Make the refugee situation better in NEVZA countries

Due to the current situation in Ukraine, many refugees are now trying to get established in their new environments. The sports federations and clubs can contribute to their situation and also benefit with new players and leaders. Volleyball has always been a global arena of friendship and cooperation. The rules for players’ transfers to their current country is simplified, in order to allow them and the clubs an easy and open process. The process is the same as in 2015, when millions of refugees arrived from Syria and Afghanistan. The rules for transfer exeptions can be downloaded here.

A good example from 2015-16 was when Lidingö SK could make comeback in the national series, with a team that in the beginning consisted of afghanian players only. It included some work, especially communication with authorities and the local government. But it gave so much more back, a context for the boys and great attention and support.

Lidingö Volley awarded for integration work

Volleyball Ireland is a good example on how a national volleyball federation really can make a difference. They have have made a number of strategic decisions to get the best outcome:

  • The indefinite waiving of player, coach and referee license fees for Ukrainian refugees to participate and officiate in the sport, including both Volleyball and Beach Volleyball competition.
  • Ukrainian refugees will be exempt from the National League registration deadline of March 17 and can register and play in league games after this point.
  • Volleyball Ireland will cover the cost of associated club registration and participation fees for Ukrainian refugees.
  • Volleyball Ireland will provide any required training wear and other Volleyball equipment to support Ukrainian refugees participate in Volleyball club programmes.

“We pride ourselves on our cultural diversity, inclusion and sense of community within Irish Volleyball, and I know our clubs will be a welcoming, supportive and kind environment during such a traumatic time”, comments General Manager Gary Stewart. Read more on CEV’s homepage about Volleyball Ireland.

Photo: CEV, Lidingö Tidning.


Sweden: Nyköping and IKSU Swedish Snow Volleyball Champions 2022

In parallel to the first CEV European Tour event in Turkey, Sweden organized the national Championships in Snow Volleyball. The reigning Men’s Champion team IKSU from Umeå did not manage to defend their previous two titles. Nyköping with three top players won a well played and entertaining final. Instead, IKSU took over the Women’s title after a similarly well played and thrilling final against Danderyd.

Snow Volleyball Swedish Championships 2022 Men, Östersund Snowheart Arena, February 19th, 2022
Final: Nyköping FK – IKSU 2 – 0 (15-10, 15-12)
Match 3/4: Östersund – Malmö 2 – 0 (15-9, 15-11)

Snow Volleyball Swedish Championships 2022 Women, Östersund Snowheart Arena, February 19th, 2022
Final: IKSU – Danderyd 2 – 1 (15-11, 11-15, 15-7)
Match 3/4: Göteborg – Östersund 2 – 0 (15-9, 15-11)

Östersund hosted the Swedish Snow Volleyball Championships for the third time this weekend. Two courts were nicely prepared on the centre of Stortorget under the name of Östersund Snowheart Arena. A number of activities are taking place on the arena, where the successful Snow Volleyball Championships fitted well. It was optimal weather conditions for playing and watching the games. After a little chilly morning, the temperature went up to some degrees below zero. Some lighter snow falls passed by, otherwise it was mostly cloudy. When the finals started, the sun broke through the clouds and warmed the players, volunteers and the spectators.

Six Men’s and four Women’s teams from Umeå up north to Malmö in the south fought for the title. In the Men’s tournament, the semi-finals were tight even if the two finalists had an extra gear to use when closing the sets. The final was on the highest level experienced in the short history of Swedish Snow Volleyball Championships. Strong attacks were met with a number of spectacular defence actions. The head-to-head fight was if Philip Franzon in IKSU should take a third consecutive title or if three of the players in Nyköping would join the exclusive club of players with Gold in all three volleyball disciplines. Up to this point, only Hanna Hellvig now playing volleyball in Germany, was the only member. Nyköping won the final, relying on experience and force from both volleyball and beach volleyball.

The Swedish Champions Nyköping FK with the players Linus Tholse, Peter Lundgren, Viktor Jonsson and Mattias Haaparanta. Click here for interview by Volleykanalen.

