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Competition System
COMPETITION SYSTEM FOR MEN’S U21, WOMEN’S U20, BOYS’ U19 and
GIRLS’ U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

The competition consists of three rounds, with 42 matches in total:

a) Preliminary Round 24 matches
b) Play-off round 6 matches
c) Final Round 12 matches

Preliminary Round

Four pools (A, B, C, D) will be composed of 4 teams each and in each pool, the teams will play a Round Robin system to determine the ranking and will be classified from 1st to 4th.

Teams ranked 4th in each preliminary pool (A4, B4, C4 & D4) will depart from the Championship immediately following the preliminary round.

Play-off Round (FIVB O-8a form)

The play-off round consists of 6 matches: two matches in the play-off seeding group and four matches in the play-off elimination group.

The play-off seeding group will be composed of the four teams ranked first in each preliminary pool (A1, B1, C1 & D1). By drawing of lots, these four teams will be set in two pairs of teams to play two seeding group matches. Two winners and two losers will be determined.

The play-off elimination group will be composed of 8 teams, namely: the 4 teams ranked second and the 4 teams ranked third in each preliminary pool (A2, B2, C2, D2, A3, B3, C3 & D3). Each of these teams will play one elimination match for a total of 4 matches.

The distribution of teams in the play-off elimination group must take into consideration the following principles:
a) matches between two teams of the same preliminary pool must be avoided.
b) the 4 teams A2, B2, C2 & D2 will be seeded in positions 1, 8, 5 & 4.
c) the 4 teams A3, B3, C3 & D3 will be distributed by guided drawing of lots in positions 2, 3, 6 & 7 respecting the principle stated in point a) above.

The four teams that win these four play-off elimination group matches will join the teams of the play-off seeding group (winners and losers) to play the final round.

The four teams losing the play-off elimination group matches will depart from the Championship.

Final Round (FIVB O-8b form)
(1/4 finals, semi-finals and Classification matches)

The four teams of the seeding group classified after their play-off matches as winners and losers plus the 4 teams that won their elimination group matches will play the final round matches in accordance with the "knock-out" system, as outlined in the FIVB 0-8b form to determine the final ranking of the Championship from 1st to 8th places.

The starting position of these 8 teams in the final round will be determined in accordance with the following principles:
a) two winners of the seeding group will be drawn in positions 1 & 8.
b) two losers of the seeding group will be drawn in positions 4 & 5 in order not to repeat matches of the play-off seeding and elimination groups.
c) four teams of the elimination group will be distributed in positions 2, 3, 6 & 7 by guided drawing of lots with the condition that the repetition of matches is avoided as much as possible.