NVL 2022 start postponed

Volleyball NZ were advised late last week of a change to the scheduling of the 2022 AVC Women’s Challenge Cup tournament due to Covid-19 impact in the host nation Hong Kong.

As a result, the Thailand Volleyball Association have offered to assume the hosting of the event however, it will now be held June 22-July 1.

The Volley Ferns will be participating in that event and the new dates directly conflict with the scheduled first weekend of the 2022 National Volleyball League (NVL) in Christchurch - Friday 24 June – Sunday 26 June. 

As a result of this, VNZ can confirm we will be at least postponing the first week of the NVL in 2022 and potentially rescheduling both weekends. The exact dates and timings for the revised schedule are being worked through currently and will be confirmed as soon as we can.

VNZ remains committed to delivery of the NVL in 2022 and will work with all stakeholders to deliver a quality experience for those involved in our pinnacle domestic competition


NVL returns for 2022

After a successful introduction in 2021, VNZ is delighted to confirm the return of the National Volleyball League (NVL) men’s and women’s competitions for 2022 in June and July!

While we are still working through the details in a lot of areas, we wanted to provide our community with an important update on a few key elements for the 2022 edition. 

Competition vision

Following the first year and some internal discussion, VNZ have developed and refined a vision for the competition to help position the NVL in our competition pathway and assist in decision-making for the event.

The vision for our pinnacle indoor competition is as follows:

The NVL has been established to provide an elevated environment for talented and ambitious players, coaches, and referees to compete and develop towards the FIVB and international level. 

Alongside planning for the 2022 competition, VNZ is developing a long-term plan for the NVL and will work with Regional Associations and other stakeholders to develop this further later this year as part of a wider review of the volleyball calendar of events and competition structures.

Dates, venues, and teams

As in 2021, the 2022 competition will be run over two weekends, and the timing of the two weekends has been influenced by several factors including Volley Blacks and Volley Ferns international tours as well as the Tertiary Championships.

The confirmed dates and venues for the 2022 competition are:

Week 1: Friday 24 June – Sunday 26 June, Pioneer Stadium, Christchurch 
Week 2: Friday 22 July – Sunday 24 July, Auckland (Venue TBC)

For 2022, the competing teams will again be those from the inaugural competition: 

  • Northern Moana
  • Midlands Te Waiora (Women’s Champions 2021)
  • Central Hauwhenua
  • Southern Pounamu (Men’s Champions 2021)

Coach Appointments

VNZ once again seeks Expression of Interest from coaches interested in being involved in the 2022 edition of the NVL.

We have developed Head Coach and Assistant Role descriptions to assist coaches in understanding the positioning of the requirements of the league:

Please click the link below for the Expression of Interest form to complete your details and supply any requested information as part of the appointment process.

Please note: Expression of Interest for coach positions closes at 5pm, Friday 1 April. VNZ will then be in touch with coaches to confirm the next steps of the appointment process.

VNZ will be planning a programme of coach development opportunities wrapped around involvement in the competition and this will be confirmed shortly.


The NVL is back for 2022! (photo by John Davidson)

Player Identification and Selection

Players for the teams will be identified via an Expression of Interest Process with a player draft to be held ahead of the competition in two blocks, one before and one following the IPC event in June. Full information on the draft process will be available shortly.

Please click the link below for the Expression of Interest form to complete your details and supply any requested information.

Please note: Player Expression of Interest closes at 5pm, Friday 8 April. All players interested in being involved in the 2022 NVL must have completed their Expression of Interest by the above deadline. If you are unsure of your availability for the given dates, please complete the above form by the deadline.

Indicative cost per player for the 2022 NVL is approximately $300 with the exact cost to be confirmed shortly.

To be eligible for selection in the 2022 NVL, all players must be available for selection to their respective Regional Associations teams for the IPC event in early June.

For any player or coach queries, in the first instance, please contact Susan Blundell-Dorrington via vnz3@volleyballnz.org.nz 

Referee Appointments

VNZ will be in touch with the referee network shortly regarding involvement in the 2022 NVL. VNZ will be planning a programme of referee development opportunities wrapped around involvement in the competition and this will be confirmed shortly.

Next update

We will be scheduling regular updates as more information is confirmed while we work through our competition planning process. 

Nga mihi nui,
The VNZ Team