Four women’s teams fought for the three medals and the title. The teams were from all over Sweden, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Östersund and Umeå. After the pool play, the two top teams played the final, while the teams place 3rd and 4th played a decisive bronze medal match. IKSU kept their playing level throughout the final. After a strong start and 8-2 lead at the second side switch, they lost momentum. Danderyd from Stockholm started to catch up, and they won the second set. But in the last set, IKSU came back with aggressive serves, focus on attack angles and where to place the balls. With this strategy, they won rather comfortable.

The Swedish Champions IKSU with the players Alice Arnberg, Agnes Linderholm, Emma Sehlstedt och Matilda Granberg. Click here for interview by Volleykanalen.

Next year, the Championships is planned to be part of the Swedish Winter Games in Skövde. Östersund has shown that they have a great interest for the sport and are good at organizing. Therefore, we have started to discuss the possibility to host a NEVZA tour event next year, together with Östersund’s event company and the local organizer. We thank them both for this year’s great event and look forward to come back.

Ranking Men

  1. Nyköpings FK
  2. IKSU, Umeå
  3. Östersund Volley
  4. Malmö BC
  5. Hästhagens IF, Stockholm
  6. Lindesbergs VK

Alla resultat

Ranking Women

  1. IKSU, Umeå
  2. Danderyd, Stockholm
  3. Göteborgs BC
  4. Östersund Volley

Alla resultat


Snow Volleyball in Östersund – Festival and Swedish Championships

The beautiful city of Östersund, which lies at the very centre of Sweden and close to famous ski resorts such as Åre and Duved, is slowly but surely becoming the country’s Snow Volleyball hotspot. It did host the very first edition of the national championships in 2019 – and the local Volleyball club, together with the city, have shown much interest in developing the sport. After a break in 2021 due to the pandemic, the city returned to host a Snow Volleyball festival this past weekend, and the Swedish Championships will be taking place this coming Saturday, February 19.

Östersund Winter Park is situated by and on Lake Storsjön. It is the perfect environment for the annual Snow Volley Festival. Organized by Östersund Volleyball Club, four courts were set up together with a hot dog barbeque. The day started with heavy snow, luckily enough not to windy. During the day the sun came out and provided for perfect playing conditions so it was full activity on all courts until dawn.


Matches were played with selected teams but also mixed teams with experienced players and a number of persons introduced to the sport. The players and spectators added energy with hot dogs from the grill and soft drinks. The Snow Volley Festival was a great success and will for sure be back!


On Saturday, the Swedish Championships will be played in central Östersund. Pool matches start in the morning, with six Men’s and four Women’s teams. Finals are played at 14:00 and 15:00.

In 2022, Sweden will be the only Championships organizer within NEVZA. The pandemic and the resulting constraints still represent a major challenge for organisers and promoters alike. In coming years, we hope that the “snow countries” of NEVZA will both stage their Championships but also one or more zonal events. The sport develops and four European Tour stops are announced. Kahramanmaraş (TUR) and Truskavets (UKR) in February, Kayseri-Erciyes (TUR) and Wagrain (AUT) in March are hosting the events. The February tournaments are now closed for registrations, but we hope that NEVZA teams will challenge the European top teams in the March tournaments.

A good NEVZA representative – Kristian Lund

Born in Norway, former player and now living in Sweden, awarded Danish Beach Volleyball referee 2021. Kristian Lund is a true representative for NEVZA and the strength of member countries working together.

Volleyball Denmark couldn’t stage an Award ceremony previous weekend due to Covid-19 restrictions, so the award winners of volleyball and beach volleyball were presented during the last week instead. Three categories was awarded for both volleyball and beach volleyball, Referee, Male and Female player. This year the beach volleyball referee award went to Kristian Lund, Norwegian citizen living in Helsingborg in Sweden.

“I have been to 7-8 Danish tournaments for the last five years”, Kristian says. “The Swedish Tour has been rather limited last year and in Denmark I have had the chance to blow the whistle at around one hundred matches every year”.

