CEV Hygiene Guidelines - Volleyball Specifications Updated November 18, 2021

The CEV has produced a set of specific guidelines for the organisation and safe delivery of Volleyball competitions in times of coronavirus to complement the 'generic' Hygiene Guidelines previously issued to aid the resumption of competitive sport.

Any international Volleyball competition officially sanctioned by the CEV will continue to follow all of the latest measures and health protocols recommended and applied by the respective national and local authorities.

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Update on EuroVolley 2021 qualifiers

In response to the coronavirus crisis and the many restrictions in place in many countries for teams to travel and organisers to host and deliver sporting events, the CEV Board of Administration has decided to postpone the completion of the CEV EuroVolley 2021 qualifiers to May 16, 2021 at the latest.

The CEV Volleyball Department has hosted a number of videoconference calls with all National Federations involved in the EuroVolley qualifiers, trying to a find a consensus on when to deliver the qualifiers, keeping the safety and well-being of all stakeholders as the top priority.

After such an extensive negotiation process, the CEV and the relevant National Federations came to the conclusion to postpone to May 2021 the following qualifiers:
-    Men: Pools A, E, F and G
-    Women: Pools A, B, C, D, E, and F

EuroVolley Men qualifiers

Two men’s EuroVolley qualifiers will be taking place in January, with Israel hosting two consecutive round-robin tournaments in Pool B, featuring the national teams of Austria and Bulgaria next to the home side.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Volleyball Denmark confirmed to the CEV earlier this week the withdrawal of their men’s national team from CEV EuroVolley 2021. Therefore, with Denmark originally due to host one of two tournaments in Pool C, the remaining National Federations – North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Turkey – have agreed that two consecutive round-robin tournaments will be taking place in Skopje (MKD) from January 11-16, 2021.

EuroVolley Women qualifiers

As for EuroVolley Women, the CEV and the relevant National Federations have concluded to postpone all qualifiers to May 2021. Apart from the four host countries and the top eight from the 2019 edition, all of the EuroVolley qualifier winners and runners-up will claim a spot to contest the continental showpiece tournament co-hosted by Serbia, Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania in 2021.

The CEV will continue to liaise with all parties and announce the dates of the EuroVolley qualifiers postponed to May 2021 in due course, while monitoring any further developments of the global health crisis and of the resulting restrictions.

Contingency plan for 2021 #EuroVolleyU16W / #EuroVolleyU17M

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CEV has agreed to extend the deadline for Zonal Associations to host their respective #EuroVolleyU16W / #EuroVolleyU17M qualifiers up until March 14, 2021. If the host countries of the Final Rounds top the final standing of their respective zonal qualifiers, the next best-ranked teams will secure a spot in the Final Round of the competition.

If any Zonal Association has to cancel their respective qualifier, no teams from that zone will qualify straight from the 1st round to the final stage of the competition. Teams from this zone will move to the 2nd round of qualifications as per the relevant quota per zone and the European Ranking List.  

In line with the above, the CEV Board of Administration has decided to postpone the second round of qualifications as well, which is now due to take place from May 6-9, 2021. This will involve up to 20 teams, as per the result of the 1st Round zonal qualifiers and the quota allocation per Zonal Association.

If the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting restrictions force the cancellation of the second round of qualifications, the attribution of the remaining spots to compete in the final stage of the competition will result from the application of the relevant European Ranking in each age group.

The final stage of #EuroVolleyU16W is due to take place in Nyiregyhaza (HUN) and Humenne (SVK) from July 10-18, 2021, with Tirana (ALB) hosting the #EuroVolleyU17M Finals on the same dates.

For further details, check the Official Communications available here.

Adjusted competition programme for CEV Cup and Challenge Cup 8th and quarterfinals

After liaising with all relevant stakeholders through a number of videoconference calls and in an effort to minimise travels and exposure to the risk of contracting the novel coronavirus, the CEV has finalised a revised competition format and programme for the 8th Finals and quarterfinals of the CEV Volleyball Cup and CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup 2021. With the safety and well-being of athletes, officials and everyone associated with Volleyball as the top priority, these competitions will continue in December in four ‘bio-secure bubbles’ per gender.

