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FIVB Volleyball

World Championships

Following on from the success of the FIVB Volleyball

World Championships in 2014, the quadrennial

tournament for men and women is set to make waves

once again in 2018. The 19th edition of the men’s

tournament, which will be jointly hosted by Italy and

Bulgaria, will take place from September 10 to 30 with

the semifinals and finals organised by Italy. It will be

followed soon after by the 18th edition of the FIVB

Volleyball Women’s World Championship, hosted by

Japan, from September 29 to October 21.

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The 2018 men’s and women’s

Championships will be contested by 24

teams, including the hosts, who will

qualify through Continental tournaments.

Each confederation is responsible for their own

qualification process, which will be played between May

15, 2016 to October 15, 2017 to fill the quota of places

set by the international federation.

In the men’s tournament, hosts Italy and Bulgaria

are granted automatic qualification, with reigning

champions Poland receiving another spot. Three places

are assigned to the African continent, four to the Asia

and Oceania region, five to North America, two to South

America and seven to Europe.

Of the 24 places in the women’s tournament, hosts

Japan are granted automatic qualification as are USA as

2014 champions. The remaining 22 spots are allocated

as follows: Africa (two), Asia and Oceania (four), North

America (six), South America (two) and Europe (eight).

The first FIVB Volleyball World Championships were

organised in 1949 for men and 1952 for women and

have remained the biggest event in the sport, alongside

the Olympic Games. A record 279 teams participated in

the qualification process for the FIVB Volleyball World

Championships in 2014. This total, coming from 166

national federations across the five FIVB confederations,

represents an increase of 65 teams from the previous

best of 214 teams from 119 federations for the 2010

World Championships (compared with 102 in 2006, 72

in 2002 and 63 in 1998).

The 2014 Men’sWorld Championship, which was held in

Poland, saw the home team end the reign of defending

champions Brazil (2002, 2006 and 2010) with a hugely

popular 3-1 (18-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-22) victory – to

win their second title in 40 years – in front of 12,000

spectators at the Spodek Arena in Katowice. Germany

defeated European rivals France in the bronze medal

match 3-0 (25-21, 26-24, 25-23) to take their first

podium place as a unified country in the tournament.

Led by the legendary Karch Kiraly, USA clinched their

first ever gold medal win with a victory over China 3-1

(27-25, 25-20, 16-25, 26-24) in the final of the FIVB

Volleyball Women’s World Championship Italy 2014 in

front of 12,600 thrilled fans in Milan’s Mediolanum

Forum. Brazil finished third, outlasting hosts Italy 3-2

(25-15, 25-13, 22-25, 22-25, 15-7) in an epic five-set

thriller.