The inaugural Queen & King of the Court, the European Finals Utrecht 2022, in cooperation with European Volleyball Confederation CEV, will be the biggest King of the Court tournament ever held. A total of sixty teams will fight in the Netherlands for the first continental crowns in the history of the exciting beach volleyball format ánd € 200,000 in prize money. Over a six-day period (6-11 September) twelve sessions of multiple matches will be played on the Jaarbeursplein in Utrecht, the birthplace of King of the Court. Who will be crowned as Queens and Kings of Europe?
Organiser and King of the Court inventor Sportworx from Utrecht has joined forces with Europe’s Volleyball Confederation CEV and Dutch Volleyball Federation Nevobo to create Queen & King of the Court, the European Finals.
With thirty teams per gender the European Finals are the biggest to have been organized to date. Fifteen teams will earn their spot in the Group Stage, fifteen teams will fight for the five remaining places in the main draw through a two-phase qualification round. From the quarterfinals on every match will be played in the evening, creating the well-known King of the Court atmosphere in the Sportworx skybox stadium. Lights will be on, music will be loud, the party in the Temple of Beach will be epic.
At the press conference on Monday in Utrecht, Wilco Nijland (Sportworx CEO) expressed his joy of the collaboration of Sportworx and CEV in the King of the Court format. “We organized the CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Final together last year and building on the success of that endeavor, we joined forces again. We welcome the support of the CEV, as they are the sport’s governing body in Europe. The development of this concept, from a training exercise, through national championships, to continental finals recognized by CEV. Together we can expand this concept even further.”
Michel Everaert, Nevobo-director, added that the European Finals are an essential step in the development of King of the Court, but also beach volleyball as a whole. “Together with the European Championships, the new BeachVolley Nations Cup in Vienna, Queen & King of the Court European Finals, the 2022 Beach Volleyball season will feature an unprecedented three major highlights.”
CEV Queen & King of the Court European Finals will be the main act of Utrecht’s Summer Stadium. Sportworx’s innovative skybox stadium will host several sports and cultural events, including AirBadminton Nations Cup, Copa de Padel and a stop on the 3x3 Basketball World Tour.
Tickets are for sale; fans will now be able to claim their spot in the Temple of Beach. Go to kingofthecourt.com/tickets and book your skybox. When there, start preparing for the tournament by adding the 2022 special edition King of the Court jersey to your shopping cart. You will be dressed for the occasion when the CEV Queen & King of the Court European Finals commence!