Paris 2024 Beach Volleyball teams split into pools for the first round

The 24 duos in each gender were distributed into six pools for the start of the Olympic tournament

Having the iconic Eiffel Tower in the background, the 24 men’s and women’s teams that will take part in the beach volleyball tournament of the Paris 2024 Olympics found out who will be their first opponents in the event, which is set to begin in less than a month.

The Drawing of Lots for the Paris Games was held at the 14,000-seat Olympic beach volleyball stadium at Champ-de-Mars Park, which will host the matches from July 27 to August 10.

Here are the pools for both genders:

Paris 2024 Beach Volleyball Men’s Pools

Pool A: David Åhman/Jonatan Hellvig (Sweden), Paolo Nicolai/Samuele Cottafava (Italy), Cherif Younousse/Ahmed Tijan (Qatar), Mark Nicolaidis/Izac Carracher (Australia)

Pool B: Anders Mol/Christian Sørum (Norway), Matthew Immers/Steven van de Velde (the Netherlands), Alex Ranghieri/Adrian Carambula (Italy), Marco Grimalt/Esteban Grimalt (Chile)

Pool C: Nils Ehlers/Clemens Wickler (Germany), Michal Bryl/Bartosz Łosiak (Poland), Thomas Hodges/Zachery Schubert (Australia), Julien Lyneel/Rémi Bassereau (France)

Pool D: Andre Loyola/George Wanderley (Brazil), Andy Benesh/Miles Partain (USA), Noslen Diaz/Jorge Alayo (Cuba), Mohammed Abicha/Zouheir Elgraoui (Morocco)

Pool E: Ondrej Perusic/David Schweiner (Czechia), Evandro Gonçalves/Arthur Lanci (Brazil), Julian Hörl/Alexander Horst (Austria), Sam Schachter/Dan Dearing (Canada)

Pool F: Youssef Krou/Arnaud Gauthier-Rat (France), Stefan Boermans/Yorick de Groot (the Netherlands), Pablo Herrera/Adrián Gavira (Spain), Miles Evans/Chase Budinger (USA)

Paris 2024 Beach Volleyball Women’s Pools

Pool A: Eduarda ‘Duda’ Lisboa/Ana Patrícia Ramos (Brazil), Marta Menegatti/Valentina Gottardi (Italy), Liliana Fernández/Paula Soria (Spain), Doaa Elghobashy/Marwa Abdelhady (Egypt)

Pool B: Taryn Kloth/Kristen Nuss (USA), Chen Xue/Xinyi Xia (China), Taliqua Clancy/Mariafe Artacho (Australia), Heather Bansley/Sophie Bukovec (Canada)

Pool CKelly Cheng/Sara Hughes (USA), Cinja Tillmann/Svenja Müller (Germany), Clémence Vieira/Aline Chamereau (France), Barbora Hermannová/Marie-Sára Štochlova (Czechia)

Pool D: Brandie Wilkerson/Melissa Humana-Paredes (Canada), Tina Graudina/Anastasija Samoilova (Latvia), Esmée Böbner/Zoé Vergé-Dépré (Switzerland), Michelle Valiente/Giuliana Poletti (Paraguay)

Pool E: Carol Salgado/Bárbara Seixas (Brazil), Raisa Schoon/Katja Stam (the Netherlands), Monika Paulikiene/Aine Raupelyte (Lithuania), Miki Ishii/Akiko Hasegawa (Japan)

Pool F: Alexia Richard/Lézana Placette (France), Nina Brunner/Tanja Hüberli (Switzerland), Daniela Álvarez/Tania Moreno (Spain), Laura Ludwig/Louisa Lippmann (Germany)

Competition formula

The competition formula for beach volleyball at the Paris Games will be the same as that of Tokyo 2020, with the 24 teams in each gender being split into six pools. The first round of the tournament will be completed after teams face each of their three pool opponents once.

At the end of pool play, the six pool winners, the six pool runners-up and the two best-ranked third-placed teams will qualify directly to the Round of 16, occupying 14 of the 16 spots available.

The remaining four third-placed teams will play a “lucky loser” round, composed of two matches, from where the last two teams to play in the Round of 16 will emerge. Starting at this round and continuing through the quarterfinals, semifinals and medal matches, the men’s and women’s tournaments will progress in a single-elimination format.