26-27 May, 2018
Poland, Russia, Korea, Canada
26 May, 2018
4 pm – Poland vs Russia
7 pm – Canada vs Korea
27 May, 2018
4 pm – Poland vs Canada
7 pm – Korea vs Russia
The VNL is a brand new competition launched by the International Volleyball Federation FIVB in 2018 for the top men’s and women’s national teams of the world, replacing the former World League and World Grand Prix. The aim of the Volleyball Nations League is to raise the level of the sporting action for fans and provide a world class platform for athletes to compete and grow
Volleyball Nations League – a joint project between the FIVB, IMG and 21 national federations. It will present volleyball in a way that has never been experienced before, building on the innovative sports presentation on display at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
In both the men’s and women’s leagues, 12 core teams and 4 challenger teams will battle to become Volleyball Nations League champion by playing in a round robin format. With a total of 130 matches throughout the league season, every team will play a minimum of 15 matches and each core nation will host at least one pool, bringing the action closer to fans around the world.
By pushing the boundaries of technology, innovation and digital broadcasting, spectators at home will witness new and diverse angles, showcasing the world class athleticism of each nation’s best players. The FIVB’s goal is to bring us a compelling, on-court narrative, which is easy for fans to engage with and understand.
In men’s competition Brazil, Italy, USA, China, Serbia, France, Argentina, Iran, Poland, Germany, Japan and Russia will be the core VNL teams, while Australia, South Korea, Canada and Bulgaria take the role of this season’s challengers.
For the national team of Poland, led by the newly appointed Belgian head coach Vital Heynen, the first test in this new formula will come on the initial VNL weekend in Katowice and Kraków. After their inaugural match against team Korea in Katowice, the white-reds will move to TAURON Arena Kraków to face the world’s 5th and 6th teams: the European Champions Russia and the last year’s World League bronze medalists Canada, led by Poland’s former head coach Stephane Antiga.
The home team’s matches start at 4.00 PM, other matches are set to begin at 7.00 PM.