In 2018, there will be no World League or World Grand Prix competitions. Instead, men's and women's national teams from 21 countries will face off in the
newly created Volleyball Nations League.
The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), the global governing body for the sport, made the announcement in Paris, where the FIVB was celebrating
its 70th anniversary.
The league will feature both men’s and women’s competitions, and will comprise 12 core teams and four challenger teams who will compete in a round robin
format of which our men's Helloworld Travel Volleyroos team has been included. Each team will play a minimum of 15 matches, with a total of 130 games
to be played throughout the season. Every core nation will host at least one pool event in order to showcase the competition around the world growth.
“This is a pivotal moment in the future of our sport,” said Ary Graça, president of the FIVB. “The Volleyball Nations League is the most important competition in the FIVB’s history and will revolutionise how volleyball is presented; making it more fan-centric and placing our fans, both inside and outside the stadium, at the very heart of the action.
“The FIVB has enjoyed great success over the last 70 years; volleyball has grown to become one of the most popular and widely practised sports in the world. But we must always look forward and find ways to evolve and innovate as we aim to become the world’s number one family sport. The Volleyball Nations League will help us to achieve our vision and set the standard for athlete and viewer experience.”
Iran is among the core teams in the event along with Brazil, Italy, the US, China, Serbia, France, Argentina, Poland, Germany, Japan and Russia, while
Australia, South Korea, Canada and Bulgaria are the four designated challenger teams.