European Footvolley Championship 2017
The 2nd edition of the European Footvolley Championship (EFC) will be held in Albufeira, Algarve-Portugal June 22nd to 25th.
The first edition of the European Footvolley Championship was organized in 2016 in the city of Schwäbisch Gmünd in Germany. It was truly a highlight in the history of the sport.
In 2017, the European Footvolley League (EFVL) awarded the European Championship to Portugal, where it will take place in the city of Albufeira - Algarve, between June 22nd and 25th. This location and timing was a strategic decision of the EFVL because this wonderful city has more than 1.5 million visitors every year.
The championship will bring together the national champions of Germany, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Spain, France, Greece, Netherlands, Italy, Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom and Switzerland to compete for the 2017 European Title.
This amazing event will be home to the most spectacular athletes of the sport, famous football stars and major international media.
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Albufeira is a coastal city in the southern Algarve region of Portugal. It’s a former fishing village that has become a major holiday destination, with sandy beaches and a busy nightlife strip. Local fishermen now use the modern marina, also a base for diving, dolphin-watching and boat trips. It's surrounded by candy-colored apartments, with a waterfront promenade.
The National Footvolley Federation - Portugal (FNFV) was founded in 2005, and since then has organized some of the major national and international events in the sport.
At the European level a historical step was taken in 2015 by starting up a movement for the development of the sport - The EFVL -, which resulted in the organization of the first European Footvolley Championship in 2016 in the city of Schwäbisch Gmünd (Germany) where the champions of 12 countries competed for the European title.
The FNFV immediatly proposed to organize the European Championship in Portugal, more specifically in the city of Albufeira. In 2017 our offer was accepted by the European Footvolley League (EFVL).
The 2nd edition of the European Footvolley Championship will be held on the famous Praia dos Pescadores in Albufeira, Algarve-Portugal, from June 22nd to 25th.
The championship will bring together the national teams from Germany, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Spain, France, Greece, Netherlands, Italy, Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom and Switzerland. They will compete for the 2017 European title.
The region of Algarve in Portugal is one of the best kept secrets in Europe, for its spectacular coastline and sandy beaches, outstanding landscapes, hospitality and its mediterranean climate.
Choosing Algarve in the beginning of summer was a strategic decision, and it should be noted that the region has 3.7 million visitors per year, and most of these national and international tourists chose the city of Albufeira as their vacation spot, averaging 1.5 million visitors in each year.
On the days of this event, around 135,000 people are expected in Albufeira, with the beautiful Praia dos Pescadores in the heart of the city, one of the key places to visit.
How to reach Albufeira
The adviced airports to travel to Albufeira are:
- Faro airport: 40 km from Albufeira. Transfers from Faro airport are included.
- Lisbon airport: 250 km from Albufeira. Good train connection to Albufeira – around 2h30 by train. Transfers from Albufeira Train Station to the Hotel are included.
- Seville airport (south of Spain): 240 km from Albufeira. Also a good option but in these case we advice a car rental for the transfers.
The stadium has a capacity of 1,000 spectators, among bench seats, VIP area and lounge area, being set in the heart of the Praia dos Pescadores in Albufeira city Center.
Participating teams and qualifying
The participating countries of the EFC2017 are:
- France: two direct spots. European 2016 Champions and a second team
- Portugal: two direct spots. One team by being the host country and a second team
- Spain: one direct spot
- Italy: one direct spot
- Netherlands: one direct spot
- Austria: one direct spot
- Germany: one direct spot
- Switzerland: one direct spot
- England: one direct spot
- Norway: one direct spot
- Belgium: one direct spot
- Croatia: one direct spot
- Greece: one direct spot
- One extra spot for qualifier
- The team that wins the qualification spot will have the same conditions as all the other participants.
- Each country has to inform the organization before April 1st if it wants to register one team for the qualification. Names and passport information are required.
All nations have to inform the organization before June 1st of the names and passport information of the players that will represent their country.
|Date||Schedule||Competitive stages||Other highlights|
|15h-19h||Official training||Evening entertainment. Summer party|
|10h-19h||Qualification||Reception ceremony. Dinner & draw|
|19h-19h||Group stage||Opening ceremony|
|10h-19h||Group stage, 1/8 and 1/4-finals||Star tournament, girls footvolley exhibition|
|14h-18h||1/2-finals, 3rd and 4th place match & final||Stars and girls footvolley exhibition, closing and awards ceremony|
* The program may be subject to minor adjustments before the start of the competition.
- Football Stars tournament
- Training Camp
- Workshops for Youth
- Street food Festival
- Girls Footvolley Exhibition
- VIP Area with beach bar
- Kids area with Bouncy Castles
- Open Tournament
- Giant Screen
Total prize money as agreed in Vienna meeting: 2200 euros
- 1st place: 1.000€
- 2nd place: 600€
- 3rd place: 400€
- 4th place: 200€
The official EFC jerseys will be offered by the organization to all the players of the event. The shorts as in the edition of 2016 are the responsability of each delegation.
It should be noted that the European Championship will have live television coverage of the finals, 30 minute TV program / magazine and live streaming worldwide.
* The FNFV reserves the rights to make some concrete changes to the information given in this document, when those changes are for the benefit of the event, the hosting city or the sponsors.