The 22nd edition of the world’s premier annual women’s volleyball tournament will be held from July 25 to August 17, 2014, with the Finals set to take place August 20 to 24.
It will be the largest World Grand Prix in the tournament’s history, with 28 teams set to participate – eight more than in 2013. 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, and 20 in 2013.
The 28 teams have been split across 19 pools with 12 - defending champions and world No. 1 Brazil, USA, Japan, China, Russia, Italy, Serbia, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Korea, Turkey and Thailand – playing in Pools A to I while eight - Poland, Peru, Puerto Rico, the Netherlands, Argentina, Canada, Cuba and Belgium - are in Pools J to O. Pools P to S also includes eight teams: Kenya, Algeria, Kazakhstan, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Bulgaria and Australia.
The FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2014 will start on July 25 with Pools J to O and P to S in action.Pools A to I will begin proceedings one week later on August 1. Pools A to I will play round robin across three weeks of Preliminary Round action before the Finals from August 20 to 24 where six teams – the four best in the Preliminary Round ranking, the Finals host Japan and the winner of the Final Four from Pools J to O – will feature.