Lausanne, Switzerland. Following an open bidding process and the approval of the FIVB Board of Administration, the FIVB has confirmed the hosts for the next edition of the FIVB Volleyball Age Group World Championships.
After careful evaluation of all the proposals received, the countries below were approved as hosts for the following World Championships:
• FIVB Volleyball Girls’ Under 18 World Championship – Mexico
• FIVB Volleyball Boys’ Under 19 World Championship – Iran
• FIVB Volleyball Women’s Under 20 World Championship – Netherlands and Belgium
• FIVB Volleyball Men’s Under 21 World Championship – Italy and Bulgaria.
The top six teams from this year’s #EuroVolleyU17W and #EuroVolleyU18M will be representing Europe at the global events in Mexico and Iran, respectively. These are:
Girls’ U18: Russia, Turkey, Serbia, Italy, Romania, Poland
Boys’ U19: Italy, Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria, Germany, Belgium
The gold and silver medal winners from this year’s #EuroVolleyU19W – Turkey and Serbia – and #EuroVolleyU20M – Russia and Italy – currently compose the European contingent for the U20 Women’s and U21 Men’s competitions. With Italy hosting the Men’s U21 event together with Bulgaria, #EuroVolleyU20M bronze medal winners Belgium will join the field for the World Championship as well. More European teams may join these competitions as per the respective World Ranking that FIVB will be publishing on January 1, 2021.
Following the announcement, FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° said, “I am delighted to see such strong hosting nations committed to providing more opportunities for young athletes to participate in international competitions. Each of these events is an important step in the development of an athlete’s career. As they grow their competition experience, I have no doubt that, in the future, we will see many of them proudly representing their nation at some of the biggest volleyball competitions on the planet.”
Each event takes place every two years and has played an important role in the journeys of many current and former Olympic and World Champions.