The top teams on the planet will battle in the last major event before the Paris Olympics from May 14 to June 30.
The 16 women’s and men’s national teams that will compete in the Volleyball Nations League 2024 are now aware of when and against which opponent their campaigns in the sixth edition of the tournament will start as the event’s match schedule has been unveiled.
The VNL 2024 will go from May 14 to June 30, with 104 matches in each gender taking place across nine different countries in what is going to be the last major international tournament before the Paris 2024 Olympics.
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The first match of the VNL 2024 will reunite the women’s teams of Bulgaria and the Netherlands, which will meet in Antalya, Türkiye, on May 14, at 17:00 local time (14:00 GMT). The next day in the Turkish city will be filled with remarkable matches too, with France playing their first-ever VNL match against Germany, at 17:00 local time (14:00 GMT), three hours before reigning champions Türkiye and MVP Melissa Vargas start their title defense against Asian powerhouse Japan.
Tokyo Olympic silver medallists Brazil will also be at home in the opening week of the VNL 2024, with the likes of Gabriela ‘Gabi’ Guimaraes and Thaisa Menezes hosting seven national teams at the iconic Maracanãzinho, in Rio de Janeiro, and will have a pair of tough matches, facing Olympic champions the United States on May 17, at 21:00 local time (00:00 GTM), and reigning world champions Serbia two days later, at 10:00 local time (13:00 GMT).
The second week of action for the women will be held in Macau, China, and Arlington, the United States. The Asian city will be the stage for the highly-anticipated continental duel between Thailand and China, which is scheduled for June 1, at 19:30 local time (11:30 GMT), while fans at the American city will be gifted with the encounter involving USA and Türkiye, on June 2, at 15:00 local time (20:00 GMT).
The end of the Preliminary Phase for the women will be in Asia, with Japan and Hong Kong, China, hosting the matches. Still looking to qualify for the Paris Olympics, Italy and new head coach Julio Velasco will be in Japan and will have a critical match against Tijana Boskovic-led Serbia on June 16. In Hong Kong, the most-anticipated duel will feature Türkiye and Brazil, on the same day, at 17:00 local time (9:00 GMT).
France to feature on the men’s opening match
Olympic champions France will be on the court for the opening match of the VNL 2024 for the men, as Earvin Ngapeth and his teammates will face Bulgaria in an all-European duel held in Antalya on May 21, at 17:00 local time (14:00 GMT). Three hours later, hosts Türkiye will start their first VNL campaign against Canada. Antalya will also see the debut of defending champions Poland, who will be on the court for the first time on May 22, at 20:00 local time (17:00 GMT), against the United States.
In the first week, the men will also be playing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where captain Bruno Rezende and his compatriots will play Italy in a rematch of last year’s Volleyball Olympic Qualifying Tournament encounter that qualified the South Americans for the Paris Games – the match will be held on May 26, at 10:00 local time (13:00 GMT).
Japan and the Canadian city of Ottawa will welcome the second week of action for the men. Led by captain Yuki Ishikawa, the Asians, who last year won their first-ever VNL medal, taking bronze, will play on the first day of matches, June 4, meeting continental rivals Iran, at 19:20 local time (10:20 GMT). In Canada, one of the most exciting matches should be the one between France and Italy, set to take place on June 5, at 20:00 local time (00:00 June 6, GMT).
After enormous success in 2023, the Philippines will host a pool again this year and one of the matches scheduled to be held in Manila is the one between Japan and the United States, on June 23, at 19:00 local time (11:00 GMT). The Slovenian capital Ljubljana will also be a host city in 2024 and will be the stage of the match involving the home team and Italy on June 22, at 20:30 local time (18:30 GMT).
The VNL 2024 will also play a major role in determining the last national teams that will qualify for the Paris Olympics. The result of each match of the tournament’s Preliminary Phase will impact the FIVB Volleyball World Rankings, which will determine the teams to occupy the last five spots in this year’s Games.
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