MIZUNO BEACH VOLLEY MARATHON® is open to teams of athletes with no age limit and from any level of play, divided into the following categories: 2x2 Female, 2x2 Male, 2x2 Mixed ( a man and a woman on the court), 3x3 Female, 3x3 Male and 4x4 Mixed (two men and two women on the court). The 2x2 M/F teams can have a reserve each; the 3x3 M/F and the 4x4 Mixed can have two reserves per team. Athletes which are part of one team cannot be part of other teams in the same category. The participation in the tournament involves the acceptance of the "General Regulations".
Team (athletes list) is determined by entering the names of the athletes in the registration portal, on the page "Teams" > "Participants" entry. Any change to the athletes list (eg: replacement / insertion of new athletes and / or data requested and not previously entered) can always be carried out online after the registration procedure or, alternatively, at check-in; the replacement / insertion of a new athlete (who has not already played matches in the same game category) can also be foreseen during the tournament, before the start of the matches that will determine the prize money, with a formal request to the Director of the tournament which, once verified the regularity, will proceed with the updating of the team's athletes list. The 2x2 M/F teams can have a reserve each; the 3x3 M/F and the 4x4 Mixed can have two reserves per team. Note: if there will be no conformity between the "athletes list" and the players on the court, the team will be immediately expelled by the tournament, without any prize money and without repechages.
M/F 2x2 formats. The 2x2 M/F matches will take place on Friday and Saturday. On Friday there will be the qualifications following the double elimination format between 32 teams: after the first defeat the team will pass to the losing scoreboard; after two defeats the team is disqualified. Only the 32 best teams of the qualifications of Friday will pass to the final section of the tournament on Saturday. The matches will be played as a single set to 21 points, with a maximum of 23 points; the final matches (1st -2nd and 3rd -4th places) will be played using the two out of three format, set to 21 points, with a maximum of 23 points and any third set will be played to 15 points with a difference of two points, no point limit. In May, the best 64 teams of the qualifying round for both categories will access to the final round of Saturday, divided into two separate scoreboards: Gold (1 °-32 °) and Silver (33 °-64 °), while in September, the best 32 teams of the qualifying round for both categories will access to the final.
2x2 Mixed formats. The 2x2 Mixed category matches are played only on Sunday with a qualifying round (up to four draws with 32 teams) following the double elimination format: after the first defeat the team will pass to the losing scoreboard; after two defeats the team is disqualified. The best eight teams from the qualifying round enter the finals; the final rounds are played with knockout matches up to the final match. All the matches (including the final ones) are played in a single set at 21 points with a limit of 23.