The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and Volleyball World have selected the Philippines to host the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship in 2025.

The Philippines secured the bid in a highly competitive selection process, with FIVB and Volleyball World praising the bid’s commitment to event growth and global volleyball development.

“This prestigious event will not only inspire a new generation of athletes but will also help to encourage increased participation in sport at all levels in the country and wider region,” Dr Ary S. Graça F, FIVB President, stated.  

“We are confident that the Philippines, supported by our innovative Volleyball Empowerment programme, will host an extraordinary World Championship that will leave a lasting legacy and help to cultivate an even brighter future for our sport globally.”

The tournament is set to run from 12-18 September, bringing the globe’s 32 premier volleyball teams together to try and win the championship title. The Philippines was also one of nine countries chosen to host the Volleyball Nations League ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics. 

Finn Taylor, CEO of Volleyball World, commented: “It is with great excitement that we announce the Philippines as the host for the Volleyball Men’s World Championship 2025. This decision underscores our dedication to expanding volleyball’s global footprint and engaging with fans worldwide. 

“The Philippines, with its proven track record of hosting major volleyball events and passionate fanbase, is well-positioned to deliver an exceptional championship that will showcase the best of the sport.”

The Philippine bid was spearheaded by the government, which showcased a collaborative effort among key stakeholders including administrative departments, the Secretary of Tourism and the Philippine Volleyball Federation (PNVF), as well as other private stakeholders.

Pia Caytano, Senator of the Philippines, stated:  “Our successful bid to host the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship further reinforces our country’s track record in staging world-class events. With the support and commitment of both our government, and the private sector, we can be certain that it will be a fantastic spectacle.

“As a former national volleyball athlete myself, I am excited that the highest level of men’s volleyball competition will be staged in our very own country, to a nation that loves the sport with passion.”

As part of the event, the Philippines’ Secretary of Tourism will integrate the “LOVE THE Philippines” promotional campaign, attempting to highlight the nation’s landscapes and warm hospitality to a worldwide audience

“We also have the honour of welcoming 32 teams as well as a global audience where they can experience world-renowned Filipino hospitality and colourful Filipino culture. I have always believed that sports can transform communities and change lives,” Caytano concluded.

“It has the power to bring together a country and other nations. This is one of those opportunities. Our country is a volleyball-loving country. And it is with great pleasure that we welcome FIVB and Volleyball World to the Philippines.”

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