AVC News

Bangkok, Thailand, November 30, 2017 – 2018 is turning out to be a busy year for the Asia’s volleyball-governing body AVC as thrills and spills also await volleyball fans and enthusiasts next year.

After a significant year in 2017, the AVC take another leap forward on this great success, recently announcing that a total of eight AVC tournaments will be held in 2018 apart from two high-profile, world-level competitions and one volleyball event in the Indonesia-hosted 19th Asian Games.

In addition, the AVC will also get the 1st Asian Challenge Cup off the ground next year. The competition is aimed at giving the lower-ranked teams to hone their skills and gain more competition experiences in order that they can come up with upgraded performances to tactically and technically match the stronger rivals in future tournaments.

Nakhon Pathom, Thailand will host the AVC’s first 2018 event in the 12th Asian Women’s U17 Championship from May 20 to 27. AVC Secretary-General Mr Shanrit Wongprasert said that neighbouring province Ratchaburi is expected to jointly host the tournament in case there are more than 13 teams taking part.

The girls’ youth event will be followed respectively by the 19th Asian Women’s U19 Championship in Hanoi, Vietnam between June 10 and 17 and the 12th Asian Men’s U18 Championship in Tabriz,Iran from June 29 to July 6.

After a great success in hosting the 2017 Asian Women’s Club Championship in Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan has been trusted to organise the same tournament again in 2018. The top-flight championship will take place at the same venue from July 11 to 18.

Manama, Bahrain, the competition site for the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship, stands a good chance of hosting another big event in 2018, the 19th Asian Men’s U20 Championship between July 21 and 28.

Meanwhile, from July 30 to August 5, Hong Kong will organise the 1st Asian Challenge Cup for Women. The event will attract the lower-ranked teams including those not finishing among top 10 at the 2017 Asian Senior Women’s Championship in the Philippines.

Myanmar, having been hosting AVC competitions for three consecutive years including  the 11th Asian Boys’ U19 Championship in 2017, continues its interest in promoting the sport by holding the 2018 Asian Men’s Club Championship, which will take place in Nay Pyi Taw during July 31 and August 7.

After the competition in Myanmar, the men’s spikers will return to their national teams, ready for the 6th AVC Cup for Men, which will be held in Chinese Taipei from August 9 to 15, with top 10 teams from the 2017 Asian Senior Men’s Championship in Indonesia being eligible for the top-flight contest.

The national men’s and women’s teams will then test their mettle in the 19th Asian Games in Indonesia. Iran and Korea, title-holders in men’s and women’s events, are expected to return for their title defence at the quadrennial competition.

After that, four qualified teams from Asia comprising Iran, Japan, China and Australia will compete in the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Finals in Bulgaria and Italy from September 10 to 30.

At the same time, the 1st Asian Challenge Cup for Men will take place in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan during September 15 and 22. Teams finishing 11th and below at the 2017 Asian Senior Men’s Championship will stand a chance to take part in the Kyrgyzstan meet to gain more experiences and exposure.

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand will then host the season-ending AVC tournament in the 6th AVC Cup for Women from September 17 to 23, with only top 10 teams from the 2017 Asian Senior Women’s Championship receiving the green light to join the fray.

Four qualified teams, Korea, Thailand, China and Kazakhstan, plus hosts Japan will strut their stuff at the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship between September 29 and October 20.

Earlier, the Volleyball Nations League, a joint project between the FIVB, IMG and 21 national federations, will present volleyball in a way that has never been experienced before, building on the innovative sports presentation on display at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

In both the men’s and women’s leagues, 12 core teams and 4 challenger teams will battle to become Volleyball Nations League champions by playing in a round robin format. With a total of 130 matches throughout the league season, every team will play a minimum of 15 matches and each core nation will host at least one pool, bringing the action closer to fans around the world.

FIVB will kick off its Volleyball Nations League campaign for the women’s event on May 15 and continue until July 1, while the men’s competition will take place from May 25 to July 8.

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