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Men’s Olympic Qualification Tracker

06.01.2020 - Vienna, Austria

Note: This article has been updated to reflect the changes made in the qualification system after the Tokyo Olympics postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Olympic qualification.

These are the two words you’ll hear more and more often anytime you chat about beach volleyball with your friends over the next six 18 months. With the Tokyo 2020 Olympics coming right around the corner, the biggest priority for all teams competing internationally this semester is to secure their spots at the Japanese capital next in the summer of 2021.

We’ve already prepared a comprehensive and detailed guide with everything you need to know about beach volleyball Olympic qualification (make sure you spare a few minutes to read it), but we understand it could be hard for you to keep track of the multiple qualification pathways, so here’s your place to do it.

We’ll update this page every week and here’s where you’ll be able to follow the progress of each of the four Olympic qualification systems until the final list is confirmed. Before we check the status of each of the pathways, here are a few things you need to know:

  • 24 teams in each gender will compete at the Olympics and the qualification period runs from September 1, 2018 to June 15, 2020 June 14, 2021
  • Olympic berths earned by teams are owned by their respective national federations, meaning these organizations are the responsible for picking the duos that will actually compete at the Olympics. Brazil, for example, has already decided to send Alison Cerutti/Álvaro Filho and Evandro Gonçalves/Bruno Schmidt regardless of what the final rankings look like. That will most likely not be the norm, though - expect most of the federations to send to Tokyo the very same teams that earned the spots.
  • A player can only qualify his country through one of the four pathways – once they secure a spot, they are no longer eligible to qualify through a second route
  • Hosts Japan are guaranteed one spot in each gender

Now that you know the basics, let’s see where each of the four qualification pathways stands:

2019 Beach Volleyball World Championship

When? June 28-July 7, 2019

Where? Hamburg, Germany

How? The winners of the 2019 World Championship automatically secure one Olympic spot to their country.

Status: Completed

Qualified Team: Oleg Stoyanovskiy/Viacheslav Krasilnikov (Russia)

Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualification Tournament

When? September 18-22, 2019

Where? Haiyang, China

How? The two teams that win their playoff series in the tournament secure one Olympic spot each to their countries.

Status: Completed

Qualified Teams: Edgars Tocs/Martins Plavins (Latvia) & Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai (Italy)

Beach Volleyball Continental Cup

When? June 1, 2018-June 28, 2020 -June 27, 2021

Where? Multiple locations

How? The Continental Cup is comprised of three stages and it reunites countries from a same geographical region that play in a country vs. country format with two teams representing each nation. The winners of each of the five Continental Cup’s Final Rounds secure one Olympic spot each to their countries.

Status: In progress

Qualified Nations: None yet

Countries in contention:

Africa – Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Tanzania, Tunisia and Zambia. 

Asia – Australia, China, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Oman, Qatar and Thailand.

Europe – Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine.

NORCECA (North, Central America and Caribbean) – Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago, USA and U.S. Virgin Islands.

South America - Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Venenzuela.

Beach Volleyball Olympic Ranking

When? September 1, 2018-June 14, 2020 -June 15, 2021

Where? Multiple locations

How? The Olympic rankings are determined by the sum of the best 12 results of each team in FIVB World Tour events, the World Championships and recognized Continental Tour finals. A team needs to have at least 12 finishes to be eligible to qualify via the Olympic rankings. The 15 highest ranked teams as of June 15, 2020 secure one Olympic spot each to their countries respecting the maximum of two quota places per nation.

Status: In progress

What the ranking looks like now:

Here’s the top-30 of the Olympic ranking now. This list will be updated as eligible tournaments are played and the teams in bold are the ones that would be qualified if the process ended today.

Position Team Country Points Events
1 Anders Mol/Christian Sørum Norway 10,440 13
- Oleg Stoyanovskiy/Viacheslav Krasilnikov* Russia 9,040 15
2 Grzegorz Fijalek/Michal Bryl Poland 7,480 14
3 Alison Cerutti/Álvaro Filho Brazil 7,400 13
4 Evandro Gonçalves/Bruno Schmidt Brazil 7,320 14
5 Clemens Wickler/Julius Thole Germany 7,040 12
6 Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen Netherlands 7,000 16
7 Jake Gibb/Taylor Crabb USA 6,680 13
8 Konstantin Semenov/Ilya Leshukov Russia 6,660 13
9 Pablo Herrera/Adrián Gavira Spain 6,480 15
10 Tri Bourne/Trevor Crabb USA 6,360 14
- André Loyola/George Wanderley** Brazil 6,280 15
- Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai* Italy 6,280 12
11 Cherif Samba/Ahmed Tijan Qatar 6,200 16
12 Ondrej Perusic/David Schweiner Czech Republic 6,040 15
Martins Plavins/Edgars Tocs* Latvia 6,000 15
13 Marco Grimalt/Esteban Grimalt Chile 5,840 16
- Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena*** USA 5,840 11
14 Aleksandrs Samoilvs/Janis Smedins Latvia 5,720 16
15 Sam Pedlow/Sam Schachter Canada 5,700 18
- Adrian Heidrich/Mirco Gerson Switzerland 5,700 16
- Lars Flüggen/Nils Ehlers Germany 5,380 17
- Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak Poland 5,260 12
- Adrian Carambula/Enrico Rossi Italy 4,860 11
- Nikita Liamin/Taras Myskiv Russia 4,820 10
- Robin Seidl/Phillip Waller Austria 4,800 17
- Christiaan Varenhorst Netherlands 4,660 13
- Guto Carvalhaes/Saymon Barbosa Brazil 4,440 10
- Clemens Doppler/Alexander Horst Austria 4,380 14
- Ben Saxton/Grant O'Gorman Canada 4,380 12


*Already qualified through a different pathway

** Exceeds country maximum quota of qualified teams

*** Not enough eligible finishes