Italian Recruiting Trip


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Last update: May 4th 2019



The purpose of this event is to connect prospective volleyball student-athletes with college coaches. Italy has a fantastic volleyball tradition with many up-and-coming athletes looking for programs at the collegiate level.


2019 Dates 


The Italian Volleyball Federation (FIPAV) released U18 Nationals dates to be June 4-9th and therefore our Showcase will follow on June 10-13th. Dates and location have been confirmed. 



Nationals @ Vibo Valentia (Calabria)

Showcase @ Trevignano Romano (Rome)

Please read below the section: "More information about Nationals" for tournament details. Note that the first round of Nationals starts on June 4th in the afternoon and finishes in the afternoon of the 5th while the Final round will start on the 6th during the afternoon and will go until the 9th. Our program includes taking coaches to the second round and finals but if there are coaches interested on watching the whole event, we can organize it.


Showcase Only Package (5 days): €uro 600.00

Coaches will arrive to Rome Leonardo Da Vinci airport (FCO) or Ciampino (CIA) airport on either June 9th in the afternoon or June 10th in the morning and depart on June 13th.

For coaches willing to also watch the Beach Volleyball session, departure should be  scheduled late on the evening on June 13th since the session will be in the morning.


  • 4 nights at Residenza di Rocca Romana;
  • 3 chef-made meals a day at the Residence;
  • All internal transportation* to and from gyms, downtown Trevignano and train station if willing to go to the city of Rome. It is also included pick-up and drop-off from the airport;
  • Round table with 10-times Italian Juniors Champions Coach Luca Cristofani;
  • Opportunity to closely evaluate and interact with about 30 prospects 2019 to 2022 recruiting classes.


Not included on either package:

  • Flight ticket to and from the USA
  • Medical Insurance (recommended)

* Please note: internal transportation to and from locations are in 9 or 7 seats vans or regular cars depending on number of coaches and location. If a coach decides to use other means of transportation such as airplane or a rented car, we can help with the booking or the coach can do it on his/her own. In either case, it is not included in the price.


Nationals & Showcase Package (7 nights - June 6th to June 13th): €uro 1,200.00


€100.00 off  for coaches who have attended any previous edition 


Coaches willing to go straight to Nationals either on June 6th can arrive directly to Aeroporto Internazionale di Lamezia Terme (SUF), otherwise our meeting point will be in Rome early in the morning of June 6th and we will take coaches from there.* 

As of right now we don't have any exact information about the location of the gyms where the matches will take place. This is the official website page of the event which is still very poor:  Finali Volley

The deadline to confirm for coming to Nationals is May 15th. 

Rome holds the best Juniors team in the country (Volleyrò Casal de Pazzi) which has won the last 5 editions of U18 Nationals. Coaches interested in watching Volleyrò practices can come a few days earlier to Rome. 


  • 7 nights at a ***hotel or higher;
  • 3 meals a day;
  • All internal transportation* to and from games, from Nationals to the Showcase, and pick-up at train station (if applicable) and drop-off at FCO or CIA Rome Airports* after the Showcase;
  • Round table with 10-times Italian Juniors Champions Coach Luca Cristofani;
  • Opportunity to see more than 100 Italian athletes for 2019 to 2023 recruiting classes during Nationals;
  • Opportunity to closely evaluate and interact with 30 athletes looking to come to the USA for 2019 to 2022 during the Showcase.


More info about U18 Italian Nationals

Italian Nationals follow a 2-round championship. Sixteen teams divided into 4 pools of 4 teams will arrive on Tuesday, June 4th and play games on the afternoon of the 4th and all day the 5th. The first team on each pool will automatically qualify for the final round which will get started on Thursday, June 6th in the afternoon. The final round will also be of 16 teams of which 12 were direct regional qualifiers plus the 4 teams qualifying from the first round. The Final match will be held on Sunday, June 9th at around 12:00pm following the 3th - 4th  place match.

Many of the players at Nationals will be 2020 and 2021 prospects. The italian system is organized so that athletes finish to play juniors volleyball (U18) on their 4th year of high school but then they need a 5th year to graduate from high school. Therefore, all of the players you will see at Nationals will be at least 2020 prospects (except for a few players who may graduate early in 2019) and many others 2021 and 2022.

Note: Nationals in Italy are held in 4 different gyms usually not walking distance from each other. Our service will provide 2 different vehicles to take coaches to and from all 4 different locations. This way coaches will not be forced to see a particular game but we will suggest which are the best matches to go see and coaches will decide where to go.


More information about Volleyrò Casal de Pazzi and Luca Cristofani

Volleyrò Casal de Pazzi is the most decorated club team of the past 10 years. They hold the U18 Italian Championship Title and won the title for the past 5 years in a row. On the U16 age group they were Champions the past 5 seasons except in 2016-2017 when the got second place. During the 2017-2018 season they've made history in Italian volleyball conquering all 3 female titles, U14, U16 and U18 and reserved a spot in Italian volleybal history. The club is, without a doubt, the top level of Italian juniors volleyball. 

Luca Cristofani is a decorated coach who has won all titles the Italian volleyball system can offer (except for the A1… for now). He has won 14 Italian juniors championships, the first one back in 1995. He’s also won the Serie C, Series B2, B1 and the A2. He was the Head Coach of the Peruvian National Team in 2011-2012 and assistant coach in the Italian Senior National Team who won the Mediterranean Games in 2013.  He coached the Italian U23, U20 and U18 teams for 7 seasons and is the actual (and for the past 6 seasons) Technical Director of Volleyrò Casal de Pazzi.



Jesica  +39 3463062524 (Whatsapp preferred)