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Fort Lauderdale Major

Season’s opening tournament will kick off in Florida

The Fort Lauderdale Major will open the 2017 FIVB World Tour in February! Photocredit: Andreas Langreiter.The Fort Lauderdale Major will open the 2017 FIVB World Tour in February! Photocredit: Andreas Langreiter.

What? Fort Lauderdale Major

Where? Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

When? 7-12 February 2017

Who? 32 of the world’s top teams per gender
 

SWATCH MAJOR SERIES RETURNS TO FORT LAUDERDALE

The Swatch Major Series will open the 2017 FIVB World Tour calendar in spectacular style in February when it makes its long-awaited return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Not since the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals of 2015 has international action graced the stunning Florida coast, but between 7-12 February 2017, the world’s greatest players will gather to fight for the first Swatch Major Series title of the season.

It only seems like yesterday when Brazilians Larissa/Talita and Alison/Bruno scooped gold on this very beach in October 2015 – and now both teams will be out to make it back-to-back victories at the Fort Lauderdale Beach Park.

The Swatch World Tour Finals a year ago was the first international tournament to be held in Fort Lauderdale and given its great success and packed capacity crowds it felt a no brainer to return to this beautiful part of the United States to kick-start another busy season of digging and diving on the sand.

Once again entry will be absolutely free of charge, so remember to clear your diaries, head down to South Beach Park and catch the best of the action from the greatest players on sand!

Further information will be released in the lead-up to the event, so keep your eyes peeled on our website and social media channels for further details and please get started by using the official hashtag of the tournament #FTLMajor

+++ BECOME A VIP +++

Spend an unforgettable time with your family, friends or clients in the VIP area of the Fort Lauderdale Major 2017!

Our special VIP packages include the best seats in the stadium, the finest catering and the opportunity to chat with the stars of sport, politics and beach volleyball. Immerse yourself in the incredible world of beach volleyball and get your VIP Tickets for the Fort Lauderdale Major 2017 NOW!

In the VIP BEACH MAJORS CLUB, the exceptional ambience is reflected in the décor, our hostesses, who will serve your every need, and the culinary delights of our prestigious catering partner. Enjoy the superior ambience of the VIP Majors Club and its VIP terrace.

In the VIP BEACH FRIENDS LOUNGE you can enjoy the amazing atmosphere on the Center Court, appetizers and refreshing drinks. It provides you with the perfect chance to spend a relaxed weekend with your friends.

To get a glimpse of what to expect as a VIP, including prices, dates and packages, please click here to view our online brochure.

For your VIP Ticket order please fill out the order form and return it to vip.ftl@beachmajors.com

Beach Friends Lounge
Beach Majors Club
 

+++ TICKETS +++

As it was in 2015, entry is absolutely free of charge! That’s right you won’t have to spend a dime to get up close and personal with the world’s best players including the heroes from the 2016 Swatch Major Series.

2015 FLASHBACK

The champagne flies as the medal winners celebrate at the Swatch World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale in 2015. Photocredit: Martin Steinthaler.The champagne flies as the medal winners celebrate at the Swatch World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale in 2015. Photocredit: Martin Steinthaler.

Let’s remind ourselves of just how brilliant the Swatch FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale in 2015 was, shall we?

Brazilian teams won both gold medals, Alison/Bruno blitzing the opposition to top the podium in the men’s competition and Larissa/Talita beating all before them in the women’s competition.

Here you can watch the best of the action from the men’s final…

Best of the men's final at #SwatchWTFinalsUSA

Highlights from the men's match for gold: Dalhausser/Lucena (USA) vs. Alsion/Bruno Schmidt (BRA) at the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale/USA

And here’s the best bits from Larissa and Talita’s triumph…

Best of the women's final at #SwatchWTFinalsUSA

Highlights from the women's match for gold: Ludwig/Walkenhorst (GER) vs. Larissa/Talita (BRA) at the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale/USA

In the men’s tournament there was silver to celebrate for American home favorites Nick Lucena and Phil Dalhausser and a bronze for Brazilians Pedro Solberg and Evandro Goncalves.

Germany’s Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst secured silver and there was another bronze for Brazil as Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas claimed third place.

You can find more videos, news and photographs from the fun we had in the sun at the 2015 Swatch World Tour Finals on our website.

EVENT LOCATION

Known as the ‘Venice of America’, Fort Lauderdale is a beach volleyball-crazy hub of some 170,000 people, living in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metropolitan area.

It’s famous for its coastline and canal system and sits on the east coast of Florida and 45 km north of Miami.

The Fort Lauderdale Beach Park – where the tournament will be hosted – is one of the largest and most popular beaches in the surrounding area, and features many wonderful places to walk, cycle and play beach volleyball!

SOCIAL MEDIA

As ever, the Fort Lauderdale Major will be covered from every angle on social media through a variety of exciting different ways. 

Exclusive, behind-the-scenes content will appear daily, before, during and after the competition on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat (swatchmajors) and Periscope – giving an audience of millions unique and personal access to the stars of the sand.

The official hashtag of the Fort Lauderdale Major is #FTLMajor and its use is expected to reach a worldwide audience delivering thousands of messages all sharing one common goal of highlighting the brilliance of beach volleyball!