Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, July 24, 2014 - The 22nd edition of the most prestigious annual volleyball competition for ladies starts this week with 28 teams from all corners of the globe participating. Kenya, one year after Algeria’s debut, are set to become only the second African team in the history of the competition. Belgium, Croatia, Mexico and Aus... Read full news
Volleyball - Cologne, Italy, July 19, 2014 – In their fourth friendly match against Japan, Marco Bonitta’s Italy suffered their second defeat – 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-17, 27-25) – as both teams continue to prepare for the FIVB World Grand Prix, which starts on August 1. ... Read full news
Volleyball - Nairobi, Kenya, July 14, 2014- Kenya National volleyball women’s team coach David Lung’aho has finally named his final traveling squad of 12 for the 2014 FIVB Grand Prix Championship.... Read full news
Volleyball - Honolulu, Hawaii, July 12, 2014 – With the FIVB World Grand Prix only weeks away, the U.S. women’s national volleyball team, ranked second in the world, continued to send a message to the top volleyball powers of the world by defeating top-ranked Brazil in a fourth straight match in the USA Volleyball Cup. USA won 3-2 (22-25, 27-25, 23-25, 25-23, ... Read full news
Volleyball - Irvine, USA, July 5, 2014 – World No. 2 USA dug in and defended its home turf in defeating top-ranked Brazil 3-1 (25-22, 25-27, 25-19, 25-19) on the opening day of the USA Volleyball Cup at the Bren Event Centre on the campus of UC Irvine on Saturday.... Read full news
Volleyball - Chenzhou, China, July 5, 2014 – China crushed Thailand in straight sets (25-19, 31-29, 25-20) to complete a perfect run throughout the two legs of the 2014 China Women’s International Tournament on Saturday.... Read full news
Volleyball - Shenzhou, China, July 4, 2014 – China recovered from its opening set slip-up to claim a 3-1 (22-25, 25-12, 25-14, 25-19) victory over Belgium, while Thailand outlasted Dominican Republic in a five-setter (25-23, 20-25, 23-25, 25-22, 18-16) on the second leg of the China Women’s International Tournament on Friday.... Read full news
Volleyball - Ningbo, China, June 29, 2014 - Hosts China defeated Asian champions Thailand on Sunday afternoon to win the China International Women's Volleyball Tournament with an unbeaten record.... Read full news
Volleyball - Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 28, 2014 - On Tuesday, Argentina's women's team will gather at the Cenard training facilities in Buenos Aires to prepare for the next big milestone on their schedule for 2014, the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix.... Read full news
Volleyball - Ningbo, China, June 28, 2014 - China seized a straight sets win over the Dominican Republic to earn their second straight victory, while Asian champions Thailand outlasted Belgium in a five-set thriller at the China Women’s Volleyball International Tournament on Saturday.... Read full news
Volleyball - Ningbo, China, June 27, 2014 - China and Dominican Republic clinched their opening victory over Belgium and Thailand, respectively, on the first day of the China Women's Volleyball International Tournament on Friday.... Read full news
Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, June 20, 2014 – The 2014 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix line-ups of 28 teams for the Intercontinental Round have been released prior to the kick off on July 25.... Read full news
The 2014 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix will see
more action than ever before, with the FIVB's premier annual women's
volleyball tournament increasing to a record number of 28 participating
Following in the footsteps of the FIVB Volleyball World League, the number of countries competing in the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix participating teams has increased from 18 in 2013 to 28 in 2014.
The 28 teams were split into three groups based on world ranking (with the exceptions of Belgium and Cuba, who had qualified via continental qualification tournaments, and Australia who participate as part of the Oceania development program). A Drawing of Lots was conducted on December 2, allocating teams into the respective pools (by group) based on a predetermined formula.
Group 1 (Pools A to I) features 12 teams including defending champions, London 2012 Olympic winners and world No. 1 Brazil, USA, Japan, China, Russia, Italy, Serbia, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Korea, Turkey and Thailand.
Group 2 (Pools J to O includes eight teams - Poland, Peru, Puerto Rico, the Netherlands, Argentina, Canada, Cuba and Belgium.
Group 3 (Pools P to S) also includes eight teams - Kenya, Algeria, Kazakhstan, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Bulgaria and Australia.
The World Grand Prix featured eight teams in its debut season of 1993 and from 1995 to 2002, while 12 teams were in action in 1994 and from 2003 to 2010. Sixteen teams were involved in the 2011 and 2012 editions before expanding to 20 in 2013, and 28 in 2014.
Key dates see the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2014 start on July 25 with Groups Two and Three in Preliminary Round action. Group One will begin one week later, August 1.
The FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2014 FInals will take place on August 15 to 17 for Groups Two and Three and August 20 to 24 for Group One.