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The World League and World Grand Prix will both feature a record
number of teams, with 18 in the World League and 20 in the Grand
Prix. The World League Finals will revert to their customary time-slot of
mid-July, while the World Grand Prix Finals will return to Japan, more
precisely the Olympic city of Sapporo, in late August.
Like beach volleyball, volleyball will welcome new Under-23 World
Championships alongside the four other age group tournaments
(
Girls’ U18, Boys’ U19, Women’s U20 and Men’s U21), while the
annual Club World Championships will once again be one of the
highlights of the season.
The year will end instead with the FIVB World Grand Champions
Cup, which will take place in November in Japan with the continental
champions all in action vying to replace Brazil and Italy as men’s and
women’s champions respectively.
There will be an FIVB Under-23 World Championship for
men and women for the first time this year
The Club World Championships will be one of the
highlights of the year
This year’s World League Finals will feature eight teams instead of six