16 national teams (12 core teams and four challenger teams) will compete in a five-week preliminary round in 20 cities around the world. There will be four legs in the preliminary round each week and three days of matches among four national teams will be held at each leg, equaling a total of 120 matches in the five-week preliminary round. Macau will host one of the preliminary legs.
The four participating teams—China, Belgium, Korea and Thailand— will strive for the best ranking in the league in Macau. Fierce competition is expected this year among four strong teams: China, winners of the Jakarta Palembang Asian Games and current world number two team; European powerhouse Belgium; and the outstanding Korea and Thailand. Two matches will be staged on each day of the three-day event: May 28 is Belgium vs Korea and China vs Thailand competitions, while Korea vs Thailand and China vs Belgium is held on May 29 and Belgium vs Thailand and China vs Korea, on May 28.
After the preliminary round, the top five national teams and the team of the host country (disregarding its total score in the preliminary round) will compete in the finals in two groups of three teams. The three teams will play in a round match and the top two teams in each group will enter the semi-finals. The winning teams of the semi-finals will then compete in the finals for the champion title of the FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League.
When: Tuesday–Thursday, May 28–30, 2019
Where: Macao Forum, Avenida Marciano Baptista, Macau
How much: MOP $350 for a three-day pass, MOP $150 for two matches