World Championships
into uncharted territory
Next year’s FIVB Volleyball World Championships look set
to build upon the spectacular increase in international
participation across both volleyball and beach volleyball after a
signed up for the qualifying rounds.
A total of 295 teams representing 162 national federations across
the five FIVB confederations will be competing in qualifying, an
increase of 81 teams (or 27 per cent) on the number of entrants for
the 2010 World Championships. Then there were 214 teams from
federations taking part.
It is extremely pleasing to see the level of interest in the FIVB
World Championships and the outstanding number of countries
participating in the FIVB’s signature volleyball event,” said FIVB
President Dr. Ary S. Graça. “This is a continuation of the growth of
our sport.”
Following the success of the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup
which saw a record 143 countries participate in the 2012 Olympic
qualification process, the FIVB Volleyball World Championships is
continuing the trend of increased participation across volleyball and
beach volleyball.”
When broken down by gender, the figures offer extra encouragement.
For the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Poland 2014, there
are 154 countries registered – 41 more than the 113 that registered
in 2010. For the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship Italy
meanwhile, there will be 141 countries involved in qualifying,
up from 101 for the last event.
The total number of FIVB-associated federations is 220, meaning that
per cent of federations will be playing some part in the qualifying
process. There will be 24 places up for grabs in each gender with
Poland and Italy qualifying as hosts for the men’s and women’s
tournaments respectively.