FIVB - Lausanne, Switzerland, August 8, 2013 – After six weeks of intense volleyball action during the Intercontinental Round of the 2013 FIVB World League, six teams advanced to the Final in Mar del Plata (Argentina) with Russia emerging as the winner in the final hour of the competition. ... Read full news
FIVB - Lausanne, Switzerland, July 23, 2013 - As the excitement of the World League Finals winds down, Andrea Zorzi takes a look back at the action and why he believes that we are now looking at the 'start of an era'... Read full news
Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, July 22, 2013 – The Canadian men’s national team’s exceptional performance in the 2013 FIVB World League has resulted in a seven place gain in the FIVB World Rankings, moving the team up to No. 11 from No. 18.... Read full news
Volleyball - Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013 - Alexey Spiridinov says 'every point was made of gold' as Russia overwhelmed Brazil 3-0 in the final match of the 2013 World League Finals.... Read full news
Volleyball - Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013 - Tsvetan Sokolov says the unexpected appearance of young Italian wing spiker Luca Vettori was the difference as Bulgaria failed to win a World League bronze medal match for the fifth time.... Read full news
Volleyball - Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013 - Young Italian star Luca Vettori led Italy to their first World League medal since 2004 with a 3-2 win against Bulgaria at the 2013 World League Finals on Sunday.... Read full news
Volleyball - Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013 – Olympic champions Russia became the third country after Brazil and Italy to win three or more World League titles after an impressive 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-19) win over nine-time winners Brazil in the 2013 FIVB Volleyball World League final on Sunday.... Read full news
Volleyball - Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013 – The Olympic champions and world No. 2 Russia defeated Brazil 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-19) to claim their third World League title and second in three years in the Estadio Islas Malvinas on Sunday. ... Read full news
Volleyball - Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013 - The medal deciders at the 2013 World League Finals are exactly the same as last year's matches at the 2012 Olympic Games as Brazil and Russia play for gold, while Bulgaria and Italy go for bronze. Here volleyball legend Andrea Zorzi looks ahead to some of the key points.... Read full news
Volleyball - Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013 – World No 3 Italy repeated their London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medal result by beating Bulgaria 3-2 (21-25, 25-21, 25-20, 21-25, 15-7) in the playoff for third at the FIVB Volleyball World League Finals on Sunday.... Read full news
Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, July 21, 2013 – The FIVB World League Finals will mimic the London Olympics, as the teams who battled for gold and bronze in 2012 will meet again for World League titles on Sunday. ... Read full news
Volleyball - Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 20, 2013 – The top two ranked teams in the world will contest the FIVB Volleyball World League final on Sunday after Russia beat Italy and Brazil were too strong for Bulgaria in Thursday’s semifinals.... Read full news
The FIVB’s premier annual men’s tournament has been
reshaped and reinvented for an exciting 2013 edition.
The 24th FIVB World League, which offers $5.7m in prize money, sees the competition increase from 16 to 18 teams split into three pools of six. It is the first time the World League will feature 18 teams, having had 16 teams from 2001-2003 and 2006-2012. The World League featured eight teams in its inaugural year in 1990, 10 in 1991 and then 12 from 1992-2000 and 2004-05.
Defending champions Poland, will play Olympic silver medallists and nine-time World League champions Brazil, last year's runners up USA, and 2012 World League and Olympic Games fourth-placed team Bulgaria along with Argentina and France in Pool A.
The second pool features Olympic champions Russia, eight-time World League winners Italy, last year’s World League bronze medallists Cuba, Serbia, Germany and World League debutants Iran.
2013 World League Pools
Pool A: Brazil (WR1), Poland (WR4), USA (WR5), Bulgaria (WR8), Argentina (WR9) and France (WR16)
Pool B: Russia (WR2), Italy (WR3), Cuba (WR6), Serbia (WR7), Germany (WR10), Iran (WR14)
Pool C: Canada (WR18), Korea (WR22), Finland (WR31), the Netherlands (WR41), Japan (WR19), Portugal (WR36)
Pools A and B were 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 in addition to 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 play three matches at home and two away with the bottom three world ranked teams playing twice at home and three times away. The customary World League format of two teams playing twice over the course of a weekend returns after the 2012 edition experienced change due to the congested pre-Olympic Games calendar.
The Intercontinental Round runs from May 31 until July 14 before the Finals take place in Mar del Plata, Argentina from July 17-21. The Finals will feature the top two teams from Pools A and B, the winners of Pool C and the host nation.
At the Finals in Sofia in 2012, the Poland team led by coach Andrea Anastasi, picked up their first ever World League title after overcoming USA 3-0 in the final. Cuba collected the bronze medal, their first since 2005, while hosts Bulgaria were also on impressive form as they finished fourth.