22nd Edition, May 27 - July 10
Puerto Rico first came through their two matches with Portugal on August 6 and 7 before seeing off China on August 28 and 29 to seal their place in the premier annual men's contest.
Meanwhile Korea beat Japan twice to maintain their spot in the tournament. However, Japan followed shortly after following the withdrawal of the Netherlands.
The late withdrawal of Egypt following political unrest however, saw Portugal invited back into the tournament in their place for the first time since 2006.
For detailed competition results, click on Qualifications in the menu bar
With three rounds at home and three away, there are a total of 12 matches for each team and an overall total of 96 matches in the intercontinental round. Cuba and Japan will be playing all of their matches away from home. Cuba, who are renovating their national stadium, will play their matches away from home this year, as will Japan following the nuclear disaster that struck the country in March.
Pool's Ranking System
In case of tie, the teams will be classified according to the following
criteria: number of matches won, sets ratio and points ratio.
Final Round qualification (8 teams)
- 4 Winners of pools and 4 second placed sides, A, B, C, D.
- 1 Host Country of the Final Round (Poland)*
*If Poland is ranked below the top two at the intercontinental stage, they still qualify for the Final Round and the three best second teams join them.
The Final Round will be played over
The two top teams of each pool
will advance to crossed semifinals (1st of pool E v 2nd of pool F and
1st of pool F v
2nd of pool E) and final matches. Teams ranked third of each pool are
eliminated and will be ranked tied for the fifth place.