Kristian is an International Referee Candidate. Hopefully the pandemic goes into a more controlled state. Kristian hope he will be able to get more appointments and reach the official International Referee level within the coming seasons.

The other awards went to:
Beachvolley players: Clara Bernberg Windeleff, Kristoffer Abell
Volleyball players: Helena Elbæk, Mads Kyed Jensen
Volleyball referee: Michael Andersen



Four new NEVZA International Referee Candidates

CEV referee commission organised an international referee course in Caorle, Italy, on December 12- 20. Twentysix new referees from 23 countries participated, four of them came from NEVZA countries.

Picture from left: Niklas Kjaer Thomsen, Helena Persson, SWEDEN, Thomas André Transeth, NOR, and Marko Oravainen, FIN.

Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden each have a new international referee candidate, after their participation in the EIRCC in Caorle close to Venezia in Italy. Niklas Kjaer Thomsen, Marko Oravainen, Thomas André Transeth, and Helena Persson, are the names of the new generation young referees within NEVZA. After passing their theoretical and practical examinations on site in Caorle, the 26 referees involved in this year’s EIRCC now have three years to achieve the full status of international referees. We wish them all luck in their important contribution to the development of volleyball.

For more information, see the CEV homepage.

Double Finnish victory in U17W and U18M 1st Round Qualifiers

This weekend, Denmark hosted two 1st Round Qualifiers for U17W and U18M in the NEVZA zone. In both tournaments, Finland proved to be the strongest of the Nordic nations and thus qualified directly to the Final Rounds of the European Championship. Norway’s U17 girls and Denmark’s U18 boys came second, and continue to the second round of the qualification.

In Spar Nord Arena Køge near Copenhagen, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Faroe Islands and hosting nation Denmark participated in the U17W 1st Round Qualifier. Throughout the weekend, Finland delivered a strong performance, winning all their pool games 3-0. In the final game against Norway, who had only lost to Finland in the pool games, Finland managed to take yet another 3-0 win and thus won the tournament and the golden ticket to the U17W European Championship Final Round to be held in July 2022 in Czech Republic. Norway moves on to the second round of the qualification, which will be held in April 2022.

In the other side of the country, the exact same nations were competing in the U18M tournament. On the boy’s side, Finland was also strongest in the pool play, followed closely by Denmark. The two nations fought a nerve wrecking tie break match in the first day of the tournament and faced each other again in the final match Sunday afternoon. The final was a constant close race, where both teams had momentum. In the end, Finland however stayed calm and closed the game 3-1 in their favor. Thus, the Finnish boys also qualified directly to the Final round of the competition, played in July in Georgia. Denmark moves on to the second round of the qualification which will be held in April 2022.

All games can be watched on Volleyball Danmark’s YouTube

Girls 1st Round (Zonal), Köge, Denmark 17th-19th of December 2021
Final: Finland – Norway 3 – 0 (25-22, 25-18, 26-24)


  1. Finland
  2. Norway
  3. Denmark
  4. Faroe Islands
  5. Iceland

The girls tournament on Facebook.
For further information, see CEV tournament page.

Boys 1st Round (Zonal), Årre, Denmark 17th–19th of December 2021
Final Finland – Denmark 3 – 1 (25-22, 22-25, 29-27, 25-23)


  1. Finland
  2. Denmark
  3. Norway
  4. Faroe Islands
  5. Iceland

Follow the boys tournament on Facebook.
For further information, see CEV tournament page.

