The 24th edition of the world’s premier annual men’s volleyball tournament will be held from May 31 to July 14, 2013 with the Finals set to take place in Mar del Plata, Argentina from July 17 to 21, 2013.
It will be the first time the World League will feature 18 teams, having had 16 teams from 2001 to 2003 and from 2006 to 2012. The World League featured eight teams in its inaugural year in 1990, 10 in 1991 and then 12 from 1992 to 2000 and from 2004 to 2005.
The 18 teams are split into three pools of six. Pools A and B are determined using the serpentine system based on the world rankings as of August 13, 2012. Pool C features teams ranked as the next best four in the world rankings after the 12 teams in Pool A and B plus two wild cards decided by the FIVB (Japan and Portugal who were confirmed by the FIVB Executive Committee during its year-end meeting in December 2012).
The top three world ranked teams in each pool will play three matches at home and two away with the bottom three world ranked teams playing twice at home and three times away.
Each pool will play over six weekends before the Finals take place from July 17 to 21. Six teams will qualify for the World League Finals featuring the top two teams from Pools A and B, plus the winners of Pool C and the host country. As Argentina is in Pool A and is already among the qualified teams, the best ranked team of pool A – not already qualified – will be selected.
Six sides — Portugal, Japan, Netherlands, Dominican Republic, Iran and Egypt — competed in the World League qualification tournaments in 2012.
Netherlands and Iran qualified for the 2013 FIVB World League.
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