As nationals are winding down and summer is heating up, volleyball teams from all over the world are making their way to Pula, Croatia for the start of BIP’s 14th annual Global Challenge. The United States will be represented by U17 and U23 select teams from all over the country including the USA College National Team and the Mountain West Conference All-Star Team. International competition will include Junior National and club teams from 9 different countries: Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, England, China, Sweden and Finland.
In preparation for the tournament, US teams are playing friendly matches throughout Europe on pre-tours all week long. The full list of pre-tour destinations is available here.
The tournament will kick off with an opening ceremony for all international teams on July 9th at the Temple of Augustus in the Center of Pula. Tournament competition will take place July 10, 11, 12 & 13th. You can find the detailed competition schedules for both U17 Division (Istra) and U23 Division (Brijuni) on the Global Challenge website.
If you can’t make it to Croatia this year, you can watch the matches online at the live streaming links below.
Opening Ceremonies will be livestreamed on the Global Challenge Facebook page starting at 9pm local Pula time. https://www.facebook.com/bringitusaglobalchallenge
Global Challenge LiveStream Links for July 9-13 will be:
U23 Finals on July 13: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uGYgHModhY