Pool results
Faroe Islands – Finland 0 – 3 (16-25, 11-25, 8-25)
Iceland – Norway 0 – 3 (17-25, 14-25, 12-25)
Finland – Denmark 3 – 0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-13)
Norway – Faroe Islands 3 – 0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-14)
Denmark – Iceland 3 – 0 (26-24, 25-21, 25-17)
Norway – Finland 0 – 3 (21-25, 17-25, 19-25)
Faroe Islands – Denmark 0 – 3 (19-25, 19-25, 21-25)
Finland – Iceland (25-15, 25-15, 25-16)
Denmark – Norway 0 – 3 (22-25, 11-25, 20-25)
Iceland – Faroe Islands 0 – 3 (19-25, 9-25, 22-25)

Iceland – Finland 0 – 3 (9-25, 7-25, 8-25)
Norway – Faroe Islands 3 – 0 (25-14, 25-11, 25-17)
Finland – Denmark 3 – 2 (27-25, 25-19, 15-25, 24-26, 15-11)
Faroe Islands – Iceland 3 – 0 (25-11, 25-19, 25-13)
Denmark – Norway 3 – 1 (25-13, 22-25, 27-25, 25-18)
Faroe Islands – Finland 0 – 3 (17-25, 19-25, 15-25)
Iceland – Denmark 0 – 3 (2-25, 5-25, 14-25)
Finland – Norway 3 – 0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-14)
Denmark – Faroe Islands 3 – 0 (25-9, 25-16, 25-13)
Norway – Iceland 3 – 0 (25-11, 25-10, 25-9)


CEV U17/U18 Volleyball EuroVolley 2022 1st round

Denmark will organize the first round of the 2022 CEV Youth Volleyball European Championships. The first round is organized by the Zonal Associations, and the NEVZA countries participating are the host Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland and Norway. Girls U17 will gather in Køge and boys U18 in Årre i Varde for matches 17th-19th of December.

All matches from both boys and girls will be streamed on Volleyball Denmark YouTube.

Girls’ tournament
1st Round (Zonal) – Girls in Køge, Denmark 17th-19th of December 2021

Day 1 17th of December
13:00 Faroe Islands – Finland
15:00 Iceland – Norway
18:00 Finland – Denmark
20:00 Norway – Faroe Islands
Day 2 18th of December
10:00 Denmark – Iceland
12:00 Norway – Finland
16:00 Faroe Islands – Denmark
18:00 Finland – Iceland
Day 3 19th of December
10:00 Denmark – Norway
12:00 Iceland – Faroe Islands
17:00 FINAL Rank 1 – Rank 2

Name of Hall: Spar Nord Arena Address: Ved Stadion 2B, 4600 Køge

Follow the girls tournament on Facebook.
For further information, see CEV tournament page.

Boys’ Tournament
1st Round (Zonal) – Boys in Årre i Varde, Nordenskov, Denmark 17th–19th of December 2021

Day 1 17th of December
10:00 Iceland – Finland
12:00 Norway – Faroe Islands
16:00 Finland – Denmark
18:00 Faroe Islands – Iceland
Day 2 18th of December
10:00 Denmark – Norway
12:00 Faroe Islands – Finland
16:00 Iceland – Denmark
18:00 Finland – Norway
Day 3 19th of December
10:00 Denmark – Faroe Islands
12:00 Norway – Iceland
17:00 FINAL Rank 1 – Rank 2

Name of Hall: Hellehallen Address: Vrenderupvej 40C, 6818 Årre

Follow the boys tournament on Facebook.
For further information, see CEV tournament page.

NEVZA U19 Volleyball Championships: Dream Teams and MVP’s

As usual, the tournament is closed when the the participating teams vote for the All Star teams and Most Valuable Players. In the NEVZA 2021 Volleyball Championships in Rovaniemi, the following players were honoured:

Dream Team, girls:
Setter: Moona Tarkiainen, FIN
Middle blockers: Miia-Maria Mäkikyrö FIN and Ella Peltomaa FIN
Spikers: Caroline Krogh DEN and Elin Larsson SWE
Opposite: Neea-Maria Joki FIN
Libero: Juulia Jäppinen FIN
Dream Team, boys:
Setter: Anton Jeppesen DEN
Middle blockers: Miika Haapaniemi FIN and Oskar Pontoppidan DEN
Spikers: Marius Hansen DEN and Hampus Ekstrand SWE
Opposite: Simon Uhrenholt DEN
Libero: Joonatan Salpakari FIN
Most valuable players, girls:
Finland: Neea-Maria Joki
Sweden: Elin Larsson
Denmark: Caroline Krogh
Iceland: Jóna Arnarsdóttir
Faroe Islands: Jakobina Joensen
Most valueable players, boys:
Denmark: Simon Uhrenholt
Finland: Nico Mäki-Valtari
Sweden: Hugo Morency
Norway: Jo Gladøy Sunde
Iceland: Valens Ingimundarsson
Faroe Islands: Mattias Isakssen


