2015 was the year that the first ever Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series took place as part of the FIVB World Tour. Its first stop: the city of Poreč! After a resounding success, the city awarded the event with a prestigious Tourism accolade.
The Poreč Major, Croatia’s first international beach volleyball event, achieved unparalleled success in its first year of hosting. During the week in which the event took place, a massive crowd of 74,300 were treated to fantastic weather and a dynamite atmosphere.
At the stunning coast of Istria, a Center Court, with the capacity to hold 4,000 people was erected. An exclusive VIP Area, state-of-the-art Players Area as well as an interactive VendorVillage were just some of the facilities offered in and around the Center Court. Also Side Events took place and formed part of the summer’s highlight.
A lot has been planned ahead of the upcoming beach volleyball season with the Poreč Major set to take place from 27 June to 2 July 2017.
We present you just a small part of the amazing atmosphere at last year's Major:
In addition to the Center Court, some matches were also played on the Side Courts in the beautifully preserved natural surroundings of our Zelena Laguna Resort. We were honored to hear Mr. Julius Brink, Olympic beach volleyball champion, speak so fondly about our Side Courts. Watch the video here.
The Poreč Major is among the highest ranked tournaments of the FIVB World Tour with regards to the amount of prize money offered. It attracts beach volleyball athletes from around the world including: World and European champions as well as two Croatian national teams (male and female). On top of all the excellent athletes already mentioned, the gold medalists from the Summer Olympics 2016 could also compete.
Judging from the spectacular event execution as well as peak athletic performances by players – the Poreč Major will most certainly be Croatia’s biggest and most anticipated sporting event in 2017.
Look at our photo gallery to discover the amazing atmosphere from last year.
The incredible spirit and the cheering atmosphere of the Poreč Major is waiting for you!
Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series, part of the FIVB World Tour – upcoming events:
Poreč Major: 27 June - 2 July 2017
Gstaad Major: 4 - 9 July 2017
Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals Hamburg: 22 – 27 August 2017
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships – upcoming events:
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships Vienna 2017 presented by A1: 28 July – 6 August 2017