Participating countries

Participating countries

About the World Cup

The first 3 & 3 mixed volleyball world tournament to be commemorated will be held in Tateyama City, Chiba, Japan with the support of the JAPAN SPORT COUNCIL “Sports Promotion Fund”. The Non-Profit Organization Japan Mixed Volleyball Federation is the organization that controls mixed volleyball in Japan. We are doing various things to spread the mixed valley ball around the world. Since April 2019, the Japan Mixed Volleyball Federation has become a Associate Member of the Japan Volleyball Association and has been working closely with them.

International fellowship and a mixed gender sport
Both men and women sweat and connect one ball.There is a common consciousness that get over gender, age and nationality barriers.
We are hoping not only to organize the World Cup, but also create a community to support future mixed volleyball World Cups held in other parts of the world.
We aim to realize a society where more amateur volleyballers aim for the world tournament.

What is Mixed Volleyball?

Male and female players together in a team supporting each other to keep the ball alive before making an attack, just like ordinary volleyball. A female player could often be on the receiving end of a male player’s powerful spike, or could wisely take advantage of a male player’s blocking attempt to score a point.
Regardless of the gender, the excitement shared among all players, as the team scores a point after working hard to keep the ball alive, is something special.
All you need is 3 males and 3 female players. This sport can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere, and by anyone at any age.


[3&3 Mixed Volleyball World Cup]

Powerful teams from all over the world gather to decide the world champion of 3 & 3 mixed volleyball teams.
This tournament is the world’s largest tournament in the world of 3 & 3 mixed volleyball and will be a battle with the country. This tournament will be held once every two years.
It will be a longing stage for mixed volleyball players around the world.

[Tournament types and rules]

In this tournament, three categories will be held on the same day.
The team will choose one of the following categories to join.

Name of the competition The 1st 3&3 Mixed Volleyball World Cup
Venue Chiba Prefectural Tateyama Sports Park Gym
Dates Wednesday the 4th March 2020 — Sunday the 8th March 2020
Tournament period is March 5-8
Main host Non profit organization Japan Mixed Volleyball Association
Support group Public interest incorporated foundation Japan Volleyball Association
beyond 2020 program
Cabinet Office Gender Equality Bureau
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Chiba Prefecture Board of Education
Tateyama City
Tateyama City Board of Education
Tateyama City Chamber of Commerce
Bounichi Newspaper (Boushunichinichi Newspaper Company)
Official PR partner
Special support group MYVOLLEY.RU since1995
Tournament Organizing Committee The 1st 3&3 Mixed Volleyball World Cup 2020 Executive Committee
Tournament Honorary President Satsuki Katayama(Member,House of Councillors,ex-Minister of State for Gender Equality)
※Katayama's support message PDF
Tournament Ambassador Kentarou Asahi(Member,House of Councillors,Former All Japan Men's Volleyball / Beach Volleyball Player, 2008 Beijing / 2012 London Olympics)
Tournament president Yoshihiro Oe(Chairman of Non profit organization Japan Mixed Volleyball Association)
Tournament PR Captain Akihiro Iwashima(Former Japanese male volleyball player, 1984 Los Angeles, 1988 Seoul Olympics)
※Iwashima's support message PDF
Echiko Tamura(Tateyama Sports Ambassador, former all-Japan women's volleyball player, 1976 Montreal Olympic gold medalist)
※Tamura's support message PDF
Yuka Sakurai(Former All Japan Women's Volleyball Player, 2008 Beijing Olympics)
※Sakurai's support message PDF
Kouki Seki(V-League Nara Dreamers players, V2 league all-star game players)
Yasuo Matsuda(Founder of Waisports Japan, FLV International Club Volleyball Championship (League Director))
You will be at the forefront of the tournament PR, and will send out the appeal and enjoyment of the tournament through events and official SNS.
Host city special supporter Kenichi Kanamaru(Mayor Tateyama in Chiba)
※Kanamaru's support message PDF
Tournament PR Ambassador Coming soon
Celebrity & Volleyball Team Captain
※They will use SNS to spread information and send it to the world
※They will press “like” on Facebook
※They will subscribe to YouTube
Tournament PR supporter Coming soon
Someone who promotes tournaments
※They will use SNS to spread information and send it to the world
※They will press “like” on Facebook
※They will subscribe to YouTube
FREE Category

No restriction

SHINOBI Category

Players must be under 185cm tall

SAMURAI Category

Total age of the 6 players on the court must be greater than 220 years old

[Number of participating teams and game format]

[FREE] 12 teams: 4 team tournaments after 6 team league matches
[Shinobi] 6 teams: After 6 teams, final
[Samurai] 6 teams: After 6 teams, final

[Tournament vision]

Connect the world across gender, age and national borders!
Connect one ball and connect our heart!
Make mixed volleyball into a mixed sport that represents the 21st century!

[Tournament mission]

We will “Omotenashi” people around the world. Omotenashi is Japanese Hospitality.
We will make the tournament enjoyed by as many people as possible.
We will convey the spirit of mixed volleyball to the world
We will convey the appeal of mixed sports to people around the world.

[Tournament official mark]

The theme is “fusion”.
Sport across gender, age and border.
Creating a tournament that originated in Japan together.
Share the spirit of mixed sports with mixed volleyball fans around world.
And we want everyone who participates in the tournament to have a great experience.

[General rules for all categories]

  • ・Male and female players must alternate positions (Always 3 males and 3 females on the court).
  • ・Both male and female play under the normal volleyball rules.
  • ・A player can only be substituted by a player of the same gender, including the libero.
  • ・Each team is allowed to have 4 liberos in the roster. All of the back row players can be the liberos.
  • ・Jump serve and back row attack are not allowed.

Regulations and notes[Eligibility criteria for teams]

    • 1. Recommended by the national volleyball association
    • 2. Recommended by the volleyball association of the city
    • 3. Recommended by the chairperson of NPO Japan Mixed Volleyball Association

*Any of the above is required on the assumption that the representative will be connected on Facebook.

[Eligibility criteria for players]

  • 4. Considered as an adult in their own country(Regional passport holder or Regional resident)
  • 5. If you have proper reason for up to 1-male and 1-female. In that case you must apply exception
  • 6. Able to pay for return flights to Japan, accommodation and transport expenses
  • 7. All players must check into the hotel by March 4,2020
  • 8. All players must obtain a visa by Janualy,2020 (only if required)

[Host liability]

  • ・Preparation of the documents needed for visa applications
  • ・Covering the cost of the ceremony
  • ・Organizing the competition
  • ・Volunteer interpreters
  • ・Potential financial support for each team

Each team will have a designated volunteer interpreter.
We are committed to providing sufficient support for all players.
Financial support for each team is being arranged currently.
However, it depends on the number of sponsors, therefore please be aware that support may not be available.

[Latest information about the tournament]

Please check the Japanese version of the official Twitter account, Facebook account, Instagram account and YouTube channel.



Special Thanks

Official Sponsor

※Details (Flyer) PDF


Tateyama City Tourist Information