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.
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:
Now that you know the basics, let’s see where each of the four qualification pathways stands:
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.
Qualified Team: Oleg Stoyanovskiy/Viacheslav Krasilnikov (Russia)
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.
Qualified Teams: Edgars Tocs/Martins Plavins (Latvia) & Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai (Italy)
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.
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.
|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|
|-||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