Two 8th Final matches involving four teams will be taking place at the very same venue, with the eventual winners of these fixtures playing a winner-takes-all quarterfinal game – with the winning side progressing straight to the semis.

This format will help deal with the travel and many other restrictions introduced by national authorities across Europe following the resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic. It represents a ‘deviation’ from the traditional format of home and away matches whereby each team plays one match at home in each round – and yet it will account for the necessary flexibility to make sure that these competitions can take place even in times of coronavirus.

As with all Volleyball and Beach Volleyball competitions organised since the outbreak of the global health crisis last spring, all organisers will have to comply with strict hygiene and health protocols to help curb the spread of the disease.

After completion of the remaining 16th Final fixtures, the 2021 edition of the CEV Cup will resume in early / mid-December as per the following programme:

The CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup 2021 will continue as per the following programme:

Revised competition programme for pool stage of CEV Champions League 2021

After assessing the latest developments with the coronavirus pandemic and liaising extensively with all stakeholders, primarily with the participating teams, as well as their respective National Federations and national leagues, a consensus emerged on the necessity to amend the competition format in place for the 4th Round (pool stage) of the CEV Champions League Volley 2021. There will be two single round-robin tournaments held in ‘bio-secure bubbles’ at two different venues in each pool, spread across the winter season until mid-February.

After organising a number of videoconference calls with the participating teams and liaising with its media partners as well, the CEV can now confirm the following programme for the 4th Round of the competition as well as the respective tournament hosts:

At the end of these tournaments, as per the relevant Competitions Regulations, the five winners from each pool as well as the three runners-up with the best result will continue their journey in the quarterfinals.

Obviously, the CEV will continue to monitor the situation as well as any further measures introduced by national authorities – with any further announcement to this extent following in due course, as and if needed.

Consequently, the revised European Cups 2021 calendar looks as follows:

Updates - June 29 EuroVolley 2021 qualifiers

The CEV has finalised a tentative calendar for the EuroVolley 2021 qualifiers initially scheduled for late August and early September 2020. As per the decision taken by the CEV Board of Administration back in April and further to the many restrictions still in place across Europe due to the coronavirus crisis, the CEV has shown much flexibility in liaising with National Federations, trying to find the most reasonable solutions while safeguarding the health and well-being of players, coaches and officials.

The CEV will continue to monitor the evolution of the pandemic and as a result, this tentative calendar remains subject to further changes.

The main deviation from the initial programme relates to the competition format, with tournaments replacing the originally planned home and away matches in each pool in order to avoid extensive travelling for teams and officials at a time when governments continue to impose a number of restrictions in order to contain the spread of the disease.

A small number of qualifiers will be taking place in the late summer of 2020, as long as conditions allow for their safe delivery, with most tournaments pushed back to early January 2021. A total of 12 teams per gender will qualify from those double round-robin tournaments to the EuroVolley Final Rounds scheduled for the late summer of next year. These 12 teams will join the four organisers and another eight teams already qualified as per the final standing of the 2019 edition.

The tentative programme of the EuroVolley 2021 qualifiers looks as follows:

Updates - June 15

After a careful assessment of the health and safety conditions across Europe as well as after holding a number of conference calls with representatives of member National Federations, the CEV has decided to cancel all of the age-group qualifiers (U17 Women, U18 Men, U19 Women, and U20 Men) pushed back to the month of August after the coronavirus outbreak disrupted the initial competition schedule earlier this year. In accordance with the decision taken by the CEV Board of Administration back in April, the CEV will allocate the vacant spots in the Final Rounds according to the respective European Ranking.

Even though this is a hard decision, the well-being and health of everyone associated with the sport remain paramount. Moreover, travel restrictions are still in place in Europe, teams have limited opportunities to gather and practice, and therefore it appears that the organisation and delivery of these events is not feasible.  

The CEV will liaise with the National Federations whose teams are eligible to participate in the respective Final Rounds as per the relevant ranking to determine the final list of participants. Further information will follow in due course. 

