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: Sarah Pavan/Melissa Humana-Paredes (Canada)
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: Tina Graudina/Anastasija Kravcenoka (Latvia) & Liliana Fernández/Elsa Baquerizo (Spain)
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, Ivory Coast, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan and Zambia
Asia – Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vanuatu.
Europe – Austria, Belarus, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine.
NORCECA (North, Central America and Caribbean) – Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago, USA and U.S. Virgin Islands.
South America - Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay 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 June 14, 2021 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||Rebecca Cavalcanti/Ana Patrícia Ramos||Brazil||8,800||16|
|2||April Ross/Alix Klineman||USA||8,760||12|
|-||Sarah Pavan/Melissa Humana-Paredes*||Canada||8,640||13|
|3||Ágatha Bednarczuk/Duda Lisboa||Brazil||8,080||12|
|4||Kerri Walsh Jennings/Brooke Sweat||USA||6,960||19|
|-||Carolina Salgado/Maria Elisa Antonelli**||Brazil||6,880||12|
|5||Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson||Canada||6,780||13|
|-||Kelly Claes/Sarah Sponcil**||USA||6,460||15|
|6||Nina Betschart/Tanja Hüberli||Switzerland||6,320||13|
|-||Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman**||USA||6,460||15|
|7||Madelein Meppelink/Sanne Keizer||Netherlands||6,080||12|
|8||Fan Wang/Xinyi Xia||China||6,000||15|
|9||Karla Borger/Julia Sude||Germany||5,960||15|
|-||Liliana Fernández/Elsa Baquerizo*||Spain||5,960||13|
|-||Taliqua Clancy/Mariafe Artacho***||Australia||5,960||10|
|10||Joana Heidrich/Anouk Vergé-Dépré||Switzerland||5,900||13|
|-||Bárbara Seixas/Fernanda Berti**||Brazil||5,800||12|
|11||Marta Menegatti/Viktoria Orsi Toth||Italy||5,620||15|
|-||Tina Graudina/Anastasija Kravcenoka*||Latvia||5,480||13|
|12||Laura Ludwig/Margareta Kozuch||Germany||5,440||12|
|13||Joy Stubbe/Marleen van Iersel||Netherlands||5,360||14|
|14||Natalia Dubovcova/Andrea Strbova||Slovakia||5,360||14|
|-||Talita Antunes/Taiana Lima**||Brazil||5,360||11|
|-||Svetlana Kholomina/Nadezda Makroguzova***||Russia||5,200||11|
|-||Barbora Hermannová/Marketa Sluková***||Czech Republic||5,200||10|
|-||Victoria Bieneck/Isabel Schneider**||Germany||4,660||14|
|15||Katharina Schützenhöfer/Lena Plesiutschnig||Austria||4,620||13|
|-||Megumi Murakami/Miki Ishii||Japan||4,600||18|
|-||Ekaterina Birlova/Evgenia Ukolova||Russia||4,600||13|
|-||Xinxin Wang/Chen Xue||China||4,440||15|
* Already qualified through a different pathway
** Exceeds country maximum quota of qualified teams
*** Not enough eligible finishes