CEV Hygiene Guidelines - Volleyball Specifications

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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Latest updates - July 16 EuroVolleyU19W

After assessing and confirming the ability of the local organisers to host the event according to the measures recommended by national and international authorities to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, the CEV could announce that the Final Round of the U19 Women’s European Championship will be taking place as per the original plans. The event will run from August 22 to 30 in Zenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Osijek (Croatia) with participation of 12 national teams.

The National Federations of Bosnia & Herzegovina and Croatia have confirmed their readiness to play host to the tournament and will be making sure that all measures and precautions are in place to guarantee the safety and well-being of players, officials, court personnel and all other people involved.

The top two teams from the event will secure their participation in the 2021 edition of the FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship.

Since the CEV had to cancel the second and third stage of the qualification process due to the coronavirus crisis, next to the teams representing the host countries, as per decision of the CEV Board of Administration, another ten have secured their participation by virtue of their position in the latest European Ranking for this age group. These have all confirmed the wish to use their respective slot.

Therefore, the following teams are due to compete in Zenica and Osijek in late August: Russia, defending champions Italy, Turkey, Serbia, Germany, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Belarus, France and Poland plus organisers Bosnia & Herzegovina and Croatia.

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.