EVS History


At the beginnig…

The European Volleyball tournament for Statisticians – EVS – was originated, in 1990, in Voorburg, Netherlands, by some statisticians who were enthusiastic about volleyball.

The idea was simple. « All statisticians from all over Europe meet for a comparative volleyball competition ». Besides fun in the game and comparisons of the profession and working world one essential element of this tournament should be an understanding and tolerance for the different cultures.

The organizers of the first tournament established the headquarters of the EVS community in Voorborg (since 2003 in Heerlen). The unceasing effort and engagement of the headquarters led to a steady growing EVS community in the course of the years. We’d like to mention here that economically weaker countries could be partly supported to enable them to take part in the tournaments. The headquarters remains the central point of the EVS community. It is the point of contact for questions concerning the organization and provides help for the performance of EVS tournaments.

At first eleven representatives of different countries took part in the tournament. In the meantime the number of the participating countries increased to 16 countries and the number of participants increased to 300 persons. During the early years single tournaments were played in the categories Men’s, Women’s and Mixed teams. By now the mixed system with at least two female participants of each team has been accepted. Since 2003 the European Championship has to be played within two groups (A and B) while the participants of the A-Category have been fixed to ten teams.

As this event has become very popular the rule that only statisticians can take part in this tournament was relaxed within the last years. Meanwhile other participants from different part of the public administration are always welcome.

Over the years…

Year Town LogoCountry Participants Countries (office) Teams
1990 Voorburg Netherlands 192 11 19
1991 Luxemburg Luxemburg 205 11 20
1992 Lisboa Portugal 191 9 19
1993 Copenhagen Denmark 244 12 26
1994 Paris France 297 15 38
1995 Stockholm Sweden 255 13 28
1996 Budapest Hungary 269 14 29
1997 Warszawa Poland 240 14 29
1998 Bratislava Slovakia 252 15 31
1999 Maastricht Netherlands 368 20 42
2000 Neuchatel Switzerland 306 18 36
2001 Tallinn Estonia 269 18 32
2002 Tavira Portugal 252 16 27
2003 Dusseldorf/Ratingen Germany 288 16 31
2004 Helsinki Finland 305 19 35
2005 Paris France 283 19 32
2006 Hradec Kralove Czech Republic 304 18 34
2007 Orebro Sweden 270 18 34
2008 Poprad Slovakia 239 18 27
2009 Den Haag Netherlands 276 19 33
2010 Dresden Germany 292 22 36
2011 Carcavelos Portugal 312 21 40
2012 Spala Poland 245 23 32
2013 Liberec Czech Republic 232 19 32
2014 Rome Italy 308 18 41
2015 Pajulahti Finland 233 20 31
2016SlovakiaSlovakia2852136
2017Germany