Beach volleyball prepares to reach new heights in 2015
The Qatar Open will be the eighth Open event on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 2015 calendar in a season that extends from late April to mid-December. It will be the second after the FIVB World Tour Season Final, with points from the tournament going towards the 2016 ranking.
The pre-Olympic 2015 season includes five FIVB Grand Slams, a new FIVB Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series, a special FIVB Swatch Beach Volleyball World Tour season Final in the United States and six FIVB Opens.
The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 2015 also launches the Olympic qualification process with all FIVB World Tour events (except the World Tour Season Final) in 2015 up until June 13, 2016 counting towards the Olympic Ranking in order to determine the 15 vacancies for each gender, which will take part in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Five Grand Slams, which offer $800,000 in prize money each, will also take place on the road to the World Tour Season Final. A new innovative and dynamic FIVB Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series including three tournaments offering $800,000 each in prize money will complete the schedule. Six Opens offering $75,000 in prize money, per gender, also feature in the build-up to the World Tour Finals.
The FIVB Swatch Beach Volleyball World Tour Season Final, which will feature the top eight teams per gender based on a cumulative ranking of points from Grand Slams, Majors and Opens, will be followed by a further three Open events, which will be the first events on the 2015-16 Beach Volleyball Calendar.