The Volleyball Nations League is back for 2023 and ready to wow the crowds around the globe following the announcement of the host cities for this year’s eagerly anticipated competition.
Over six action-packed weeks, 16 of the world’s best volleyball teams per gender will compete in 11 of the most inspiring venues aiming to reach the promised land of the VNL Finals and with it the prize of claiming volleyball’s greatest annual trophy.
Volleyball fans in all corners of the globe will get to be part of the game with star athletes joining their countries in venues in Asia, Europe, North America and South America. From Anaheim to Ankara and Canada to Korea, the VNL promises to bring the best live sport to some of volleyball’s most passionate and biggest communities.
Preliminary rounds in the women’s competition will take place in Ankara, Türkiye; Nagoya, Japan; Hong Kong, China; Brasilia, Brazil; Suwon, Korea; Bangkok, Thailand. Meanwhile, Ottawa, Canada; Nagoya, Japan; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Orleans, France; Anaheim, California, USA and Pasay City, Philippines will host the men’s preliminaries.
Volleyball World CEO Finn Taylor said: “You only need to take one look at the list of host cities to realise just how excited we are for VNL 2023.
“Once more, we are thrilled to have the support of each city and it goes without saying that we are looking forward to witnessing a wonderful competition on the court and experiencing the brilliant atmospheres inside these venues.
“The past two editions of the VNL have been great successes and now we are gearing up to expect even bigger and brighter things from 2023 in some of the world’s best arenas fit for top-class volleyball.”
FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° said: “We are very excited to see such an exceptional line up of host cities for next year’s VNL. Year on year, volleyball’s flagship event has cities lining up to host the very best of volleyball, showcasing the success of this innovative event and the global reach of our sport.
“We are proud to be able to bring our sport to fans worldwide, so that they can witness their favourite stars and role models in action in world-class arenas.”
How VNL will work in 2023
The first week of preliminary round action begins for the women between 30 May and 4 June in Ankara, Türkiye, and Nagoya, Japan, while the men get under way between 6-11 June in Ottawa, Canada, and Nagoya.
Week 2 for the women kicks off 13-18 June in Hong Kong, China, and Brasilia, Brazil, with the men following two days later in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and Orleans, France.
The final, all-important week for the women starts on 27 June and runs until 2 July in Suwon, Korea, and Bangkok, Thailand, with the men complete their preliminary round stage between 4-9 July in Anaheim, California, USA, and Pasay City in the Philippines.
The VNL Finals are scheduled to take place 12-16 July for the women’s event with the men’s competition set for 19-23 July. The host cities for the VNL Finals will be announced in December.
Stay connected at volleyballworld.com as ticket sales for all pools will be launched in due course. All matches will be broadcast live and on-demand on Volleyball TV as well as domestic broadcasters, across the globe.
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