy and Bulgaria stepping in to host the 24 finalist men's teams over three weeks, from September 10 to 30.
Following a gruelling qualification process across all continents, the finalists are there to challenge defending champions Poland for the coveted title, which will be contested in the finals of the competition in Turin.
The women's World Championship, hosted by Japan, follows from September 29 to October 20 across six cities in the 'Land of the Rising Sun'.
Just two years before Japan gets to host the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the top 24 teams of the globe will challenge defending champions USA for world supremacy, with the finals taking place in Yokohama.
The season concludes at the end of the calendar year with the Men's Club World Championship from November 25 to December 2 in Poland, followed immediately after by the women's event in China, from December 4 to 9.
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