European Volleyball Confederation

The European Volleyball Confederation (French: Confédération Européenne de Volleyball or CEV) is the continental governing body for the sports of indoor volleyball, beach volleyball and snow volleyball in Europe. Its headquarters is in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.[1]

European Volleyball Confederation (CEV)
Confédération Européenne de Volleyball
Formation1963; 60 years ago (1963)
TypeContinental sports organisation
HeadquartersLuxembourg City, Luxembourg
56 member associations
Serbia Aleksandar Boričić
Parent organization

Profile Edit

Although the CEV was formed on 21 October 1963, in Bucharest, Romania[1] volleyball became popular in Europe many years before. The majority of the teams that attended the Congress which eventually led to the foundation of the FIVB in 1947 were from this continent. The foundation is supposed[by whom?] to have been a move on the part of European national federations.

Volleyball was invented in the United States and became an extremely popular sport in eastern Europe when introduced by American soldiers during World War I. By the middle of the century, it had spread through the rest of the continent. Many techniques and tactics commonplace in modern volleyball were introduced by European teams.

The long and significant tradition of the sport in the continent may at least partially account for the administrative structure employed by the CEV, which rivals the FIVB's in size and comprehensiveness. It is the biggest of all volleyball confederations and organizes the most annual competitions and tournaments. As of 2005, its headquarters are located in Luxembourg.

As the presiding entity over European volleyball federations, the CEV organizes continental competitions such as the prestigious European Championship (first edition, 1948), the CEV Cup and the European League. It participates in the organization of qualification tournaments for major events such as the Olympic Games, men's and women's world championships and international competitions of its affiliated federations.

The CEV family increased its membership to 56 Federations following the approval of Kosovo on the opening day of the 35th FIVB World Congress held on 5 October 2016, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In response to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, the European Volleyball Confederation banned all Russian national teams, clubs and officials from participating in European competition, and suspended all Russians from their respective functions in CEV organs.[2] It also canceled all competitions in Russia.[3]

Affiliated federations Edit

As of 2022, the following 56 national federations are CEV affiliates, listed alphabetically.

Code Nation Federation
ALB   Albania Federata Shqiptare e Volejbollit
AND   Andorra Federació Andorrana de Voleibol
ARM   Armenia Hayastani Voleyboli Federats’ia
AUT   Austria Österreichischer Volleyball Verband
AZE   Azerbaijan Azərbaycan Voleybol Federasiyası
BLR   Belarus Bielaruskaja Fiederacjya Valiejbola
BEL   Belgium Fédération Royale Belge de Volleyball
BIH   Bosnia and Herzegovina Odbojkaški savez Bosne i Hercegovine
BUL   Bulgaria Bulgarska Federatsiya Volejbol
CRO   Croatia Hrvatski odbojkaški savez
CYP   Cyprus Kypriakí Omospondía Petosfaírisis
CZE   Czech Republic Český Volejbalový Svaz
DEN   Denmark Dansk Volleyball Forbund
ENG   England Volleyball England
EST   Estonia Eesti Võrkpalli Liit
FAR   Faroe Islands Flogbóltssamband Føroya
FIN   Finland Suomen Lentopalloliitto F. Y.
FRA   France Fédération Française de Volleyball
GEO   Georgia Sakartvelos Prenburtis Pedaratsia
GER   Germany Deutscher Volleyball Verband
GIB   Gibraltar Gibraltar Volleyball Association
GRE   Greece Ellinikí Omospondía Petosfaírisis
GRL   Greenland Kalaallit Nunaanni Volleyballertartut Kattuffiat
HUN   Hungary Magyar Röplabda Szövetség
ISL   Iceland Blaksamband Íslands
IRL   Ireland Volleyball Ireland
ISR   Israel Igud HaKadur'af BeIsrael
ITA   Italy Federazione Italiana Pallavolo
KOS   Kosovo Federata e Volejbollit e Kosovës
LAT   Latvia Latvijas volejbola federācija
LIE   Liechtenstein Liechtensteiner Volleyball Verband
LTU   Lithuania Lietuvos tinklinio federacija
LUX   Luxembourg Fédération Luxembourgeoise de Volleyball
MLT   Malta Malta Volleyball Association
MLD   Moldova Federaţia Moldovenească de Volei
MON   Monaco Fédération Monégasque de Volleyball
MNE   Montenegro Odbojkaški savez Crne Gore
NED   Netherlands Nederlandse Volleybalbond
MKD   North Macedonia Odbojkarska Federacija na Makedonija
NIR   Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Volleyball Association
NOR   Norway Norges Volleyballforbund
POL   Poland Polski Związek Piłki Siatkowej
POR   Portugal Federação Portuguesa de Voleibol
ROU   Romania Federaţia Română de Volei
RUS   Russia Federetsiya Voleybola Rossii
SMR   San Marino Federazione Sammarinese Pallavolo
SCO   Scotland Scottish Volleyball Association
SRB   Serbia Odbojkaški savez Srbije
SVK   Slovakia Slovenská Volejbalová Federácia
SLO   Slovenia Odbojkarska Zveza Slovenije
ESP   Spain Real Federación Española de Voleibol
SWE   Sweden Svenska Volleybollförbundet
SUI    Switzerland Swiss Volley
TUR   Turkey Türkiye Voleybol Federasyonu
UKR   Ukraine Ukrayins'ka Federetsiya Voleybolu
WAL   Wales Pêl-foli Cymru

FIVB world rankings Edit

National team competitions Edit

Indoor volleyball Edit

Tournament Latest edition Reigning champion Next edition
Men's EuroVolley 2023   Poland 2026
Women's EuroVolley 2023   Turkey 2026
Men's U22 2022   Italy 2024
Women's U22 2022   Italy 2024
Men's U20 2022   Italy 2024
Women's U20 2022   Italy 2024
Men's U18 2022   Italy 2024
Women's U18 2022   Italy 2024
Men's U17 2023   Italy 2025
Women's U17 2023   Italy 2025

Beach volleyball Edit

Snow volleyball Edit

Clubs competitions Edit

Men Edit

Women Edit

Zonal associations Edit

The CEV is divided into six zonal associations largely based on geography:[10]

The Faroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland are members of the NEVZA and SCA.

Sponsors Edit

Mikasa Sports, Sberbank, DenizBank, DHL and Gerflor sponsor the CEV.[citation needed]

References Edit

  1. ^ a b "About the CEV". European Volleyball Confederation. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  2. ^ "European Volleyball Federation bans Russian, Belarusian teams, officials from European competition".
  3. ^ Feinswog, Lee (28 February 2022). "USA Volleyball will not play in Russia, Anae leaves Ukraine, Christenson OK in Kazan, Liskevych memories".
  4. ^ "The FIVB World Ranking". FIVB. 19 August 2023. Retrieved 19 August 2023.
  5. ^ "The FIVB Women's World Ranking". FIVB. 4 September 2023. Retrieved 4 September 2023.
  6. ^ "Competition History". European Volleyball Confederation. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  7. ^ "CEV U20 Beach Volleyball European Championship 2019". European Volleyball Confederation. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  8. ^ "CEV U18 Beach Volleyball European Championship 2019". European Volleyball Confederation. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  9. ^ a b "History & Future: The Development of the Game". Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  10. ^ "CEV - Zonal Associations". Retrieved 6 June 2022.

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