Qualification for Youth Olympic Games at stake in Antalya
Teams were drawn into six preliminary round pools per gender. All of the teams will also get to play in the decisive elimination rounds, which will determine Europe’s representatives in beach volleyball at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing.
Matches scheduled for Thursday were postponed due to the national mourning period declared in Turkey, which is why the competition schedule has been modified. In order to complete the entire tournament within the two available competition days - Friday and Saturday - it was decided not to hold the classification matches originally meant to determine the final standings of the top six teams for each gender.
The Finals in Antalya will still determine which young European hopefuls represent the continent at the China Olympics, but will not single out specific winners of the inaugural 2014 CEV Youth Beach Volleyball Continental Cup.
Eight teams per gender were granted top seeds after winning their zonal pools last year. Two pools per gender will feature two top seeds. In the men’s competition, Italy and Germany will have to face each other in Pool E, while Austria and the Czech Republic will battle it out in Pool F. Similarly, Lithuania and Ukraine will keep each other company in the women’s Pool E, while the young ladies from Russia and Germany will have a direct clash in Pool F.
Pool A: Austria, Norway, France
Pool B: Switzerland, Israel, Netherlands
Pool C: Latvia, Greece, Poland
Pool D: Czech Republic, Turkey, Belarus
Pool E: Lithuania, Ukraine, Turkey 2
Pool F: Russia, Germany, Italy
Pool A: Ukraine, Cyprus, Finland
Pool B: Latvia, Norway, France
Pool C: Russia, Slovakia, Bulgaria
Pool D: Poland, Turkey, Spain
Pool E: Italy, Germany, Turkey 2
Pool F: Czech Republic, Austria, Lithuania
According to the competition formula, the teams classified second and third in the preliminary phase pools will be drawn to face each other in the first elimination round; the winners of the first round will then lock horns with the teams classified first from the pools in decisive battle to determine the six ticket holders for Nanjing. If the host country Turkey qualifies both its teams among the top six ranked spots, it is entitled to only one spot in the Youth Olympics. The next best placed teams will fill up the spot as well as any extra spots granted to Europe by the IOC / FIVB.
A coaches inside the field of play test is again being conducted, as in the zonal phase and other CEV underage competitions in 2013.