The 2022 Volleyball Nations League will begin for Iran with a visit to the Brazilian capital of Brasilia, where the Asian powerhouse will kick off its campaign against Russia on June 7.
Behrouz Ataei’s men will then take on the Netherlands on June 10 before rounding off Week 1 of the men’s Pool 1 fixtures with games against Australia and Japan on June 12 and 13 respectively.
Week 2 – set to take place in the Quezon City of the Philippines – will see Iran take on Bulgaria on June 21, and then square off against USA, defending champion Brazil, and Canada from June 23 to 25.
The Asian champion will then travel to Kemerovo, Russia, to play Poland on July 5, with Serbia, Italy, and Slovenia also coming Iran’s way in Week 3.
The world volleyball governing body, FIVB, announced a new format for the 2022 event last August, which will see teams compete in two pools of eight during each week of the preliminary round.
Brazil, Canada, the Philippines, Bulgaria, Japan, and Russia will host the pool fixtures across three weeks of play.
Each of the 16 sides will play four matches in a week – 12 in total in the pool phase – before eight teams progress into the quarterfinals.
The VNL Finals will kick off on July 13, with the host city yet to be confirmed by the FIVB.
The latest edition of the competition saw Iran, under ex-Russian head coach Vladimir Alekno, finish 12th in the preliminary round’s 16-team table, failing to qualify for the Finals.
Iran made it to the Final Six of the 2019 event, having finished fourth in the FIVB Volleyball World League in 2014, before the annual tournament was replaced by the VNL in 2018.