The Preliminary Phase will consist of 12 pools of four teams
each in a round robin format (each team will play every
other team in their pool) with the top two advancing to
the knockout final phase along with the eight best third-
The qualification process to the final phase (Round of 32)
is the following:
a) The top two teams from each pool advance to the final
phase – 24 teams qualify.
b) The eight best third-placed teams also advance to the
final phase – eight teams qualify.
The ranking between the eight third-placed teams is
determined by the highest number of match points,
followed by set ratio and then points ratio. If a tie remains,
a coin toss will decide.
Ranking in pools will be determined by match points (two
points to the winners, one to the losers). In the case of a tie
in the pools (match points) at the end of the round robin,
the following rules will apply:
Between two teams:
The winners of the head to head match is ranked higher.
Between three teams:
Teams are ranked by the rally points ratio in the matches
between the three tied teams.
If a tie still exists then the teams still tied are ranked by
the rally points ratio between all teams in the pool.
If a tie still exists then the teams still tied are ranked
by tournament seeding established at the first general
meeting (the highest seed of the tied teams is the top