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The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships is the double-gender world championship for the sport of beach volleyball organized by the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) the sport's global governing body. The first official edition of the event was held in Los Angeles, United States in 1997 and tournaments had been awarded every two years since then. Before 1997, ten unofficial championships not organized by the FIVB were all held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil between 1987 and 1996. The most recent World Championships took place in Hamburg, Germany in 2019
Winning the World Championships is considered to be one of the highest honours in international beach volleyball, surpassing the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour and being surpassed only by the Beach Volleyball tournament at the Summer Olympic Games.
The tournament has a 48-team main draw per gender and consists of two stages: the group stage followed by the knockout stage. The prize pool for each gender is US$500,000.
The 1997 Beach Volleyball World Championships, were held from 10 to 13 September 1997, in Los Angeles, California (United States). It was the first official edition of this event, after 10 unofficial championships between 1987 and 1996.
|1||1997||Los Angeles||United States||2|
|4||2003||Rio de Janeiro||Brazil||2|
|Totals (13 nations)||24||24||26||74|
Medal table, men
|Totals (10 nations)||12||12||13||37|
Medal table, women
|Totals (7 nations)||12||12||13||37|
- Beach volleyball at the Summer Olympics
- FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour
- FIVB Beach Volleyball U23 World Championships
- FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships
- FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 World Championships
- FIVB Beach Volleyball U17 World Championships
- "FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships 2017—Hosting Requirements" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Volleyball. Retrieved 22 March 2018.