The 15th Annual Global Challenge will take place in Pula, Croatia on July 16 through July 19, 2019 for u18 and u23 teams from around the world. The opening ceremonies will be live streamed at 9pm (Pula time) on July 15th on the Global Challenge Facebook Page here.
Year after year, the mission of the Global Challenge is to provide teams international playing experience and exposure. Past tournament participants have included club and country federation teams from Slovenia, Russia, Romania, Germany, Bosnia, Montenegro, China, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Denmark and Puerto Rico, plus USA regional HP, youth national, junior national, and collegiate national teams.
The 2018 the U18 division Global Challenge was a volleyball showdown between the Czech Republic and Croatia. In the U23 final match the USA College National Team toppled the Mountain West Conference All-Star Team. To gain insights from players and coaches in attendance the tournament, be sure to watch these video interviews on our live blog.
In preparation for tournament play teams will take pre-tours throughout Europe starting July 10th. Opening ceremonies will take place on July 16th in Pula, Croatia, a town marked by 3,000 year old Roman ruins including one of the last remaining fully intact Roman Colosseums in the world dating back to 68 AD. All teams, regardless of their nationality, stay in close quarters at the beachfront Hotel Pula to encourage a cultural exchange between players and coaches. The hotel is perfectly positioned within walking distance to both the competition arena and the crystal teal water of the Adriatic Sea.
Competitive international volleyball is what you get at the Global Challenge year after year. If you’re a volleyball player, coach or fan who loves to travel, there’s no better place in the world to be this July than Pula, Croatia.
The Global Challenge provides a great overseas volleyball experience. The level of competition combined with the cultural experience and location make it well worth the trip. I have great memories on and off the court.
The Global Challenge is one of my favorite events for many reasons. The competition is excellent and yet the environment of friendliness and sportsmanship makes the event challenging but fun. The fact that players and coaches all stay in the same hotel and have a chance to meet and learn about each other’s cultures makes it even more special. Any player considering it should definitely take advantage of this amazing opportunity.
Traveling to Europe is an amazing opportunity for our student-athletes. BIP provides a unique way to educate our athletes while playing high level volleyball around the world; a first class operation.