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Competition Formula 2001
Intercontinental rounds
May 11 to July 17, 2001 - various cities
16 teams distributed in 4 pools play a double-header home-away round robin:
Pool A Pool B Pool C Pool D
Italy
Argentina
Spain
France
Russia
Poland
Greece
Venezuela
Yugoslavia
Cuba
Portugal
Japan
Brazil
Netherlands
USA
Germany

6 rounds for each team (6 week-ends) 3 rounds home and 3 rounds away 2 matches each week-end (Friday and/or Saturday and/or Sunday) against the same opponent. 12 matches for each team Total of 96 matches for the Intercontinental Round.

The ranking of the teams per pool will be determined according to the results of all matches won and lost.

The following teams will qualify for the Final Round: - the winner of each of the 4 pools - the 2nd placed team of each of the 4 pools.

If Poland (organiser of the finals), automatically qualified as host nation, is not among these 8 teams, they will replace the lowest 2nd placed team of the Intercontinental Round.

Final round
June 25 to 30 in Katowice, Poland

The team of the organising country of the Final Round is automatically qualified. If Poland (organiser of the finals), automatically qualified as host nation, is not among these 8 teams, they will replace the lowest 2nd placed team of the Intercontinental Round.

- The 8 teams will be divided into 2 groups of 4 teams following the serpentine system.
-  After a 3-day Round Robin tournament the teams finishing third and fourth in the tournament will be eliminated.
-  Teams finishing in first and second places in the Round Robin tournament will play cross semi-finals.
-  The winners play for first and second places and the losers for third and fourth places.
Prize money
The total Prize Money for the WL 2001 is US$ 15 millions
(10 in 2000)
Per diem, per match and player (in US$)
Winner 400/player max/ team 4,800
Loser 150/player max./team 1,800
Maximum Prize money per match 6,600
    x96 = 633,600

Following the pool ranking (A,B,C)
1st place 780,000   
2nd place 770,000   
3rd place 765,000   
4th place 760,000  = 3,075,000
  x4  = 12,300,000
Final round
Prize Money following the final ranking
1st place 500,000   
2nd place 300,000   
3rd place 200,000   
4th place 120,000   
5th-6th place 60,000   
7th-8th place 40,000  = 1,220,000
Individual awards
Best scorer 7,300   
Best spiker 4,500   
Best blocker 4,500   
4th place 4,500   
Best server 60,000  = 20,800
Specific Rules
Points awarded per match to each team
match won:
match lost:
match forfeited:
2 points
1 point
0 point
In the case of a tie
(Rankings of Preliminary and Final)
Set quotient: in the case of equality in the number of points gained by two or several teams, the teams will be classified by the quotient resulting from: number of total sets won / number of total sets lost.

Points quotient: if a tie persists as per the set quotient, the teams will be classified by the quotient resulting from: total points scored / total points lost (during all sets).
Time-out system
In sets 1-4: All time-outs are for 60 seconds.
- Each team may request up to 2 time-outs per set.
- 2 additional "technical time-outs" are applied automatically when the leading team reaches the 8th and 16th points.

In the deciding (5th) set: All time-outs are for 30 seconds
- There are no "technical time-outs".
- 2 regular time-outs of 30 seconds duration may be requested by each team.
Intervals between sets
All intervals between sets last three minutes.
The interval between the second and the third sets can be extended up to 10 minutes by the FIVB supervisor at the request of the organisers and the TV.
Service (rule 11.2 Ball touching the net)
While crossing the net during the service, the ball may touch it. This rule was tested at the 1999 World Cup in Japan and will be tested again during the 2000 World League.