Finland, Denmark and Sweden on the podium in NEVZA U19 Championships

All eight NEVZA nations were supposed to come to the 2021 NEVZA U19 Championship in Rovaniemi, Finland. Unfortunately, some teams had to withdraw due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But the participating teams made it to Rovaniemi in north Finland and showed that they had made their homework and showed impressing skills.

England has been forced to cancel participation in all NEVZA tournaments this autumn as Covid-19 is still locking the country. Greenland was supposed to come, but has a similar situation. In the last minute, the Norwegian girls team also had to withdraw as one of their players got Covid-19 and the medical protocol does not allow participation. Luckily enough for the boys’ team and tournament, they had not been in contact with the girls team.

Rovaniemi, a medium-sized city in Lappland, in the far north of Finland, is mostly known for being the hometown of Santa Claus. It also has a reputation of being a sports’ centre. The Santasport Olympic center is the hub with volleyball clubs Wovo Rovaniemi womens’ and Lakkapää mens’ volleyball clubs.

On October 28th, girls and boys from Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden gathered for the three-day 2021 NEVZA U19 Championships. The matches were played in two arenas, Santasport Olympic training center and Keltakangas Sports hall. With the short notice withdrawal of the Norwegian team, the schedule needed to be remade on the technical meeting.

With five teams, the the girls played in one pool where the first and second team were directly qualified for the final. The bronze match was played with the third team and the winner in the match between fourth and fifth teams. Sweden won a really tight five set game against Denmark and thus made it to the final. In the quarter final, Iceland got a revenge for the loss against Faroe Islands in the pool play. 3-1 and bronze match against Denmark. While fighting for the stands, Iceland didn’t get back to the standard in the previous matches. Denmark was determined to win the medals and did so, 3-0 and only losing 42 points. In the final, Sweden met pool winner host team of Finland.The first set went all the way to a 32-30 win for Finland. After that Sweden lost the good energy and Finland could win the two following sets easily with 25-13, 25-12.

The boys played in two pools, with three teams in each. In pool A, Finland won both matches against Iceland and Sweden with 3-0 rather comfortable and where directly qualified for the semifinal. Sweden made a good start game versus Iceland and took the second place. In pool B, Faroe Island started against Denmark. They lost the first set with big figures, but challenged in the second and third. The scenario was repeated in the second match against Norway. In the pool final, Denmark made an impressive game and won 3-0. Sweden won rather easily in the match against Faroe Island but and played well against Denmark in the semifinal. But Denmark was stronger and won the important last balls, thus advancing to the final. On the other half, Norway won a tough five-setter against Iceland and then challenged the hosts Finland with a similar match profile. Both matches ended 15-11 in the fifth set. Bronze match Norway – Sweden, final Finland – Denmark. Norway started the bronze match best but after the first won set, Sweden played better and better and winning the fourth set and the match 25-11. In the final, Denmark won the two first sets rather easy but was then hit by the classical third-set-syndrome. Finland came back with a 25-14 win taking the match to four sets. They almost made it to a fifth, but Denmark managed to close the set with a tight 26-24 win.

