The FIVB has announced Nanjing, China as the women’s finals location for the inaugural season of the FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League. The finals for the competition will take place from June 27 to July 1 at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre where the top-six teams from the competition will compete.
Nanjing is set to host the finals for three consecutive seasons, following an open bid process that began on August 31, 2017.
“The Volleyball Nations League is committed to bringing the sport closer to the fans, and spectators in China never fail to create a fantastic atmosphere,” said FIVB President Ary S. Graca. “This brand new event will be a benchmark for sporting innovation and fan entertainment, and I am excited to witness this wonderful competition in action.”
The Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre is in the heart of sports in China and can hold up to 13,000 fans in the stadium. This was the location of the FIVB World Grand Prix that took place last July, in the event that the Nations League is replacing. Bringing the finals back to China is going to increase the sport’s popularity in the area as China took home the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The Nations League will feature 16 men’s and women’s teams that will compete in a minimum of 15 matches over 5 weeks of play. 12 teams are considered the core teams for the competition while 4 are challengers, looking to enter the core set of teams for next year’s competition. On the men’s side, the location for the finals has been selected as the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille, France from July 4-8.