NORCECA announces deadline for age-group events


SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 23, 2020 – NORCECA Volleyball Confederation confirmed the steps the regional governing body will take regarding the participation of its teams in the age-group FIVB World Championships.


Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, president of NORCECA announced that the possible host countries will have until December 31 to submit their candidacy and the qualifying events must be played before February 28, 2021 as it was decided by FIVB.


The FIVB decision, motivated by the pandemic Covid-19, will offer the different confederations to organize the competitions granting tickets to the world events.


Marte Hoffiz announced NORCECA is open to accept the modality of “sports bubble” adopted by several professional leagues in the middle of the crisis generated by the virus.


“We can accept the bubbles for the NORCECA events despite the fact we currently don’t have the budget for a financial support of those kind of tournaments besides the fact that the organizers must guarantee the participation of all qualified teams.”


FIVB made it clear that the Confederations not able to hold their championships are entitled to use their continental rankings.


NORCECA has two spots secured for the U21 and U20 events and four slots each for the U18 and U19 competitions.


The top four countries in the U18 class are USA, Canada, Puerto Rico and Cuba and Cuba, USA, Puerto Rio and Mexico in the U19.


The top two teams in the U20 category are Dominican Republic and Cuba while Cuba and Canada are the two top-ranked in the U21.


NORCECA informed that in case one of the qualified teams does not confirm in proper time it will be replaced by the next country in the continental rankings.