Lausanne, Switzerland, October 7, 2013 – With just over a month to the start of the men’s and women’s Grand Champions Cup in Japan, the continental qualification matches came to an end this weekend, as Iran joined the ranks of the men’s teams who will take part in the tournament this November.
By successfully defending their AVC men’s Continental Championship title, for a second year running, in Dubai on Sunday, Iran joins fellow AVC country and hosts, Japan as well Brazil, Russia and USA in the men’s Grand Champions Cup that will take place from November 19 to 24.
With the qualifications now complete, the only place that is now left to be filled in both the men’s and women’s competition is the FIVB/JTA/JVA selection. In the women’s competition, that will take place from November 12 to 17, the four countries that will join hosts Japan are Brazil, Russia, Thailand and USA.
The weekend also saw some movement on the men’s and women’s World Championship qualifier front, as the second round of European as Ra’anana, Israel hosted the women’s second round qualification tournament and Almere, The Netherlands, the men’s qualifiers.
Hungary, Israel and Switzerland are the three women’s teams that have progressed to the final round of qualifiers scheduled for January 2014, while Belarus, The Netherlands and Ukraine have made it to the next stage of the men’s qualifiers that will also take place at the beginning of next year.
There are currently ten countries qualified for the 2014 FIVB Men’s World Championship scheduled to take place in Poland from September 3 to 21 and eight for the 2014 FIVB Women’s World Championship that will be hosted by Italy from September 23 to October 12, 2013.
Of the 14 remaining vacancies for the Men’s World Championship, six will be taken by the CEV, five by NORCECA and three by the CAVB.
2014 FIVB WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Thailand and as well as hosts Italy have secured their place in the 2014 FIVB Women’s World Championships, thus far.
The North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) will be the last Confederation to qualify all their teams for the 2014 Women’s FIVB World Championships. The final round of the qualification tournaments will occur from May 21 to June 30, where five teams will qualify. The last team will qualify during the NORCECA Continental Playoff, from July 2 to 7, 2014.
In Asian qualifying, 10 teams are divided into two pools of five teams for two separate qualifying tournaments. The two best ranked teams in each pool (total four teams) advance to the FIVB World Championships. Thailand and Japan are now qualified for the FIVB Women's World Championship Italy 2014 after finishing first and second in Pool A on September 8. China and Kazakhstan took the final two spots in Pool B, which took place from September 27 to October 1 in China.
Africa will begin its second round of qualifications featuring 28 countries in October, although the two teams that will advance to the FIVB Women's World Championship Italy 2014 will not be known until after the confederation’s final round in January 2014.
In addition to Russia and Germany, who qualified through the 2013 CEV Women’s Volleyball European Championship, and host country Italy, the seven remaining spots for the 2014 FIVB World Championships will be confirmed during the final round of confederation qualifiers in early January 2014.
As the top two teams in the 2013 CEV Women’s Volleyball European Championship, Russia and Germany have secured their spot at the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championships.
As the winner of the South American Women's Championship in Peru, which concluded on Sunday, Brazil has qualified for both the World Grand Championship Cup and the 2014 FIVB World Championships. The winner of the 2014 Women's World Championship Qualification Tournament scheduled to take place from 24 to 27 October will also qualify for the FIVB Women's World Championship Italy 2014.
2014 FIVB MEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Finals hosts Poland, as well as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Iran, Italy, Russia Korea and Venezuela are already confirmed for the 2014 FIVB Men’s World Championships, thus far.
The North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) will be the last Confederation to qualify all their teams for the 2014 Men’s FIVB World Championships. The third round of the qualification tournaments will occur from May 21 to June 30, 2014 where the winners from each of the four Pools will qualify for the FIVB World Championships. The four silver-medal winners will then compete in the NORCECA Continental Cup Playoff from July 9 to 14, 2014 in hopes of securing the final FIVB World Championship spot.
Iran won Pool B of the Asian Men’s Final Qualification Tournament on September 13 for their ticket to the FIVB Men's World Championship Poland 2014, joining Australia (Pool A) and Korea (Pool D), who have already qualified. China finished top of Pool C on September 22 to be the last Asian team to qualify for the FIVB Men's World Championship Poland 2014.
Twenty-eight African teams will have their chance to qualify for the FIVB World Championships during their qualification tournaments, which resume in October. The second round of tournaments will take place in October and November, and the final round takes place in January 2014. The three Pool winners of the third round will move on to the FIVB World Championships.
South American men have one more vacancy for the FIVB Men's World Championship Poland 2014 than the women. Brazil and Argentina qualified by finishing first and second respectively at the South America Continental Championship on August 12. Venezuela was the winner of the subsequent qualification tournament, which concluded on September 15.
Russia and Italy qualified through the 2013 CEV Men’s Volleyball European Championship that started on September 20 and ran until September 29. The five pool winners and the best second placed team from the third round of qualifiers (January 3-5) will also qualify for the FIVB World Championships. Host county Poland fills the final spot.
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