FIVB World League
Intercontinental Round: 13 June to 20 July 2008, various cities
The 16 participating teams are divided into 4 pools of 4
teams. Each pool plays a home-away round robin tournament.
The Intercontinental rounds take place over six weekends from
13 June to 20 July 2008. Each team plays two matches against
the same team on separate days over the same weekend (Friday,
Saturday and Sunday). With three rounds at home and three away,
there are a total of 12 matches for each team and an overall
total of 96 matches in the intercontinental rounds.
The team rankings per pool are determined by
the points total (2 points
for a victory, 1 point for a loss) after all matches have been played in the Intercontinental
Round. The top-ranked team in each pool qualifies for the final
The host team of the final round automatically qualifies for
the final round, together with one wild card team designated by
the FIVB. The wild card will be chosen among the best second
ranked teams. If the host team for the final round is ranked first
in its pool, the second ranked team in this pool will qualify
for the final round.
In the event of a tie at the end of the Intercontinental
Round in the number of points scored by 2 or more teams, the
teams will be classified according to the total number of points
scored during all sets divided by the total number of points
Final Round: 23 - 27 July
2008, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil The Final Round will be played
over 5 days (10 matches in total).
QUALIFICATION: The organizer, the winner of each pool and a
wild card chosen by the FIVB qualify for the final: TOTAL 6
TEAMS. There are two pools of three teams. In each pool, each
country play against the other teams of its pool. The best two
teams of each pool qualify for the semi-finals. The first ranked
team of pool A faces the second ranked team of pool B and the
second ranked team of pool A plays against the first ranked team
of pool B. On Day 5, there is the final for the 3rd place
followed by the Final Match. The two 3rd Place teams of each
pool tie for 5th Place.