An update has been made to the FIVB rules for who will make an appearance in the 2019 Volleyball Nations League for both men’s and women’s. That alteration means that the winner of the Challenger Cup for each sex will automatically earn a berth in the 2019 Volleyball Nations League.
That winning team will replace the lowest ranked Challenger team in the 2019 tournament. Originally, the idea was for the nation who claimed the challenger cup trophy to face a play-in-game with that bottom challenger team. The winner would have then grabbed the last spot for 2019, however this adjustment to the rule is skipping that step.
On the men’s side, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada and Korea were this year’s Challenger Teams in the Volleyball Nations League. Following week four of action, Korea is in 16th place and has that spot locked in regardless of their final three results. That means either Portugal, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Czech Republic, Cuba or Chile will replace them in 2019.
For the women’ Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Poland and Argentina were the quartet. That’s locked in as well, with Argentina finishing last among those teams. They will be relegated for one of Colombia, Peru, Hungary, Bulgaria, Australia or Puerto Rico.
Both the men’s and women’s FIVB Challenger Cups are currently underway. You can keep track of all of the latest action here on VolleyMob to see who advances on to the 2019 Volleyball Nations League.