Apart from being European Capital of Sport in 2018 Sofia will also host FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship. The Bulgarian capital was chosen because of the successes of the Bulgaria men's national volleyball team. The tournament will be co-hosted by Italy and Bulgaria and will take place in Sofia, Rome, Varna, Ruse, Milan, Florence, Turin, Bologna, and Bari. In the Bulgarian capital the matches will be played in Arena Armeec Hall. The World Championship in 2018 will take place from September 10 to September 30. The semifinals and finals will take place in Italy.