Eyes on the 2019 #VNL Prize: FIVB Men’s Challenger Cup Preview

  0 Bill Stadick | June 08th, 2018 | Asian Volleyball, European volleyball, FIVB Nations League - Women, International Volleyball, News, NORCECA volleyball, South American Volleyball


  • Six teams will participate in the 2018 FIVB Challenger Cup, with competition running from June 20th-24th
  • Portugal qualified because they are hosting the event this year (all matches will be in Matosinos, a city just north of Porto)
  • Four teams qualified by winning their representative regions: Chile (South American representative), Kazakhstan (Asian representative), Cuba (NORCECA)
  • The fifth and sixth qualifiers are Croatia and the Czech Republic, the winner and runner-up of the Golden European League


As the 16 teams competing in the inaugural Volleyball Nations League (#VNL) continue to grab most of the headlines, another tournament starts June 20th that will impact next year’s #VNL competition. The 2018 FIVB Challenger Cup will feature six national teams competing for a spot in the 2019 #VNL.

Here’s how it works:

  • At the beginning of this year’s #VNL competition, 12 teams were identified as core teams with no risk of relegation: Argentina, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Poland, Russia, Serbia and USA
  • Another four 2018 #VNL teams were dubbed “challenger” teams: Australia, Bulgaria, Canada and South Korea
  • Whichever team finishes last among these four will be replaced in the 2019 #VNL by the winner of the 2018 FIVB Challenger Cup in Matosinos, Portugal

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