The Beach Volleyball Major Series will open the 2018 FIVB World Tour calendar in spectacular style in February when it makes its return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
International beach volleyball action will once again grace the stunning Florida coast between February 27th and March 4th 2018 where the world’s greatest players will gather to fight for the first Major Series title of the season.
It only seems like yesterday when Brazilians Alvaro/Saymon and Larissa/Talita scooped gold on this very beach last season – and now both teams will be out to make it back-to-back victories at the Fort Lauderdale Beach Park.
With amazing night matches and seriously entertaining Beach Party Nights, the 2018 Fort Lauderdale Major is going to be even bigger and better than before!
Of course, we are no strangers to the Fort Lauderdale, with World Tour Finals held in the city in 2015. And given its great success and packed capacity crowds, it felt a no brainer to return to this beautiful part of the United States to kick-start another busy season of digging and diving on the sand.
The official hashtag of the tournament is #FTLMajor
Why Fort Lauderdale?
Beach volleyball got its start in the United States in the 1930s in California. The sport picked up as an organized event in the 1950s, and the Parks and Recreation tour brought its first tournament to the East Coast in 1982, in Clearwater, Florida.
Three 2016 Olympians grew up in the Florida area, namely: Nick Lucena, Phil Dalhausser and Brooke Sweat.
Known as the ‘Venice of America’, Fort Lauderdale is a beach volleyball-crazy hub of some 170,000 people, living in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metropolitan area.
It’s famous for its coastline and canal system and sits on the east coast of Florida and 45km north of Miami.
The Fort Lauderdale Beach Park – where the tournament will be hosted – is one of the largest and most popular beaches in the surrounding area, and features many wonderful places to walk, cycle and play beach volleyball!