Olympic qualifying procedure in beach volleyball

OTTAWA – Volleyball Canada announced today the Olympic qualifying procedure for its players in beach volleyball for the 2012 Games in London.

There are three parts to the selection process for men and women. The first two processes are already underway.

The first is a top-16 world ranking on the FIVB (the sport’s international governing body) based on the best 12 world tour and world championship results between January 1, 2011 to June 17, 2012. This will merit an automatic nomination for that team by Volleyball Canada.

The second process is already partially underway. Last month, Canada earned a berth for both the men and women in the NORCECA (North and Central America and Caribbean) conference Continental Cup beach volleyball final. A victory at that tournament would earn Canada an Olympic spot. 

A second or third place finish at the Continental Cup beach volleyball final would send Canada to the FIVB World Cup Olympic qualification tournament which would regroup the second and third place teams from all five Continental Cup finals. The top-two countries at the World Cup Olympic qualifier would land the Olympic spot.

The Continental Cup beach volleyball final and the FIVB World Cup Olympic qualification tournaments are played in team format similar to the Davis Cup in tennis. Therefore if Canada should achieve an Olympic spot through the Continental Cup or World Cup qualifiers then a national team trial to select the Canadian pair for the Games would also be held.

The Continental Cup and World Cup qualifiers as well as a potential national team trial are all scheduled for 2012.

There is a maximum of two berths per country at for the 2012 Olympic beach volleyball tournament.

The complete Volleyball Canada outline for the beach volleyball Olympic qualification is posted at: http://www.volleyball.ca/content/olympic-games-qualification-process