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12/12/2017 15:00
CEV and 26 National Federations join forces to deliver record-breaking European League
2018 CEV Volleyball European League

Luxembourg, December 12, 2017. The ‘home of European Volleyball’ in Luxembourg played host to two truly historic meetings on Tuesday, with representatives from as many as 26 National Federations coming together to lay the cornerstone for the 2018 edition of the CEV Volleyball European League. It features two tiers, thus accounting for a Golden and Silver European League with participation of 12 and 8 national teams per gender, respectively. The ambitious plans for 2018 open a new era for the sport, as they help take elite Volleyball to an unprecedented number of countries and grow the game across the whole of Europe.

Golden European League (Tier I)


This competition features the top 12 teams in Europe as per the latest continental ranking, with the exception of those participating in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League. The pool composition reflects the current European Ranking for men’s and women’s national teams, as it results from the ranking itself and the application of the serpentine system:

Men

Pool A: Belgium, Estonia, Slovakia, Sweden
Pool B: Slovenia, The Netherlands, Turkey, Ukraine
Pool C: Finland, Czech Republic, Portugal, Spain

Women

Pool A:
Bulgaria, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Portugal
Pool B: Croatia, Hungary, France, Finland
Pool C: Czech Republic, Belarus, Slovakia, Spain

The top two teams from the Golden European League will qualify to the FIVB Challenger Cup – whose eventual winners will contest home and away playoff matches against the lowest-ranked from the four Challengers featuring in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League, with a spot in the 2019 edition of the elite FIVB competition at stake. 



The group stage of the competition consists of six legs with home and away matches before the Final Four tournaments provide the climax of the event. The Final Four will feature the organisers and the respective three pool winners; if the organisers finish first in their pool, the best runner-up across the three preliminary pools will progress to the Final Four as well.

The prize money ‘pot’ stands at a record-breaking sum of € 413,000 with the eventual winners of the competition taking home € 125,000.

The 2018 Golden European League features, among others, also the winners of the 2017 European League – i.e. the national teams of Ukraine, which crowned their first-ever appearance in the competition with two historic gold medals, a feat openly praised by CEV President Aleksandar Boričić at the meeting.

Silver European League (Tier II)

The 2018 edition of the Silver European League will feature eight teams per gender, playing home and away matches as per the following pool composition:

Men

Pool A:
Former Y.R. of Macedonia, Latvia, Austria, Kosovo
Pool B: Belarus, Croatia, Hungary, Albania

Women

Pool A: Switzerland, Estonia, Sweden, Kosovo
Pool B: Israel, Austria, Georgia, Albania



The group stage of the competition will include a total six legs before the Final Four tournaments will determine the eventual winners. The Finals will feature the organisers, the respective pool winners, and the best runner-up across the two preliminary pools. If there is no organiser for the Final Four, the competition will continue with home and away matches (semi-finals and final).

The eventual winners of the Silver European League will move up to the Golden European League in 2019, thus replacing the lowest ranked team from the 2018 edition of the Golden EL.

The prize money ‘pot’ stands at € 156,000 with the eventual winners of the competition taking home € 50,000.

CEV President Aleksandar Boričić stressed the importance of playing home and away matches in an effort to grow the game across the whole of Europe. “I am particularly happy that so many National Federations are attending this meeting and have expressed their interest in participating in the European League. We have been working together to design a good product, which ultimately helps us grow Volleyball,” he said.

“As a result, playing home and away matches is the best option to grow the sport in as many countries as possible. I am also proud to announce that the CEV have increased their investment in this competition to support the National Federations and their efforts and activities. I encourage all parties to work hard and be brave in their efforts to develop Volleyball; as the National Federations are committed to doing so, the CEV will always be at their side and support them where and if needed, with an emphasis on making an event out of each match,” he continued.

The CEV will release a detailed competition programme and confirm the organisers of the respective Finals for both the Golden and Silver European League in due course.

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