A few weeks ago, I reported that the FIVB's decision to lengthen the beach season could lead to World Tour events in some new places, including the U.S. for the first time in a long time. Last week, the Canadian website Volleyball Source published a tentative schedule that lists a tournament in Long Beach July 23-28th. However, there is no confirmation yet from the FIVB or USAV.
It's unclear how or where Volleyball Source got its hands on this early version of the Swatch World Tour schedule so it's tough to know how accurate it is. According the schedule the season will run from March 20th and December 8th. It lists tournaments in a few other uncommon places including Mexico, Egypt, Indonesia, Uganda, Qatar and South Africa among other venues.
I checked with USAV and it cannot confirm the Long Beach event though they say they are hopeful that we will host one in the near future. Whether in Long Beach or anywhere else, at least we know there is a real possibility that a U.S. location may find our way onto the schedule sometime soon. Keep your fingers crossed. Once the official schedule is posted, I'll pass it along.