Brno, Czechia to host CEV EuroVolley 2026 Women up to quarterfinals!


Article Wed, Dec 6 2023

Matches scheduled for the pool stage of the CEV EuroVolley 2026 Women, plus four 8th Final fixtures and two quarterfinals will be played in the Czech Republic. The CEV Board of Administration confirmed the appointment of the Czech Volleyball Federation as one of the four co-hosting countries earlier this month. The CEV EuroVolley 2026 Women matches will take place in Brno in the late summer of 2026 and will account for a ‘sharp christening’ of the newly built Arena Brno.

“We are excited to join forces once again with the Czech Volleyball Federation, especially since we still have fond memories of the highly successful CEV EuroVolley 2021 Men matches delivered in Ostrava even in the still difficult circumstances brought about by the coronavirus pandemic."

Aleksandar Boričič
CEV President

The Czech Volleyball Federation had submitted their application in November. “I am extremely happy that all the negotiations and activities we did run have been successful and we eventually succeeded with our application. It is a big responsibility for us, and we will do everything we can to make sure that teams, representatives of National Federations, fans and TV viewers see that we can organise a perfect tournament. Above all, we want to prepare a perfect home base for our women’s national team so that their performance will bring joy to the entire Czech Volleyball audience. I am sure that thanks to the experience we have from organising a large number of international Volleyball and Beach Volleyball tournaments, we will be able to fulfil these goals and Brno will experience a sporting event of the highest quality,” commented Marek Pakosta, President of the Czech Volleyball Federation.

Brno, as the venue of the CEV EuroVolley 2026 Women, was a clear choice for the representatives of the Czech Volleyball Federation. The reason for this is the success of the local clubs in the Extraleague, the unique fans and, above all, the necessary financial guarantees provided by the Brno Municipality. 

“We welcomed the intention to host such an important sporting event with joy and I am thrilled that the CEV has decided to give us the championship without much hesitation. Brno is the best choice, and it will give the Czech national team the right advantage. In addition, the new multifunctional Arena Brno will suit to this beautiful sport. I believe that its stands will be filled to the last seat and the atmosphere will help all the players to unforgettable performances."

Markéta Vaňková
Mayor of Brno
A ceremony was held this past September to lay the foundation stone of the state-of-the-art Arena Brno

According to Martin Gerža, Vice President of the Czech Volleyball Federation, the organisers face a big challenge. “I am convinced that we will be able to cope with it and we will manage to deliver a good image for the European audience. I must admit that I am sincerely glad that the co-hosting of the championship was won by Brno. It will be a great opening event for the new arena. Now we have to get down to work.” 

The CEV EuroVolley 2026 Women will be played in four European countries. The Czech Republic is the so-called no. 2 host and will play host to one of the four preliminary pools, half of the 8th Finals and of the quarterfinals as well. The CEV EuroVolley 2021 Men was played in the same way in Ostrava, where the home team made it to the quarterfinals. The Czech women’s national team, under the guidance of Greek coach Ioannis Athanasopoulos, performed well this year in the CEV European Golden League, in the qualifiers for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and reached the quarterfinals at the CEV EuroVolley 2023, losing to eventual silver medallists Serbia. Athanasopoulos just extended his contract with the Czech Volleyball Federation in November until 2026.

Brno is the second largest city in Czechia and Volleyball is extremely popular there