The Volleyball Nations League (VNL) has announced a partnership with telecommunications giant Vodafone for the Women’s VNL Pool in Antalya, Turkey,

The deal involves the utilization of match technologies to track plays, points, and performance statistics.

The VNL has claimed that this will be the first time in Turkey that these statistics will be transmitted instantly to broadcasters worldwide, facilitated by Vodafone’s 5G network, providing fans with real-time data.

This includes the tracking of service speed, spike speed, and the provision of animation and video support that contribute to referees' match management.

Volleyball World's chief executive Finn Taylor has said: “Each year, the VNL strives to elevate the fan experience, and Vodafone's integration of 5G technology in Antalya this season represents a significant leap forward in our technological capabilities.

“Through real-time stats and data, we're not only enhancing the broadcast experience but also bringing the best of the sport directly to fans, heightening their engagement and connection to the game.”

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Vodafone Türkiye chief executive Engin Aksoy added: “As Vodafone, we persist in bolstering volleyball through our technological prowess throughout the VNL …

“We address the system's internet demands through 5G. We also facilitate instantaneous transmission of match statistics and measurements to global broadcasters. Thus, our utilization of 5G technology clears the path for international sports competitions hosted in Turkey to seamlessly reach global audiences with minimal delay."

Last month, the Volleyball World commercial vehicle launched a global bidding process through which cities can apply to host Pool Phase and Finals events from the 2025-27 cycle of the VNL.

The final selection of host cities for the VNL between 2025 and 2027 is expected to be announced by August.

The VNL, launched in 2018 (as part of a joint project between volleyball’s FIVB governing body, various national federations, and heavyweight sports agency IMG), currently comprises both men’s and women’s editions, with 16 teams competing in each.

Volleyball World was created as a joint venture between the FIVB volleyball global body and CVC Capital Partners, in early 2021, essentially becoming the sport’s commercial entity.