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Rio 2016 Beach Volleyball Qualification

Want to know who has qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympics in Beach Volleyball?  We've got you covered.

Beach Volleyball Qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics

Brazil has always been a force on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, but this past season has been has seen a lot of Green and Gold on top of the podium.  This summer, Copacabana Beach plays home to the site of Beach Volleyball at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

We've created this page to help everyone understand the qualification process as well as identify which countries and teams have qualified for Rio.

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Qualification Process

The 2016 Rio Olympics Beach Volleyball tournament is a 24 team tournament.  There is a maximum of two entries per country per gender.  Here is how those 24 spots are earned:

  • Host Country
  • Winner of World Championships
  • Top 15 on FIVB Olympic Rankings (as of June 13, 2016)
  • 5 Continental Cup Winners from each Continental Zone
  • 2 "Last Chance" Qualifier Teams

If at any stage along the way, a country already qualifies two teams per gender, they are not eligible for future qualifying events.  For example, Brazil is the host and won the world championships, therefore they are not allowed to qualify a 3rd team and any other Brazil teams are skipped over on the remaining qualifying events.

It's also important to note that the qualification spots are for a country, not for a specific team.  Each country's national federation will decide who goes to Rio for any spot qualified.  This is especially tricky with Continental Cup winner and "Last Chance" qualifying teams.

Men's Volleyball Qualified Teams

BrazilAlison-BrunoHost (FIVB #1)
BrazilEvandro-Pedro Solberg2015 World Champions (FIVB #4)
NetherlandsBrouwer-MeeuwsenFIVB #2
USALucena-DalhausserFIVB #3
NetherlandsNummerdor-VarenhorstFIVB #5
USAGibb-PattersonFIVB #6
SpainHerrera-GaviraFIVB #7
LatviaSamoilovs-SmedinsFIVB #8
RussiaSemenov-KrasilnikovFIVB #9
ItalyNicolai-LupoFIVB #10
PolandLosiak-KantorFIVB #11
ItalyRanghieri-CarambulaFIVB #12
AustriaDoppler-HorstFIVB #13
PolandFijalek-PrudelFIVB #14
GermanyBöckermann-FlüggenFIVB #15
CanadaSchalk-SaxtonFIVB #16
MexicoVirgen-OntiverosFIVB #17
CubaCuba (Team TBD)NORCECA Continental Cup Winner (June 21-27, 2016 - Guaymas, Mexico)
AustriaHuber-SeidlCEV Continental Cup Winner (June 23-26 - Stavanger, Norway)
ChileGrimalt-GimaltCSV Continental Cup Winner (June 20-26, 2016 - Location TBD)
QatarJefferson-CherifAVC Continental Cup Winner (June 20-26, 2016 - Australia)
TunisiaNaceur-BelhajCAVB Continental Cup Winner (June 20-26, 2016 - Location TBD)
RussiaLiamin-Barsouk"Last Chance" Qualifier Winner (July 6-10, 2016 - Sochi, Russia)
CanadaBinstock-Schachter"Last Chance" Qualifier Winner (July 6-10, 2016 - Sochi, Russia)

Women's Volleyball Qualified Teams

BrazilLarissa-TalitaHost (FIVB #1)
BrazilAgatha-Barbara2015 World Champions (FIVB #2)
USARoss-WalshFIVB #3
GermanyLudwig-WalkenhorstFIVB #4
CanadaPavan-BansleyFIVB #5
NetherlandsMeppelink-van IerselFIVB #6
AustraliaBawden-ClancyFIVB #7
ItalyMenegatti-Orsi TothFIVB #8
GermanyBorger-BütheFIVB #9
SpainLiliana-ElsaFIVB #10
PolandKolosinska-BrzostekFIVB #11
SwitzerlandForrer-Vergé-DépréFIVB #12
CanadaBroder-ValjasFIVB #13
SwitzerlandHeidrich-ZumkehrFIVB #14
USAFendrick-SweatFIVB #15
ArgentinaGallay-KlugFIVB #16
ChinaWang-YueFIVB #17
Costa RicaCharles-AlfaroNORCECA Continental Cup Winner (June 21-27, 2016 - Guaymas, Mexico)
NetherlandsVan Gestel-Van der VlistCEV Continental Cup Winner (June 22-25 - Stavanger, Norway)
ArgentinaGallay-KlugCSV Continental Cup Winner (June 20-26, 2016 - Location TBD)
AustraliaArtacho Del Solar-LairdAVC Continental Cup Winner (June 20-26, 2016 - Australia)
EgyptElghobashy-NadaCAVB Continental Cup Winner (June 20-26, 2016 - Location TBD)
Czech RepublicHermannova-Slukova"Last Chance" Qualifier Winner (July 6-10, 2016 - Sochi, Russia)
VenezuelaPazo-Agudo"Last Chance" Qualifier Runner-Up (July 4-10, 2016 - Sochi, Russia)

Cover Photo: Gustavo Facci