Games were streamed on YouTube and via

Medal matches and ranking, for all pole and qualification results see below.
Gold medal match: Finland– Sweden 3 – 0 (32-30, 25-13, 25-12)
Bronze medal match: Denmark – Iceland 3 – 0 (25-9, 25-18, 25-15)


  1. Finland
  2. Sweden
  3. Denmark
  4. Iceland
  5. Faroe Islands

Gold medal match Denmark – Finland 3 – 1 (25-15, 25-13, 14-25, 26-24)
Bronze medal match Sweden – Norway 3 – 1 (20-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-11)
5th/6th boys Iceland ​- Faroe Islands 3 – 1 (20-25, 26-24, 25-17, 25-17)


  1. Denmark
  2. Finland
  3. Sweden
  4. Norway
  5. Iceland
  6. Faroe Islands

A great thanks to the Finish Volleyball Federation for an excellent organisation. All participants look forward to come back next year, together with the teams that still couldn’t make it this year.

For further information and more pictures, visit the Facebook page.

Pool results

Iceland – Finland 0 – 3 (25-27, 21-25, 16-25)
Finland – Denmark ​3 – 0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-21)
Sweden – Iceland 3 – 1 (23-25, 25-23, 28-26, 25-22)
Denmark – Faroe Islands 3 – 1 (25-11, 15-25, 25-13, 25-10)
Faroe Islands – Sweden 0 – 3 ( 19-25, 12-25, 11-25)
Faroe Islands – Finland 0 – 3 (24-26, 9-25, 19-25)
Finland – Sweden 3 – 0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-16)
Sweden – Denmark 3 – 2 (25-20, 25-22, 18-25, 22-25, 16-14)
Denmark – Iceland 3 – 0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-19)
Iceland – Faroe Islands 1 – 3 (25-17, 23-25, 18-25, 22-25)

Quarterfinal Girls
​Faroe Islands – Iceland 1 – 3 (25-20, 22-25, 19-25, 21-25)

Boys Pool A
Iceland – Sweden 0 – 3 (20-25, 21-25, 15-25)
Finland – Iceland 3 – 0 (25-11, 25-19, 25-14)
Sweden – Finland 0 – 3 (14-25, 16-25, 16-25)

Boys Pool B
Denmark – Faroe Islands 3 – 0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-23)
Faroe Islands – Norway 0 – 3 (13-25, 20-25, 23-25)
Denmark – Norway 3 – 0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-17)

Quarterfinals Boys
Sweden – Faroe Islands 3 – 0 (25-21, 25-11, 25-18)
Norway – Iceland 3 – 2 (25-13, 25-19, 17-25, 23-25, 15-11)

Semifinals Boys
Finland – Norway 3 – 2 (19-25, 25-22, 24-26, 25-21, 15-11)
Denmark – Sweden 3 – 0 (25-22, 27-25, 25-19)

NEVZA U19 Championship in Rovaniemi

After the U17 NEVZA Championship two weeks ago, it is now time for the older Under-Age group U19 to compete for the Championship medals. The tournament is taking place in Rovaniemi, in the two halls Santasport and Keltakangas .

Over three days, teams from Denmark, Faroe Island, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the host nation Finland will compete in the U19 NEVZA Championship. The nations play round robin Friday and Saturday, while the placement games will be played Saturday and Sunday.

Information and updates for the tournament can be found on Woman’s Volleyball homepage

All afternoon/evening games will be streamed:

Tournament Schedule: NEVZA U19 (G=Girls, B=Boys)
29/10 09:00 – 30/10 15:30 Pool matches
30/10 10:00 – 30/10 16:30 Placement matches

30/10 09:30 3rd/4th place B (Santasport)
30/10 11:00 5th/6th place B (Keltakangas)
30/10 12:00 1st/2nd place B (Santasport)

30/10 13:30 3rd/4th place G (Keltakangas)
30/10 14:30 1st/2nd place G (Santasport)

Sweden’s boys coach Göran Persson states that “finally we are playing again”. After a 1400 km and 20 hours long bus ride from the Sports gymnasium Falköping in Sweden, 24 players has arrived and won their initial matches.

– “It is a good competition for many countries in preparation for EuroVolley qualifications 2022”, Göran Person continues. “We believe that Finland is a little bit ahead, but it should be rather tight between us, Denmark and Norway behind”, concludes Göran looking forward to see how the different teams have managed developing during the pandemic.

Photo Robert Boman