Everything You Need to Know About the Volleyball Nation’s League

  7 Wendy Mayer | May 10th, 2018 | FIVB Nations League - Men, FIVB Nations League - Women, International Volleyball, News

Volleyball Nation’s League


The FIVB announced the formation of the Volleyball Nation’s League in October as the replacement for the men’s World League and women’s Grand Prix tournaments.

With the start of the women’s event just one week away and the men’s competition set to begin May 25, here is a quick breakdown of what to expect.


By The Numbers

  • 16 Teams per gender – 12 core teams which cannot face relegation, 4 challenger teams
  • 260 matches – 130 per gender. 120 matches will take place during the preliminary rounds and 10 will be during the finals.
  • 5 weeks of preliminary competition
  • 15 matches – the minimum each team will play during the May 15 to July 8 competition
  • 5 teams will progress from the preliminary rounds to the finals to join the host team



  • Round robin format
  • Each of the 12 core teams will host at least one round of pool play matches
  • Teams are divided into four-team pools, which rotate on a weekly basis during the preliminary rounds
  • Women’s matches will be played during the week, while men’s will take place on the weekends


Women’s Teams/Sites

  • The top five women’s teams will join host China in the finals, which are set to be played in Nanjing, China, from June 27-July 1
  • The 12 core women’s teams are: Brazil, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey and the United States
  • The four challenger teams for this year are: Argentina, Belgium, Dominican Republic and Poland
  • The first four preliminary round host sites are
    • Yekaterinburg, Russia: Russia, Argentina, Netherlands, Thailand
    • Ningbo, China: China, Belgium, Dominican Republic, South Korea
    • Lincoln, Nebraska: United States, Italy, Poland, Turkey
    • Barueri, Brazil: Brazil, Germany, Japan, Serbia

Men’s Teams/Sites

  • The top five men’s teams will join host France in the finals, which are set to be played in Lille, France, from July 4-8
  • The 12 core men’s teams are: Argentina, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Poland, Russia, Serbia and the United States
  • The four challenger teams for this year are: Australia, Bulgaria, Canada and South Korea
  • The first four preliminary round host sites are:
    • Rouen, France: France, Australia, Iran, Japan
    • Ningbo, China: China, Argentina, Bulgaria, USA
    • TBA, Poland: Poland, Canada, Korea, Russia,
    • Kralijevo, Serbia: Serbia, Brazil, Germany, Italy

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Who`s broadcasting?

Glenn Scott
Glenn Scott

Thanks for this update. Looks to me as this new competitive system is working from the template of the previous Grand Prix with perhaps a bit more structure, a lot of re-branding and an over-riding streaming deal. (In previous years, the selection of teams had less to do with talk of relegation than the capacity of the teams to provide sponsors and TV contracts. I would guess national federations can still make their own TV deals (with FIVB approvals and quality control), since media contracts generally are domestic. For the men, this provides slightly less team travel than the old World League when it was built around one-on-one/ home-and-home pairs of matches and constant visits through airports. Now we see men’s and women’s competition following essentially the same formula, which (I would think) will be useful for fans, journalists and team organizations.

I’d recommend Volley Mob reporters do some in-depth interviews with FIVB folks and some selected team officials so you can report on these changes more analytically. Will you have reporters at these competition venues covering the matches? One of the problems with a site reporting on global news — in this case parallel global sporting events — is that you can’t simply cover one team as trad media has done. Bigger market leads to larger costs. Wishing you well.


Tried the Flovolley.tv here in the states and it won’t even find the page


FloVolley.tv not even coming up in the States as a page. Anywhere else to watch?

Braden Keith

Nowhere. They have the exclusive rights in the U.S.

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for Volleymob.com after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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