MEN'S 2012 OLYMPIC QUALIFIER at LONG BEACH, CA - MAY 7-12
- MEN'S 2012 OLYMPIC QUALIFIER at LONG BEACH, CA - MAY 7-12
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 24, 2012) – USA Volleyball is pleased to
announce that it will host the eight-team Men’s Olympic Qualification
Tournament on May 7-12 at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif.
The winner of this tournament will qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games
in London. It is the first time that the Olympic Qualification
Tournament is being held in the United States.
“USA Volleyball is extremely proud and excited to be hosting the 2012
Olympic Qualification Tournament and we intend to put on a first-rate
event, both for the competing teams and the fans who attend the
matches,” USA Volleyball CEO Doug Beal said. “We will be looking for
support from the U.S. volleyball community not only for fan
attendance, but also for volunteers and fund raising. This is one of
the most significant events ever played in the United States, and it
is a great opportunity to support our men’s team in its quest to
qualify for London and defend its Olympic title from Beijing.”
The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, ranked sixth in the world by
FIVB and second in NORCECA, is the defending Olympic champion and will
be looking to qualify for its seventh straight Summer Games and the
ninth overall since the sport's debut in 1964 at the Olympic Games in
The other teams competing will be Cuba (ranked first in NORCECA; fifth
in the world), Mexico (third in NORCECA; 23rd in the world), Canada
(fourth in NORCECA; 18th in the world), Puerto Rico (fifth in NORCECA;
17th in the world;), Trinidad & Tobago (sixth in NORCECA; 33rd in the
world), Costa Rica (eighth in NORCECA; 43rd in the world) and
Dominican Republic (10th in NORCECA; 46th in the world).
“We are pleased to be hosting the NORCECA Men’s Continental Olympic
Qualifier and look forward to competing against the other teams from
our zone in front of our friends, family and fans,” U.S. Men’s Head
Coach Alan Knipe said. “We are looking forward to a great
The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team is based at the nearby
American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif.
“I know the Southern California community, our local region – the
Southern California Volleyball Association – the many local clubs and
our large fan base will all contribute to making this a special
event,” Beal said. “We don’t get many opportunities to see our teams
play in the United States. Not only are they here in front of our U.S.
fans, but with an event that will give them a chance to earn a spot in
the London Olympics. It just doesn’t get any better.”
The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team received great fan support in
2011 when it hosted two FIVB World League matches against Puerto Rico
at the Pyramid.
Details on ticket sales for the Men’s Olympic Qualification Tournament
will be coming soon.
About Qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games
Twelve teams will compete in men’s volleyball at the 2012 Olympic
Games in London.
Great Britain, as the host country, has already received one of those
spots. Russia, Poland and Brazil have also qualified by virtue of
their first, second and third-place finishes (respectively) at the
2011 FIVB World Cup in Japan. Tunisia has also qualified as the winner
of the African zone qualifying tournament.
Of the remaining seven spots, the winners of the NORCECA, European,
South American and Asian zone tournaments will each get one spot in
The final three Olympic Games entrants will be the winners of three
FIVB World Olympic Qualification Tournaments. These four-team
tournaments will be held in Tokyo, Japan (June 1-10 in conjunction
with the Asian zone qualifying tournament), Rome, Italy (June 8-10)
and Berlin, Germany (June 8-10).
Teams are invited to these FIVB tournaments based on their world
ranking. The host countries, provided they have not yet qualified for
the Olympic Games, are invited automatically.