We decided to follow the new FIVB and AVC calendar - Suzara
The Philippine Superliga released its 2018 tournament calendar in compliance with the new competition calendar of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC).
In compliance with the new competition calendar of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC), the Philippine Superliga (PSL) also made some significant changes in its own calendar for 2018.
PSL president Ramon "Tats" Suzara said the league made a bold move of tweaking its calendar in compliance with that of the FIVB and the AVC, making it easier for them to attract the world’s best foreign players for the Grand Prix as well as make their players available for international tournaments.
“The PSL is a staunch supporter of the plans and programs of the FIVB and the AVC,” said Suzara, who is also an FIVB member and the chairman of the powerful marketing and development committee of the AVC.
“We decided to tweak our calendar in compliance with the new international calendar. Since our Grand Prix is within the international transfer period, it would be easy for us to invite foreign players for the Grand Prix while making our players available for international competitions.”
From late October to mid-December, PSL will hold the import-flavored Grand Prix as a season-opener from Feb. 17 to May 17 followed by the Challenge Cup beach volleyball tournament from May 26 to June 16.
The All-Filipino Conference will be held from July 28 to Nov. 15 but would take a break from Sept. 17 to 23 to give way for the 6th AVC Asian Cup for Women in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
The Invitational Conference is set from November to December followed by another beach volleyball tournament to cap the year.
Also calendared is the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship from July 11 to 18 in Oskemen, Kazakhstan where the league is set to send its All-Star team anew.
The calendar, however, is still subjected to minor revisions depending on the actual implementation.