With a capacity of 4,800 seats, the tournament will be an opportunity for the public to watch the team after training camp – which will take place in two stages from Dec. 19 to 23 at INSEP in Paris and Dec. 26-31 in The Netherlands.
The three-day tournament will see France, Belgium, Spain and Belarus battling for a ticket to the FIVB Volleyball World Championships 2014 in Poland.
Each country will host four teams who will compete for three days (see below). The competing teams are ranked first in Pool A to G. The five pool winners and the best second-place team from the qualifiers will receive a ticket to the World Championship. Host country Poland will fill the final spot.
Presentation of five groups:
The third qualifying round for the World Championships will be held in five cities from January 3-5 2014.
Group I OPAVA (CZE )
Place of competition: Sports Hall OPAVA
Participating countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic The Netherlands, Cyprus
Group J NIS (SRB )
Place of competition: Sportski Centar Cair NIS
Participating countries: Serbia, Portugal, Slovenia Republic of Macedonia
Group K LUDWIGSBURG (GER )
Place of competition: MHP Arena LUDWIGSBURG
Participating countries: Germany, Turkey, Estonia, Croatia
Group L PARIS (FRA )
Place of competition: Halle Georges Carpentier Paris
Participating countries: France, Spain, Belgium, Belarus
Group M in POPRAD (SVK )
Competition venue: Arena POPRAD
Participating countries: Finland, Slovakia, Greece, Ukraine