Volleyball Tournaments Live For A Taste Of Real Action
Read about the best and most fun volleyball tournaments around the
Top 7 Volleyball
Tournaments You Must Attend
As exciting as it is to see volleyball earn its rightful place in the
Olympics and on television, it’s even more exhilarating to watch a
tournament unfold in person. While it might not be possible to score
tickets to the big world events, there are plenty of opportunities to
view the sport live thanks to a rather jam packed schedule of play each
Some of the hottest tournaments on the beaches, courts and even mud
pits for fans to see the action up close and personal include:
Fun Volleyball Tournaments
• The Manhattan Six
This 6-on-6 tournament is held
annually on Manhattan Beach, California during the International Surf
named in honor of beach volleyball’s “Godfather,” Charlie Saikley, the
event takes place each year in late July and early August. The
tournament itself is a big draw for fans that turn out in droves to
take in the action. The tournament includes divisions for both men and
women and is set in the middle of one of Manhattan Beach’s biggest
events, which also includes lifeguard races, swim competitions, sand
castle design events and more.
• The Mexico International
Also known as the
Estero Beach Volleyball Tournament, this massive event takes place each
June in Baja, Mexico. With more than a thousand professional and
amateur players lined up for this event annually, the tournament is
considered the largest beach volleyball event in the world.
Players come from all over the world to compete in this tourney, which
includes both men’s and women’s divisions.
• Mudd Volleyball
In existence for well over a decade,
this unusual tournament puts co-ed teams of 12 in the mud, rather than
sand, for an event that’s not only a blast to watch, but also
philanthropic. The Albuquerque, New Mexico, tournament benefits the
Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation and draws massive crowds each June.
Although a little “dirtier” than other tournaments, this event offers
some major fun for spectators.
Biggest Junior Volleyball Tournaments
• The Volleyball Festival
This indoor event in Phoenix Arizona is held either in the last week of
June or first week of July for female athletes between 12-18
years old. The event is open and attracts teams from all over the
and also internationally. Drawing more than 10,000 people each year for
the event, the Volleyball Festival is considered the single
volleyball event in the entire world. Around 600-800 teams have
attended this multi-day tournament in the recent years.
• The Power Cup
This youth volleyball event in Finland is one of the biggest in the
The Finnish event is staged in a different city each year and draws
more than 8,500 participants ages 7 to 22. Games in the Power Cup are
played on 300 outdoor courts, which accommodate more than 4,500 games
over the course of four days.
Best Beach Volleyball Tournaments
• The A1 Beach Volleyball
Those who think beach volleyball
is limited to California’s famous destinations need to think again.
Europe refuses to be left out! The A1 tournament takes place each
summer in Klagenwurth, Austria, and boasts huge crowds that turn out to
witness the best of the best as they battle it out for victory.
• Manhattan Beach AVP Tournament
This event in Manhattan Beach, California traces its
roots back to 1960 when the first Manhattan Beach Open was held. Now
considered the “Wimbledon” of the beach volleyball circuit, this July
event is the place pros strive to compete in. It’s considered second
only to the Olympics in regard to prestige and has been the stomping
grounds for the likes of Karch Kiraly.
Watching volleyball on television pales in comparison to some of the
events out there that welcome spectators in droves. When it’s time to
see this sport up close and personal, the annual schedule of events
offers plenty of opportunities for armchair fans to witness the action
live. Experience the tournaments above!