The six-team field is now in order for the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Challenger Cup after the two European nations rounded out the qualifying. This comes a day after the Men’s Challenger Cup was set.
Those last two spots are going to be taken up by Bulgaria and Hungary, who each earned victories earlier today in the 2018 CEV European Volleyball League, specifically the Golden League. The other four nations joining them are Peru (host), Puerto Rico (North America), Kazakhstan (Asia) and Colombia (South America). The full spread can be seen below:
|Means of qualification||Date||Venue||Vacancies||Qualified|
|Host Country||June 2018||Lausanne||1||Peru|
|North American Qualifier||17–20 May 2018||Edmonton||1||Puerto Rico|
|Asian Qualifier||18–20 May 2018||Almaty||1||Kazakhstan|
|South American Qualifiera||25–27 May 2018||Lima||1||Colombia|
|Golden European League||19 May–15 June 2018||Budapest||2||Bulgaria|
The six teams will be split into two pools of three teams each (Pool A and Pool B). Peru will be in Pool A. If the Women’s side is using the same structure as the men, then the pools will be filled out in serpentine order of world ranking – meaning the #1, #4, #5 and #2, #3 and #6 ranked teams would be in pools together.
The tournament will take place from June 20-24 in Lima, Peru. The inaugural tournament will be a qualifier opportunity to the 2019 FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League, as the winner of this event will face the last-place team in the 2018 VNL for promotion/relegation.