Updates - May 14

The CEV is working closely with all of its stakeholders in order to find the most suitable ways to re-start activities making sure it is safe for everyone to do so.

This is the purpose of almost daily conference calls involving the staff working at the CEV headquarters and representatives of National Federations, in order to assess the feasibility of the plans devised by the CEV Board of Administration for the delivery of national team competitions later this summer.

There have been dozens such calls already focussing, among other things, on the qualifiers for four age-group European Championships postponed to early August as well as their respective Final Rounds. The next call involving all participating National Federations is due to take place on June 2, 2020.

The CEV and their partners are working closely also in an effort to try, if conditions allow, to deliver the EuroVolley 2021 qualifiers due to take place in late August and early September.

Additional conference calls are planned every second week in order to gather the latest information from National Federations and their respective authorities as to any restrictions in place towards the organisation of public events, training possibilities for elite athletes, international travelling, etc.

Marshall Plan

The health of athletes, coaches, officials, fans, organisers and everyone associated with our sport remains our top priority at this stage and must therefore prevail over all other interests.

The CEV Board of Administration identified during its meeting on 23 April 2020 a number of options to re-start Volleyball activities when conditions allow, the wish of the CEV leadership remains to provide as much flexibility as possible to all parties involved in order to respect the decisions and policies of the relevant international health organisations and respective national authorities across Europe.

In the frame of the CEV Contingency plan, the following decisions have been taken for the pending and upcoming European Volleyball competitions in 2020:


CEV Club competitions

  • To stop the CEV European Cup 2019/2020 season and cancel the remaining matches. Not to assign the Champions of the three Cups.

  • To postpone registration deadline for CEV European Cup season 2020/2021 to 01 August 2020.

  • To calculate all respective matches played during the European Cup season 2019/2020 towards the CEV Champions League Volley season 2021/2022 Ranking and CEV Volleyball Cup and Challenge Cup season 2021/2022 Ranking.

  • The European Cup Commission to elaborate the feedback provided by the 56 member federations in regards to their final standing and allocation of spots for the CEV European Cups season 2020/2021, and to apply exceptionally the necessary flexibility in order to respect the investments and achievements of clubs in the past.

CEV Senior National Team competitions

  • To cancel the CEV European Golden and Silver League 2020.

  • Contingency plan for the CEV EuroVolley 2021 qualifiers scheduled from 15 August to 06 September 2020:

    1. Latest deadline for postponement of qualification matches: 01 July 2020;

    2. In case a NF cannot host or travel, individual solution to be found;

    3. Alternative date for matches that had to be postponed: 01 - 17 January 2021.

  • Potential postponement of the CEV EuroVolley 2021 events to be discussed with eight co-organisers in line with anticipated FIVB decision on the international calendar.

    1. Tentative date CEV EuroVolley 2021 women: 19 August to 05 September 2021;

    2. Tentative date CEV EuroVolley 2021 men: 02 September to 19 September 2021.

CEV Age-Group National Team competitions

  • To cancel the 3rd round qualification of the CEV U19/20 Volleyball European Championship and to qualify all remaining spots for the Final Round via 2nd round:

    1. Women: 7 winners and 3 best second places;

    2. Men: 7 winners and 4 best second places.

  • To postpone the 2nd round qualification tournaments of U17/18 & U19/20 Volleyball to beginning of August 2020.

    1. Deadline to cancel these qualification tournaments at the latest: 15 June 2020;

    2. In case the qualification tournaments have to be cancelled, vacant spots at Final Rounds being allocated according to the respective European Ranking.

  • To re-schedule the CEV age-group Volleyball European Championship Final Rounds end of August/September 2020:

    1. U17 women: MNE;

    2. U18 men: ITA & GRE;

    3. U19 women: BIH & CRO;

    4. U20 men: CZE.

      1. Deadline to cancel these Final Rounds at the latest: 15 July 2020;

      2. In case a Final Round has to be cancelled, the European spots for the respective FIVB World Championships in 2021 will be allocated according to the respective European Ranking.