Wednesday, 29 May 2024

USAV International Transfer List Hits 388

USA Volleyball continues to pave the way for American athletes to compete in foreign professional volleyball leagues. As of November 30th, 2017, a total of 388 international transfer certificates have been processed, granting United States citizens the opportunity to play in various countries for the 2017-18 season. This number reflects an increase of 20 players since the last report, signaling the growing interest and success of American volleyball players overseas.

Increase in Transfers

The women’s side of the sport has seen a significant number of transfers, with athletes spanning across 35 different countries. Among these countries, England, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Finland, and Sweden have emerged as popular destinations for American female players. Notable transfers include Paige Tapp, who has recently signed with Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga, and Simone Lee, a former member of Penn State’s NCAA national semifinal team, who will be playing for Imoco Volley Conegliano in the Italian Serie A1.

On the men’s side, England, Italy, and Germany have emerged as popular destinations, with a total of 24 players, 18 players, and 11 players respectively. Additionally, both the U.S. Women’s and Men’s National Teams have 11 players each competing in Italy.

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The Global Reach

It is also worth noting that American athletes are making their mark in diverse countries around the world. In total, 36 different countries have American volleyball players participating in the 2017-18 club season, showcasing the international appeal and talent of American volleyball.

The International Transfer Certificate (ITC)

To participate in professional leagues abroad, athletes must obtain an International Transfer Certificate (ITC). This is a mandatory requirement set by the FIVB (International Volleyball Federation) for athletes to transfer from one National Federation (country) to another to play in professional leagues. All National Federations are required to follow this established procedure, ensuring a transparent and standardized process for player transfers.

We are proud to see the success and growth of American volleyball players in foreign professional leagues. These international transfers not only provide valuable opportunities for the athletes but also contribute to the development and global recognition of American volleyball.