ERTIESRIO 2016 dEVELOPMENT MEDICAL RECORDS HISTORY STRUCTURE
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.
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