The FIVB has announced that the United States will host the next three Nations League Finals on the men’s side, continuing the new tournament after its first year.
The Nations League is a brand new addition to the international volleyball landscape, a successor to the men’s World League and the women’s World Grand Prix. FIVB (the international volleyball federation), the International Management Group and 21 national federations founded the tournament, which ran from May to July of this year. Lille, France hosted the men’s final and Nanjing, China the women’s.
The FIVB announced that the United States would host the event from 2019 to 2021, indicating that the men’s event, at least, would continue into the near future. There’s no word yet on the future of the women’s tournament.
The U.S. women won gold last weekend at the inaugural final. The American men won bronze earlier today, while Russia took home gold.
The USA Volleyball press release announcing the next three hosting duties is below:
USAV to Host VNL Finals for 3 Years
LILLE, France (July 8, 2018) – The FIVB today announced that the USA will host the next three editions of the Men’s Volleyball Nations League (VNL) Finals, from 2019-2021, ensuring the continued success of the flagship competition.
The announcement was made during the 2018 VNL Finals in Lille by Grammy Award-winning DJ Duo NERVO, who were performing at the event, as the FIVB continues to deliver fan entertainment on and off the court.
Volleyball has grown significantly in the USA in recent years and is now one of the most popular sports in the country among young people. The VNL will benefit from this popularity and athletes will be guaranteed fantastic atmospheres generated by thousands of passionate and knowledgeable young fans. The USA is also the world’s largest sports market and a leading nation in sports entertainment, home to some of the most successful sporting franchises such as NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL. The FIVB and USA Volleyball will leverage this expertise to deliver an unforgettable experience for fans of the VNL.