The opening ceremony will take place at the 8,000-seater Complexe Sportif Mohammed V in Casablanca, followed by the curtain-raiser between Bulgaria and Iran. At the same time, Slovenia will make its very first presentation in this events against Argentina, at the 5,000-seater Complexe Sportif Moulay Abdallah, in Rabat.
The 12 participating teams comprise Norceca champions Cuba, Asia champions Iran, Italy, Japan, Bulgaria and hosts Morocco in Group A (Casablanca), while Group B (Rabat) consists of South America champions Brazil, Africa champions Egypt, Argentina, USA, Slovenia and reigning World Champions Russia.
The group round-robin preliminaries will be played from July 7 to 11 with a Round Robin system to determine the ranking and will be classified from 1st to 6th. The Semi Finals and play offs rounds consists of a total of 6 matches to be played on July 14: two Semi Final matches for the rankings 1 – 4, two matches for the classification 5 – 8 and two matches for the classification 9 – 12. The Finals and play offs, to be played on July 15, consists of a total of 6 matches: the winners of the Semi Finals will play the final, 1st – 2nd position. The losers of the Semi Finals will play for the 3rd and 4th rank position.
The winners of the play off 5 – 8 will play for the 5th – 6th position and the losers of the play off 5 -8 will play for the 7th – 8th position. Same system for the position from 9 to 12.
Brazil, second-seeded in the last two editions, is also a powerful team looking to improve the two silver medals won at the 2003 World Boy' Junior U-21 Championship in India and in the 2001 World Boy's Junior U-21 Championship in Iran.
The FIVB Men's Junior World Championship will contribute in building a young breed of athletes from the five continents. Twelve teams will be rivalling for the glory, playing a total of 42 matches over 7 days. It is the second time since its creation in 1977 that the Junior World Championship is hosted by an African country. Egypt was the first one to host it back in 1991.