Continuing to introduce innovations and dynamic expression into the framework of professional beach volleyball, the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB), international governing body for the Olympic sport of beach volleyball, will present the inaugural double-gender Swatch FIVB Beach Volleyball Season Final in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., USA to be held from September 29 to October 4.
With a $500,000 total purse for the spectacular, the sport’s newest event will feature the top eight point leaders plus two wild cards in each gender. The tournament will have a special format with the winning team in each gender taking home a $100,000 gold medal prize.
Team Canada schedule:
Tuesday September 29
10am Broder/Valjas (CAN) vs Agatha/Barbara (BRA)
12pm Bansley/Pavan (CAN) vs Day/Kessy (USA)
2pm Broder/Valjas (CAN) vs Fendrick/Ross (USA)
3pm Schalk/Saxton (CAN) vs Dalhausser/Lucena (USA)
Wednesday September 30
10am Bansley/Pavan (CAN) vs Laboureur/Sude (GER)
11am Schalk/Saxton (CAN) vs Nummerdor/Varenhorst (NED)
12pm Broder/Valjas (CAN) vs Ludwig/Walkenhorst (GER)
Thursday October 1
11am Bansley/Pavan (CAN) vs Meppelink/Van Iersel (NED)
12pm Broder/Valjas (CAN) vs Liliana/Elsa (ESP)
3pm Schalk/Saxton (CAN) vs Doppler/Horst (AUT)
Friday October 2
10am Bansley/Pavan (CAN) vs Larissa/Talita (BRA)
12pm Schalk/Saxton (CAN) vs Alison/Bruno Schmidt (BRA)
2pm/3pm Women's Quarterfinals
Saturday October 3
9am/10am Men's Quarterfinals
11am/1pm Women's Semifinal
2:30pm/3:30pm Men's Semifinal
Sunday October 4
11am/12pm Bronze Medal Matches
1pm/2:30pm Gold Medal Matches
Full Match Schedule, click here.
Excitement surrounding the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals is building up - not only amongst fans but also for the players: "Chaim and I are both pretty excited to have qualified. It's a new challenge involving the best of the best, with money and pride on the line. I've always thought some sort of Championship to end the season would make for an exciting event. It's a way for the top teams to try to end the season with bragging rights, and I think we can expect to see (and play) a lot of entertaining beach volleyball.“ said Ben Saxton of Team Canada after the pools were released.
More than 10 hours of live coverage will be aired on Universal Sports network beginning October 2. The gold medal matches will be broadcast live on October 4 on NBC at 2:30 p.m. EDT.